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More wine consumed in 2007

The Swiss have begun drinking more wine again, after a drop in consumption over the past few years.

In 2007, 280 million litres of red, white and rosé were downed by drinkers, up 3.6 per cent over the previous year.

Foreign wines, mainly those from France, Italy and Spain, are still favoured over local production. But indigenous wines sales grew by 5.7 per cent last year, representing some 108 million litres.

Swiss vineyards covered 14,846 hectares, a figure that remained stable. Fewer white wine grape varieties are planted now, while red varieties are more common.

Pinot noir is the most common variety of grape, covering nearly 4,500 hectares.

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