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#1 Importer of South African Wine, Cape Classics, Expands Portfolio with DGB Partnership

 NEW YORK, NY – September 1, 2021 – Cape Classics is thrilled to announce a new partnership with DGB. As one of South Africa’s leading independent producers, DGB is home to some of the county’s most renowned brands. Boschendal, The Beachhouse, Bellingham and Ribshack Red are all highly successful brands that will be expanding the importer’s South African portfolio which currently consists of 26 brands from South Africa and France. 

DGB acquires a majority shareholding in Backsberg family wines

DGB has concluded a deal to acquire the majority shareholding in Backsberg, a long-established name in the Cape winelands which has been in the hands of the famous Back family for over a century. The transaction follows the sale of Backsberg’s main Simondium farm late last year. The transaction also includes the Kosher wines under the “Unorthodox” trademark, together with the Sydney Back and Backsberg brandy brands. The estate’s alembic brandy pot still will be incorporated into a new artisanal distillery DGB is building in Franschhoek under the name of The Old Road Distillery Co.

DGB is confident as the custodian of some of the Cape’s most respected and established wine brands. The company will ensure that the legacy of Backsberg continues growing from strength to strength!

Boschendal Secures Official Wine Status for British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa

DGB, South Africa’s leading premium wine company, has secured the rights for Boschendal as the official wine partner to the much-anticipated tour by the British and Irish Lions, which will see the might of British and Irish rugby take on the Springboks as well as various provincial teams. The matches between 3 July and 7 August incorporate eight games, including three tests against the world Champion Springboks.

DGB appoints Andrew Harris as Wine Marketing Director

Harris, who joined DGB in 2019 currently holds the position of Marketing Manager, and succeeds industry stalwart Jacques Roux who is retiring after 18 years as Marketing Director.

To quote Harris: “I am excited with my new role as Marketing Director, especially as I am following in the footsteps of one of the South African wine industry’s most seasoned and accomplished marketers in Jacques Roux.”

CliffCentral guest interview with Tim Hutchinson

As the founder, shareholder and CEO of alcohol wholesaler and importer DGB, Tim Hutchinson has seen many peaks and troughs in his 35 years of business. He admits though, that he has never experienced quite a drastic move like the government-instituted lockdown that South Africa is currently under. Gareth finds out what the lockdown means for Tim’s company and operations, how the alcohol industry is sustaining itself, and what the future of it will look like.

DGB Executives Put their Pockets on the Line in Covid-19 Crisis

DGB (Pty) Ltd, one of South Africa’s leading drinks companies, has reinforced its absolute commitment to ensuring the group and its suppliers get through the current COVID-19 crisis by requesting its senior executives to agree to a three month pay-cut.

DGB Harvest Report 2020 | A collaboration with Mother Nature

Four wineries in the stable of South Africa’s DGB wine group each won a Gold medal at this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, the most prestigious international competition for Sauvignon Blanc – one of the most commercially successful wine categories in the world.

DGB’s Premium Wine Strategy Delivers Golds at International Sauvignon Blanc Showcase

If 2020 has shown us anything so far, it’s that Mother Nature is always in charge. With this year’s vintage described as one of the shortest and intense picking seasons on record, one might say that perhaps she offered a guiding hand to ensure the DGB vineyard and cellar team worked in collaboration with nature and wrapped up before the national lockdown!

Focus on Premium Market Gives DGB Winning Edge

DGB Ltd led the South African category at the prestigious Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards, winning over 40% of all Gold medals awarded to Cape producers at the Spring Competition, which is traditionally held just before the annual Prowein Wine Show in Dusseldorf.