Most Indians prefer red wine: Survey

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) When it comes to enjoying a drink, Indians have become more sophisticated with 82 percent of the people preferring red wine, according to a survey across three cities released Wednesday.

The Wine Study 2010 by the Nielsen found that wine has a more stable base of consumers and are the category drivers. And with more international players entering the market, Indian consumers have only progressed in their indulgence of wine.

‘Wine holds a distinct position in the Indian consumers’ mind. It is seen as a sophisticated, stylish drink as compared to other alcoholic beverages like whiskey, scotch and rum that are considered men’s drinks or gin, which is considered a woman’s drink,’ said Arti Verma, associate director of The Nielsen Company.

The survey was conducted among 450 respondents across three cities – Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore – and gauged consumer perceptions about wine and their consumption and purchase habits.

Across cities, there is a differing association on the beverage. Wine has a high association with business occasions in Delhi. However, Bangalore considers wine a drink for successful people and for relaxation. In Mumbai, wine is perceived to be a drink suited for any season.

When it comes to price, both Delhi and Bangalore consider wine an expensive drink. But for Mumbaikars, price is not a concern when it comes to drinking good wine.

Also, 62 percent Indians consume wine only outside the house – typically at a friend’s place or in restaurants and pubs, while 32 percent relish it both in and out of home.

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