Factors affecting consumer preferences for “natural wine”: An exploratory study in the Italian market

Giuseppina Migliore, Alkis Thrassou, Maria Crescimanno, Giorgio Schifani, Antonino Galati

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study is to understand which wine quality characteristics, consumers' attitudes and socio-demographic characteristics affect the consumers' willingness to pay (WTP) a premium price for a bottle of natural wine. Design/methodology/approach: The research is experimental and investigated the purchasing intentions of 613 Italian wine consumers within a hypothetical setting. In order to elicit WTP for natural wine, a multiple price list (MPL) in a comparison with one bottle of conventional wine, with an average price of €5 was adopted. To understand which quality attributes of wine affect the consumers' WTP for natural wine, a Tobit regression model was implemented. Findings: The findings reveal that drink frequency and occasion, organic production method, the content of sulfites, income and the attitudes towards healthy eating and the environment are positively associated with a higher WTP for natural wine. Research limitations/implications: The main limitation of this study is related to both the convenient sample and the limited geographical area. However, identifying which quality attributes of natural wine are most appreciated by consumers and which attitudes affect this behaviour is fundamental in order to develop successful marketing strategies for product development and the design of advertising and communication campaigns. Originality/value: This study is one of the first to analyse the consumer behaviour towards natural wines contributing to enrich that part of the economic literature which states that consumers have a positive attitude towards sustainable wines.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Food Journal
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • Consumer choice
  • Consumer preference
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Italy
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Wine attributes
  • Wine consumption
  • Wine quality

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