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How Draxton Wines Learned to Embrace the Bulk Wine Market

For most wineries, the decision to enter the bulk wine market is serendipitous rather than planned.

04/09/2017

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For most wineries, the decision to enter the bulk wine market is serendipitous rather than planned. It usually happens when shifting market conditions completely change the parameters of a winery's business model, forcing it to embrace other strategies. But once the winery embraces the bulk wine market, there's often no going back.

Consider the case of Draxton Wines, a small, family-run business in Healdsburg, California. The winery had been producing limited quantities of wine for the branded market for more than 20 years when the economic recession of 2008-2009 suddenly led it to consider the bulk market as a way to solve its cash flow problems.

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