WELCOME TO WINE BUSINESS ADVISORS
The Wine, Tourism, Hospitality & Retail business is complex & constantly evolving. Mergers, Sales & Acquisitions are defining the industry. Wine Business Advisors are blue-sky thinkers challenging you to think out-of-the-box. WBA combines specialist niche skills with real-world experience. WBA specialists cover every angle from strategy to implementation. Stop guessing - engage Wine Business Advisors today.
\ MIKE RATCLIFFE
Mike Ratcliffe founded Wine Business Advisors in 2016 and has since successfully applied his broad experience to advising more than 50 clients around the world. Mike was Managing Director of 1.4 million bottle Warwick Estate for about two decades before exiting to Californian-based Silicon Valley venture capital firm Eileses. Mike co-founded the US & South African joint venture Vilafonté which was recently named the 2021 IWSC ‘Outstanding producer of the Year’. Mike was nominated for the Wine Enthusiast ‘Wine Star’ Award for Global Innovator of the Year in 2015 & then again in 2017.
\ ROLAND PEENS
Chief Executive Officer
While studying economics at the University of Stellenbosch, Roland found a keenness for wine and has been immersed in the industry since. Having directed Wine Cellar for 15 years, he launched South Africa’s first wine investment product and co-founded the Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions. International business, study and travel have added to deep insight into the world of wine. Roland joined forces with Mike Ratcliffe as the CEO of Wine Business Advisors in 2021.
Garçon are a sustainable recycled PET packaging start-up that’s bringing about a significant advancement to wine bottles and their impact on the environment. With essential and highly effective advancements to the shape and material of wine bottles they are improving the eco-friendliness, retailing, logistics, and cost-effectiveness of wine.
Spain, Singapore, New York, Switzerland
The Terraview mission is to create the most valuable enterprise software company of the 21st century by blending technology with each bottle of wine that the world produces. Terraview has created a unified vineyard management digital platform including a fully integrated suite of innovative products like yield estimation, smart
irrigation & disease predictions.
\ UITKYK WINES
Uitkyk , the historic Stellenbosch property of nearly 600ha, has been purchased by The Uitkyk Domain, a South African company ultimately owned by The Paulsen Familiae Foundation, which holds worldwide investments in both real estate as well as wine and spirits producers and distributors.