Wine: Death and wine taxes

Another duty hike would be a disaster for wine businesses and wine lovers alike, writes Tomas Clancy.

5th October, 2014
Wine lovers are drifting to categories where the amount paid to the wine maker is decent. Picture: Getty

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. These words echoed in my mind as I read the Irish Wine Association’s annual report for 2013.

In 2010 and 2011, 39 per cent of the purchase price of a standard bottle of wine was excise and Vat (€3.50 of a standard, €9 bottle of wine). In 2012, this became 41 per cent (€3.65 a bottle).

The government then abandoned the idea of percentage additions and we...

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