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Wine Industry Trends to Watch in 2022

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Wine Industry Trends to Watch in 2022

In Vino Veritas

A post-pandemic boom may bring thoughts of Champagne-fuelled celebrations, but according to some experts in the wine industry, it might also accelerate a shift to more moderate drinking. Though the wine world may seem staid, the industry continues to be shaped by extreme weather, supply chain issues and other consumer behavioural shifts. They say necessity is the mother of invention, so if you’re into wine, read on to see what trend experts are predicting to rock the industry in 2022.

No/Low Alcohol Wine and the Rise of the Half Bottle

After an extended period of lockdowns, closures, cancellations, and other Covid-19 fuelled stresses, many consumers are looking to drink a little less. New low/no-alcoholic wines and more half-bottles are being introduced for those who don’t want to give up their evening ritual, but the more likely trend is one of year-round moderation.

Chillable Reds

The rise of light and fruity red wines means they’re now being chilled in ice buckets as you would a bottle of white or rosé. A burgeoning trend in New York and San Francisco, reds with a low tannin profile can be take on a brighter, more refreshing vibe after some time in your fridge or ice bucket. Zinfandel, gamay (the grape of Beaujolais), and Italian varieties like freisa, frappato, and dolcetto are worth trying at cool temperatures.

Wines from Portugal

Portugal is at peak popularity right now, and part of its appeal includes its wines. Food friendly, versatile and affordable compared to other European regions, Portugal is where it's at.

Wine, Delivered

Already in place, the pandemic accelerated this trend. Whether it’s through a wine club, your favourite winery, or even a single bottle from a beloved bar, wine deliveries are here to stay.

Champagne Alternatives

With a global shortage of Champagne leading to price increases, a bevy of sparkling alternatives are taking centre stage. The rise in demand for Cavas, sparkling rosés and Proseccos will delight your palette without putting a dent in your wallet.

In Vino Veritas