Italy overtakes France as largest wine producer
Italy overtook France in 2010 to become the largest wine producer in the world. According to the European Commission in 2010 Italy produced 4.96 billion litres of wine compared to 4.62 billion in France. Production has been more stable in Italy while in France it has fallen.
More worryingly for the French is the fact that Italian Prosecco production now exceeds Champagne - 420 million litres compared to 400 million of Champagne. Italian exports are also on the increase up 15 per cent compared to last year and the UK buys around 12% of Italian wine, behind Germany and the US.