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Wine, Taxes, And Ireland's Broken System. Plus Its Fix.

June 20, 2014

Ireland has the highest taxes on wine in Europe - 60% on every bottle, thanks to two increases in the past year. That means that a bottle from the Côtes du Rhône called Les Deux Cols costs €4.25 at wholesale in France, but €10.50 at wholesale in Ireland. And that's even before the respective VAT rates of 19.6% and 23%.