World wine consumption in 2020 fell by three percent compared to 2019, to its lowest level since 2002, according to a report released by the International Organization of Viticulture and Enology.
"World wine consumption in 2020 is estimated at 234 million hectolitres, which is three percent less than in 2019 and the lowest level since consumption since 2002," the report said.
At the same time, world wine production increased by one percent compared to 2019 and reached 260 million hectolitres.
According to experts, the decline in wine consumption was influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the authorities of various countries to close bars and restaurants and restrict the entry of tourists.
Consumption fell the most in China, by 17.4 percent, and South Africa, by 19.4 percent.