A model and exploratory study for promoting professional sales in winery visitor centers

Janeen Olsen (Wine Business Program, School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA)
Liz Thach (Wine Business Program, School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA)

International Journal of Wine Business Research

ISSN: 1751-1062

Publication date: 21 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a model for promoting professional sales in winery visitor centers, as well as the results of an exploratory study to test the model.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey methodology was used to evaluate the sales behavior of winery personnel in three popular wine tourist regions of California, USA. In total, 284 mystery shopper evaluations were completed and analyzed. In addition, a professional sales model for winery visitor centers was developed based on secondary sources drawn from the literature.

Findings

Results indicate that some of the winery visitor centers have adopted professional sales techniques and trained their staff to perform these tasks, but there is still ample opportunity to improve. Sales presentations could become more interactive in many cases, and relationship and trust building actions could be emphasized more.

Research limitations/implications

The study was limited to three wine regions in California, and only provides descriptive statistics of service and sales in the tasting room. Further testing of the model in new locations with expanded statistics would be useful.

Practical implications

The study highlight effective professional selling tactics used in winery visitor centers which could be adopted by managers. It also identifies areas for improvement.

Originality/value

This paper introduces a new model on professional sales in winery visitor centers. This is the first of its type to be applied to the wine industry for direct to consumer sales.

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Citation

Olsen, J. and Thach, L. (2008), "A model and exploratory study for promoting professional sales in winery visitor centers", International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 22-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/17511060810864598

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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