New Zealand sauvignon blanc could disappear from shelves as Christmas approaches
Some of the UK’s favorite wines could disappear from supermarket shelves this Christmas amid a global shortage.
A combination of bad weather, labor shortages and rising shipping costs threaten Britain’s wine supply, with price hikes likely to follow, warns Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).
The wine regions of Marlborough, Nelson and Wairarapa in New Zealand, the second largest producer of sauvignon blanc grapes in the world after France, saw their yields drop by 20% from 2020, while frosts and inclement weather in France should result. in a 29 percent drop in French wine production.
The UK, one of the biggest export markets for Sauvignon Blanc, also struggles with supply chain issues such as a lack of truck drivers, fueling speculation that consumers may be in short supply. the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Elsewhere, wine production in California has been hit hard by wildfires, while extreme summer droughts and wildfires in Italy are expected to result in a 9% drop in yield.
And in Champagne, France, the birthplace of the eponymous sparkling wine, harvests are down 60%.
Chris Stroud, European Market Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers, comments: “New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is one of the British favorite wines, but it is quite possible that consumers will find it harder to get their hands on this. winter.
“The high demand coupled with a significant shortage of vintage, as the combination of labor shortages and increased shipping costs affect supplies, means that there will be difficult decisions to be made to meet the demands of customers. business customers, retailers and consumers. “
He adds: “The wines of the 2021 vintage promise to be something special, but the question may simply be whether there is enough for everyone.”
James Reed, managing director of New Zealand House of Wine, acknowledged that while there had been issues with the harvest and supply chain issues, he was hopeful consumers could enjoy their favorite wines this year.
“Do I think the consumer will not be able to buy Sauvignon Blanc or New Zealand wines at Christmas? Probably not, ”he said. The independent.
“There will likely be less variety in the market, as some wineries have been hit a bit harder than others, but I don’t think there will be a total shortage of wine available. I know we – and other retailers – do our best to make sure they have enough inventory to support their customers.
Almost a third (32%) of UK adults who drink alcohol said wine was their favorite alcoholic beverage, according to a survey released by YouGov in January.
Beer and spirits came second in the rankings, with 25 percent each.