The ongoing battle of trade tariffs between the US and China is now starting to impact the American wine industry, with a 15 percent levy on wine imports putting valuable deliveries on hold.

“We sell to about 25 countries outside the US, and China is definitely one of the top two,” said winemaker Michael Honig, who said he has spent years cultivating relationships with Chinese buyers. The tariffs have meant that US wines are priced out of the market, with consumers opting for cheaper Chilean, French and Australian wines.

“We have this great opportunity, but the government is putting a great impediment on front of us.”