The Irish are drinking more wine than they were 15 years ago, but it’s no longer European.
Around 84 million bottles were consumed in the Republic last year, compared with 18 million back in 1990, according to the Wine Development Board of Ireland.
However, only two European labels, both Spanish, are among the country’s 20 top sellers, with the French wines nowhere to be seen, according to a grocery brand survey by ACNielsen.
Australian brands dominate the market, filling seven of the top 20 places, led by Jacob’s Creek. Spain’s Torres Faustino and Marques de Caceras came in at 15 and 19 respectively.