After 11 years of doing business in South Africa, Origin Wine is now spreading its wings internationally and embarking on setting a global wine footprint in place.
by Wanda Augustyn
With sales totalling a whopping R8 401 400 – 46% up on the 2012 turnover of R5.7 million – the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction confirmed its value as a commercial
brand that represents the absolute cream of the South African wine crop.
by Edo Heyns
The Dark Continent is seemingly being polished to become a shiny, black pearl. Although this developing market is a far cry from being recognised for its wine drinking culture, many wineries would much rather take on the challenge of educating and often adapting to a generation of brand new African wine drinkers, than battling with saturated, and often overcrowded, traditional markets.
by Edo Heyns
Making South African wine relevant to a broader range of markets is a particularly daunting task, but newly appointed Wosa CEO, Siobhan Thompson, appears to be cut-out for this task. WANDA AUGUSTYN chatted with her about a happy household, ‘whodunnits’ and emerging wine markets.
Fact, fiction or business intelligence
Knowledge is king. Decisions are based on information at hand and very often the outcomes of decisions depend on the quality of the information that was considered. In a time where margins are often slim and competition is unforgiving, it should be a priority of the industry to fiercely uphold the quality standards of information, to inform debate and allow progressive decisions that best serve the interests of the industry.
When this is not the case, the rule of “garbage in, garbage out” applies. Through South African Wine Industry Information & Systems (Sawis), the industry boasts wine data that is the envy of other wine producing regions. In fact, the progressive and accessible data was so useful, that even competitors made use of it – allegedly often to the detriment of our own industry.
At the request of producers, access to information about grape and wine prices in the respective regions and other detailed industry trends will in future be available only to registered users – largely producers and South African role players – through a login on their website. This is also the case in most competitor regions (also see the news snippet about Australia’s new focus on business information on p4).
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