Black-owned wine manufacturers enhance South Africa in New York


The Massive Apple will quickly welcome the greatest group of black-owned South African wine manufacturers to ever take part at North America’s main worldwide wine exhibition.

Sixteen black-owned manufacturers will signify South Africa’s slowly however certainly extra various wine trade at Vinexpo America in New York. This trade-only expo, convening the world’s top-producing wine areas, will probably be hosted from Wednesday 8 to Thursday 9 March 2023 at Manhattan’s Jacob Okay. Javits Conference Centre. 

For the primary time, the proportion of black-owned companies taking part at Vinexpo America will probably be important, due to an initiative collectively pushed by Wesgro, the official tourism, commerce, and funding promotion company for Cape City and the Western Cape, the SA Wine Trade Transformation Unit (SAWITU) and the South African Division of Commerce, Trade, and Competitors (DTIC).

Seize alternatives to enter the US market

The US (US) market has all the time been a excessive precedence marketplace for South African (SA) wine manufacturers. Nevertheless, market entry to the US has been a problem for a number of many years. In the previous few years although, a concerted effort has been made to have interaction with this market. In accordance with Mrs Wendy Petersen, Government Supervisor of SAWITU

  • “A renewed give attention to SA wines has particularly attracted market share for black-owned wine manufacturers that haven’t prior to now been aware of this progress of the SA wine class within the US.
  • “The US market is troublesome to penetrate, particularly with the imposed three-tier system of importers/producers, distributors, and retailers. When looking for an importer keen to take a product on board, manufacturers must benefit from beneficial commerce agreements to enter the market.
  •  “SAWITU’s partnership with Wesgro on the US initiative is a results of elevated market entry by way of Wesgro’s Export Development Programme. Wesgro’s enter over a number of years, particularly by Mrs Nadine Smith Clarke, Head: Export Development Programme, has been instrumental in driving the method in addition to commerce and promotions actions for SA manufacturers within the US market.
  •  “The Vinexpo America occasion will construct on the work that has already been completed and can enable manufacturers manufacturers to have interaction with importers, consumers, retailers, and journalists to showcase their award-winning wines and new merchandise.”

The 16 black-owned manufacturers taking part at Vinexpo America will probably be Aslina Wines, Carmen Stevens Wines, Khai Wines, Sesfikile Wines, Thokozani Wines, The Bridge of Hope Wines, Klein Goederust Wines, La RicMal Wines, PaardenKloof Property, Rockbelt Ridge Wines, Bayede Royal Wines, Koni Wines, Highberry Wines, M’hudi Wines, African Roots Wine, and The Good Beverage Firm

Denise Stubbs of Thokozani believes South Africa and America share an extended stroll to freedom: “Sixty-five farmworkers personal our model, Thokozani, a Zulu phrase for celebration. Itemizing Thokozani within the US and sharing its story of transformation, empowerment, and award-winning wines can be our greatest achievement.” 

Two feminine African entrepreneurs, Lesego Holzapfel and Ezanne Gouws-du Toit, based Khai by embracing range and fusing two cultures. “We imagine our model and story will resonate with many American shoppers who worth range, inclusion, and sustainable impression,” says Holzapfel.

Dine with SA wine in New York

Previous to assembly consumers and trade consultants at Vinexpo, the expedition to the US will kick off with an uncommon night in New York. On Tuesday 7 March 2023, the SA Consulate in New York will host a model house owners’ and importers’ wine tasting and networking reception. At this occasion, model house owners will provide tastings of their wines and showcase their firms. 

“This would be the first occasion of its variety with such a considerable variety of black-owned manufacturers taking part and a really particular give attention to getting into the US market,” says Petersen, who along with Smith- Clarke will current their organisations’ roles in aiding these manufacturers in addition to the work they do in the direction of sustainable growth. 

Friends may even be taught extra about The Wine Arc, featured in a current article within the New York Instances as “a flagship initiative for market entry for black-owned manufacturers.” 

Nadine Smith Clarke, Head: Export Development Programme
 Wendy Petersen, Government Supervisor of SAWITU

Go to the Wine Arc in Stellenbosch

The Wine Arc, an more and more widespread wine tourism vacation spot that includes 13 black-owned manufacturers, opened its doorways in November 2021 in Stellenbosch. As a artistic innovation hub for entrepreneurs and younger winemakers to develop and develop into extra sustainable, the Wine Arc is constructing a repute as an thrilling vacation spot for wine tastings and occasions. 

“The Wine Arc is a model dwelling for entrepreneurs, which provides manufacturers better entry to markets and e-commerce amenities,” says Petersen. “We stay up for internet hosting extra guests, additionally from the US, to expertise South African wine, share tales, interact with manufacturers, and rejoice the journey of transformation within the SA wine trade.”

Go to The Wine Arc on the Agricultural Analysis Council (ARC) Nietvoorbij Wine Tasting, located on the R44, on the nook of Helshoogte Highway, in Stellenbosch, or store on-line at For extra details about SAWITU, go to



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