World wine production low and consumption stable 2017, some statistics

OIV, the International Organization for Vine and Wine, recently presented the figures for the wine production in the world in 2017.

The world has now 7.6 million hectares of vines; this figure includes table grapes and raisins.

The production of wine in 2017 was 250 million hectolitres. This volume is historically low due to the difficult weather conditions in Europe.

The consumption of wine in the world was 243 million hectolitres. So the world drinks more or less the same volume as it produces. Consumption has stabilized since the economic crisis in 2008. Even a slight increase has been noticeable since three years back.

If we look at the consumption in individual countries, the US is at the top with 32.6 million hectolitres of wine. France is second with 27 million, Italy in third place with 22.6, Germany fourth with 20.2 and China fifth with 17.9 million hectolitres. And the world continues to love sparkling wines. Exports have increased by 11.2% in volume and by 8.9% in value since 2016.

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Grape reception at Château Bernateau, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

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