Sales of domestic wines grew 6% in December compared to December 2012, according ?to IRI. December was by far the biggest month of 2013, with $742 million in sales.
The three key Wine Industry Metrics covered by Wines & Vines
for the complete year 2013 were all positive. Domestic wine sales enjoyed 7% gains in both the off-premise and direct-to-consumer channels. Off-premise results totaled $7.3 billion in stores monitored by IRI. The same growth rate brought $1.58 billion sales in DtC shipments. More dramatic was the 27% growth seen in the Winery Job Index, reflecting a growing and confident U.S. wine industry.