The winery segment of our business runs deep, mostly because we love good wine. Deeply involved with the Central Coast wine region and the Napa Valley wine region puts us in touch with some of the world’s best producers of fine wine.
Winery operations are difficult. The winery owner normally stands around tapping his/her foot wondering what the problem is. The company controller and the bookkeepers are busy coming up with the correct cost for producing fine wine. The record keeping, the data collection for a well run process cost system is a difficult task. Each winery we enter has a different take on the concept. Each time we point out the trouble spots in their system helping them to get to a point to be able to tell the owner the correct cost of producing a case of wine on a year to year basis.
Many people are great at making wine, the other side of the business coin is selling the wine. The sales side seems to be the Achilles heel of the wine industry, something that must be done, but how are we going to do it?
The other business challenges of contracting grapes, crushing, processing, cellaring the wine, cave digging, barrel buying, purchasing precision equipment, the cost of overhead and utilization of the labor force, regulatory and environmental concerns are all challenges for the management team. Our subject files can be quite helpful to people trying to perfect their operations.
We have developed protocol to take a winery then perform certain tasks and put them on the path for accelerated growth.