South Australian logistics and warehouse provider WineWorks Australia is well on the way to becoming one of Australia’s most decorated wine suppliers after being named a finalist in the 2018 Australian Wine Industry Impact Awards (Distribution & Logistics category).
For four years in a row WineWorks has either wine industry awards or been a finalist. It won the Export award at the 2015 WISA Wine Supplier of the Year, and the Distribution and Logistics award at the 2016 Wine Industry Impact Awards. Wineworks was a finalist in the 2017 Wine Industry Impact Awards (Distribution & Logistics).
WineWorks was established in 2004 as a one-stop shop for warehousing, reworking, export packing and distribution. The family business – solely focused on wine – has grown steadily in recent years and has more than 300 clients across Australia.
General manager Kent Brown says many factors are behind the success of the business including attention to detail and service – but he is particularly proud of their close involvement in both the wine community and the broader community.
For Kent it’s all part of fostering a positive business culture.
“We feel honoured to be a part of the wine community,” Kent says. “For us it means being accountable; caring and sharing; trusting one another and working together to get the job done. It also means taking pride in our performance and not letting customers down.”
WineWorks general manager Kent Brown (right) with winemaker Riley Harrison of Samuel’s Gorge.
Comments from the Impact Awards judges support Kent’s comments: “WineWorks delivers their solutions through company culture.
“It’s clear to see that their employees are empowered to swiftly deal with any issues that may arise from transporting wine around the country and are well adapted to creating transport, warehousing, reworking and export solutions for their clients.
“It is more about understanding the unique challenges faced by clients and embracing that they all have their very different nuances.”
The judges – Phil Keenihan (MGA Insurance Brokers), Billie Stapleton (Montara Wines) and Darryn Jones (Penny’s Hill Wines) – also recognised an ongoing commitment year in, year out to continue to invest in infrastructure and services to improve their competitiveness and capability that directly flows to their customers.
“The growth and improvements are meticulous and sustainable and develop as their customers allow. A truly symbiotic relationship that allows all wine producers to benefit,” the judges said.
“An impressive and hardworking team that leaves nothing to chance. The demands of this industry and the turnaround times are unforgiving. WineWorks are worthy finalists in this highly competitive category for understanding and creating solutions in the supply chain from grape to glass. Reliability with cost effective wins is the key. Complete faith in the supply chain is the ultimate.”
The last word goes to Kent Brown: “WineWorks Australia is committed to providing you with the best service and experience every time you work with us. We are not just a provider but an integrated business partner, dedicated to delivering great service and cost savings through modernised processes and providing solutions to problems.
“Infinite experience across all fields of logistics and warehousing enables our clients to develop best-fit solutions for their business. Our common goal is to get your product to its destination in the same condition that your winemaker intended.”
The 2018 Impact Awards will be announced in Adelaide on Thursday 18 October.