Wine tax in the UK

Wine is the UK’s favourite alcoholic drink. But over recent years, wine drinkers have been singled out for harsher treatment than other categories of alcoholic drink in the UK.

Did you know that 61% of a £5 bottle of wine purchased in-store is tax?

That’s because, while beer and spirits have seen successive duty freezes, wine duty has continued to rise.

  • Since 2010, duty on wine has increased by 39%. In comparison, duty on beer, spirit and cider has increased by just 16%, 27% and 27% respectively

  • On average, 50p in every pound spent on wine bought to consume at home is tax
  • The UK pays 68% of all wine duties across Europe and 43% of sparkling wine duties

This unfair treatment is significant and needs to be rebalanced in wine’s favour. Not only does it risk undermining a great British industry, but wine drinkers are getting a rough deal.

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*Based on the average alcohol content of each drink: 12% still and sparkling wine, 4.5% beer, 4% cider, and 40% gin.