The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is asking independent retailers to take a very short survey to gauge their opinions on the ending of the temporary duty easement on wine, scheduled for next February.

The measure was introduced in the government’s review of alcohol duty in August 2023, and allows wines between 11.5% and 14.5% abv to be taxed at an assumed strength of 12.5% abv.

When the easement ends, all wines will be taxed according to their actual alcoholic strength.

The aim of the survey is to provide evidence of how the February change will impact wine businesses, to shape the WSTA’s lobbying stance, whichever party wins the general election on July 4.

The survey will take just a few minutes to take and can be accessed here.