Lately I have had a number of people asking me questions about wine and wine consumption. I thought we would re-share a post we did in March of 2014 (with a few updates) so new and old readers can catch up on some statistics. Scattered in between this post are a couple of cools photos from the recent wine harvest in California that our friends at White Oak Vineyards & Winery, and Three Clicks wines have shared on Facebook.
The facts below are from Vinexpo, which calls itself the world’s most influential wine exhibition, and from the Wine Market Council:
- The United States is the world’s number one wine consumer. In 2014, people in the U.S. consumed 339.6 million cases of wine… a figure which is expected to increase by 2% between 2015 and 2019. This is ahead of the global growth rate of 1.4%.
- 60% of the wines Americans drink are red. Our top three reds are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
- The other 40% of the wines we drink are white. Our white consumption is up 10% since 2007. Our favorite whites are Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato and Chardonnay.
- According to industry analysts Malbec, the mellow, hearty red wine from Argentina and elsewhere, is also going fast. Consumption of Malbec is up 21% in the past year.
- Defined as those aged between 21 and 38, millennials are now the largest wine-drinking demographic in the U.S. making up 36% of all U.S. wine drinkers. In 2015, millennials overtook 51 to 69 year-old Baby Boomers (at 34%) for the first time, pushing Generation X – the group aged between 39 and 50 – into third place at just 18%.
- Finally, as Americans drink more wine our French pals are drinking more Coca-Cola – tripling their consumption in the past 20 years to 149 cans a piece per year!
Here are a few more facts on wine:
- A high-yielding vineyard will produce about 10 tons of grapes per acre
- A low-yielding vineyard will produce between two and four tons of grapes per acre
- 1-ton of grapes makes approximately 700 bottles of wine
- A Bordeaux barrel is 59 gallons while a Burgundy barrel is 60 gallons
- One bottle of wine is normally 750 ml which is about 1/5 of a gallon. In the U.S. we normally use barrels holding 59 gallons
- One barrel of wine roughly equals 25 cases, which equals roughly 300 bottles or 1,500 glasses
- A ton of grapes produces approximately 2½ barrels of wine, roughly 60 cases or 720 bottles
- One vine annually produces between four and six bottles of wine, which equals between 20 and 30 glasses
- Each bottle of wine contains 2.8 pounds of grapes; that means that each 5-ounce glass of wine contains a little over a half pound of grapes
- The average amount of clusters per vine is 35. The lower the number of clusters on the vine, the more concentrated the flavor is in the wine
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Until next week,
Please join us for these Upcoming Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club dinners:
October 13, Old World Versus New World Wines, Dinner at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart, 6:30 p.m. (menu coming soon!)
November 10, Spanish Wine Dinner at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart, 6:30 p.m.