Competition in the Global Wine Industry:

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Competition in the Global Wine Industry: A U.S. Perspective Murray Silverman Professor of Management College of Business San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132 Phone: 415-338-7489 Fax: 415-338-0501 Email: msilver@sfsu.edu Richard Castaldi Professor of Management College of Business San Francisco State University Phone: 415-338-2829 Fax: 415-338-0501 Email: castaldi@sfsu.edu Sally Baack Assistant Professor of Management San Francisco State University College of Business Phone: 415-338-6421 Email: sbaack@sfsu.edu Greg Sorlien, MBA San Francisco State University College of Business Competition in the Global Wine Industry: A U.S.…show more content…
wineries are implementing strategies to compete against foreign producers. Overview of Wine The dynamics of the global wine industry are better understood through a brief history of wine as well as an overview of the wine making process. Some countries have longer historical and cultural ties with wine then others and that can affect the quality and perception of the product in the eyes of the consumer. Also, the conditions in which the wine grapes are raised and the processes used to make the wine can create a superior wine and therefore a competitive advantage. Wine has been a part of Western history since the Neolithic Period (8,500-4,000 B.C.), when cultures first started to develop permanent communities, and stopped being nomadic hunter-gatherers (U. Penn, 2000). One of the earliest written records of the consumption of wine is recorded in the Bible and the impact of wine on Mediterranean cultures became more pronounced over the years as the geopolitical situation stabilized in the region under the Roman Empire. Roman Imperialism helped to spread the production of wine across most of the countries in the Empire, which included most of North Africa and Southern Europe (Britannica, 2000). During that same era, wine became ingrained in the Christian faith and is still used in Christian mass today. The close tie between wine and the Christian faith aided to the spread of wine production and wine consumption across Europe

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