Inside Taipei's wine market

Debra Meiburg MW takes a look at what’s happening in wine in Taiwan’s capital city.

Taipei/Photo by Louis Cheng on Unsplash
Taipei/Photo by Louis Cheng on Unsplash

They say good things come in small packages and that is certainly the case in Taiwan’s capital Taipei. With a population of about 2.6m, Taipei’s small size means fringe wines and movements can have a big impact. 

Euromonitor expects Taiwan’s wine consumption to increase to more than 25m litres (1.06 litres per head) by 2021. Wines from France dominate the market (46.7% market share by value in 2016), but insiders say France’s share of total consumption is declining. Drinkers in search of new frontiers are discovering Spain, Italy, the US, Chile and Australia, while young drinkers have catapulted enthusiastically into the natural wine movement, which shuns geographical borders. 

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