China has topped France and Italy to become the world's biggest consumer of red wine, according to a study by International Wine & Spirit Research commissioned by Vinexpo.
Chinese consumers downed 1.865 billion bottles of red wine last year, contributing to a 136 percent rise in consumption over the past five years, the survey released on Tuesday showed.
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The U.S. remained the world's biggest consumer of all types of wines.
The latest data on red wine consumption shows that China has pushed traditional wine-drinking countries France and Italy into second and third place respectively.