Americans Open to Purchasing Wine From Various Countries

    NEW YORK , N.Y. – March 20, 2012 – While wine drinking is not linked as closely to American dining and culture as it is with that of some European nations, most Americans buy and drink wine-only 38% say they never buy a bottle of wine. And, almost half of U.S. adults over 21 say they drink wine several times per month (48%) and over one in five say they usually purchase 4 or more bottles of wine per month (22%).

    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,056 adults surveyed online between February 6 and 13, 2012 by Harris Interactive.

    Whether it’s for convenience, cost, patriotism, personal preference or something else, a large majority of adults who buy or drink wine say they buy or drink wine from the United States (89%). Sizeable numbers say they buy or drink wine from Italy (37%), Australia (34%) and France (33%) while one in five or fewer buy or drink wine from Chile (21%), Spain (21%), Germany (20%) or Argentina (19%). Smaller numbers buy or drink wine from New Zealand (11%), South Africa (9%), Portugal (8%) or Brazil (6%) and very few buy or drink wine from Greece, Israel, Bolivia, Turkey or Poland (3% or less).

    Despite what wine Americans are currently purchasing, half or more who buy or drink wine say they would consider purchasing wine from the U.S. (85%), Italy (62%), France (60%), Australia (50%) and Spain (50%). One quarter or more would also consider purchasing wine from Germany (42%), Argentina (38%), Chile (38%), New Zealand (38%), Portugal (36%), South Africa (31%), Greece (30%), Brazil (30%) and Israel (25%). While the numbers relating to buying and drinking habits have remained fairly constant since 2008, the numbers for consideration of each country’s wine are higher. This may indicate that while tastes evolve, habits are slower to change.

    Consistent with that theory, 78% of adults who drink wine say they sometimes or frequently purchase a bottle of wine that they have had before. This practice is most common among older adults and women. Over half of Matures, aged 67 and older, say they frequently purchase a bottle of wine they have had before. This compares to 50% of Baby Boomers, aged 48-66, 40% of Gen X, aged 36-47, and just 32% of Echo Boomers, aged 18-35, who say the same. Almost half (46%) of women say they frequently purchase a bottle of wine they have had before compared to 41% of men who do.

    As oenophiles know, wine can range in many things including quality, origin, taste and certainly price. When wine drinkers were asked how much they spent on the last bottle of wine they purchased, 61% reported paying $14 or less-35% paid between $10 and $14 and 26% paid less than $10; 20% paid $15-$19, 11% paid $20-$29 and 8% paid $30 or more. While it doesn’t seem that most wine drinkers regularly spend over $30 on a bottle of wine, 34% say that they have spent that much before.

    When it comes to how often Americans are purchasing wine, there are some generational and regional differences:

    • Matures (27%) and Baby Boomers (25%) are more likely than Echo Boomers (21%) and Gen Xers (20%) to purchase 4 or more bottles of wine per month;
    • Matures are also purchasing considerably more wine overall, with 10% buying 11 or more bottles per month, compared to 8% of Baby Boomers and just 2-3% of Gen X and Echo Boomers who do the same;
    • Adults in the Midwest buy wine least frequently-13% buy 4 or more bottles per month compared to 24% of those in the South, 25% of those in the East and 29% of those in the West who purchase that amount; and
    • Adults in the West seem to buy the most amount of wine, with 10% reporting purchasing 11 or more bottles per month.

    So What?

    Most Americans purchase wine and many show an interest in broadening their horizons in terms of what kinds of wine they buy. Wine makers and marketers would do well to reach out to these consumers-many seem to buy the same bottle out of habit rather than lack of interest in trying something new. It also seems that while Americans generally spend on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of wine pricing-which may be a result of difficult economic times and less disposable income-many purchasers buy several bottles per month and return to labels that are familiar, making them very valuable consumers for wine companies to engage with.

     

    TABLE 1

    HOW OFTEN BUY WINE

    How often do you, or does someone in your household buy a bottle of wine?

    Base: All adults aged 21 and over

    Dec 2008

    Feb 2012

    %

    %

    Never

    39

    38

    HAS PURCHASED WINE (NET)

    58

    59

    Once a month or less often

    39

    36

    Two or three times a month

    9

    13

    Once a week

    5

    6

    Twice a week or more often

    5

    4

    Not sure

    3

    3

    Note: Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding


     

     

    TABLE 2

    HOW OFTEN DRINK WINE

    How often do you drink wine?

    Base: Adults who drink wine

    Dec 2008

    Feb 2012

    %

    %

    Once a month or less often

    54

    49

    Two or three times a month

    18

    18

    Once a week

    7

    8

    Twice a week or more often

    20

    22

    Note: Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding

     

    TABLE 3

    COST OF WINE BOUGHT

    The last time you bought a bottle of wine, approximately how much did you pay per bottle?

