From WINE SEARCHER – AFP | 29-Jan-2014
China tops world league of red wine drinkers dethroning France as the world’s largest consumer, according to a market survey issued by Vinexpo. 155 milion cases (12 bottles, 9 litres) i-e 1.86 billion bottles of red wine were consumed in China in 2013 – an increase of 136 % compared with 2008. France’s total was 150 million cases, followed by Italy (141 million), the US (134 million) and Germany (112 million). These figures show the ever-growing thirst in China for red wine, due to its perceived health benefits and to the highly symbolic importance of the color red.