Obviously the the bigger the volume of wine produced by a country, the higher the number of drinkards. Funny, right?, but I guess my assumption could be rationalised to an extent. On the other hand, however, such countries will have lessened heart related issues, since moderate consumption of wine tends to make the heart stronger. My opinion this is..
Here are the preliminary figures for 2016 for the biggest wine producers according to OIV statistics:
- Italy, 48.8 Mhl
- France, 41.9 Mhl
- Spain, 37.8 Mhl
- USA, 22.5 Mhl
- Australia, 12.5 Mhl
- China, 11.5 Mhl
- Chile, 10.1 Mhl
- South Africa, 9.1 Mhl
- Argentina, 8.8 Mhl (a decrease of around 30% compared with 2015 due to the weather conditions)
In total the world produced 259 million hectolitres in 2016. World consumption is estimated at 240 million hectolitres.