BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American wineries increased the dollar value of their direct-to-consumer wine shipments by an unprecedented 15.5% in 2014, with an equally record-breaking increase in the volume of those shipments. The average price per bottle of shipped wine also recovered with a 1.6% increase over 2014, according to the new ShipCompliant/Wines & Vines Wine Shipping Report released today.
The newly released annual report, a collaboration between ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines, can be downloaded at http://www.shipcompliant.com/shippingreport.
The new report on direct-to-consumer shipments held almost exclusively good news, including the fact that in 2014 the volume of shipments increased by 13.6% to 3.95 million cases — or 47.4 million bottles. In addition, the report indicates:
- Oregon wineries increased the value of direct shipments by more than 50%
- Shipments of Pinot Noir increased significantly from 2013
- The average price of a bottle of wine shipped from wineries rose to $38.40
- Napa Valley continues to lead all other regions with more than $882 million in shipments in 2014
- The average price of a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon shipped from Napa Valley was $88.45
- The most expensive categories of wines experienced the largest growth in shipments in 2014
“The growth we saw in the winery direct-to-consumer channel in 2014 was the best since we began tracking this channel in 2009,” said ShipCompliant VP of Product Jeff Carroll. “There seems very little doubt that direct wine shipping remains an extraordinarily vibrant channel for getting wine to consumers.”
The ShipCompliant/Wines & Vines annual wine shipping report is based on millions of transactions tracked by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines’ database of wineries, all of which allows an accurate modeling of the entirety of the winery-shipping channel.
ShipCompliant is a SaaS compliance and transaction platform for the beverage alcohol industry. With over 10 years experience, ShipCompliant provides wine, beer and spirits suppliers and importers with a full suite of web-based software tools to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations for direct and wholesale distribution. ShipCompliant works with the industry’s leading software providers and logistics companies to provide fully integrated solutions for direct and three-tier distribution. For more information visit http://www.shipcompliant.com.
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