French wine/alcohol facts
France produces more wine than any other country (550 million cases produced per annum which is five times more than Australia at 110 million cases pa).
A third of all French wine produced is exported - is worth more than 10 billion euros a year and is increasing especially from Asian (including Australia) demand.
Wine and spirits were the second-largest contributor to France's trade balance after the aerospace industry and ahead of the perfume and cosmetics sector.
Australia is one of the top 10 largest importers of champagne.
France has 10 principal wine producing regions and has its own identity including grape types. Appelation controlée laws guarantee a wine's origins and style.
72% of the adult French population finds it difficult to understand French wine labels.