Cork Finished Wines Lead the Way in Expanding Premium Wine Sales
The Cork Quality Council has tracked wine sales by closure type for the Top 100 Premium Wine Brands since 2010. Nielsen Scanning Statistics through the 4-week period ending 6/18/2016 show that these brands have enjoyed a six-year 28% increase from 6/28/2010.
Sales by closure type shows a 42% increase for cork finished wines compared to a 13% increase for wines using alternative closures.
This study is focused on premium domestic table wine, which for this purpose, is defined as wines packaged in 750ml bottles priced at $6 and up. Overall survey results indicate that the number of top brands using cork closures is growing, and that brands finished with cork have enjoyed more robust sales growth than brands finished with alternatives closures.