Hein Koegelenberg (below) sells one in every two bottles of SA wine sold in China. And he’s not a happy chap. For taxes on wines from Chile and New Zealand are 20% less than those levied on SA exports to the Middle Kingdom. So much for the much vaunted BRICS status!
Hein has spoken to several bureaucrats in SA government structures and has a novel proposal – if any tax saving is forthcoming, it be applied to marketing SA wine in China.
Meanwhile, Distell are doing it for themselves. Obikwa has sold 350,000 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc to Cathay Pacific airline. Last year, it was Fleur du Cap NLH and there’s another big deal in the pipeline… Viva, free enterprise, viva! as they don’t say in Cosatu.
News In! Andre Morgenthal is judging for International Pellegrino Restaurant Guide in SA, next year he will be doing it for Hong Kong too! Talk about the Big Time!