Report Finds Irish Consumers Pay Over €3 In Tax Per Bottle Of Wine
Irish consumers pay €3.19 on tax per every standard bottle of wine, and €6.37 on sparkling wine.
This is according to Drinks Ireland’s ‘Irish Wine Market Report’, which found that Irish excise on wine is the highest in the EU.
According to the report, 54% of a standard €9 bottle of wine is tax.
This is in comparison to Finish consumers, who pay €2.83 tax on a standard bottle of wine, British consumers pay €2.43, Swedish pay €1.83, and Lithuanian consumers pay €1.24.
With regards to countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, they do not charge duty on wine.
Despite the high excise, wine remains the second most popular beverage in the country, with a 27% market share in the alcoholic drinks market.
However, total wine consumption decreased by 2% compared to the previous year, while per capita wine consumption decreased by 3.6%.
This reflects a greater trend of declining alcohol consumption in Ireland, rather than a reaction to high tax.
In terms of wine by country of production, Chilean wine remains the nation’s favourite, followed by Australian.
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