France Reclaims Title as World’s Largest Wine Maker

France has reclaimed its crown as world’s biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy’s wine production plunge 15%.

French vignerons will produce around 46.2 million hectoliters of wine — about 6.16 billion bottles — this year, up 10% from a year earlier. Italy, whose winemakers have out-produced France’s for the last two years, will produce 44.4 million hectoliters of wine in 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine.

Total world wine production is set to fall 6 % this year to 271 million hectoliters. Spain, which leapfrogged France into second place in 2013, will see its wine production fall 19% this year to 37 million hectoliters, the organization said. (AP)

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