With its ample sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and general laid back state of mind, California has acquired a bit of a party reputation over the decades. So it probably comes as no surprise that residents of the Golden State drink the most wine in the country.
The National Institutes of Health’s examination of national drinking trends found that Californians drink more wine by volume than any other state. Of course, California is also home to world renown wine producing region, Napa Valley, and more wineries than any other state — by a long shot. In fact, 86 percent of the wineries in the country are located in California. California also boasts the largest population, with 39 million thirsty residents, so they have a leg up.
Runners up include Florida, New York, Texas, and Illinois.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Wyoming drinks the least wine, followed by West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Alaska.
Of course, the top five vino guzzling states also have the most residents, while the least wine consuming states have the fewest. So that’s kind of a no-brainer.
To understand which state’s residents actually drink the most wine, you have to look at per capita consumption. On that list, Idaho drinks the most wine, followed by Washington D.C., New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Vermont.
West Virginia, Kansas, Mississippi, Utah, and Oklahoma stay relatively sober, comparatively.
Researches for the study looked at alcohol sales by state from 1977 to 2016.
To see where your state ranks, check out the maps at Vinepair.com.