22 February, 2008

How are your sparkling wine sales going?

"They are generally good.†We sell about three or†four cases a week because†there are so many varieties now. We sell nine or†10 varieties, such as Jacob's Creek, Freixenet, Chenet, Lindemans

and Wolf Blass. Sales have been†generally high over the†past few years."

Paher Hamza

Hops & Grapes


"Prosecco is definitely selling well. Customers would much rather buy that than an entry-level Champagne for £19. We do stock a Cremant d'Alsace which is very nice but doesn't sell that well. We don't stock any cava."

Samantha Findley


London SW6

"Non-Champagne sparkling wine is selling very well, particularly Champagne-style blends. We noticed an increase in Prosecco sales about nine months ago, but that seems to have tailed off now. We now stock another Prosecco-style wine from Italy that's like a fruitier Champagne which sells well."

Miles Lilliot

Cellar Door Wines, St Albans

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