The French wine industry is one of the most storied and respected in the world. And with good reason – France produces some of the finest wines available, enjoyed by connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. But just how much wine does France produce each year? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
12 BILLION Gallons of Wine?
In 2019, France produced a total of 46.7 million hectoliters (just over 12 billion gallons) of wine. Of that total, over two-thirds was red wine, while white wine made up just under a third. Rosé wines accounted for the remaining 5%. In terms of volume, that works out to around 29 bottles of wine for every person in France!
Ranking 4th by Export Volume
Interestingly, despite being the largest producer of wine in Europe, France actually ranked fourth in terms of export volume, behind Italy, Spain, and Germany. In total, French wines worth €9.3 billion were exported last year. The majority of those exports (€4 billion worth) went to the United States, followed by Belgium (€1.4 billion), the United Kingdom (€857 million), and China (€727 million).
A Vintage for Everyone
France is undoubtedly one of the world’s great wine-producing nations. With over 46 million hectoliters produced each year, there’s more than enough to go around! Whether you prefer your wines red, white, or rosé, there’s sure to be a French vintage that suits your taste. So next time you’re looking for a bottle to enjoy with dinner, be sure to give French wine a try. You won’t be disappointed!