Wine Production in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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During the past five years, the Wine Production industry has enjoyed robust growth, underpinned by rising domestic and international interest in English wine as warmer than average weather for much of the past decade improved grape yields and wine quality, helping winemakers produce sparkling wines to rival any on the continent. The industry has a bright future ahead, with demand for UK-produced wine expected to grow strongly over the five years through 2018-19 as the reputation of English sparkling wine on the international stage continues to rise and consumer demand for locally produced, high-quality products stimulates domestic sales.

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Although wine has been produced in the United Kingdom since Roman times, wine making has been little more than a hobby during modern times. During the past decade however, a number of major international awards caused the world to taken notice of English wine. Wine is produced in the south and south east of the country and is mainly of sparkling wine in the Champagne style.

During the past five years, the Wine Production industry has enjoyed robust growth, underpinned by rising domestic and international interest in English wine. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Steven Connell, “warmer than average weather for much of the past decade improved grape yields and wine quality, helping winemakers produce sparkling wines to rival any on the continent”. Interest in UK-produced sparkling wine has also been helped by rising demand for quality food and wine. Industry revenue is projected to increase a compound annualised rate of 7.9% over the five years through 2013-14 to reach £79.4 million, including growth of 2.1% in the current year.
Despite strong growth in revenue, profitability has grown at a much slower rate than revenue. The United Kingdom is a high-cost wine producer compared with other larger producers. The cool climate, relatively low yields and lack of scale and scope of production result in high costs and low margins for local wine producers. The inherent risk and volatility of the industry has also been highlighted by the sharp falls in wine production witnessed since 2011-12, following extremely wet and cold weather. During 2012, leading producer Nyetimber was forced to scrap an entire harvest. This is not expected to impact the industry until 2014-15, when the 2012 harvest would have reached supermarket shelves.

The Wine Production industry has a bright future ahead, with demand for UK-produced wine expected to grow strongly over the five years through 2018-19. Revenue is forecast to contract in 2014-15 as producers lose sales following earlier weather driven declines in production. Connell adds, “the industry should bounce back strongly thereafter as the reputation of English sparkling wine on the international stage continues to rise and consumer demand for locally produced, high-quality products stimulates domestic sales”. Forecast warmer than average global temperatures should benefit winemakers, boosting grape yields and industry profitability.

The Wine Production industry displays a low level of market share concentration with the top four producers accounting for less than 15% of industry revenue in 2013-14. However, this is expected to increase significantly over the next few years as more wine is sold in supermarkets and export markets.

For more information on the Wine Production industry, including latest industry trends, statistics, analysis and market share information, purchase the full report from IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research.

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Participants in this industry produce wine from wine grapes. Grapes are either purchased or grown and harvested on estate. Products include still and sparkling wine of red and white varieties, and fortified wines such as port and vermouth. Brandy is not included in this industry.

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