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It’s sour grapes for wine drinkers as ‘fairer’ alcohol tax will send price of popular brands soaring

Britain’s most popular bottles of wine are set to see a sharp price rise under tax changes claimed to make alcohol duty ‘fairer’.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak flagged up duty based on alcohol strength as a centrepiece of his autumn Budget.

He and Boris Johnson hailed the changes which will – if any rising costs don’t wipe them out – deliver small price cuts on beer and cider bought on tap. 

Britain’s most popular bottles of wine are set to see a sharp price rise under tax changes claimed to make alcohol duty ‘fairer’

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) flagged up duty based on alcohol strength as a centrepiece of his autumn Budget

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) flagged up duty based on alcohol strength as a centrepiece of his autumn Budget

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured) flagged up duty based on alcohol strength as a centrepiece of his autumn Budget

A super-tax that applies to sparkling wine, prosecco and champagne will also be abolished.

But experts say the changes come with a sting in the tail for those who enjoy wine with a high alcohol – or ABV – level above 11.5 per cent.

Research by Wine Drinkers UK (WDUK) found 95 per cent of the most popular wines will suffer price hikes.

 For example, under a best case scenario, reds such as Hardy’s Shiraz (14 per cent ABV) would go up 58p to £7.58 and Barefoot Merlot (13.5 per cent ABV) would rise 47p to £7.22.

Research by Wine Drinkers UK (WDUK) found 95 per cent of the most popular wines will suffer price hikes (File image)

Research by Wine Drinkers UK (WDUK) found 95 per cent of the most popular wines will suffer price hikes (File image)

Research by Wine Drinkers UK (WDUK) found 95 per cent of the most popular wines will suffer price hikes (File image)

Popular whites, such as Hardy's Crest Chardonnay (13 per cent ABV) would rise 35p to £7.35 and Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc (13 per cent ABV) would go up 35p to £8.35 (File image)

Popular whites, such as Hardy's Crest Chardonnay (13 per cent ABV) would rise 35p to £7.35 and Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc (13 per cent ABV) would go up 35p to £8.35 (File image)

Popular whites, such as Hardy’s Crest Chardonnay (13 per cent ABV) would rise 35p to £7.35 and Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc (13 per cent ABV) would go up 35p to £8.35 (File image) 

Popular whites, such as Hardy’s Crest Chardonnay (13 per cent ABV) would rise 35p to £7.35 and Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc (13 per cent ABV) would go up 35p to £8.35.

WDUK, a coalition of trade and hospitality industry bodies, sellers and experts, is fighting the changes, due to come into effect in 2023.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Simplifying duties is no bad thing but hiking taxes on our favourite wines will leave families short-changed.’

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