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Millennial generation preferences for rosé wine: An exploratory study of the Italian and French markets

Antonio Iazzi (Department of Management and Marketing, University of Salento , Lecce, Italy)
Paola Scorrano (Department of Management, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Salento , Lecce, Italy)
Pierfelice Rosato (Department of Tourism, Universita del Salento , Lecce, Italy)
Balakrishna Grandhi (S.P. Jain School of Global Management – Dubai Campus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 17 December 2019

Issue publication date: 23 June 2020




The purpose of this paper is to verify the preferences for the purchase of rosé wine by Italian and French Millennials, with the aim of allowing Italian companies to acquire knowledge in improving the positioning of this product in both the Italian and French markets.


The study involved a descriptive survey conducted between December 2018 and January 2019 on Millennials residing in Italy and France, intercepted via Facebook. In total, 500 valid responses to a highly structured self-administered questionnaire were collected. Descriptive and multivariate analysis techniques were used to examine the responses.


The two groups of Millennials show different preferences in the purchase of rosé wine. French Millennials rarely buy the product, and perhaps only for reasonable prices. Their purchasing process involves no characteristics of particular importance. On the other hand, Italian Millennials buy the product with a higher frequency and show a greater propensity to spend. In general, they attribute greater importance (though not a great deal of importance) to the characteristics of the product, paying attention to both its intrinsic aspects and its territorial origin and the quality certifications.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation of the research is the small sample size. Future insights into the consumption of rosé wine will be sought in other significant European markets.

Practical implications

This study is of value to academic researchers, wine industry practitioners and other members of the wine distribution channel, as it provides insights into consumer behavior differences.


This research is the first to compare rosé wine preferences of Millennials in France and Italy.



Iazzi, A., Scorrano, P., Rosato, P. and Grandhi, B. (2020), "Millennial generation preferences for rosé wine: An exploratory study of the Italian and French markets", British Food Journal, Vol. 122 No. 8, pp. 2443-2461.



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