The State of the Wine Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

17 Apr

Fine wine sales in the United States are forecasted to increase by 7-11% this year, according to Silicon Valley Bank’s Annual State of the Wine Industry Report, released on Tuesday.

Along with increased demand, the report’s author, Rob McMillan, projects increased grape and bulk juice prices, fewer private labels, more variation and acreage in plantings, a decline in wine quality for the price paid, and an increase in market share for imported wines.

The report also addresses the emergence of the “Fifth Column,” a group of “disparate, focused companies” that are challenging how wine is distributed, enabling it to be sold direct to consumers, cutting out the wholesaler. Some of those companies include the likes of ShipCompliant, TastingRoom.com, Lot18, VinTank and Naked Wines — believe me, that’s only the beginning.

The report was released in conjunction with a nifty infographic (pictured below) that sums up the institution’s findings.

To dig into the report, download it here, or check out this presentation on SlideShare, which is chock-full of graphs and numbers to get your head spinning.

What are your thoughts on the findings? Any you’d add to the mix based on personal observations?

Image by Erica Swallow

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3 Responses to “The State of the Wine Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]”

  1. Ryan O'Vineyards (@mroconnell) June 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Long live the fifth column! ;D

  2. Manuel Medina (@medinism) April 21, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Made me think of this great article on Tasting Room http://onforb.es/HiVO8l
    at a first glance, more availability of imported wines seems like good news – as it would broaden the choices outside the usual suspects (reds) like merlot or cabs and would get people drinking malbecs, carmeneres, grenaches and more interesting blends – which in turn make those wine more available in supermarkets and convenient stores.

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