Monday, 3 November 2014

Why are the French on top of the world?

This week, it has come to the attention of Ideal Wine Company that France has overtaken Italy to once again become the world’s foremost producer of wine.

What does this mean for the world of wine?
Whilst global wine production was down for many nations on last year, the French have seen a substantial increase output to regain the number one position – the first time since 2011. Their production for the year is thought to equate to 46million hectolitres.

Runners-up, Italy, but saw production drop 15% this year, to 44 million hectolitres, after a less than ideal harvest. Production in other big producers such as Spain, the US, and Chile also went down.
Whilst Australia and Argentina didn’t see much difference, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany also saw considerable increases in production.

What are the reasons for this?
So it seems a lot of countries have produced then. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOV) blamed the global decline from last year on “significant climatic hazards, which are at the root of these developments, particularly in Europe.”

However it appears that these adverse weather conditions didn’t affect French vineyards who saw their production increase by 10% on the previous year.

A turning tide..?
Interestingly though, whilst the French have been producing more wine, it has been reported that they are drinking less of it.

French wine consumption fell by 7% this year as the United States beat them to become the world’s largest consumer of wine, despite only having half the output as their transatlantic counterparts. 
The report also found that ten countries alone were responsible for 80% of the world’s wine production. In order, these countries are: France, Italy Spain United States Argentina Australia China South Africa Chile and Germany

Final thoughts…
We at Ideal Wine Company would like to congratulate the French for their rise back to the summit of the wine world. Ideal Wine Company can’t speak highly enough about the wine making regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, the two foremost regions where our vintages originate from.