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Young U.S. wine consumers prefer imports

by TrevR on February 21, 2007

The Wine Market Council, a non-profit based in the small Napa Valley town of St. Helena, recently issued new research results that found that U.S. wine consumers ages 21 to 30 are more loyal to imports, while older wine-drinkers prefer domestic labels. Not surprisingly, those in the 21 – 30 year old age group were far more likely to purchase wine online versus those in any other age group–highlighting the importance of having an engaging online presence for domestic winemakers.

While a story in Tuesday’s San Francisco Chronicle painted the findings as potential doom-and-gloom for the U.S. wine industry, it did note that “wine consumption continued its record growth rate in 2006″ and that California accounted for 2 out of every 3 bottles sold last year. Not too shabby if you ask me.

The findings do indicate that those in the U.S. wine industry need to dramatically increase their online presence and sophistication in order to reach the younger generations as they come of drinking age. We think one Napa Valley winery, Goosecross Cellars, has already provided a perfect example of how to do just that with its Napa Valley Wine Radio site.

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About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

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  • http://goosecross.com/ Tim Elliott

    Thanks for the link to our wine community site. We are working hard to bring some of the Napa Valley experience online through podcasts, blogging and more. We are finding that this presentation appeals to all age groups, not just the Millennials.

    Cheers,

    Tim Elliott
    Director of Marketing
    Goosecross Cellars

  • http://goosecross.com Tim Elliott

    Thanks for the link to our wine community site. We are working hard to bring some of the Napa Valley experience online through podcasts, blogging and more. We are finding that this presentation appeals to all age groups, not just the Millennials.

    Cheers,

    Tim Elliott
    Director of Marketing
    Goosecross Cellars

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