According to the latest data from the Organization of Vine & Wine (OIV), Spain had 13% of the world’s vineyard area under vine in 2020. China slid from second into third place, at 11%, with France just nudging ahead, also at 11%, while Italy place fourth, with 10%.

The data, from OIV’s State of the Vitivincultural World report, reflects ongoing stabilization of the world’s vineyard surface area since 2017. Planrtings have largely flattened over the past four years, sitting now at 7.3m ha. This is mainly due to the slowdown of China’s vineyard growth, and the EU’s implementation of its plantings scheme, which had handed back some domination to Europe.

The 260, hl of wine produced globally last year was “good news,” according to OIV director Pau Roca, “in light of the low consumption we saw in 2020,” which fell by 3% to 234m hl. The fall oif 7m hl from 2019 to 2020 was analogous to the one seen during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, according to the OIV.