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Germany wine consumption reaches new record

Published:  23 July, 2008

Per capita wine consumption in Germany has reached a new record high of 20.6 litres during the past year (mid-year to mid-year).

The figures on table wine consumption, researched by the German Viticultural Association on behalf of the German Wine Institute, show 16.9 million hectolitres of domestic and imported still wines were sold in Germany in the period August 2006 to July 2007.

When converted to per-capita consumption, this works out as an increase of a half a litre per person, compared to the previous year.

Around 80% of these sales are in the off-trade with only 20% in the on-trade.

During the same reporting period the consumption of sparkling wine remained unchanged at 3.7 litres per person, the same as during the 2005/2006 period.

The two figures combined show still and sparkling wine consumption per person is now 24.3 litres per person.

This volume puts the Germany in fourth place among the world's largest consumer markets for wine. France is first (33 million hl), followed by Italy and the USA.