What Nation Consumes the Most Wine in the World?
Just as you might enjoy a cold beer in the United States on the Fourth of July, today the French will enjoy their wine to honor their national holiday, Bastille Day, which marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille — the event that signaled the start of the 1789 French Revolution. While the French are known for their love of wine, is it possible Americans drink more wine than the French? The answer may surprise you.
The United States overtook France as the leader in national wine consumption in 2013.
That’s according to Andrea Caumont, Social Media Editor at the Pew Research Center, who writes about some interesting French facts just in time for Bastille day. She notes that the United States consumed 2.9 billion liters of wine compared to France’s 2.8 billion last year.
As a market, the United States may outrank the French in overall consumption, but the French still out-drink Americans 4 to 1 in per capita wine consumption. The same report makes note of the fact that the French on a per capita basis consume 44 liters of wine a year, or 1.2 bottles of wine a week, while Americans drink about 9 liters a year, or a bottle a month.
Happy Bastille Day! Don’t forget to celebrate with a fine glass of wine.
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