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Wine’s Mammoth Water Footprint: 120 Liters To Make One Glass?

I ran across a surprising article in the Economist this week (Thirsty Work) which tells me that it takes 960 liters of water to make a single liter of wine. Or 720 liters of water for a 750 ml bottle.

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That Economist article was based on data obtained from the Water Footprint Network which  told me that wine has a mammoth water footprint — considerably larger than most NBA players:

“Water footprint: 120 litres of water for one glass of wine. One glass contains about 125 ml of wine. Most of the water behind the wine is for producing the grapes.”

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After considerable clicking around, I found no solid data. Do any readers have an idea if this is accurate?

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