French wine consumption at 30-year low

Friday, 7 December, 2012
Panos Kakaviatos, Decanter
The French are drinking less wine on a regular basis than ever before, a new survey has found.

A detailed demographic report on wine consumption – issued last week at the Vinitech wine and spirits trade show in Bordeaux – indicates a continued downward trend in wine consumption in France.

In 2010, the average amount of wine consumed per person in France came to 46.6 litres per year, down from 104 litres in 1975, according to France AgriMer, which promotes agricultural and marine products in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture.

Based on a survey of 4,004 French people aged 15 and over, the study found that while there are more ‘occasional drinkers’, the number of ‘regular drinkers’ has fallen dramatically.

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