The consumption of wine in Germany fell 3.1% in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, according to the German Wine Institute (DWI), reaching 533m litres.

Red wine accounted for 51.8% of the total sales, compared to 42.7% last year. Of that total German produced wines accounted for 30%, an increase of 0.6%. French wines followed with a share of 24.6%, up 2.0 percentage points. Italy's share at 16.5%, was flat on the first half of 2002.

White wine accounted for 39.7% of sales, a fall of 8.9%. German white wines accounted for 62.1% of the total, falling 2.3% on last year. Italy held 11% of the share, with France controlling 6.2%.