Wine Business

5 Points for the 5 Year Plan

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” border_style=”solid” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” background_size=”initial” _builder_version=”3.0.71″] This is a five point summary of actions that I believe to be critical to the success of the Australia wine brand during the next five years. 1. Acknowledge that there is a problem. There are still, in my view, far too many people in …

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Direct to Customer more than Half of Revenue for Small to Medium Wineries

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Unbeknownst to many in the wine trade, a quiet revolution has taken place following the 2008 GFC. Many smaller wine businesses have completely reinvented their business models targeting direct to consumer sales. In a new report released this week – Taking the Direct Route 2014 – we …

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On-Premise Revolution

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Could there be anything less fit for purpose than a wine list? You know the drill. The waiter arrives with the bread, the water and the list. You open it and your heart sinks. Whilst you may perhaps know half of the suppliers after a lifetime working …

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Brand Australia – A Way Forward

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] It has been truly awful sitting on the sideline watching the Australian wine industry tear itself to pieces over the reform of WET (Wine Equalisation Tax). On the one hand, I do have sympathy for those who have invested in assets, have to figure them into their …

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New Wine Industry Direct to Customer Research

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Wine Business Solution’s Direct to Customer Benchmarking Survey is now underway. This now the second year the research has been undertaken. It is designed to measure the importance of this fastest growing path to market, one that is normally eight to ten times more profitable than selling …

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What will the New Zealand Wine Industry look like in 40 years time?

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] That was the question asked of me by Tessa Nicholson of NZ Winegrower magazine. If clients look to put together business plans that extend past 3 years, I usually suggest that they not to waste their time. Years 4 and 5 onwards typically descend into extrapolation and …

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Optimise your Wine Business

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] It’s that time of the year again when we prepare to go on the road with our Workshop series. After the overwhelmingly positive response we received last year and as a result of the survey of customers to which 128 of you responded, we’re going to be …

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True Perceptions of New Zealand Wines Overseas

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] I recently received this question from NZ journalist Lee Suckling: I’m writing an article about the reputation of New Zealand wines internationally, specific to buyers, restaurateurs, and consumers themselves (rather than the professional palates and awards teams). A Kiwi distributor sent me the following outline of her experience in …

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What I learned on my Holidays…

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] 2011/12 was a very good year for our little business. My wife and I were therefore able to take a month off in Europe and really enjoy it. Whilst the break was always only ever intended as a holiday, inevitably, a lot of it somehow concerned wine …

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On-Premise Opportunity

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Each year, WBS conducts research into the On-Premise in the UK and other markets. This year, as you would expect, the price of wine on UK wine lists has dropped. The average listed price for a bottle of wine is now below £40, down around 10% on …

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