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Wine suppliers see record sales amid national lockdown

We were told to stock up on essentials so, naturally, we bought booze!

1y ago

The latest advice on COVID-19 is go home and stay home. Many flouted this and took to any open space to enjoy the spring weather. Alongside that, with the government recommending, but not forcing, bars to close, they stayed open and enjoyed an uncharacteristically busy few weeks.

Those of us with any sense headed the advice and stayed home, but not before a trip to the supermarket to stock up on essentials. And by essentials, we mean wine!

Social media has been full of people leaving supermarkets with armfuls of toilet paper and pasta, but have you visited the booze aisles recently? Our guess is that people are hiding their booze under the panic purchases!

The shelves are sparse, across the board. Spirits seem to have faired better, but if you are in the market for your favourite beer or wine, prepare to compromise as there is a good chance its space on the shelf will be empty.

It's not just supermarkets either. Independent wine retailer, Naked Wines, has had to suspend new orders due to the volume of shipments they are now dealing with.

The company have assured this is a temporary measure, while they safely manage the orders they have, stating, “We know it's important to keep the wine flowing at a time when we probably need it more than ever. So we'll continue to deliver wine as long as it is safe for you and everyone we employ.”

Majestic Wine have been experiencing such high demand that their website is struggling to keep up. They, too, have had to suspend trading to manage.

Our collective need to be tipsy in these difficult times is not the only reason suppliers can't keep up. Some have taken the noble decision to switch from production of their regular tipple to mass production of hand sanitiser gel, which was one of the first thing to sell out.

What booze did you stock up on for quarantine?

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Comments (8)

  • We normally open a bottle of wine for Friday night over dinner. The last week we opened multiple bottles

      1 year ago
  • fortunately I live in a relatively sparsely-populated area which, for some reason, is served by one of the biggest supermarkets in the entire city. So no need to stock up (I'm usually buying Estrella, Lambrusco and Fischer lager)

      1 year ago
  • I hope it will last 😁

      1 year ago
  • In extraordinary times, why not. I have a lot of scotch. Collected 😉

      1 year ago
  • I am lucky enough to live near several wineries - and I'm due for two wine club shipments soon. Anxiously awaiting by the front door. Bring on the reds!

      1 year ago