Alternative wine packaging has been around since the goat skin bota bag debuted in ancient Greece. Glass is a perfect material to store wine in. But it isn’t the best choice for ALL wines. Most wines are enjoyed within weeks of purchase, and glass is the worst material for the environment and limits the market for wine.
There is a lot of focus and even some concern that the wine industry isn’t reaching younger drinkers. What can the industry do to appeal to younger audiences? Are younger generations preferring beer, hard seltzers, mixed cocktails, and RTDs more than wine? Bringing them back entails both dumbing down wine messaging, and being more intelligent in what your saying.
The federal government is beginning to examine anti-competitive practices in industries within the U.S., and the wine industry is included. The threat to small, mid-size, and family-owned wineries is real and growing, and will have a negative effect on competition if the pace of consolidation is left unchallenged and unregulated.