This is an interesting report amongst all the doom and gloom being announced recently. Vinexpo have commissioned this report ahead of their big wine show in Bordeaux (June 21-25).
The interesting figures are the massive decline in French(-18%) wine consumption and the steady surge of Australian(+27%) wines in the UK.
These stats sometimes have to be treated carefully....as the largest volume of wine is still controlled by the supermarket chains, and one big Australian promotion or one duff French harvest can obscure the figures. However it is encouraging to be optimistic that people will still regularly enjoy wine over the next few years! 1.62 billion bottles a year...Wow. A 12% rise in wine imports since 2003.
These stats also show that we have beaten Germany at something!!!