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Revealed: The countries that quaff the most wine per capita

One bottle down, 75 to go
One bottle down, 75 to go Credit: ALAMY

Tomorrow is National Drink Wine Day, an American invention that Telegraph Travel wholeheartedly believes is worth celebrating on UK shores too. But which nationalities need absolutely no excuse to tuck into a nice bottle of plonk? 

The map above shows the world according to wine consumption per capita. Those countries or territories that appear in darker colours drink the most, those in lighter colours drink the least. 

Andorra: big mountains, lots of wine Credit: MAP/APG

So which country takes the crown? The proud title of most fervent vino guzzler goes to Andorra. According to the Wine Institute, the country consumed 3,936,000 litres of wine in 2014 (the most recent year for which comprehensive statistics are available). Given that just 69,165 people call the Pyrenean principality home, according to the UN, that's an impressive 56.9 litres per head. Or the equivalent of 76 bottles. 

Minors, we can only assume, are not contributing to that figure. So it's fair to suggest that the average Andorran adult consumes even more. However, the figure may also be bolstered by visitors to the country. Andorra is a popular ski destination and tax haven. A good deal of that consumption could be in the form of après-ski and duty-free shopping.

Which way to the pub?

Second on the list is the Vatican City, where 56.2 litres of wine are consumed per capita. We'll put that down to the frequency of Holy Communion, not Pope Francis's drinking habits. Croatia, Portugal and (quelle surprise) France complete the top five. The UK, where 21.3 litres are polished off per person, languishes in 29th.

The US consumes more wine than any other country – 3,217,500,000 litres in 2014 – but that's just 9.9 litres per capita, putting it 55th overall. European countries dominate the upper end of the table, with Slovenia, Macedonia, Switzerland and Italy all in the top 10, and Austria, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Spain and Belgium in the top 30.

France is fifth Credit: Tof Locoste - Fotolia/Franck Caillet

Caribbean nations also score highly, with winter sun tourists surely helping Aruba, the Cayman Islands and Sint Maarten crack the top 40. And a little of the Gallic love of wine has clearly rubbed off on Saint Pierre and Miquelon, 10th overall. 

20 destinations that drink the most wine per capita

  1. Andorra - 56.9 litres
  2. Vatican City - 56.2
  3. Croatia - 46.9
  4. Portugal - 43.7
  5. France - 43.1
  6. Slovenia - 42.5
  7. Macedonia - 40.4
  8. Falkland Islands - 38.5
  9. Switzerland - 37
  10. Italy - 34.1
  11. Saint Pierre and Miquelon - 32.7
  12. Moldova - 30.7
  13. Austria - 29.4
  14. Uruguay - 28.1
  15. Greece - 27.5
  16. Romania - 27.4
  17. Saint Helena - 25.8
  18. Bermuda - 25.8
  19. Sweden - 25.7
  20. Germany - 25

At the other end of the scale are, unsurprisingly, Muslim countries. Pakistan consumes the least per capita: 0.00019 litres. Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Bangladesh follow. Three times more wine is consumed in the Falkland Islands (population 2,912) each year (112,000 litres) than in the whole of Pakistan (population 192,826,502). 

There's more wine in the Falkland Islands than the whole of Pakistan Credit: ANTON IVANOV

10 destinations that drink the least wine per capita

  1. Pakistan - 0.00019 litres
  2. Yemen - 0.00022 
  3. Afghanistan - 0.00075 
  4. Syria - 0.0008
  5. Bangladesh - 0.0012
  6. Eritrea - 0.00168
  7. Egypt - 0.00241
  8. Sudan - 0.00269
  9. Tajikistan - 0.00277
  10. Saudi Arabia - 0.00354