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Wine Prices - How Are They Determined?

Sep 4, 2008
Wine is similar to any other type of trade that exists in the market. The final wine price is influenced by various factors such as the cost of production, how rare the product is as well as it's status and worth. Makers of wine have the option of whether to create their specific wines for low cost consumer consumption or at a more expensive cost.

The cost of wine is dictated through several factors:

- A producer of wine might elect to make their wine utilizing lower yields or higher yields (a yield is an expression that is used to assess the quantity of grapes or the volume of grape juice that is produced per geographic area). This helps to ensure the utilization of more robust flavored grapes.

- There are some wine makers that might choose to make their wine in oak barrels or concrete vats which adds a lot to the price of the wine.

- There are some makers of wine that might choose to have their fruit harvested by themselves by hand to lessen the cost of labor as well as the price of the associated machinery.

Most, if not all of these added costs will be recovered in the established final selling price when it is eventually sold. This gives some insight as to the reasons why a wine from a quality producer will consistently sell at a higher price compared to wine that is produced in bulk for consumers.

What's a better value; low cost or more expensive?

Wines that are high quality typically are more costly than lower quality wines. As already mentioned, the methods of growing and manufacturing process are a higher cost procedure hence wines of quality cannot be found at a low cost.

There have been time when it has been the experience for some makers of wine who, because of their eagerness to make more money on the sly, charge more for their wine than it is really worth, nevertheless, merchants who are more trustworthy vigorously watch out for customers value by not buying wines from these types of individuals.

Although wine that have more expensive wine prices tends to be known as being of better quality, the value is determined by the buyer, because everyone's tastes vary.

Quality wines are often allowed to mature over a long time period so that they can reach their best and full potential. When time passes and the wine itself is drunk by consumers, those wine bottles that are left in small numbers become very rare and become worth a great deal of money, with its worth increases year by year. Wines that are also rare and of great expense are wines that are made in small quantities each year.

At the end of the day, wine prices vary because of their production costs and time and material used to create them. If a persons passion is in quality wines, then they may be willing to pay for the rarity of an expensive bottle, yet for someone who is just in search of a bottle to go with a meal, less expensive bottles may be better suited; it all comes down to individual taste.
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