Wine sales in Czech leapt in the week that a spirits ban was implemented

Wine sales in Czech leapt in the week that a spirits ban was implemented

Last month's ban on spirits in Czech has benefited wine sales in the country, according to recent figures.

A Nielsen agency survey, based on data from retail chains operating in Czech, found that sales of still wine in the week ending 16 September leapt by 40% compared to the previous four weeks. Sparkling wine sales also leapt, by 39% in the same period, the survey said late last week.

Spirits with an abv of 20% or above were banned in the country on 14 September. The ban, which lasted 13 days, was introduced by authorities in the country after a spate of poisonings linked to methanol found in bootleg rum and vodka killed at least 20 people.

Sales of beer fell in the period, however, although Nielsen’s senior client executive, Zdenek Palán, blamed this on the relatively cold weather in September.