Experience-driven well-being and purchase: An alternative model of memorable wine tourism experiences

Erose Sthapit*, Catherine Prentice, Chunli Ji, Ping Yang, Brian Garrod, Peter Björk

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Wine tourism has several distinctive features that militate against using Kim et al.'s model of memorable tourism experiences to understand its antecedents and consequences. Accordingly, this study adopts an alternative theoretical framework—the stimulus–organism–response theory—to develop an alternative model. Data were collected from visitors to a well-known vineyard in Yantai, China and structural equation modelling and multiple group analysis were used to analyse them. The results suggest that experience co-creation, sensory experience, experiential satisfaction and appealing winescape are significant and positive antecedents of a memorable wine tourism experience, while eudaimonic well-being and wine purchase intention are significant and positive outcome variables. Visit frequency was found to be a moderating variable linking the winescape to memorable wine tourism experiences. Those who travel to the region frequently form a bond with the winescape that not only contributes to their well-being but also stimulates their future intentions to purchase its wine.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2645
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12.04.2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • memorable tourism experiences
  • purchase intention
  • well-being
  • wine tourism


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