What do the French drink at home?

FranceAgriMer, a body linked to the French Ministry of Agriculture, has recently published statistics on how much still wine the French households buy and drink at home (sparkling wine not included).

The French buy a little less wine every year. Last year each household bought in average 41, 44 litres of wine which is a decrease of 0,5 %. On the other hand, they spend more money on each bottle. The average price has gone up and is now 3,17 euro per liter.

The French buy mostly red wine (58%). Rosé is 25% of the purchases and the whites account for 17%. Half of all the wine they buy is AOC (appellation wines), 28% are IGP (“Indication Géographique Protégée”, the old “vin de pays’ category), 11% is Vin de France (wine without a specified origin, called” vin de table “earlier), 8% are foreign wines and 3% are EU wines without specified origin. For the appellation wines Bordeaux accounts for 26%, Rhône Valley for 19%, Loire Valley for 12% and the South West for11%.

The big surprise for me is the figure for rosé wines. 25%! It must be the 35-hour week that forces people to spend too much time on a sunny terrace…

Read the whole report here.

An old farm house, where Linnaeus was born

An old farm house, copyright BKWine Photography

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