Wine vs. beer in the Czech Republic: the winner might surprise you, says a new survey

The Wine Fund reports that consumers increasingly favor vino but in terms of volume of consumption, pivo still king.

Tom Lane

Written by Tom Lane
Published on 25.03.2021 13:00 (updated on 28.03.2021)

The most popular alcoholic beverage in the Czech Republic has been revealed and the winner may come as a surprise.

According to a survey from Focus for the Vinařský fond (Wine Fund), the majority of alcohol consumers drink wine, with 73 percent choosing that compared to 65 percent of adults who say they drink beer. The Wine Fund posted the results of the survey in a press release.

The survey was conducted in August and September last year with more than 1,200 respondents. In terms of the total amount consumed, however, beer is still in the first place.

"The survey showed us that Czech wine consumers are mostly patriots. Almost three-fifths prefer Moravian and Czech wines mainly because of their better taste, support of domestic production, and especially quality. of this survey," said Jaroslav Machovec, director of the Wine Fund.

More than half of those who drink wine prefer white, according to the survey it is 54 percent, red is preferred by 25 percent of wine consumers and 15 percent don't have a preference. Six percent of those who drink wine prefer rosé. Compared to 2016, when the survey was last conducted, the popularity of red wine decreased slightly, while the popularity of rosé wine increased slightly.

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Semi-dry wines are the most popular with 29 percent of consumers preferring them, semi-sweet wines are the main choice of 24 percent of consumers, and 22 percent like dry wines. The popularity of dry and semi-dry wines has increased slightly since 2016, while interest in semi-sweet and sweet wines is declining.

Two-thirds of wine consumers buy it in retail chains, but according to the survey, more and more people buy it in wine shops or directly from winemakers. Only five percent of people who drink wine buy it online. Compared to the previous survey, the average amount that Czechs spend on wine per month has increased slightly. It increased by CZK 25 crowns to CZK 404.

Since 2016, factors that influence the selection of a particular wine have not changed much according to the survey. Previous experience of wine flavors, quality, recommendations and price still play a major role.