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Japan, department stores a popular sales channel

David BECK Academic - Economics, Society and Political science - Environment and Technologies (AI, blockchain)

There is definitely a more traditional approach compared with other Asian market.

The retail scene in Japan has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. As licensing laws have relaxed, there are now more routes to market than ever. Approximately two-thirds of wine purchased in Japan is sold in the off-trade; the majority through bricks and mortar retailers. Popular channels include department stores, convenience stores, specialist wine shops, discount stores and supermarkets.*

We analyzed red wines listed in the wine shops of Tokyo, Japan.

1. Chateau Margaux
2. Chateau Mouton Rothschild
3. Chateau Haut-Brion
4. Chateau Montrose
5. Chateau Latour

6. Opus One
7. Chateau Calon-Segur
8. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
9. Chateau Giscours
10. Chateau Lagrange

11. Chateau Leoville Las Cases
12. Chateau Lafite Rothschild
13. Chateau Pontet-Canet
14. Cos d’Estournel
15. Chateau Lafon Rochet

The Japanese have strong sense of aesthetics and style and elegance

Premium brands should be aware that because the price per unit is decreasing in general, it’s difficult to sell wine at higher price points without a strong background history or story. Yet overall premium brands, with the proper investment of time and resources, can do very well here. Japan has a strong distribution network, particularly in the wholesale market, and our company is trying to develop this network while concurrently growing our retail sales. This is a country where wine is marketed in a sophisticated way.

1. Pauillac
2. Barolo
3. Bordeaux
4. Gevrey-Chambertin
5. Margaux

6. Napa Valley
7. Saint-Estephe
8. Saint-Julien
9. Toscana
10. Bourgogne

11. Chateauneuf-du-Pape
12. Pomerol
13. Rioja
14. California
15. Cotes du Rhone

Department stores hold a special place in retailing in Japan. Some trace their origins back to kimono shops. Others belong to railway companies which built the stores at terminuses. While the percentage of wine sales through department stores is relatively low, around 2%, these emporiums play an important role in promoting premium wines. Due to their high footfall and prestige, department stores provide excellent exposure to the wines they offer.

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