In increasingly competitive markets, opportunities exist to meaningfully differentiate product offerings by cue signalling the claims of emergent categories. Therefore, and within the context of wine sales, the purpose of this study models the supply-led price importance of nascent, extrinsic old vine (OV) cues for South African wines to establish whether to what extent and how producers prioritise such nascent cues relative to more established extrinsic cues of worth.
A data set was compiled of 159 South African wines with OV category cues signalled on front labels, back labels or via marketing material. The play of contending cue variables was computed through an ordinary least square hedonic pricing model.
In addition to the contribution of established cues such as aggregated critic ratings, grape varieties and area of origin, this study confirms that vineyard age contributes significantly to wine price, particularly when signalled on back labels.
In price setting and positional models, such as brand extensions, the findings prove useful in understanding the inherent value of nascent cues and specifically vineyard age, relative to competing established wine cues of worth.
This study extends the wine pricing theory by validating the viability of nascent OV cues in the modelling of a wine’s value.
Priilaid, D. and Steyn, J. (2020), "Evaluating the worth of nascent old vine cues for South African wines", International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 283-300. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWBR-04-2019-0029
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