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French wine/alcohol facts

French wine, spirit exports see record year in 2011

The French consume 60 litres of wine per person a year which is more than any other country in the world. Reds accounts for 60% of French supermarket wine sales, compared with 15% for white and 25% for rose.

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.

Wines from the North of France (e.g. Alsace) are usually made from a single variety of grape (e.g. Pinot Noir), whereas wines further south are typically blends of varietals (e.g. Carbernet Sauvignon + Merlot)

For facts about the annual Montmartre harvest festival held in Paris: click here

For facts about Nov's new beaujolais : click here

Two French cocktails are: kir/royale and the French martini

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