FRANCE’S RICH WINE HERITAGE
France had 800,000 hectares of vines in production in 2015, with almost 448,000 hectares of this given over to producing certified protected designations (appellations d’origine protégée – AOPs). Wine growing makes up 15% of France’s agricultural revenues while accounting for only 3% of the land area used.
THE WORLD’S #2 WINE PRODUCER
On average, France produces 50 million hectoliters of wine a year, equating to 16% of global wine output. In 2015, it was the world’s second largest producer after Italy. The wine industry accounts for nearly 600,000 jobs in France, half of them indirect, including over 142,000 wine growers and 3,000 sommeliers. (larvf.com)
A GLOBAL LEADER FOR WINE EXPORTS
30% of French wines are sold in export markets. In 2015, France’s sound reputation in the industry saw it export 14 million hectoliters of wine for nearly €8.3bn and 1.7 million hectoliters of spirits worth €4bn. Cognac accounts for only just over a quarter of spirit sales volumes but two-thirds of export revenues.
PRODUCTS EXPORTED THE WORLD OVER
In 2015, the top two customers for French wine by sales volume remained Germany (16% of exports) and the United Kingdom (13%), followed by China and Belgium. In 2015, the United States – the fifth largest customer by sales volumes – became the leading destination for French wine export revenues, which totaled €1.3bn. (FranceAgriMer) .