WMTC20: The Future of Wine Tourism: What We are Doing Wrong and How We Can Better Move Forward

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March 05, 2020
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WMTC20: The Future of Wine Tourism: What We are Doing Wrong and How We Can Better Move Forward

Join Paul Wagner, Founder of Balzac Communications, for an in-depth discussion of where we are today, what pitfalls we have experienced, and where we can go in ten years with proper planning and marketing. He will provide a list of “The Top Five Things Every Marketer Should Do Now” to help you correct your path and spur you on your way to a successful future.

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March 05, 2020
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  1. Paul Wagner Napa Valley College/Balzac Communications WHAT WE DO WRONG

  2. WE DON’T HAVE A KEY MESSAGE, AND WE DON’T COMMUNICATE

    IT, EITHER What’s different about our winery or region? Who knows?
  3. WE ARE A SMALL FAMILY WINERY… Yadda yadda yadda WE

    MAKE GREAT WINE... Yadda yadda yadda
  4. WE LECTURE OUR CUSTOMERS Because they NEED to learn!

  5. WE TEACH GEOLOGY

  6. 6 ▪ 33 Different Soil Series ▪Over 100 Soil Variations

    ▪ Half of the Soil Orders on Earth exist in the Napa Valley Napa Valley Soil Diversity Soils
  7. WE TEACH VITICULTURE

  8. 8 BORDEAUX: CLIMATE – Maritime climate – Moderating influences from

    the Atlantic and Gironde Estuary – Coastal pine forests protect Médoc from harsh winds – Rain – a worry at harvest – Wet Spring and humidity – Varied climate creates vintage variation 8
  9. WE TEACH ENOLOGY

  10. SHERRY TYPES:

  11. WE TEACH SENSORY ANALYSIS

  12. TASTE

  13. WE PROVIDE TASTING NOTES For every wine

  14. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Scents of bacon; fresh cherry and

    red raspberry shadowed by their distilled counterparts; violet, honeysuckle, and acacia; musk; lavender and other resinous herbs; along with pungently bittersweet citrus oils, all capture one’s attention. Their counterparts on an infectiously juicy, fine-grained and strikingly buoyant palate are mingled with veal stock and mouthwateringly savory pan drippings. Cardamom and black pepper add yet greater complexity. The clean, marrow-like meatiness that extends all the way through this Syrah’s lusciously long finish is anything but gamey.
  15. OUR STAFF IS VERY WINE KNOWLEDGEABLE But they don’t know

    to talk to people
  16. WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO SELL Who Teaches Sales Techniques?

    WSET NO Court of Master Sommeliers NO Society of Wine Educators NO Sonoma State NO UC Davis NO
  17. WE “TALK” TO THE TARGET MARKET Propaganda ends where dialogue

    begins.
  18. WE ALWAYS GIVE THE SAME DAMN PRESENTATION No matter who

    the audience is
  19. WE TRY TO IMPRESS PEOPLE But do we seduce them?

  20. WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER?

  21. SHE IS: • Oxygen 61% • Carbon 23% • Hydrogen

    10% • Nitrogen 2.6% • Calcium 1.4% • Phosphorus 1.1% • Trace elements .9%
  22. MERITXELL FALGUERAS • Journalist • Top sommelier of Catalunya •

    Third best sommelier in Spain • Author • Television commentator • Firth generation owner of Celler de Gelida
  23. NO QUESTIONS, PLEASE! Propaganda ends where dialogue begins.

  24. WE DON’T WANT TO LISTEN • Who are our customers?

    • What do they want?
  25. WHY DO THEY ASK THOSE TECHNICAL QUESTIONS? Because they want

    to belong. We need to make that easier, not harder.
  26. WHAT’S THE BENEFIT? • Why do consumers buy wine? •

    Is wine a luxury or a commodity? • “We don’t sell watches to tell the time” • “People buy luxury articles to be recognized” Alain-Dominique Perrin, Cartier, Paris
  27. FIVE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Solutions!

  28. #1: BENCHMARK How do you compare? First Impressions Customer Service

    Staff Training: What is your Curriculum?
  29. #2: HIRE PROFESSIONALS WHO WRITES YOUR MESSAGING? WHO DELIVERS IT?

  30. #3: DON’T JUST SERVE YOUR CUSTOMERS: CREATE MISSIONARIES

  31. #4: COMMUNICATE! We don’t follow up We think our customers

    don’t want to hear from us. And why isn’t your WIFI free?
  32. #5: CREATE A HUMAN CONNECTION • Sell wine with joy

    • And humanity!
  33. • Don’t tell me you’re passionate. Talk about what you

    love. • Don’t convince me with facts, seduce me with stories. • Don’t educate me, make me your friend. • Don’t tell me; show me. Don’t show me; let me participate.
  34. WE LOVE MUSIC • We love it • We embrace

    it • We share it
  35. WE LOVE WINE • We are intimidated by it •

    We worry about it • We fear sharing it
  36. WINE AND MUSIC • Each winemaker dances to the rhythm

    that nature plays for us. • And each winemaker adds a melody. • But no winemaker works alone. • Wine is the communal expression of joy. • Share that joy