News_March_2019

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 of Bayede! who previously attended ProWein, concurs with Ms Petersen “This is a great opportunity where trade meets producers and an ideal platform to align our brand with international and other South African big brands. We don’t have to stand back but can equally compete with quality products and the pricing of our wines at this level.”

Bayede! is one of the brands that will be supported by the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit to attend ProWein this year. “We are grateful to the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit for the opportunity to participate at ProWein. We find that the return on investment is much better on this well-established platform “, says Ms Vermooten.

African Roots Wines, Bayede! Marketing, Cape Dreams, Compagniesdrift, Koopmanskloof, LaRicMal, Land of Hope, Libbys’ Pride, Ses’Fikile, The Bridge of Hope, Thembi & Co, Thokozaniand Women in Wine will be joining other established wine brands and co-operatives at the South African pavilion in Hall 9, blocks 9B28 and 9B38 of the Messe Düsseldorf to present their unique wines to wine experts and buyers from across the globe.

Follow us on Facebook (@WITURSA), Twitter (@witu_sa) or LinkedIn (SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit) for updates on ProWein.

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