Sparkling wine sales in the UK are higher than ever, as fizz grew a further 12% last year.
According to figures released by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), sales of sparkling wine and champagne have soared by 72% since 2012 and are now up from 112 million bottles to around 156 million.
In the on-trade, sparkler sales increased 18% in volume and 7% in value last year, bringing the total number to just under 24m bottles worth £485 million.
‘The WSTA view is crystal clear. Brexit negotiations must avoid disruption to existing trade, a view that is strongly supported by our colleagues in the EU wine and spirit trade. We are working together to forge a plan that keeps our historic trade flows intact, regardless of any posturing – either in Westminster or Brussels.’
The WSTA’s Wine Report features a snapshot of recent consumer polling carried out by the association.