Still wine consumption has fallen in the past five years

Still wine consumption has fallen in the past five years

UK still wine volumes are to return to growth over the next five years but will still fall short of pre-recession levels, according to latest figures. 

Volume saoles of UK wine have dropped by 10% since 2009 to 122.6m nine-litre cases last year, according to an IWSR report compiled for trade show Vinexpo. However, by 2018 volumes are expected to rebound by 5% to 128.7m cases.

The trend will be mirrored by per capita consumption, which is expected to increase by 1% to 21.9 litres by 2018, compared to a 13% drop between 2009 and 2014.

Meanwhile, the IWSR said sparkling wines are expected to outstrip their pre-recession performance.

Volumes of sparkling wines in 2018 will hit 12.5m nine-litre cases compared to 8.8m cases in 2009. The growth stems from continued increases for sparkling wine, which has seen volumes rise by 27% in the past six years.

The IWSR said Prosecco was behind the sparkling wine growth. The Italian wine increased exports to the UK by 43% in 2013.

A Wine and Spirit Trade Association report released last month said on-trade sparkling wine sales in the UK rose 81% to GBP220m last year.