According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, China now has the second-largest vineyard area worldwide after Spain, pushing France into third position. That begs the question: how often have you enjoyed a glass of Chinese wine with your evening meal? Probably not too often. That’s because more vineyards doesn’t necessarily equate to more production – much of China’s vineyard area is used for cultivating table grapes and dried fruit.
Despite falling to third position in vineyard area, France’s 792,000 hectares still produced 46.7 million hectoliters last year, the highest of any country worldwide. French wine exports also came first globally in 2014, bringing in €7.7 billion. Italy comes second for global wine production with 44.7 million hectoliters while Spain rounds off the top three with 41.6 million hectoliters. The United States comes a distant fourth, having churned out 22.3 million hectoliters last year while all those Chinese vineyards only managed 11.1 million hectoliters.