Devastating news: wine production has hit a four-year low.
In fact, over the past 16 years it’s only been this low a couple of times, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.
We can’t blame Brexit for this one, either.
The culprit is actually changes to the climate, causing particularly bad weather in France and South America, where a large proportion of wine is produced.
In France, the second largest producer of wine, output is predicted to fall by a whopping 12 per cent due to hailstorms, frost and droughts affecting its vineyards. Even the thought is enough to make you counterproductively reach for the corkscrew.
This is bad news, especially for the countries that drink the most wine.
According to the below chart by Statista, people in these countries are going to be the worst hit:
In at first place is the Vatican City, where people drink 54 litres of wine every year on average.
This is followed by:
- Andorra, where people drink 46 litres
- Croatia and Slovenia, where people drink 44 litres
- France, where people drink 43 litres
- Portugal, where people drink 42 litres
- Switzerland and Macedonia, where people drink 40 litres
- Moldova, where people drink 34 litres
- Italy, where people drink 33 litres
- Austria, where people drink 30 litres
- Uruguay, where people drink 29 litres
- Greece and Sweden, where people drink 28 litres
- Germany, where people drink 25 litres
- And finally, the UK, where people drink 22 litres
The average bottle of wine contains 0.75 litres, meaning people in Vatican City put away 72 bottles of wine each every year.
Incidentally, around five million tourists visit Vatican City every year.
Coincidence? We don't think so.