Being called World of Tea, we’ve compiled a list of every tea producing country across the globe that we could find, 61 in all. This is as complete a list as we’ve been able to make. To be included, a country must have at least one functioning commercial tea plantation or have been represented in the press about a notable tea-growing operation. Much of the data was pulled from 2017 stats on the FAO Database.

Where Tea is Grown

Tea growing countries. Click to enlarge.

Argentina

Argentina is the 12th largest producer of tea in the world, at 80,608 tonnes and the largest tea producer in South America. They are the 11th largest in the world in terms of area, with 39,600 hectares of tea farms.

Australia

Tea has been grown in Queensland, Australia since 1884. Today, there are a number of commercial gardens in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. Notable farms include Madura, Two Rivers Green TeaDaintree Tea, Nerada, Arakai Estate, and Perfect South, which grows Japanese-style green tea in Victoria. Australia is also home to the world’s Southernmost tea farm in Tasmania, see below.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is the 38th largest producer of tea in the world, at 775 tonnes, and the 36th in area, with 642 hectares of tea farms.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the 10th largest producer of tea in the world, at 81,850 tonnes, and 9th in terms of area, with 53,856 hectares of tea farms.

Bhutan

Tea production exists in Bhutan outside of Trongsa. One notable garden is Samcholing Tea Estate.

Bolivia

Bolivia is the 35th largest producer of tea in the world, at 1,177 tonnes, and 42nd in terms of area, with 272 hectares of tea farms.

Brazil

Brazil is the 42nd largest producer of tea in the world, at 459 tonnes, and 43rd in terms of area, with 185 hectares of tea farms.

Burundi

Burundi is the 15th largest producer of tea in the world, at 54,210 tonnes, and 19th in terms of area, with 13,836 hectares of tea farms.

Canada

To our knowledge, there is only a single producer of specialty tea in Canada, Westholme Tea Farm on Vancouver Island.

Cambodia

Small amounts of tea are produced near Kirirom Mountain, the site of a large tea production that was wiped out by the Khmer Rouge.

Cameroon

Cameroon is the 27th largest producer of tea in the world, at 5,639 tonnes, and 29th in terms of area, with 2,075 hectares of tea farms.

Chile

Chile is home to the Salus Tea Plantation, claimed to be the Southern-most tea plantation in the world.

China

Where Tea Grows in China

Tea growing Provinces in China. Click to enlarge.

China is the #1 largest producer of tea in the world, at 2,473,443 tonnes, and also has the most land devoted to tea growing, at 2,224,261 hectares. China is the birthplace of specialty tea and the diversity of tea styles produced there is unparalleled. The top 5 growing regions, ranked by tea production, are:

  1. Fujian Province
  2. Yunnan Province
  3. Hubei Province
  4. Sichuan Province
  5. Hunan Province

Colombia

Colombia is the 44th largest producer of tea in the world at 149 tonnes, and 46th in terms of area, with 60 hectares. The most notable producer of tea in Colombia is Bitaco Tea Estate, where we visited in 2017.

Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the 28th largest producer of tea in the world, with 3,585 tonnes, and the 20th in terms of area, at 12,000 hectares of tea farms.

Ecuador

Ecuador is the 34th largest producer of tea in the world at 1,356 tonnes, and the 39th in terms of area, at 566 hectares of tea farms. The largest tea producer in Ecuador is Te Sangay.

El Salvador

El Salvador is the 39th largest producer of tea in the world at 669 tonnes, and the 41st in terms of area, at 337 hectares of tea farms.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the 23rd largest producer of tea in the world, at 10,777 tonnes, and the 22nd in terms of area, at 9,782 hectares of tea farms.

France

Réunion Island is the only part of France that grows tea, and it’s the 37th largest producer of tea in the world at 853 tonnes, and 38th in terms of area, at 587 hectares of tea farms.

Georgia

Georgia is the 30th largest producer of tea in the world, at 2,300 tonnes, and 27th in terms of area, with 2,302 hectares of tea farms. 

Germany

There are a few small experimental tea-growing projects in Germany. A notable producer of specialty tea is Tschanara, located in the Bergischer Highlands near Cologne.

