Wine: Bubbling up beneath the surface

WHILE the past year has not been a vintage one for wine sales in the Scottish on-trade, with sales down almost £15 million, the category’s total value sales of £420.6m show that wine is still a huge force to be reckoned with for operators.

And although Champagne brand Moët & Chandon retained pole position amongst wine drinkers in Scotland’s pubs and bars, there was plenty of change amongst the other big players in the category.

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Italian winery Fantinel has grown its prominence in licensed outlets as it moved from eighth to second, according to CGA’s data.

But the biggest mover in the category was Oliver & Greg’s, which was acquired by C&C Group in 2013. The brand’s range covers the licensed trade’s most popular varietals and has rocketed up 12 places within a year to become the Scottish on-trade’s third-biggest wine brand.

Meanwhile, Accolade Wines-owned Stowells remained in the top five brands in the category in fourth place.

Champagne brand Veuve Clicquot rounds off the top five brands, after an effervescent year of sales saw the bubbly fizz up four places.

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Moët & Chandon

Fantinel

Oliver & Greg’s

Stowells

Veuve Clicquot

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