Germans drink more wine

The wine consumption in Germany has risen.

Wine consumption in Germany rises: blue: still wine; red: sparkling (litre per capita) / source: Deutscher Weinbau Verband
Wine consumption in Germany rises: blue: still wine; red: sparkling (litre per capita) / source: Deutscher Weinbau Verband

Germans are drinking more wine. The wine consumption balance confirms: Germans consumed 17.2 million hectoliters of domestic and foreign wine in the wine year (from 01.08.2019 to 31.07.2020). This corresponds to a per capita consumption of 20.7 liters of still wine, 0.6 liters more than in the same period of the previous year, converted to 83.1 million inhabitants.

The balance drawn up by the German Viticulture Association on behalf of the German Wine Institute (DWI) includes consumption in the catering trade as well as purchases in retail and from producers. „The fact that wine consumption has risen despite some of the restaurants that are closed can also be attributed to unusual holiday trips abroad. And more wine was bought in stores and supplies were replenished”, explains DWI managing director Monika Reule.

However, the consumption of sparkling wine fell over the same period. 2.6 million hectoliters were consumed, which corresponds to a per capita consumption of 3.2 liters and thus 0.1 liters less than in the same period of the previous year.

In a global comparison of wine and sparkling wine consumption, Germany ranks fourth with 19.8 million hectoliters. According to the International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV), the largest consumer market is the USA (33 million hl), followed by France (26.5 million hl) and Italy (22.6 million hl).

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