Number crunching: 15 facts and figures about the wine industry

We’ve compiled a list of 15 intriguing facts and figures to do with the wonderful world of wine:

Wine production and consumption

  1. By 2021 the world will be consuming 224.5 billion dollars’ worth of wine each year, an unprecedented amount!1
  2. The USA was the largest consumer of wine by volume in 20173
  3. Italy will be the biggest producer in 20184
  4. France was the 2nd biggest producer and consumer of wine (in hectolitres) in 20162 and 4
  5. China will become the 2nd largest consumer in volume by 20202

The premiumisation of wine by 20211

  1. The premium sector (bottles between $10-$20) is set to increase by more than 60 million cases
  2. …while the low-cost sector (bottles under $5) will decrease by more than 75 million cases

The increasing popularity of sparkling wines, especially Prosecco1

  1. In 2021, Prosecco will overtake Champagne and 40 million cases will of it be produced.
  2. 2%: the average yearly growth of Prosecco until 2021 due to an increased demand from the American market
  3. By 2021, Champagne exports will increase dramatically

Wine in France2

  1. France accounts for 10% of the world’s total surface area of vineyards, i.e. 750,000 hectares or 1 million rugby pitches.
  2. France attracts 10 million wine tourists a year
  3. Viticulture is France’s biggest agricultural sector (in value) and 558,000 people are employed in this industry
  4. 97% of French people consider wine to be a part of French cultural heritage
  5. In 2020, a French person will consume on average 43 litres of wine a year (in 1975 it was 100 litres!)


  1. According to a study by Vinexpo/IWSR
  2. According to Vin et Société
  3. According to a study by the IWSR (Jan 2018)
  4. According to the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin


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