n Agrekon - Wine economics : emergence, developments, topics

Volume 50, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0303-1853
  • E-ISSN: 2078-0400
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Fine wine has a few characteristics that differentiate it from other agricultural commodities and beverages rendering it an interesting topic for economists. Fine wine can regularly fetch bottle prices that exceed several thousand dollars. It can be stored a long time and may increase in value with age. Fine wine quality and prices are extraordinarily sensitive to fluctuations in the weather of the year in which the grapes were grown. Wine is an experience good: that is, consumers often rely on "expert opinion" regarding quality and maturation prospects. This article describes the emergence and the unparalleled rise of wine economics since the 1980s to the present time and sheds light on its three main topics: finance, climate change and the role of expert opinion.

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