A French study has listed cities around the world where people drink the most wine. Is there a city near you in the top 10? See below.
More wine is drunk in Paris than in any other city, according to new research on the biggest wine drinking cities released by France’s INSEEC business school. It crowned Paris as ‘the world capital of wine’.
Parisians drink the equivalent of 697 million bottles of wine per year, according to the stats, which were compiled with help from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
That’s almost 69 bottles per person over the age of 15 annually, although of course Paris also receives many tourists throughout the year – many of whom combine wine and travel.
Paris is the only French city on the list.
It’s of little surprise to see London and New York high on the list, given their population densities and the amount of wine consumed in the UK and US.
But, they came fourth and fitfh respectively and neither could top Buenos Aires, which came second behind Paris, and the Ruhr industrial zone of Germany – grouped as one urban area – was in third place.
Italian cities ranked very well, with Milan, Naples and Rome all making the top 10. On a per capita basis, those three would have have finished joint second behind Paris.
INSEEC’s wine and spirits institute compiled the data using OIV wine consumption estimates and also population figures. INSEEC’s original chart put consumption in millions of hectolitres. One hectolitre equals 100 litres.
The original INSEEC chart on the biggest wine drinking cities:
The US became the world's largest wine market last year, overtaking France for the first time as French drinkers continued