Wine consumption grows in Spain for the first time in decades. The Observatorio Español de los Mercados del Vino states in its 2016 report that the demand for wines had an annual growth rate of 2.5% to 4%, reaching a total of 9.8 million hectoliters.
At the international level, in absolute figures, the United States leads the world ‘ranking’ with 31.8 million hectoliters of consumption per year; followed by France -27 million-, Italy, Germany, China and the United Kingdom. Spain ranks seventh with 9.8 million hectoliters, surpassing Argentina and Russia, which in 2015 were ahead. It should be noted that Germany is the world’s largest importer of wine, followed by the United Kingdom, the United States and France. In per capita consumption, Spain reaches 21 liters per person.
The recovery of the most important consumption, according to the Observatorio Español de los Mercados del Vino, corresponds to sales in the food, catering, online direct sales and in the own warehouses, without taking into account the difficult data to contrast of self consumption. In this area, data from the Ministry of Agriculture endorsed this upward trend as the value of purchases of wine for consumption in the home grew by 6.1% in one year.