A wine shortage could soon affect many areas in the world. On Oct. 30, FOX News reported that a 300 million case undersupply (in 2012) coupled with a steady 8% increase in wine consumption are the leading causes for this indefinite shortage. Researchers say that there might not be enough wine to go around in the coming years.
"A major reason is because wine production in Spain, France and Italy--the world’s three largest wine-producing countries making 60 percent of the world’s wine--has sharply decreased as less land is being used to grow grapes," FOX News reports.
A possible wine shortage isn't good news for people who enjoy drinking wine on a regular basis. For those who enjoy an occasional glass, the shortage likely won't affect them at all. Wines made in the USA, for example, will likely still be plentiful. The United States consumes about 12% of the world's wine. Countries in Europe (like Italy) are known for their high wine consumption. China has seen a rapid increase in wine consumption -- over the past 5 years, consumption is up 150% according to the report.
"There is some good news in all of this. Another report released this week by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine suggests that there will be a global increase in wine production in 2013. However, the report also states that the world’s vineyards are shrinking and it will be hard to make supply keep up with demand in the long run," FOX News reports.
News of a wine shortage could just be precautionary -- there will always be wine somewhere right? Plus, there's always beer...
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