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Setting the Benchmark for Winery Tasting Room Research: An Emerging Region Gets a Global Perspective
Date:4/22/2009

VINELAND, ON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ - Do winery tasting rooms really help generate sales for wineries? According to researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre almost half of winery tasting room visitors purchase the winery's brand within three months of their visit.

"This research proves that the tasting room experience does actually convert visitors to the brand resulting in future sales," said Dr. Isabelle Lesschaeve, research director, consumer insights and product innovation for Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "So, it's important for wineries to have their brand available to the purchaser either through a liquor store or in the case of a small or boutique winery strategies such as wine clubs or the availability of online purchasing are important to keep momentum going. Also, knowing the dynamics of their visitors, wineries can organize and promote events in a more deliberate way."

Dr. Johan Bruwer, from the University of Adelaide in Australia who is also a senior research fellow at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre developed the winery visitation survey and Lesschaeve conducted the work.

"Some wineries tend to neglect the tasting room experience thinking it's a one-time deal. We show that it actually can convert purchasers to the brand. We plan to continue our research toward brand loyalty: its development and sustainability," Lesschaeve adds. "Also very exciting to note this benchmark study is a North-American first and sets a standard for future research in wine regions across the continent."

Five wineries located in the Niagara Region took part in the study during 2007 with well over 900 visitors completing the survey at the end of their tasting room experience. The survey covered questions which included: demographic profiles, tourist behaviour, region perceptions, purchase behaviour, and consumption habits. A follow-up study measuring the effect of their experience was conducted via e
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