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Italy 42.15 liters pp

That brings us to Italy, once the world’s wine consumption leader with every person of age averaging some 70 plus liters per year. Prosperity, modernization and drunk driving laws have all conspired to push that down to a still impressive level. Of course, tourism (some 43 million plus visitors a year) is a big part of Italy’s economy, so one would think that is taken into account here. This leaves me thinking that maybe everything is not as it seems here.

Could the Italians be supplementing their purchases with some that are not being properly tracked? I’d be shocked, shocked I tell you! How could that possibly happen in the world’s number one wine producing country?

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Really funny about Andorra. I'm planning the ground portion of our Europe trip and every time I open a book, it falls open to Andorra. Which is about 2 pages worth. Is there a message, something in the zeitgeist? Andorra's numbers could also be swayed by the fact that lots of Spanish and French tourists go there to ski or get away from the cities, and there's apparently lots of shopping. Turks and Caicos gets a lot of honeymooners, so the numbers are probably skewed by complimentary bottles of cheap bubbly in the suites.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM


  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    And those numbers in Spain? Too weird. They give away the tapas so you'll drink the wine, and it works well. Maybe everyone makes their own and it doesn't enter into the stream of commerce. Or maybe they are shipping it out of the country to get dollars as the Euro trembles.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Andorra is on my list of places to visit. been through Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, and San Marino as a youngster but would like to revisit those as well on a grand tour of Europe's micro-nations!

    Jun 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM


  • Snooth User: ezh
    490972 8

    Bait and switch - headline said "Top Wine Producing" article was about "Top Consuming" I would be interested to see a comparison between the two.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM


  • Snooth User: libish
    1016463 5

    Numbers could be up do to lack of taxation/customs duty.
    20 years ago Information Please Almanac listed blackmarket as one of the top industries. In the early 70s it was like going back to the 1300s.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM


  • I am an Andorran citizen. It is true that Andorra has only about 85,000 people living there, but each year receives about 8,551,000 Visitors. Andorra for the visitors it is a kind of duty free shop country, and wine is cheaper than in the neighbour countries (France and Spain). On the other hand, in Andorra we have extremely good Wine and Spirits boutiques, where you can find wines from all over the world. Of course you can buy there the best of the best french, italian,spanish, portuguese, american and so on. Moreover, we have one of the best Single Malt Scotch Whisky boutiques in the world (Cava Benito), a place to find extremely old and rare scotch.

    Jun 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM


  • Snooth User: brittmc
    514670 13

    Where is the article about Wine-producing countries?

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM


  • Snooth User: Isaac42
    98135 26

    Every time I see one of these articles, it gets me wondering how much wine is being drunk by those who actually drink it. A supposedly moderate drinker (two 5-ounce glasses a day, or ~two fifths of a bottle per day) will drink about 110 liters of wine per year, far higher than the numbers given. Yes, I understand that there are children that skew the numbers, as well as adults who don't drink, and that there are some who drink far more than the average as well. But in France or Italy, what is the median amount consumed per year among those who consume wine regularly?

    Jun 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM


  • Snooth User: ps
    70694 347

    Interesting! I wonder what we can learn from countries that consume a lot of wine? Just as others here I wonder what causes higher consumption - more social people, cheaper wine, nearby production, it's just part of the culture?

    Jun 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM


  • Snooth User: alegobibra
    1116745 8

    Thank you for sharing this information. As a (hopefully) future import/exporter of wine, you have provided me with helpful information on which countries to focus on. I would never guess that some of the places mentioned here would fall on this list.

    Jul 01, 2012 at 6:10 PM


  • We have ben working hard since this post was first published in order to raise the UK up the results table.

    The London Olympics have indeed inspired us.

    <a href="http://www.sedimentblog.com">The Sediment Blog</a>

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM


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