Sales of 2008 French table wine and Vin de Pays (French for country wine which is above the table wine classification) a have plummeted by nearly a quarter this year, Decanter reported quoting recently released statistics.
French national agricultural organisation AgriMer estimated that overall sales of last year’s wines could drop by as much as 23%, compared to last year’s figures, the wine publication reported.
“The organisation said that 2.08m hl (hectolitres) of red and rosé table wine had been sold since last year’s harvest – 23% less than in 2007/2008. Volume sales of white table wine and Vin de Pays are currently down by 17% and 4% respectively.
“Only supermarket sales of rose, Vin de Pays and sparkling wine registered any significant growth in volume and value sales.”