Wine consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2017

In 2017, 13.15 million hectoliters of wine were released for consumption by HM Revenue and Customs. For the past fifteen years the volume cleared for consumption has mostly been stable. Only during 2002 and 2003 was the volume cleared under 12.5 million hectoliters.

Wine in the UK

The data includes both, wine produced in the UK and wine imported from other countries. Wine production in the UK has been ongoing since roman times. In recent years conditions have improved for growing wine in the UK and production has increased significantly compared to the early 2000s. Wine imports have reached new heights in 2017, with imports being worth a total of 3.3 billion British Pounds.

Wine consumption

In 2016, Brits slightly preferred to buy white over red wine (counting rosé separately). In the UK, it’s the drink of choice (32.3 percent) right after beer (35.3 percent). In 2017, over twenty liters of wine were consumed per person.

Annual volume of wine from fresh grape cleared for consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2002 to 2017 (in 1,000 hectoliters)*

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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2002 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Data refers to the amount of alcohol released for consumption (clearances) onto the UK market by HMRC, including imported products and those produced or processed in the UK.

Figures show the sum of the given totals for wine of fresh grape and made wine. Calculated data for 2002 to 2012 can also be found in Alcohol Factsheet 2012-13, also published by
* The source states: "From May 2002, RTD (Ready-to-drink) only includes wine-based products in the wine clearances."

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