Wineries explain the fallout from Covid-19

Although wine sales have been strong in relation to other retail categories, the world of wine has still been hit hard by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Wineries with no distribution through retail have been particularly hard hit. Jason Sych asks four wineries how they have navigated the crisis.

Antoine Caparros, Jocelyn Hogan Wilson, Mark Barth, Alice Rule
Antoine Caparros, Jocelyn Hogan Wilson, Mark Barth, Alice Rule

Jocelyn Hogan Wilson,
owner and winemaker, Hogan Wines, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Hogan Wines’ business is about 60 percent export, and 40 percent local. The tough part on the local front is that I’m predominantly in high-end restaurants. I’m small, I’m niche market, and I only make 1,000 cases of red and 1,000 of white. 

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