Canadians bought more wine than spirits for the first time last year, according to a report from national data agency Statistics Canada.

National wine sales reached C$4.2bn (US$3.8bn) last year compared with C$4bn of spirits sales, the report said.

Beer remains the most popular beverage alcohol in Canada, the report said, with sales up 3.3% to C$8.4bn last year. However, wine sales rose faster, enjoying growth of 6.5%. Spirits sales rose 2.3%.

Quebec accounted for one-third of all wine consumption in Canada with the province buying C$1.4bn worth of wine last year. A significant rise was also noted in Saskatchewan with a 16.5% increase in wine sales.