The World's Biggest Wine Drinkers

For those of us who are a part of the Wine Ambassador community, it's fascinating to see how wine is embraced by people all over the world. This very short article gives a quick look into how American wine drinkers compare in number to the rest of the world!

The World's Biggest Wine Drinkers

Original article found on on May 17, 2016.

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Some Americans may like to enjoy a nice glass of wine after a long working day, with annual consumption per person in the United States standing at 10.25 liters. Consumption rates are far higher elsewhere, however, especially in Europe. Research from the Wine Institute has revealed that 14 of the globe’s top 15 nations for wine consumption are in Europe, along with Uruguay.


Vatican City is at the very top of the wine-drinking league with an average resident consuming an impressive 54.26 liters a year. Although it may seem surprising that the Holy See grabs top spot, it does have a uniform and unusual demographic. Its residents are older and tend to eat together in large groups while the consumption of Communion wine is standard practice for a large proportion of them. Andorra, another small European nation, is in second place with 46.26 liters consumed per capita. France places fifth, with residents drinking 42.5 liters of wine each year.

At the Wine Ambassador, anything we can add to your overall appreciation of wine and wine culture is our main goal. We hope this article added a little bit more to awareness of how wine is consumed around the world!