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The Customer – your new partner in business
"The Customer is always right" - a truth we have learned from our grandparents. But in today's digital world, the status of the customer is...
E-commerce & Entrepreneurs – not even the sky is the limit
In my last few blogs I have focused a lot on the new business landscape - how technology and trends have changed the way we sell, market, di...
The New Selling – more science than skill
Selling has become more science than skill. No longer is it only about the quality of the product, the strength of the brand, the size of...
Experience – the 5th P of Marketing
Marketing handbooks tought us about the 4 P's of marketing: Price, Product, Promotion, Place but in today's world it is missing one componen...
In 2017 – Take Your Experience Virtual!
January is the month for trend forecasts and I always try to keep my finger on the pulse as to what is indicated for the new year – whethe...
It is the Thought That Counts. But is That All?
The Christmas holidays are here and whether you believe in elaborate gifts or just something small and sentimental, wine often is a very goo...
The Controversy of Colour
Today the internet was abuzz with a dress and its colour! In short it seems that while some people were convinced that the dress on a photo ...
Art and Wine – A Relationship to Treasure
The relationship between art and wine is much celebrated.At the launch of a new contemporary exhibition in the La Motte Museum as well a...
Agriculture – The Foundation of Development in Africa
Africa’s constant struggle with famine is a well-known fact and the importance of agriculture in the provision of food, creating jobs and ...
Find A Mentor in The Madness
Some time ago in an interview with a local Afrikaans daily, I mentioned the important role my late father in law, Dr Anton Rupert, played in...
Celebrate in Style, Whether It Is with Champagne, Cava, Prosecco or Méthode Cap Classique
This weekend, the Franschhoek Valley celebrates the 21st edition of its annual Bastille Festival, reminiscing on its French Huguenot heritag...
The Buying Power of Women – A Force to Be Reckoned With!
For most of us men, women and their spending habits is a subject safer to steer away from. But, I read this interesting blog Does your bran...
Golf and Wine – Two Similar Ways to Spend Your Time
My passion for and enjoyment of wine is of course no secret, but almost anyone that knows me will also tell you how much I love to play a ro...
Status, Celebrity and Product Placement – Still Selling in China.
Next week we will host 240 delegates from the Perfect China Sales Team in the Cape Winelands to introduce them to the beautiful new cellar a...
Language and Culture – Opening Trade Doors to China
On Tuesday, the Cape Argus reported on plans to introduce Mandarin to South African schools. And although we already have 11 languages of ou...
Wishes for A Wonderful 2014!
How quickly 2013 has come and gone! Let’s not waste any of our precious moments in 2014 – let’s make them all count!My wish for yo...
Cultural Bridge Building for Successful Business Relationships in China
On Tuesday morning, I addressed some industry players at a symposium on China and focused on Cultural bridge building for successful busines...
Generations of Spending
I celebrated my birthday this week and that sparked my thoughts on growing older and belonging to a specific generation. I have also been pr...
Nothing Old-Fashioned About Word of Mouth
Last week I shared a few thoughts on how I have experienced the changing of the communication landscape from the days when email was just in...
Telling Your Story Amongst a Cacophony of Communication
remember when email was a new thing. It was amazing to type a message and a few moments later it would display halfway around the world. We...
South African Entertainment Inspiration for The Weekend
The weekend is here and we all have some kind of entertainment in mind. If you live in South Africa, there is an amazing sel...
Taking Sustainability Seriously
My late father in law was an inspirational man and I have learned a lot from him. Internationally regarded as a businessman and industrialis...
Yesterday I had lunch with Ambassador Radu Gabriel of the Romanian Embassy and his wife at Pierneef à La Motte restaurant. He is in Cape To...
Wishes for 2013!
Thank you for all the friendship and support during 2012. May you have some beautiful Champagne or MCC to celebrate the end of a special yea...
Dylan Lewis Leopard at Leopard’s Leap
Ahead of the annual Cape Leopard Trust fundraising event, a magnificent Dylan Lewis sculpture of a leopard was placed at the entrance to the...
Chinese Agriculture Visit to La Motte
The Director General of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture Zhang Tianzuo and his delegation visited La Motte yesterday as part of a visit t...
The firework display at the end of the gala dinner of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5STwv3IjsFs...
Meeting of the Commanderie De Bordeaux
My wife Hanneli and I are currently in France for a meeting of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, a global grouping of wine lovers interested in t...
Leopard’s Leap Leopards on La Motte
As most readers of this blog will know, Leopard’s Leap is a major sponsor of the Cape Leopard Trust’s efforts to protect the magnificent...
Three Generations of Koegelenbergs
I was privileged to spend Friday lunch with my father and son at the Father’s Day Chef’s Table demonstration meal at Liam Tomlin Food at...
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