• Vintage Economics

    Market Research and Analytics for a New Era in Wine

  • About Vintage Economics


    The wine industry is currently facing an array of disruptive challenges, ranging from demographic and generational change to competition with cannabis, that pose both opportunities and threats to wine-related businesses. Success in today’s rapidly evolving and hyper-competitive market environment demands a more systematic and strategic approach than ever before, informed by relevant data, rigorous analysis, and creative and critical thinking.


    The mission of Vintage Economics, founded by Dr. Chris Bitter, is to provide insightful market research and analytics that enable clients to identify opportunities, make better informed business decisions, and position themselves for success in the new era for wine.


    Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Vintage Economics offers research and advisory services focused on market analysis, strategic research and business analytics. The firm also produces periodic research reports and provides customized metrics and intelligence on the U.S. and Canadian wine markets. Selected clients include the Washington State Wine Commission, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Wineshipping.com, Fall Line Capital and Aquilini Brands.


    See Dr. Bitter's blog for commentary on topics of both local and national interest and subscribe to the Washington Wine Industry Update, a free quarterly newsletter. Please contact Chris for additional information, to arrange a consultation, or to inquire about speaking engagements.




    Christopher Bitter, PhD

    Founder and Wine Economist

    Dr. Chris Bitter, founder of Vintage Economics, is a wine economist with more than twenty years of experience in market analysis and applied economics. His research has been published in a variety of national and international publications including the Journal of Wine Economics and he has delivered presentations at wine industry conferences around the globe.


    Chris left his academic position in 2016 to launch Vintage Economics with the goal of providing market analysis and intelligence to help position clients for success in a rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive market environment. He has completed consulting assignments for a variety of organizations including the Washington State Wine Commission and is developing a series of analytical reports focused on the Pacific Northwest wine industry.

    In addition to his analytical expertise, Chris is an accomplished speaker and recently delivered an address on Washington wine industry trends during the State of the Industry Session at the Washington Winegrowers Convention.


    Prior to launching Vintages Economics, Chris spent seven years on the faculty with the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies where his teaching and research focused on market analysis and valuation. Chris has also held senior positions as an economist and market analyst in the private sector with RREEF, a prominent commercial real estate investment advisor, and the Dorchester Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on complex valuation-related assignments.


    Chris holds a Doctorate from the University of Arizona in Economic Geography with a minor in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Anthropology.

  • Research and Analytics

    Separating the Signal from the Noise

    Market & Economic Analysis

    In today's hyper-competitive environment, accurate and nuanced assessments of the economy and market dynamics are more important than ever. A well-informed and appropriately segmented market study is an essential tool for strategic planning, identifying opportunities and risks, and developing realistic financial assumptions. But relevant data tend to be messy, incomplete, and are often conflicting.


    Vintage Economics separates the signal from the noise to help clients navigate and improve their competitive position within the market. Areas of expertise include wine and grape market forecasting; strategic market assessments; demographic analysis and segmentation; market potential and targeting; land valuation dynamics; and regional economic analysis.

    Business Analytics

    The proliferation of "big" data tracking consumers and their purchasing behavior, along with the growing volume of internal data wineries are collecting through their own POS software and customer databases, has the potential to transform the wine industry similar to the way that "Money Ball" revolutionized the business of baseball.


    Vintage Economics leverages its data and analytical expertise to unlock insights that enable clients to more effectively segment consumers and target customers, grow their direct-to-consumer sales and wine clubs, optimize pricing, and improve operational efficiency. We also help clients to appreciate the benefits and limitations of predictive analytics and how they can exploit their data to maximum advantage.




    Strategic Research

    The wine industry is facing an array of disruptive challenges including unprecedented economic turbulence, demographic and generational shifts, a rapidly evolving consumer and path to market, climate change, and competition with cannabis and emerging alcoholic beverages. This fast-paced environment presents both opportunities and threats to wine businesses.


    Vintage Economics designs and executes customized research projects that help clients to achieve a nuanced understanding of emerging trends and their strategic implications and better positions them for success in the new era for wine.

