Why De-Alc Wines?
People are concerned about their heath and careful with what they are consuming. Consumer behaviour is continuing to change based on a desire for overall wellness. Loxton wines fit well into this trend as they are 99.6% alcohol free and have 1/3 calories of regular wine. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends no or minimal alcohol usage.
Sober Curious Movement
The new sober curious movement is a significant part of the wellness trend. The demand for great tasting de-alcoholized wines keeps growing. Loxton has developed an excellent selection of wines to be enjoyed on their own or with a variety of foods. We are continuing to cater to consumers exploring healthier lifestyles.
Inclusivity & Social Responsibility
Inclusivity and social responsibility are both important movements. Having de-alcoholized beverages available at social occasions allows everyone to take part in celebrations. Loxton wines offer excellent de-alcoholized alternatives to enjoy with meals and on their own. With Loxton wines, everyone can celebrate responsibly.
It was 1986. Linda was pregnant and, like other people, we tried the one or two alternative beverages available in stores at the time. We remember sitting in a restaurant one evening. The waiter stopped by the table and asked if we would like a drink. We explained that because one of us was expecting, we wouldn’t be drinking alcohol. Before we knew it, the wine glasses were off the table and that was the last time we saw our waiter until the food arrived.
We tried the only de-alcoholized wine on the market at that time, 1986, and it wasn’t very good. We thought, well, maybe there is a market for de-alc wine because there had to be other people like us. We can't be the only ones wanting premium wines without the alcohol content.
We decided to search the world for the best tasting de-alcoholized wine that we could sell to retailers. We were getting tired of drinking sparkling apple cider! We longed for variety and a little more sophistication.
We sat down at the kitchen table and composed a letter to several dozen wineries, looking for a producer of de-alcoholized wine that would meet or exceed our standards. We received only a couple of replies. We asked for samples from each of them and were impressed with one of the wineries, in Australia.
Now it was 1988. We communicated with the winery, managed to form a relationship and received several cases of samples. We were so convinced that we suggested to the winery that they should produce a line of de-alcoholized wines for us up here in Canada.
We made presentations to grocery stores and they liked what we had. We obtained listings at several major grocery chains. We incorporated in 1989. Our first container arrived in June 1989! Hurray!
It took a while but in mid 1991 the BCLDB decided to list our Loxton Wines. This was a first for a provincial liquor jurisdiction in Canada.
We were in business.