By the Numbers: Wine and how much we drink each year

 

Beyond the two-buck chuck that's chilling in the back of your fridge, did you know the U.S. is the 4th largest wine producing country in the world? With over 7,000 wineries across the countries, we decided to look at Wine by the Numbers.

-- The United States is the leading wine consuming nation. We consume 4 billion bottles a year. But this wasn't always the case. Wine consumption in the US is now 8 times what it was in 1947.

-- Approximately 35 percent of Americans drink wine. That’s a per capita rate of over three gallons and we spend more than $40 billion on wine.

-- Wine is produced in all 50 U.S. states. Even Alaska has four wineries. 

-- California is the state with the most grape-stomping, with almost 3,500 wineries. 

-- The golden state produces 256.6 million cases which accounts for 61 percent of U.S. wine sales and a retail value of $19.9 billion. 

-- Americans also enjoy foreign vino as 1 out of every 4 bottles is imported.  

-- The most popular price point for wine is the $9 to $12 category.

-- The most expensive wine went for $275,000. It was a bottle of 1907 Heidsick that was lost in a shipwreck and rescued in 1997.

-- The average age of the American wine consumer is 49, which is much older than the people who drink Red Bull and vodka.  

-- Chardonnay, is the most popular wine in the U.S. It has 21 percent market share ,Cabernet Sauvignon is in second place at 15 percent and Merlot is in third place.

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