The world of wine is changing, but changing slowly. Over the last few decades, world wine production and con consumption have shifted from "traditional" countries to "new" wine countries. The latest numbers from the International Organisation for Wine and Wine show some of these changes.
Every year France and Italy compete for the top spot among the world's wine-producing countries. In 2014 France was the world's biggest wine producer, according to the preliminary numbers from the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine), producing almost 47 million hectolitres (=4.5 billion liters). Italy is far behind with just under 45 million hectolitres. The previous year, 2013, it was the other way around. Italy was the biggest producer.
This has been the case more or less "forever", as long as wine statistics have existed. France and Italy in the two top spots, followed by Spain, a distant third.