Played football last night for the first time in a while. It was hot and humid. I feel great now, though.
Some facts and figures that arrived in a release from the EU press office. Thought you might be interested.
- The UK is the biggest wine importer in the world by value.
- Wine represented 5.4% of agricultural output in the EU in 2004
- Land holdings: 3.2 million hectares in 2005, with more than 1.5 million holdings. This represents 2% of land farmed in the EU
- EU wine production 2000-2005: 166-196 million hl. (vinified production + production of grape musts and juices)
- Wine consumption in the UK is going up, at the expense of beer, and red is now more popular than white. Per capita consumption went up by 40% over the past decade.
- However, in the EU as a whole, consumption has been going down continuously. It fell by over 10% between 1983 and 2003, though the rate is now slowing.
- EU consumption of quality wines now almost equals that of table wine.
- Wine imports from non-EU countries have been growing, up to almost 11.8 million hl in 2005. Exports have been increasing, but at a much slower rate than imports, reaching about 13.2 million hl in 2005.