The WINE industry is highly fragmented both in terms of production and sales. Over the past few years there has nevertheless been a movement towards consolidation with mergers and acquisitions in all regions.

The wine industry includes:

  • 1050 wholesalers, all largely export-focused, the most internationally active of which export up to 90% of their merchandise

  • 870 cooperative cellars

  • 110,000 wineries

  • All together, these different businesses employ:
  • 75,000 direct employees, of which 27,500 are employed by wholesalers

  • In total, FEVS wine wholesale companies represent:
  • €15 billion in turnover: 50% from French sales and 50% from export sales

  • 35 million hl sold, making up:

  • 70% of the volume sold in France

  • 80% of the volume exported

  • 75% of AOC/AOP wine production (appellation d'origine contrôlée, appellation d'origine protégée)

  • 70% of vin de pays production, Protected geographical indication wine production, Geographical indication wine production, and wine produced without geographical indication

  • The SPIRITS sector is much more concentrated. The top ten producers generate 80% of the spirit industry's turnover.

    In the spirits sector, there are:

  • 500 companies, 20% of which have more than 10 employees

  • 19,100 agricultural jobs

  • 8900 direct jobs

  • 9000 suppliers (printers, glass makers, etc.)

  • The spirits sector generates €4 billion in net turnover.

    In 2009, more than 45.4 million 12-bottle cases of spirits products totalling €2.25 billion, were exported.


  • Our 550 members are companies doing most of their business outside France.

  • They are located in all of France's productive regions, including Alsace, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Beaujolais, Champagne, Charentes, Calvados, Côtes du Rhône, Languedoc Roussillon, Provence, Val de Loire, and the Southwest.

  • Our member companies often provide an essential contribution to the economic activity of their regions.

  • There are both large international companies as well as local operators.Together, our members are responsible for 85% of all French wine and spirits exports.

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