French fall out of love with wine

16th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 15 (AFP) - The number of French people drinking wine has dwindled to a new low, according to figures published Thursday, with nearly 40 percent of those of drinking age saying they never touch the stuff.

PARIS, Sept 15 (AFP) - The number of French people drinking wine has dwindled to a new low, according to figures published Thursday, with nearly 40 percent of those of drinking age saying they never touch the stuff.

Only 32 million French now consume wine, roughly half the entire population, and only 21 percent of people aged 15 and over in the country regularly drink it, said the National Interprofessional Office of Wine (Onivins).

The figures confirmed a long downward trend. In 2000, 24 percent of those polled were declared regular tipplers. In 1980, the figure was 51 percent.

Onivins said the amount wine-drinkers in France drank had also halved over the past four decades, going from 160 litres per person per year to around 67 litres today.

The statistics underline a crisis that is sweeping the French wine industry, which is suffering from shrinking domestic consumption and increased competition in export markets from "New World' wineries in Australia, Chile, South Africa and the United States.

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