Guatemala

Guatemala is the 41st largest producer of tea in the world at 525 tonnes, and 32nd in terms of area, with 1,238 hectares of tea farms. 

India

Where Tea Grows in India

Tea growing states of India. Click to enlarge.

India is the #2 producer of tea in the world at 1,325,050 tonnes and second in terms of land devoted to tea growing as well, with 621,610 hectares. Much of India’s tea production is concentrated in the areas of Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Dooars, and Assam, which is the single largest tea growing region in the world. The top 5 growing states in India, ranked by production, are:

  1. Assam
  2. West Bengal
  3. Tamil Nandu
  4. Kerala
  5. Karnataka

Indonesia

Indonesia is the 7th largest producer of tea in the world at 139,362 tonnes, and the 6th in terms of area, with 113,692 hectares of tea farms.

Iran

Iran is the 9th largest producer of tea in the world, with 100,580 tonnes, and the 17th in terms of area, with 15,848 hectares of tea farms. Currently, due to US sanctions, it’s not possible to buy Iranian tea.

Japan

Where Tea Grows in Japan

Tea growing Prefectures in Japan. Click to enlarge.

Japan is the 11th largest producer of tea in the world at 81,119 tonnes, and 10th in the world in terms of area, with 43,245 hectares of tea land. Much of Japan’s production is green tea and machine-harvested and uniform in appearance. The top 5 growing Prefectures, ranked by tea production, are:

  1. Shizuoka Prefecture
  2. Kagoshima Prefecture
  3. Mie Prefecture
  4. Miyazaki Prefecture
  5. Kyoto Prefecture

Kenya

Kenya is in the top five, being the #3 producer of tea in the world at 439,857 tonnes, and #4 in area, with 218,538 hectares of tea land.

Laos

Laos, or Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is the 25th largest producer of tea in the world at 7,660 tonnes, and also 25th in terms of area with 3,990 hectares of tea land.

Madagascar

Madagascar is the 43rd largest producer of tea in the world at 390 tonnes, and 33rd in area with 1,206 hectares of tea land.

Malawi

Malawi is the 16th largest producer of tea in the world at 48,412 tonnes, and 15th in terms of area with 17,849 hectares of tea land. A notable producer of specialty tea from Malawi is Satemwa Tea Estate.

Malaysia

Malaysia is the 24th largest producer of tea in the world at 10,385 tonnes, and 30th in terms of area, with 1,845 hectares of tea land. Malaysia is home to the largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia, the Boh Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands.

Mali

Mali is the 46th largest producer of tea in the world at 96 tonnes, and 45th in terms of area with 93 hectares farmed.

Mauritius

Mauritius is the 33rd largest producer of tea in the world at 1,379 tonnes, and 37th in terms of area, with 622 hectares farmed.

Montenegro

Montenegro is the 45th largest producer of tea in the world at 100 tonnes, and the 44th in area, with 124 hectares of tea land.

Mozambique

Mozambique is the 18th largest producer of tea in the world at 32,000 tonnes, and 12th in terms of area, with 31,190 hectares of tea land.

Myanmar

Myanmar is the 8th largest producer of tea in the world at 104,743 tonnes, and 7th in area, with 88,806 hectares of tea land.

Nepal

Nepal is the 21st largest producer of tea in the world at 24,653 tonnes, and 14th in area, with 28,522 hectares farmed. One notable producer of specialty tea from Nepal is Jun Chiyabari.

New Zealand

There is only one major tea producer in New Zealand, Zealong. Zealong is a producer of high-quality wulong and black teas in Hamilton on New Zealand’s North Island.

Nigeria

There are several tea producers in Nigeria, including a tea plantation owned by Lipton in Agbara.

North Korea

As bizarre and unlikely as it sounds, it seems the North Koreans began efforts to grow tea in 1982 with an edict by Kim II Sung. They call the tea Kangryong, after Kangryong County in South Hwanghae Province, the sole area the tea is produced. Apparently, they produce enough tea to satisfy many teahouses in the capital, and some have even tried it. More press about it.

