Wine sales in Dutch supermarkets totalled a €1.43 billion (US$1.24 billion) for 2001, Productschap Wijn said yesterday.

French wine is still the clear market leader with 50% of all sales most popular in the Netherlands with 50 pct of volume sales.

But South Africa has gained considerable share now with 11.9% compared to 2.2% in 1995.
Eighty-two percent of wine in The Netherlands is bought in the supermarket at an average bottle price of  €2.67 euro (US$2.31).
Wine sold in specialist retailers by comparison has an average price of  €4.57.