“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
Five decades after author Ernest Hemingway’s death, Americans are enjoying and appreciating wine in ever-growing numbers. In fact, the U.S. now ranks as the No. 1 wine-drinking market in the world, with American wine sales hitting a record in 2012.
Wine shipments to the U.S. have climbed nearly 50% since 2001, wine industry consultant Jon Fredrikson said, “and it is likely that American consumption will continue to expand over the next decade as wine continues to gain traction among American adult consumers.”
He added: “The amazing diversity of choices and exciting new offerings are attracting new consumers and boosting consumption.”
The following infographic offers an overview of wine offerings and consumption in the U.S. We’ve got to imagine that Ernest Hemingway—who who was anything but a teetotaler—would raise a glass to these statistics.