We read on www.vitisphere.com that the European Union has published figures concerning the EU wine production in 2011. Total volume produced within the union in 2011 was 165 million hectolitres (an increase by 1.5 % from 2010).
39 % of the production is wine with the highest classification (Appellation d’Origine Protegée, Denominazione di Origine Protetta etc.).
The five biggest wine countries by volume within the EU in 2011 are:
- France, ~50 million hectolitres
- Italy, ~42 million hectolitres
- Spain, ~39 million hectolitres
- Germany, ~10 million hectolitres
- Portugal, ~5 million hectolitres
Germany increased its volume from 2010 by 36 % thanks to warm summer temperatures. In Italy and Portugal, on the other hand, high temperatures and a lack of water meant a considerable loss of volume. France increased its production by 10.7 %.
The rest of the world together produces approximately 100 million hectolitres.
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