The United States is the world’s largest market for wine, as U.S. consumers bought 29.1 million hectoliters of wine in 2013. This is the first time the U.S. beat out #france as the biggest consumer of wine in the world, according to a report from Reuters.
But, even though the U.S. might be the biggest market for wine, we’re still not the world’s biggest wine drinkers per capita. That honor still goes to France, where the average person imbibes 1.2 bottles per week — 6 times more than Americans. Guess we need to step it up, American wine lovers.
Interestingly, however, wine consumption in European countries has fallen overall, even if they still drink more than Americans.
“In countries such as France, Italy and Spain, people used to drink a lot of wine, but consumption habits are changing,” OIV director general Jean-Marie Aurand said on the sidelines of a news conference in Paris.
“We drink less wine by volume, more quality wine. And there is also competition from other drinks such as beer.”