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Vineyards and wineries

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Published: 12 Mar 2019 Updated: 02 Jan 2024 Update History

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Trends and forecasts

Online articles

The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.

Access to articles is provided subject to suppliers’ terms of use.

Market research

Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Industry profiles and SWOT analyses

Industry profiles give an overview of market size in different countries or regions, the competitive landscape and provide a forecast of market performance. These profiles are available exclusively for ICAEW members and ACA students through the Library & Information Service.

Reports are available both on the food and drink sector as a whole, and on the wine industry specifically.

Regional reports




Latin America

North America


If you’re looking for industry profiles for regions or countries not listed above, please contact the Library on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email library@icaew.com.

SWOT analyses examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for major companies operating in this sector are available.

If you experience any problems accessing these resources, please see our online resources troubleshooting FAQ.

Other market research specialists

Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.

A full listing of reference products and research reports for the wine sector from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.

Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors. Topics include wine production; alcoholic beverage wholesaling; off-licence alcoholic beverage retailers; pubs and bars. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available.

Just-Drinks (Aroq)
Specialist market research portal from Aroq for the alcoholic and soft drinks sectors including industry news, analysis and research on the global drinks sector. Free access to news, jobs and some articles and features. The majority of the site requires registration.

A full listing of reports on the wine industry, with a summary and a table of contents for each report.

London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-Ex)
Liv-Ex produces a number of Fine Wine Indices which track price movements for the valuation and trading of fine wines.

Industry news

Need to find the latest news on this industry sector? We can carry out industry news searches using a range of trade titles and general business sources through our databases. To discuss your requirements, please contact the enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com.

Statistics on the UK


WineGB produces industry statistics including an annual report with data on vineyards and wineries, hectarage and plantings, production, sales and distribution, wine tourism and employment.

Office for National Statistics

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:

  • number of enterprises;
  • total turnover;
  • approximate gross value added at basic prices;
  • total purchases of goods, materials and services;
  • total employment costs;
  • total net capital expenditure;
  • total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
  • total net capital expenditure – disposals;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.

The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:

  • Manufacture of wine from grape (11.02)
    See Section C: Manufacturing

UK Trade Info

Quarterly trade data from UK Trade Info, the HMRC website on imports and exports.

Statistics on Europe


Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:

  • number of enterprises
  • turnover or gross premiums written
  • production value
  • value added at factor cost
  • gross operating surplus
  • wages and salaries
  • social security costs
  • gross investment in tangible goods
  • gross investment in land
  • gross investment in existing buildings and structures
  • gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
  • gross investment in machinery and equipment
  • number of employees
  • number of persons employed per enterprise.

Statistics within the database are available for:

  • Manufacture of wine from grape (C1102)

See the database section ‘SBS – industry and construction’.

Statistics on Africa

South African Wine Industry Information and Systems (SAWIS)

SAWIS provides statistics on the domestic and export market, market predictions and a breakdown of monthly export figures by region.

Statistics on the Americas

International Trade Administration (US)

The US International Trade Administration compiles a wide range of trade statistics by country, state and region. The Key Consumer Goods Exports and Import Tables include figures for wine.

Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura (Uruguay)

The Uruguay Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura publishes data in Spanish on wines, covering production, export, consumption and other topics. National and regional data for vineyards is also available.

Industry Canada

Canadian Industry Statistics are available on wineries, covering:

  • businesses
  • SME benchmarking
  • salaries and wages
  • manufacturing production
  • manufacturing costs
  • performance
  • international trade.

The government of Canada has also prepared a profile on the Canadian wine industry which features useful analysis.

Statistics on Oceania

Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated

The Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated conducts an annual Wine Benchmark Calculator.

Wine Australia

Wine Australia, an Australian government authority, produces an annual Wine Production, Sales and Inventory Survey.

Summary reports with key statistics on the wine sector are also available Australian Wine Sector at a glance.

Global statistics

International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)

The OIV produces statistical publications and the StatOIV database. StatOIV Extracts offers free public access to data by year and by country or region on:

  • surface area
  • exports
  • imports
  • production of fresh grapes, raisins and wine
  • trade
  • consumption.


The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) collects and compiles industrial statistics known as INDSTAT, which give information on:

  • number of employees
  • number of establishments
  • output
  • value added
  • total wages and salaries.

Statistics by country are available for:

  • Wines (1552)

UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)

The UN compiles and publishes international import and export statistics in the Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade), giving figures for goods traded by value, quantity and weight for each country.

Statistics are available for:

  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (22)

UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database

The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.

Figures are available for:

  • Wine and grape must (24)



The Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) includes average employment costs within this sector which can be found in Table 14. Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.

The data includes average employment costs for food, drink and tobacco process operatives.

The annual Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), published by the Office for National Statistics, includes total employee and employment estimates for different industries for Great Britain and the UK. Figures are broken down to show full-time/part-time and public/private splits. The dataset Industry – Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES): Table 2 includes statistics for:

  • Manufacture of wine from grape (11020)

Other regions

Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.

Legislation and regulation


New wine reforms to boost investment and ease burdens on industry
Press release on the new reforms set out by the UK Government for the wine sector which will commence in 2024. These include changes to packaging and importer labelling requirements and increased freedom for producers to use use hybrid varieties of grapes. Published on 16 October 2023.

The Food Standards Agency provides information and guidance for wine growers and traders. Areas covered include:

  • Starting a wine business
  • Vineyard registration
  • Wine production
  • Wine labelling
  • Wine regulation
  • Importing and exporting wine

Gov.uk offers guidance and information on:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a section on health and safety in agriculture, which includes latest regulations affecting this industry.


The Australia Grape and WIne gives a comprehensive list of national codes and guidelines.


The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) maintains a list of tables covering alcohol-related legislation across the world, including Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements by Country.

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine issues a number of publications including the International Standard for Labelling Wines.

Import and export

Trade Tariff

The Trade Tariff is a useful Gov.uk database listing tax, duties and licenses for the import and export of goods between the UK and other countries. The database is searchable by product or commodity code and results can be filtered by date and country. Information also includes links to relevant conditions and regulations.

See import and export information for:

UK business guides

Croner-i Business Focus

Business Focus is a resource that provides practical information on many small business trades and sectors. Its Business Opportunity Profiles offer detailed insights into market conditions, legal issues and the trading environment for a range of businesses. They include:

  • Wine merchant

To find out more about Business Focus, please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com.

UK key players, ratios and trends

We can produce reports on this sector using selected information from the FAME company database. Reports are available for:

  • Manufacture of wine from grape

Due to the small number of companies in this field we may not be able to produce our normal range of reports or mailing lists. Please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com to discuss your requirements.

UK benchmarking

We offer benchmarking reports that can be used to inform your own business strategy or help you identify value-added services to offer to your clients.

Contact the enquiry team directly on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at library@icaew.com for a report tailored to your own specific requirements.

Trade bodies

Trade journals and publications

Further resources

Drinks industry guide: British Library
British Library industry guides provide listings of resources for industry-specific information, including print directories and materials held by the British Library. Registration is required.

Contact the British Library Business and IP Centre for more information.

Further reading

Articles and books in the Library collection

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You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.

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