China and Russia are set to break into the top ten of light wine consuming countries by 2010, according to research from wine trade fair Vinexpo.

Vinexpo, the Bordeaux-held wine event, issued research into current trends and outlook to 2010 for global wine and spirits markets.

Although both countries are expected to enter the top ten within three years, the research noted that neither China nor Russia are expected to break into the top ten for per capita consumption of wine.

China should reach the number nine spot in light wine consumption by 2010, with Russia just ahead of it in eighth place, Vinexpo said on Wednesday (10 January).

Other notable trends included the forecast that France would drop a further place down the chart of wine markets by value.

The country, which fell behind the US to second place globally in 2005, is expected to be overtaken by the UK by 2010. The UK is expected to record a rise in value terms of around 11.3% in 2010 against 2005's figures, generating around US$9.48bn.

France, meanwhile, is expected to dip by 1.71% in 2010 compared to 2005, to $8.7bn.

Vinexpo, which is held every two years in Bordeaux, commissioned the research from International Wine & Spirit Record.