World wine production down in 2010, top 12 countries

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Just like vineyard acreage, world wine production shrunk in 2010. The total volume of wine produced in 2010 is estimated to be 263 million hectolitre, down from a bit over 270 Mhl in 2009.

Bottles aging in the cellar
Bottles aging in the cellar, copyright BKWine Photography

Here’s the split on continents:

  • Europe: 66%
  • Amercias: 19%
  • Asia: 5.5%
  • Oceania: 5%
  • Africa: 4%

The New World has gained 7% points on the old world over fifteen years. World wine production peaked in 2004 at just under 300 Mhl.

The 12 leading wine producing countries in 2010 were (“OIV forecast”):

  1. Italy: 48.6 Mhl
  2. France: 45.3 Mhl
  3. Spain: 36.1 Mhl
  4. USA: 19.6 Mhl
  5. Argentina: 16.3 Mhl
  6. China: 13 Mhl
  7. Australia: 11.2 Mhl
  8. South Africa: 9.2 Mhl
  9. Chile: 8.8 Mhl
  10. Russia: 8.2 Mhl
  11. Germany: 7.2 Mhl
  12. Portugal: 6.8 Mhl

It is interesting to note that China has moved up to the world’s 6th biggest wine producer. There is a lot of buzz around China as a wine buyer (a market for wine) but apparently it is also catching up on production. It has overtaken both Australia, South Africa and Chile.

(Source: OIV World Wine Production 2010)

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