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Wine has been a popular beverage for thousands of years and is a truly global product. However, despite the global popularity of wine, winemaking styles and flavors vary dramatically from different regions.

For those reasons, here’s a look at some of the most important global wine statistics and the countries with the top production.

General Wine Statistics

The Top 10 Producing Wine Countries

The top 10 producing wine countries in the world are:

  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • United States
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Australia
  • China
  • Germany
  • South Africa

Is The Wine Industry Growing?

The wine industry has enjoyed steady growth over the past several decades and is predicted to maintain a growth rate of four to eight percent in 2020 and beyond.

The total wine market is expected to reach $326 billion in 2020.

Which Country Consumes The Most Wine?

The country that consumes the most wine is the United States. In 2019, the estimated consumption totaled 33 million hectoliters. France was the second-highest consumer at 26.5 million hectoliters. 

Top Five Wine Producing Countries

Italian Wine Statistics

While the United States may consume the most wine, Italy produces the most wine in the world. It produced 46,600 hectolitres of wine in 2019, though this was a slight decrease from 2018. The most popular Italian winemaking region is Veneto, which produced about $2.2 billion worth of wine exports alone. 

The U.S. is Italy’s leading export destination of wine, with Germany second and England third.

French Wine Statistics

It’s no surprise that France made the top five list and is the second-largest wine-producing country. Wine is the second most exported French good, with exports totaling a record $15.3 billion in 2019.

The U.S. was again the leading export destination of French wine in 2019 totaling $3.9 billion. This was a 3.9 percent increase from the previous year, though a 25 percent duties tax on French still wines to the U.S. will likely harm exports for 2020.

United States

The U.S. is a leading consumer of wine, though it also produces about 800 million gallons of wine

California is the most popular winemaking destination in the U.S. and is responsible for over 90 percent of all of the country’s wine production. In fact, California wine had a retail value of $43.6 billion in 2019.

In 2019, the U.S. exported about 98.1 million gallons of wine, though it has been steadily declining since 2014.

Spanish Wine Statistics

Argentina is quickly becoming a popular winemaking country and has enjoyed steady growth over the past several years. Experts predict that this Latin American country’s wine production value will total $16.6 billion by 2022.

It currently dedicates approximately 218 thousand hectares to winemaking, and the total wine export value from Argentina is about 700 million euros. The U.S. is the top export destination.

Argentina

Approximately 218 thousand hectares of land are dedicated to winemaking in Argentina. The total wine export value from Argentina totaled 700 million euros, and the top export destination was, again, the U.S.

Argentina is quickly becoming a popular winemaking country and has enjoyed steady growth over the past several years. Experts predict that this Latin American country’s wine production value will total $16.6 billion by 2022.

Final Thoughts

COVID-19 has certainly impacted the wine industry, though many experts agree that it will continue to remain strong worldwide. For vineyards and retailers that learn to adapt and offer online resources, this is just a launchpad to sales and connection at a larger scale. Learn more about how we can deliver wines from around the world to your doorstep.