The U.S. wine market continued to show strength in 2016, growing 2.4 percent to 341.1 million 9-liter cases led by a 6.6 percent upsurge in the consumption of total sparkling wines, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2017 Wine Handbook. A strong U.S. economy, employment and wage gains, and larger discretionary incomes all contributed to the category’s growth.
Total domestic wines accounted for 76.8 percent of the wine category, up slightly from last year. The number of U.S wineries also continued to grow, topping almost 8,300, a 4 percent increase. California, the largest wine producing state, continued to capitalize on the increasing popularity of its premium and super-premium wine segments in 2016. Wines produced in Oregon and Washington also continued to show promise as consumers are demonstrating their willingness to explore wine beyond the California segment.
The premiumization trend in the wine market has not slowed but rather continued to evolve in 2016. Consumers continued to seek premium and high-end brands to enjoy at home and in on-premise venues. Sales of wines priced under $10 weakened again this year, with wines in the $10 to $20 range thriving. In fact, many major brands had trouble staying top of consumers’ mind as was also the case last year. Smaller brands are becoming more attractive as word of mouth and social media platforms create unique awareness that is not found in traditional advertising mediums.
Table wine grew to 309.4 million 9-liter cases, a 2.2 percent increase over 2015, as reported by the 2017 Wine Handbook. The champagne and sparkling wine category grew for its 15th consecutive year to 22.1 million 9-liter cases, up 7.8 percent. Domestic sparkling wine reached 11.9 million 9-liter cases, resulting in a 5.2 percent increase in volume, continuing an eleven-year growth streak.
The 2017 Wine Handbook is a comprehensive source of information on U.S. wine industry sales trends. It includes consumption data and projected sales by category and by market, as well as leading brands and historical information. Categories include table, fortified and dessert wines, sparkling and champagne, vermouth and wine coolers. The 2017 Wine Handbook is priced at $925 for hard copy or PDF version and $1,525 for hard copy with accompanying MS-Excel data CD at bevinfostore.com.