BIO Web Conf.
Volume 9, 201740th World Congress of Vine and Wine
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Economy and Law|
|Published online||04 July 2017|
On the effects of search attributes on price variability: An empirical investigation on quality wines
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
2 Department of Agro-Environmental and Territorial Sciences, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
3 Ismea, Roma, Italy
The choice of a bottle of wine is affected by the presence of attributes that are searched by consumers and can be evaluated before the purchase. The aim of the paper is to analyze the effect of some search attributes on wine price variability applying the Hedonic Price Model. It allows explaining how the price of wine varies depending on its main quality attributes. The analysis has been based on a sample of wines made in Puglia, Italian region characterized by a tradition in wine production and consumption. Data have been collected from a wine guidebook considering the years 2008–2013. The study provided a measure of the market value of some search attributes for wines produced in Puglia. Attributes as alcoholic content, age and score given by experts, influence price variability allowing wines to obtain a premium price, such as the most known Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and some Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). The name of the variety seems not to have high influence with the exception of less known and locally grown varieties. Results may be of interest for marketers and policy makers of wine industry. Managerial implications could refer to the importance of differentiation strategies aimed to market segmentation and to the pricing strategy. Policymakers could also find interesting hints about the influence of the different appellations and the importance of minor autochthonous grape varieties.
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