Press releases

Better Grapes Wine Fair highlights real progress in the South African wine industry

The Better Grapes Wine Fair taking place on 10 September 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, will highlight the progress in terms of gender equality, diversity, empowerment, sustainability and wine quality in the South African wine industry.  The event is hosted by the South African Embassy in Finland in collaboration with the South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU). SAWITU is supporting six black-owned wine companies, African Roots, Mhudi, Ses’fikile, Thembi, Thokozani and Women in Wine to participate in a seminar on transformation in the South African wine industry. Business owners will present their wines at a Masterclass to the wine trade, media and public at the Better Grapes Wine Fair in Helsinki and also introduce their wine brands to two prominent

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SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit creates market access for wine entrepreneurs

The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit NPC is supporting thirteen black-owned enterprises to participate at ProWein, the world’s largest wine and spirits trade show, from 17 – 19 March 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Ms Wendy Petersen, newly appointed Transformation Operations Manager of the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit NPC, emphasises the importance of black-owned wine brands participating at a leading wine show such as ProWein. “Participation at a trade show of this magnitude and prestige is highly beneficial to the brands’ positioning in the international market”, says Ms Petersen. “The support we are providing to the brands will enable them to trade with buyers and importers globally and grow their footprint in the international market.” Ms Antoinette Vermooten CEO

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Wendy Petersen leads transformation in the wine industry

The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (TU) appointed Ms Wendy Petersen in the position of Operations Manager from 1 February 2019. The TU is a collective, inclusive, independent and representative forum of relevant wine industry structures to facilitate transformation in the sector aligned to the NAMC guidelines. It advances transformation through economic development, skills development and training, as well as social development. The organisation’s main objective is to promote equitable access and participation of black-owned businesses within the wine value chain. Ms Petersen, who was previously Manager of International Projects at Wines of South Africa, has more than 25 years’ experience in the wine industry. “I am honoured and privileged to be bestowed the title of Transformation Operations Manager

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