Wine consumption in the Czech Republic last year rose by almost 10% last year, according to figures released yesterday. Market research agency GfK Praha has reported that over 150m litres of wine were sold on the Czech market last year, an increase of 9.7% year-on-year.

High-quality wine sales accounted for 31.5% of total wine sales in 2003, an increase of 13.5% year-on-year.

Wine brands with a retail price of up to CZK30 (US$1.11) per bottle accounted for 34% of total volume and represented 17% of the total revenue from wine sales in the country.

Brands sold at between CZK30 and CZK60 per bottle accounted for 31% of total volume and 27% of sales. Wine brands, sold at between CZK60 and CZK90 represented 28% of total volume and 27% of sales.

Imported wine brands accounted for 11% of wine consumption in the country. Wine imports to the Czech Republic increased by 30% year-on-year.

Going forward, the year-on-year increase in wine consumption this year is expected to reach a maximum of 6%.