During the last International Exhibition of French Agriculture (held in Paris), the Independent Winegrowers of France (VIF) unveiled the results of their "confidence barometer". This barometer consists in a survey of 1,318 of their members (22% of VIF total). On average, a VIF is 47 years old, has 21 hectares of vineyard and produces 1,100 hectoliters of wine per year, for a turnover of € 330 000.
99% of respondents sell bottled wines, and 56% are also selling bulkwine. Bulkwine represents 38% of volumes sold, but it represents only 15.9% of the value. Bulkwine is mainly sold to trading (88%) in order to meet cash requirements. The decrease bulkwine volumes is a goal for VIF.
68% of respondents export their wines and 73% of them send their wines to countries outside the European Union. On average, export accounts for 20% of the wine sales. 68% of these operators are satisfied with their business results, and 59% of their financial situation. For the next six months, 48% expect their turnover to be stable, while 37% predict a progress.