The Wine Gallery was founded in 2015 out of a frustration cofounder Tom Walenkamp thought he couldn’t be alone in facing: understanding the language of wine is complicated
Melbourne startup Winery Lane aims to bridge the gap between Australia’s best winemakers and the consumer. Taking a collaborative approach, Winery Lane works to build the profiles and sales of independent and boutique Australian wineries.
One might be hard pressed to find a founder who tells their failure story with as much good humour as Vinomofo’s Andre Eikmeier.
Adelaide startup Vinnovate, a revolutionary new bottle closure for wine, has won first place in the Brancott Estate Winexplorer Innovation Challenge.
Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest growing startups, has changed the way that Australian consumers think about wine and purchase it. Since Justin Dry and Andre Eikmeier founded the company in 2011, it has garnered 400,000 members and 75,000 active customers – which is perhaps the most important number that the pair take notice of. In this financial year, the business is set to exceed over $50 million in revenue, with Dry saying that the business is now growing at 100 percent year on year.
Sydney startup With Wine, backed by BlueChilli, wants people to find wine by looking at what their friends have enjoyed and then helps them buy it, with lists of wine on the app ranked according to ratings from friends. As well as this social aspect, the app allows users to save and keep track of wines they like, eliminating one of the most common issues when it comes to wine: actually being able to remember what you found at the bottle shop last time you went, or what you drank at a restaurant or at a friend’s place.
One startup looking to eliminate inefficiencies in the industry is GrapeBrain, a ‘viticultural intelligence system’ which leverages Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning to significantly improve grape production forecasts.
Though Australia’s wine regions are world renowned, the stereotype of a country full of beer drinkers persists – perhaps because wine is so famously difficult to understand and buy. As a result, startups like Adelaide’s Vinomofo and Sydney’s The Wine Gallery have emerged to help consumers better understand what it is they want from wine.
The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires left many Victorians with only the ashes of the lives they built. One such victim is David Laity. Touched by the support offered by the Australian community after losing his house, he decided to start a high-quality wine company with a social conscience – Goodwill Wine.