Italian Wine Fun facts

Knowing these wine fun facts will not make you an Italian wine expert, however, dropping them on your friends at the right time will surely impress. We will continue to bring you interesting and useful tid bits about wine, especially, Italian.

In the meantime, enjoy these, and make sure you visit the rest of the site on your way to becoming an Italian wine expert.

Italy produced more wine than any other country in the world in 2008, surpassing France for the first time.

Italy produces 20% of the world's wine.

Italy produced over 3.3 billion bottles in 2008.

The U.S. consumes about 3.3 billion bottles annually and growing.

Italy exports 30% of their production to the U.S., over 1 billion bottles, therefore, one in three bottles consumed by Americans is Italian wine.

The U.S. is the fourth largest wine producing country and the third largest consumer.

By 2012, the U.S. is expected to be the largest consumer in the world, according to IWSR, the International Wine and Spirit Record, based in London.

U.S. per capita consumption is about 13 bottles per year.

Italy per capita consumption is over 45 bottles per year.

The U.S. has a long way to go to catch up to Italy in per capita consumption.

As indicated, some of the above stats came from the International Wine and Spirit Record (IWSR).

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