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Wine and Identity

Branding, Heritage, Terroir, 1st Edition

Edited by Matt Harvey, Leanne White, Warwick Frost


256 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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In an increasingly competitive global market, winemakers are seeking to increase their sales and wine regions to attract tourists. To achieve these aims, there is a trend towards linking wine marketing with identity. Such an approach seeks to distinguish wine products – whether wine or wine tourism – from their competitors, by focusing on cultural and geographical attributes that contribute to the image and experience. In essence, marketing wine and wine regions has become increasingly about telling stories – engaging and provocative stories which engage consumers and tourists and translate into sales.

This timely book examines this phenomena and how it is leading to changes in the wine and tourism industries for the first time. It takes a global approach, drawing on research studies from around the world including old and new world wine regions. The volume is divided into three parts. The first – branding – investigates cases where established regions have sought to strengthen their brands or newer regions are striving to create effective emerging brands. The second – heritage – considers cases where there are strong linkages between cultural heritage and wine marketing. The third section – terroir – explores how a ‘sense of place’ is inherent in winescapes and regional identities and is increasingly being used as a distinctive selling proposition.

This significant volume showcasing the connections between place, identity, variety and wine will be valuable reading for students, researchers and academics interested in tourism, marketing and wine studies.


"This book is highly recommended." – Toledo Wines and Vines

Table of Contents

Introduction 1.Exploring Wine and Identity Matt Harvey, Warwick Frost and Leanne White Heritage 2.Old World Winemakers in the New World Warwick Frost and Jennifer Laing 3.The Survival of the ‘Jewels of Gastronomy’ in Today’s Markets: Andalucia’s Sherry (Jerez) Wines Abel Duarte Alonso and Alessandro Bressan 4. The New Gold: The Role of Place and Heritage in the Branding of the Central Otago Wine Region Joanna Fountain and Daisy Dawson 5.Slovenian Wine Stories and Identities: From the Heritage and Culture of Wine to Wine Tourism Aleš Gačnik 6.The Birthplace of Wine: Wine and Identity in Georgia Matt Harvey and Joseph Jordania Branding 7.Crafting Brand Stories for New World Wine in Canada Statia Elliot and Joe Barth 8. Jurançon Wines in a New World Market Michèle Ambaye and David Ambaye 9.Branding the Barossa: Pioneers, Heritage and Tourism in Australia’s Famous Wine Region Leanne White 10.From West to East: the Construction of New Wine Markets in Temperance Cultures Danielle Cornot 11.A Dual Generational Gap and the Evolution of a French Wine Identity Thierry Lorey 12. The Changing Self-Identity of English Wine C. Michael Hall Terroir 13.Wine Tourism in the São Francisco Valley of Brazil and the Search for a Distinctive Identity Sergio Leal and Simone Almeida 14. Old Wisdom from the New World: Wine Tourism Lessons from South Africa David G. Scott 15. From Merlot to Nk’mip: Wine, Tourism and Identity in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Michael Conlin and Jonathan Rouse 16.Winery Architecture: Creating a Sense of Place Tobias Danielmeier 17.Online Terroir: Wine and Regional Identity in Online Destination Marketing Julia Albrecht Conclusion 18.The Blending of Wine and Identity Leanne White, Matt Harvey and Warwick Frost

About the Editors

Matt Harvey is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria University, Australia. His research interests are in constitutional law, particularly in Australia and the European Union, and its application in areas such as wine and sport regulation.

Leanne White is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Victoria University, Australia. Her research interests include: national identities, commercial nationalism, advertising and cultural tourism. Along with this publication, she is co-editor of the Routledge research books: Tourism and National Identities: An International Perspective (2011) and Dark Tourism and Place Identity: Managing and Interpreting Dark Places (2013).

Warwick Frost is an Associate Professor in Tourism at La Trobe University, Australia. His research interests are in cultural heritage, tourism and media, nature-based tourism and events. He is the Series Editor of the Routledge Advances in Events Research Book Series. He is currently involved in a research project investigating the use of family heritage in wine marketing, including, but not confined to, the Australian First Families of Wine.

About the Series

Routledge Studies of Gastronomy, Food and Drink

This groundbreaking series focuses on cutting edge research on key topics and contemporary issues in the area of gastronomy, food and drink to reflect the growing interest in these as academic disciplines as well as food movements as part of economic and social development. The books in the series are interdisciplinary and international in scope, considering not only culture and history but also contemporary issues facing the food industry, such as security of supply chains. By doing so the series will appeal to researchers, academics and practitioners in the fields of gastronomy and food studies, as well as related disciplines such as tourism, hospitality, leisure, hotel management, cultural studies, anthropology, geography and marketing.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / General