More Czechs consume wine than beer, survey finds

Czechs are known as being among the top countries in the world when it comes to the consumption of beer. However, the alcoholic drink that is consumed by the most people in the Czech Republic is not actually beer but wine, according to a new survey.

The study by the Focus agency for the wine-growers’ association Vinařský fond found that a full 73 percent of Czech adults consume víno. When it comes to pivo the figure is 65 percent, Vinařský fond said in a news release.

With regard to overall volume, however, beer remains the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the country where Pilsner-style lager was invented.

The study indicates that Czech wine consumers tend to be patriotic, with almost three-quarter saying they prefer Moravian and Bohemian brands, in part because of the taste and in part because they wish to support domestic production, the director of Vinařský fond, Jaroslav Machovec, said.

Indeed, the most important finding of the report was that Czech wine drinkers are prepared to pay more for the higher quality of domestically produced víno, Mr. Machovec said.

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