The Irish Wine Association has claimed the rising cost of wine in Ireland is costing the state foreign visitors.
According to a recent report published by the association the planned levy being placed on alcohol in the upcoming budget, is bad for jobs, consumers and tourism.
Meanwhile Spanish Wine exporter Sergio Soriano Cano also believes the high cost of wine here is driving prospective tourists away: “I have a lot of people in Spain who would love to come to Ireland but they know that the wine is very expensive.”
“The problem is that they think that coming to Ireland is of no good value to money because they take this as an example and they think that everything is going to be as expensive as enjoying a glass of wine in Ireland.”
“So they prefer to stay in Spain or go to other destinations. The Spaniards, we love Ireland and a lot of people would love to come here on a more regular basis, but once they are here they see that they have to pay a very high price for wine.”