    Have you ever purchased a bottle of wine for personal consumption that cost at least $30?

    Base: Adults who buy wine or drink wine

     

    Dec 2004

    Dec 2008

    Feb 2012

    Cost of Last Bottle Bought

    %

    %

    %

    $30 or more

    5

    9

    8

    $20-29

    12

    11

    11

    $15-19

    19

    23

    20

    $10-14

    32

    30

    35

    Less than $10

    31

    27

    26

    Ever bought bottle of wine costing $30 or more

    36

    37

    34

     


     

     

    TABLE 4

    WHICH COUNTRIES’ WINES BOUGHT OR CONSUMED

    Do you ever buy or drink wine from any of the following countries?

    Base: Adults who buy or drink wine

    Dec 2004

    Dec 2008

    Feb 2012

    %

    %

    %

    U.S.

    91

    90

    89

    Italy

    44

    37

    37

    Australia

    32

    37

    34

    France

    40

    34

    33

    Chile

    16

    20

    21

    Spain

    N/A

    22

    21

    Germany

    23

    22

    20

    Argentina

    9

    18

    19

    New Zealand

    10

    12

    11

    South Africa

    6

    10

    9

    Portugal

    N/A

    8

    8

    Brazil

    N/A

    3

    6

    Greece

    5

    4

    3

    Israel

    4

    4

    3

    Bolivia

    1

    2

    1

    Turkey

    N/A

    1

    1

    Poland

    1

    1

     

    Other

    N/A

    N/A

    6

    N/A=Not applicable. The country was not offered as a choice at that time.


     

    TABLE 5

    COUNTRIES WHOSE WINES WOULD CONSIDER BUYING

    Which of the following countries’ wine would you consider buying?

    Base: Adults who buy or drink wine

    Dec 2004

    Dec 2008

    Feb

    2012

    %

    %

    %

    U.S.

    87

    83

    85

    Italy

    73

    61

    62

    France

    64

    61

    60

    Australia

    52

    49

    50

    Spain

    N/A

    47

    50

    Germany

    48

    42

    42

    Argentina

    35

    35

    38

    Chile

    36

    34

    38

    New Zealand

    41

    33

    38

    Portugal

    N/A

    32

    36

    South Africa

    29

    24

    31

    Greece

    36

    28

    30

    Brazil

    N/A

    27

    30

    Israel

    28

    24

    25

    Poland

    25

    19

    22

    Bolivia

    24

    20

    20

    Turkey

    N/A

    18

    21

    Other

    N/A

    N/A

    12

    N/A=Not applicable. The country was not offered as a choice at that time.

     

     

     

    TABLE 6

    REPEAT PURCHASE

    How often do you purchase a bottle of wine you have had before?

    Base: Adults who drink wine

    Feb 2012

    Generation

    Gender

    Echo Boomers (18-35)

    Gen X (36-47)

    Baby Boomers (48-66)

    Matures (67+)

    Male

    Female

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    Frequently/Sometimes (NET)

    78

    70

    79

    81

    86

    75

    82

    Frequently

    44

    32

    40

    50

    55

    41

    46

    Sometimes

    35

    38

    39

    31

    32

    34

    36

    Hardly ever/Never (NET)

    22

    30

    21

    19

    14

    25

    18

    Hardly ever

    17

    23

    15

    16

    10

    19

    15

    Never

    5

    7

    5

    3

    4

    6

    3

    Note: Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding

     

     

     

     

    TABLE 7

    AVERAGE MONTHLY PURCHASE

    In an average month, how many bottles of wine do you usually purchase?

    Base: Adults who drink wine

    Feb 2012

    Generation

    Region

    Echo Boomers (18-35)

    Gen X (36-47)

    Baby Boomers (48-66)

    Matures (67+)

    East

    Midwest

    South

    West

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    %

    0

    23

    23

    22

    24

    24

    27

    23

    20

    23

    1

    36

    39

    33

    36

    33

    34

    42

    34

    33

    2-3

    18

    17

    25

    15

    17

    13

    22

    22

    15

    4 or more (NET)

    22

    21

    20

    25

    27

    25

    13

    24

    29

    4-5

    11

    14

    12

    10

    8

    16

    8

    10

    11

    6-8

    5

    3

    4

    6

    7

    5

    4

    6

    6

    9-10

    1

    2

    1

    1

    2

     

    1

    2

    2

    11+

    5

    2

    3

    8

    10

    4

     

    6

    10

    Note: Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding

     

     

     

    Methodology

    This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between February 6 and 13, 2012 among 2,056 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

    All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words margin of error as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

    Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

    These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

     

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    The Harris Poll® #29, March 20, 2012

    By Samantha Braverman, Sr. Project Researcher, Harris Interactive

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