In 2017, Swiss residents downed 249 million litres of wine, around 37 litres per resident over the age of 191. This equates to roughly one bottle of wine per week.
Statistics from 2015 show that 13.8% of the nation don’t consume alcohol. If this is factored in average weekly wine consumption by those who do drink rises to 1.16 bottles.
Total wine consumption in 2017 was 4 million litres lower (-1.6%) than the year before.
87 million litres of the total (35%) was produced in Switzerland. 163 million litres of it was imported, mainly from Italy (41%), France (21%) and Spain (17%) – 79% of imports came from these three.
Switzerland’s largest wine producing cantons are Valais, Vaud and Geneva. In 2017, these three cantons accounted for 69% of Switzerland’s grape growing area: Valais (33%), Vaud (26%) and Geneva (10%).
Switzerland’s most important wine grape varieties are: Chassela/Gutadel (61%), Müller-Thurgau/Riesling-Sylvaner (8%), Chardonnay (6%). In 2017, these three white wine grapes accounted for 75% of the total.
1 Switzerland’s population by age bracket – Federal Statistical Office