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Italy has outstripped France and became the world's biggest producer of wine in 2015 according to European Commission estimates.
This year Italian vintners harvested the equivalent of 48.8 million hectolitres of wine, up 13% over 2014 Compared to the French rivals - who last year were in pole position - Italians harvested the equivalent of 46.45 million hectolitres, down 1% on 2014. The change was due to good weather conditions.
Spain came in third place at 36.6 million hectolitres, down 5% on last year. Germany and Portugal followed in fourth and fifth place with 8.788 million and 6.703 million hectolitres respectively.
Overall EU member countries harvested the equivalent of 163.8 million hectolitres. The figures are based on estimates sent the 28 EU member states to the Commission.
News by ANSA