Australian wine now accounts for a higher share of the market in Britain than French wine, according to the latest research.

Britons now drink 38% of all wine exported from Australia and 225m of this wine was drunk in Britain last year.

But although Australian vineyards have been selling more litres of wine than the French, they have actually made less money, according to the research by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This is due to the strong Australian dollar and competitive pricing against other new world wines.

Six of the top ten wines sold in Britain last year were Australian.