As February 18, 2014 is National Wine Drinking Day, I figured I’d write a post to give some interesting wine facts to impress your friends at your next wine drinking soirée. Today is the day to grab that bottle of wine you’ve been meaning to drink, but didn’t have an excuse to drink it. Put your glasses up and imbibe on the nectar of the Gods!
There are a total of 8,391 wineries in North America. 7,762 are in the United States, with the majority of the rest in Canada.
The U.S. is the second largest consumer of wine behind France and 4th in production behind France, Italy, and Spain.
The average bottle in the U.S. costs around $10.
An average vineyard produces 3 tons of grapes per acre.
1 Ton of grapes makes about 2 barrels of wine.
There are roughly 300 bottles of wine in a barrel.
It takes roughly 2 1/2 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine.
In 2013, archaeologists found a wine cellar in Israel that contained the equivalent of 3,000 bottles of wine (well… what used to be wine) that dated back to 1700 BC! (article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/22/old-wine-cellar-israel/3667621/)
The Airen variety (white wine grape) is widely recognized as the most planted wine grape