Animated Map of Showing How Wine Consumption Has Increased In The United States Since 1994

Wine Consumption

VinePair has put together this animated map that shows how Americans have increased their consumption of wine per capita over the past twenty years.

American wine sales bottomed out at 449 gallons in 1993. Since then, we’ve drank more wine than the previous year, every year. Of course we’ve added a lot of people since 1993. And that’s what the chart below shows — per capita wine consumption, per state, since 1994. These numbers are actually misleadingly low, as they use the entire state population, instead of the drinking age population…There’s an interesting pattern that you can see at play in the animation. Up here in the Northeast we’ve always been liberal with our wine drinking (and by Northeast we include Florida, our warm weather colony). The same goes for the wine producing states on the West Coast. What we find interesting is that the long, steady increase in American wine consumption isn’t a story of the same-old-people just drinking more wine. Rather it’s more people in more states drinking more wine.

It’s a good thing too, considering that we have over 9,000 wineries in the United States and those wineries outnumber U.S. breweries by a ratio of 3:1.

So drink up, Shriners!

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.