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The United States
- The United States accounts for 7.2% of the world's wine production (fourth after France, Italy and Spain in that order).
- This 7.2% share of world wine production is accomplished on just 4% of the world's vineyard acreage.
- Our nation accounts for 9.5% of world wine consumption at just over 553 million gallons per year. This is third after France ( nearly 938 million gallons) and and Italy (over 824 million gallons).
- U.S. per capita consumption of wine is among the lowest of all the beverage groups at 2.01 gallons annually. This compares with about 54 gallons per capita for soft drinks and over 30 gallons for coffee. Moreover, per capita wine consumption in the U.S. is much below that of most of the other major wine-producing countries of the world. The United States ranks 34th on this list. Per-capita wine consumption of France and Italy, the top-ranked producing countries, was 15.8 gallons and 14.3 gallons, respectively.
- U.S. exports of wine represent 4% of the world export market. The United Kingdom is our top export market, followed by Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and, Sweden. Exports totaled over $560 million in 2000.
- There are currently more than 2,700 bonded wineries in the United States, and many are small, family-owned and -operated wineries.