  • Reports and Metrics

    Analysis, insights and intelligence to support better-informed decisions

    Wine Consumer Demographics:

    Insights and Opportunities

    Report to be Released in November 2020

    The Wine Consumer Demographics Report provides metrics and analysis of wine expenditures for U.S. households segmented by a variety of demographic attributes including age, generation, education, income and race/ethnicity. It utilizes Vintage Economics’ proprietary alcohol expenditures database developed based on public use micro data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditures Program.


    The report explores the composition of the U.S. wine consumer base as well as its evolution over the past five years, and highlights the shifts occurring within specific demographic segments. It also details the far-reaching changes occurring in the composition of the U.S. population and their implications for wine demand going forward.


    Specific topics will include:

    • The impact of generational change and an aging population on demand
    • The implications of shifts in racial/ethnic composition for wine
    • The outsize role of income and education as drivers of wine expenditures
    • The demographic drivers of the on-premise wine market
    • Alcoholic beverage purchase trends and wine’s competitive performance relative to other categories

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    Washington Wine Industry Report

    The Washington Winery Report

    2020 Edition is Available Now

    The Washington Winery Report is an annual publication that provides shipment and production totals for the past year for all 1000+ Washington winery licenses as well as more extensive metrics for wineries that shipped at least 1,000 cases, including shipments broken down by sales channel and three years of historic data on total shipments and net production. It also contains industry statistics and benchmarks, a list of new and discontinued licenses, winery and satellite tasting room counts by location, and winery rankings.


    The report represents the most comprehensive source of intelligence available on Washington wineries and wine shipment trends. The metrics will be valuable to wineries for benchmarking performance, growers and service providers for generating new business leads, and others seeking insight into the Washington wine industry more generally. Click here for a sample of the report.


    Price: $495. Use the online store to purchase by credit card. If you would prefer to pay by check, please call 206-981-6885.

    Washington Wine Industry Intelligence

    Available on Demand

    Leveraging its proprietary databases and industry contacts, Vintage Economics supplies customized metrics and intelligence on the Washington wine industry including:

    • Monthly production and shipment metrics broken down by sales channel, including individual winery data
    • Winery ownership, location, brands and critical acclaim
    • Winery and satellite tasting room metrics by county and trade area
    • Washington State wine sales volumes and market share by company

    Applications include winery performance benchmarking; targeting customers for grapes, services or equipment sales; identifying and evaluating acquisition targets; or tracking the size, structure and growth dynamics of the industry.


    Click here to download a winery metrics sample.

    U.S. Wine & BevAlc Imports & Exports

    Available on Demand

    Our comprehensive and timely metrics on U.S. wine import and export trends enable clients to better understand import demand and competition, monitor the performance of individual countries within the U.S. marketplace, and evaluate potential export opportunities.

    • Imports by volume, value, country of origin & destination state
    • Exports volume, value, state of origin and destination country
    • Metrics can be broken down by wine category and packaging type
    • Available on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis
    • Released approximately 5 weeks after the end of the month
    • Data on spirits, beer and refreshment beverages are also available
    Click here for a sample.

    Canadian Wine & BevAlc Imports & Exports

    Available on Demand

    Canada ranks 8th globally in wine imports, and imported wines (including bulk shipments bottled in Canada) comprise 85% of the market. The metrics can be broken down by country of origin as well destination province to provide a nuanced view of Canadian wine market trends.

    • Imports by volume, value, country of origin & destination province
    • Exports volume, value, province of origin and destination country
    • Metrics can be broken down by wine category and packaging type
    • Available on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis
    • Released approximately 5 weeks after the end of the month
    • Data on spirits, beer and refreshment beverages are also available
    Click here for a sample.
  • The Washington Wine Industry Update

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  • Dr. Bitter's Blog

  • Purchase Reports

    Washington Winery Report - 2020 Edition
    Washington Winery Report - 2020 Edition
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