Pakistan

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council states that tea is being produced in Pakistan. It claims that the most suitable areas for growing tea are the districts of Mansehra, Battagram, Swat and AJK.

Panama

Panama produces tea, but no official data on output is available. 

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the 26th largest producer of tea in the world at 5,729 tonnes, and also 26th in area, with 3,952 hectares farmed.

Peru

Peru is the 31st largest producer of tea in the world at 2,177 tonnes, and also 31st in area, with 1,578 hectares farmed.

Portugal

Portugal is the 47th largest producer of tea in the world at 62 tonnes, and 48th in area, with just 14 hectares farmed. The only notable tea producer in Portugal is Cha Gorreana on the island of S. Miguel that has been in operation since 1883.

Russia

The Russian Federation is the 40th largest producer of tea in the world at 554 tonnes, and also 40th in area, with 470 hectares farmed.

Rwanda

Rwanda is the 19th largest producer of tea in the world at 25,931 tonnes, and 16th in terms of area, with 16,889 hectares of tea land.

Seychelles

Seychelles is the 48th largest producer of tea in the world at 13 tonnes, and 47th in area, with 28 hectares.

South Africa

South Africa is the 32nd largest producer of tea in the world at 1,585 tonnes, and 34th in terms of area, with 773 hectares of tea land.

South Korea

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is the 29th largest producer of tea in the world at 2,505 tonnes, and 28th in terms of area, with 2,256 hectares of tea land. The largest tea-growing region here is Boseong County; other notable producing areas are Jangseong County, Jeju Island, and Hadong County.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the #4 largest producer of tea in the world at 349,699 tonnes, and #3 in terms of area, with 233,909 hectares of tea land. They grow tea all over the island, but mostly around the Southern mountain ranges. The Sri Lanka Tea Board holds trademarks for the following growing regions: Sabaragamuwa, Nuwara-Eliya, Dimbula, Ruhuna, Uva, Uda Pussellawa, and Kandy. We visited there recently to explore some different styles of tea.

Taiwan

Taiwan is the 22nd largest producer of tea in the world at 13,443 tonnes, and the 21st in terms of area, with 11,511 hectares of land. They are known primarily for the production of wulong teas. They grow tea over the entire island, from the flatter lands to the West to the slopes of the five mountain ranges running along the East coast.

Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania is the 17th largest producer of tea in the world at 36,614 tonnes, and 18th in terms of area, with 15,548 hectares of tea land.

Tasmania

Even though Tasmania is technically a part of the Australian Commonwealth, we’ve separated it for ease. To our knowledge, there is a single producer of tea in Tasmania, called Dry Ideas, who can now claim to be the most Southern producer of tea in the world, and they grow enough tea to sell locally and online.

Thailand

Thailand is the 14th largest producer of tea in the world at 58,015 tonnes, and 23rd in area, with 8,819 hectares of tea land. The areas around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the North are the major tea producing regions in Thailand.

Turkey

Turkey is the 6th largest producer of tea in the world at 234,000 tonnes, and 8th in area, with 82,108 hectares of tea land. Turkey’s tea production is concentrated in and around Rize Province.

Uganda

Uganda is the 13th largest producer of tea in the world at 63,633 tonnes, and also 13th in area, with 29,929 hectares of tea land.

United Kingdom

Tregothnan tea estate produces tea outside of Truro, England. Also, small tea farms have begun to pop up across Scotland. The first was Wee Tea Plantation. In 2016, a Scottish Tea Growers Association was formed.

United States

There are many small tea farms in the United States, with the largest in South Carolina, owned by Bigelow. The largest concentration of tea producers is in Hawaii.

Vietnam

Vietnam is the #5 largest producer of tea in the world at 260,000 tonnes, and also #5 in terms of area, with 123,188 hectares of tea land. We’ve explored the tea-growing regions before, in addition to the history of tea production there.

Zambia

Zambia is the 36th largest producer of tea in the world at 948 tonnes, and the 35th in area, with 659 hectares of land.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is the 20th largest producer of tea in the world at 25,434 tonnes, and the 24th in area, with 7,201 hectares of tea land.