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the third year in a row of a "sharp decline" in wine drinking among the Chinese

www.eatthis.com by 01/06/2021  

Decanter has the annual report from the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV). From their research, the OIV estimates that globally, the world drank 23.4 billion liters of wine in 2020. While the report indicates a drop in wine production and consumption between 2019 and 2020, there are a few countries that held the bottle steady… or even tipped their glasses a little extra last year.

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Of the nations Decanter ranked, Chinese wine consumption actually saw one of the most drastic changes, dropping at a rate of 17.4% over 2019. OIV reported this was the third year in a row of a "sharp decline" in wine drinking among the Chinese. Dr. Qin Ma, a viticulture professor at the China Agricultural University, told Forbes that one cause of this decrease is that a significant segment of Chinese wine drinking is done in bars and restaurants, such as at business dinners or happy hour-type gatherings with friends—which was off the table during the pandemic.