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Nielsen: Big wineries grab 70% of COVID sales

For the latest 11-week time frame when COVID-19 heavily impacted consumer behaviour (from the week ending 3/7/20 through the week ending 5/16/20), we’ve seen a change in dollar sales in aggregate (from our in-store retail measurement). Total online off-premise alcohol sales are +141.5% year-over-year for the one-week period ending 5/16/20.

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Chinese wine drinkers up import wine purchase volume amid pandemic

Chinese wine drinkers have upped their purchase volume and spend on imported wines in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. China’s 50 million drinkers of imported wine found more occasions to drink wine during the COVID-19 restrictions, and bought more wine using online retailers, according to a new report published this week by Wine […]

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The Chinese wine market has started to recover thanks to bulk wine

Up to March 2020, wine imports into China accounted for 136 million litres during the year-on-year period, representing only 5% less compared to this time last year; taking into account the COVID-19 outbreak, these are very positive figures. Despite the impact of the pandemic, wine purchases are witnessing an upward trend and have surpassed 35.5 […]

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Premium wine falls victim to coronavirus

Premiumisation might be over for wine as producers look to offer value ahead of prestige to an uncertain market. Coronavirus has unleashed the beast, and now, that beast is menacing the cushiest corners of wine country. While wine sales generally have been less than ideal in recent years, much of the premium segment has managed […]

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Blog: Wine sales defy doom and gloom

The US wine industry is experiencing an unusually good time during the pandemic lockdown. Two months into the COVID-19 economic crisis and the outlook for the wine industry is surprisingly great. Wine sales are up by enough in the grocery and chain stores measured by Nielsen to offset the complete collapse of restaurant and tasting […]

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Grapes left out of USDA’s $19 billion coronavirus direct relief program for farmers

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance program on April 17, 2020. CFAP will use funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA existing authorities. This $19 billion immediate relief program includes direct support to agricultural producers as well […]

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Accolade Wines names partner to drive growth in US

Accolade Wines has appointed Quintessential – a family owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, California – to represent some of its iconic brands in the US. Under the partnership, Quintessential will initially represent flagship Accolade brands including Hardys, Grant Burge and St Hallett from Australia, Mud House and Hay Maker from New […]

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Concern in Champagne as sales collapse

A continued slump in Champagne sales has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time since 2009, the total amounts of bottles sold dropped under 300 million, even if the turnover broke another record: €5 billion for 297.6 million bottles sold.

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Coronavirus pandemic forces traveling winemakers to change plans

As the coronavirus spread around the world, Nick Goldschmidt had to race out of Chile before the United States closed its borders in March. The vintner took the last flight out to Houston, Texas, then spent 14 days in quarantine at his home in Healdsburg. Flying winemakers travel the globe, often making exotic varietals and […]

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UK wine consumption frequency up, but spend less per bottle

Wine drinkers in the UK have increased their consumption frequency, but are spending less per bottle as purchase channels change. The UK’s 28 million wine drinkers expanded their wine occasions to include during the day, with online catch ups and with lunch more frequently during the lockdown, according to new data published today by Wine […]

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Austria’s family of protected and designated origins has grown: Wachau now a DAC region

A change long in development has now become official: the Wachau is Austria’s newest (and fifteenth) DAC winegrowing region. On the three levels Gebietswein (regional wine), Ortswein (“villages” wine) and Riedenwein (single-vineyard wine), regionally typical wines will now bear the protected designation of origin “Wachau DAC”. The Vinea Wachau’s categories Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd will […]

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Coronavirus tests Hong Kong wine merchants online

Wine merchants in Hong Kong started the year of 2020 optimistic. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. Survival more than profit is now the top priority for the city’s 4,000-strong merchants. By the end of January when mainland China placed 1.4 billion people under a nationwide lockdown to slow the virus spread, it has become clear […]

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Most diverse global wine cohort for Sommelier Wine Awards 2020

The results of the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) 2020 are in, revealing the competition’s most diverse line-up of winning wines to date. The UK’s leading on-trade wine competition has seen some of the fastest growing trends in the industry come to light, with stand-out entries from categories including orange wines, Semillon and Japanese wines, with […]

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Champagne sales plummeted 80% between March and April

It can estimated that the drop in sales over the two months is 80%. Every venue where Champagne is consumed is closed. When you produce wine for celebration and partying, the impact of the current situation is inevitable. The health crisis has brought our industry to a standstill, and winegrowers, shippers and co-operatives are all […]

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Increased wine consumption during US lockdown

US drinkers have increased wine consumption during lockdown, led by more involved drinkers, as interest in locally produced wine surges America’s 77 million regular wine drinkers upped their frequency of wine consumption during the pandemic lockdown, despite the closure of many on-premise establishments, according to new consumer research out this week. The new Wine Intelligence […]

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Brazilian wine drinkers prioritising saving over spending

Whilst Brazilian wine drinkers are still valuing wine, they are prioritising saving over spending during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Wine Intelligence Brazil Wine Landscapes 2020 report. According to the report, Brazil’s affluent middle class are planning to avoid big vacations, new cars and other major purchases and are prioritising saving money once […]

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