UK is world's biggest wine importer

13 January, 2011

UK wine consumption rose by 1.1% in 2010, according to figures released by Vinexpo in partnership with research organisation IWSR.

The figure reached 147 million cases and is expected to increase again by nearly 3% over the next four years.

The UK is the biggest importer of wines, in terms of both value and volume. It is the second largest market for wines in the world, behind the USA – which is due in part to the impact on prices caused by taxation.

But Britons remain 10th in the league table of wine consumers in terms of per capita drinking.

The research predicts further large increases in the UK for sales of rosé and sparkling wine. Rosé sales virtually doubled between 2005 and 2009, making the UK the fourth largest rosé market in the world.




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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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