Global per capita wine consumption 2014/2018, by country

Italy had the highest per capita wine consumption of any country worldwide, at 48.1 liters annually as of 2014. However, by 2018, France is projected to overtake Italy as the leading consumer of wine per capita.

Global Wine Production

In addition to having the highest per capita wine consumption, Italy also produces more wine than any other country. In 2018, the production volume of Italian wine amounted to 54.8 million hectoliters. In comparison, France produced about 49 million hectoliters of wine, and the United States produced nearly 24 million hectoliters of wine in that year.

Wine Consumption Behavior in the United States

In terms of total consumption, the United States consumes more wine than any other country, at 33 million hectoliters in 2018. The most popular varieties of wine among Americans who drink wine are Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet. Only 12 percent of Americans have purchased Shiraz, making it one of the least popular types of wine in the United States. A 2018 survey found that there was a strong positive relationship between wine consumption and income level in the United States.

Per capita wine consumption worldwide in 2014 and 2018, by country (in liters)*

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February 2015



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Supplementary notes

* Legal age drinking population. Includes still and sparkling wine.
** Forecast.

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