List of Tea Producing Countries in the World

Being World of Tea, we have identified the following list of 62 tea producing countries across the globe. 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 tea growing operation.

Argentina

Argentina is the tenth largest producer of tea in the world and the largest tea producer in South America.

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 fortieth largest producer of tea in the world.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the twelfth largest producer of tea in the world.

Bhutan

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

Bolivia

Bolivia is the thirty-fifth largest producer of tea in the world.

Brazil

Brazil is the thirty-fourth largest producer of tea in the world.

Burundi

Burundi is the fourteenth largest producer of tea in the world.

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 twenty-seventh largest producer of tea in the world.

Chile

Chile is home to the Salus Tea Plantation.

China

China is the largest producer of tea in the world. China is the birthplace of specialty tea and the diversity of tea styles produced there is unparalleled. Notable growing regions, ranked by tea production, include:

  1. Fujian Province
  2. Yunnan Province
  3. Zhejiang Province
  4. Sichuan Province
  5. Hubei Province
  6. Hunan Province
  7. Anhui Province

Colombia

Colombia is the forty-fifth largest producer of tea in the world. A notable producer of specialty tea in Colombia is Bitaco Tea Estate.

Congo

Congo is the twenty-ninth largest producer of tea in the world.

Ecuador

Ecuador is the thirty-sixth largest producer of tea in the world. The largest tea producer in Ecuador is Te Sangay.

El Salvador

El Salvador is the thirty-ninth largest producer of tea in the world.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the twenty-fourth largest producer of tea in the world.

France

Réunion Island is the only part of France that grows tea, and it’s the thirty-eighth largest producer of tea in the world.

Georgia

Georgia is the thirty-second largest producer of tea in the world.

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 forty-first largest producer of tea in the world.

India

India is the second largest producer of tea in the world. 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.

Indonesia

Indonesia is the seventh largest producer of tea in the world.

Iran

Iran is the eighth largest producer of tea in the world.

Japan

Japan is the eleventh largest producer of tea in the world. Much of Japan’s production is green tea and machine-harvested. Notable growing regions, ranked by tea production, include:

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

Kenya

Kenya is in the top five, being the third largest producer of tea in the world.

Laos

Laos is the twenty-fifth largest producer of tea in the world.

Madagascar

Madagascar is the forty-second largest producer of tea in the world.

Malawi

Malawi is the Fifteenth largest producer of tea in the world. A notable producer of specialty tea from Malawi is Satemwa Tea Estate.

Malaysia

Malaysia is the twenty-third largest producer of tea in the world. Malaysia is home to the largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia, the Boh Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands.

Mali

Mali is the forty-seventh largest producer of tea in the world.

Mauritius

Mauritius is the thirty-third largest producer of tea in the world.

Montenegro

Montenegro is the forty-sixth largest producer of tea in the world.

Mozambique

Mozambique is the eighteenth largest producer of tea in the world.

Myanmar

Myanmar is the ninth largest producer of tea in the world.

Nepal

Nepal is the twenty-first largest producer of tea in the world. 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 is the forty-fourth largest producer of tea in the world.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the twenty-sixth largest producer of tea in the world.

Peru

Peru is the twenty-eighth largest producer of tea in the world.

Portugal

Portugal is the forty-eighth largest producer of tea in the world. A notable tea producer in Portugal is Cha Gorreana on the island of S. Miguel that has been in operation since 1883.

Russia

Russia is the forty-third largest producer of tea in the world.

Rwanda

Rwanda is the twentieth largest producer of tea in the world.

Seychelles

Seychelles is the forty-ninth largest producer of tea in the world.

South Africa

South Africa is the thirty-first largest producer of tea in the world.

South Korea

South Korea is the thirtieth largest producer of tea in the world.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer of tea in the world. 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.

Taiwan

Taiwan is the twenty-second largest producer of tea in the world and is 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

Tanzania is the seventeenth largest producer of tea in the world.

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, just beating out a farm in Chile, and they grow enough tea to sell locally and online.

Thailand

Thailand is the sixteenth largest producer of tea in the world. The areas around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the North are the major tea producing regions in Thailand.

Turkey

Turkey is the sixth largest producer of tea in the world. Turkey’s tea production in concentrated in and around Rize Province.

Uganda

Uganda is the thirteenth largest producer of tea in the world.

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, the largest is in South Carolina and is owned by Bigelow. The largest concentration of tea producers is in Hawaii.

Vietnam

Vietnam is the fifth largest producer of tea in the world.

Zambia

Zambia is the thirty-seventh largest producer of tea in the world.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is the nineteenth largest producer of tea in the world.

2018-05-15T08:40:32+00:00

About the Author:

Tony has been studying tea for over ten years and has traveled to many tea producing regions throughout Asia. His book, "Tea: A User's Guide" is available now.

7 Comments

  1. zainul abedin shabbir ali August 16, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

    its really good information about tea in the world

  2. Jo-Nell May 25, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the info. I was actually wondering about which countries grow tea.

  3. Sheryl May 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this! Hope to find more stat details on how many tons each tea-producing country make per year, prices, export information etc. But this one’s a gem. Thanks!

  4. John Bickel May 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Hard to verify, being where it is, but there is this about tea from North Korea: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/894339.shtml

    • Jordan G. Hardin May 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Whoa! Thanks for the link. Added! I did a quick search and it seems you’ve actually tried their tea? Super interesting.

      • John B June 1, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

        I tried it and reviewed it. The only conceivable way to get it, besides visiting North Korea, is to get if from a guide that goes there, which is what I did. There is a chain of North Korean restaurants linked directly back to the country with a few branches around Asia; it’s possible visiting one of those might work. No matter if you go to North Korea or not there’s a chance they’ve tried to grow tea and had problems and what you buy is just a Chinese import.

  5. Geoff May 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    The Tasmanian outfit does sell their tea comnercially, but through a separate tea vendor in Tasmania called “The Art of Tea”.

    As to this list …

    SOOOOOO many countries to add to my want list!

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