French wines squeezed off top spot

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Lack of rain and a heatwave led to just 1% increase in French production in 2015, meaning Italy regained top spot for amount of wine made.

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France was knocked off the number one position for wine production by Italy, in the latest global figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), released on Wednesday. Overall, global wine production was up 2.0 percent on last year, to 275.7 million hectolitres (Mhl), although the organisation was still waiting to confirm figures from China and Russia, reports RFI.