Consumer attitudes towards local wines in an emerging region: A segmentation approach

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Purpose – The current study is an initial attempt to segment the wine market in an emerging region and examine local residents’ attitudes towards local wines. Design/ Methodology/Approach – The study was conducted using data collected from U.S. households through a telephone survey. Consumer attitudes towards local wines were operationalized through (1) assessment of local wines; (2) recommendation of local wines to others; and (3) rating of quality of local wines. The K-means clustering algorithm was applied to classify the respondents into clusters. Findings – The developing wine market was segmented into four clusters: (1) “local enthusiasts”; (2) “local detractors”, (3) “local advocates” (4) “local non-advocates”. Socio-demographic and wine consumption profiles for each segment are developed. Of particular interest was the difference in recommendation behavior between two of groups of consumers with similar relatively high quality ratings and assessments of the local wines. De
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321 – 334
JournalInternational Journal of Wine Business Research
StatePublished - 2008


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