We were recently invited to participate in a bank hosted food & beverage export opportunities trade delegation to Vietnam and Singapore. We sent Darren Naylor along to get a feel for what the wine industries were like in these export markets.

Before departing Aussie shores however, Darren kicked this trip off with a visit to Darwin, a relatively new domestic market for us. Accompanied by one of our premium Brother member Nick Struik, together they set off to visit an old friend who owns The Cavenagh Hotel (the former Darwin casino), which is now one of the best wine and steak restaurants in Darwin’s central district.  A great venue at which to host our first NT wine lunch. This lunch was all about crisp Mackenzie William Riesling, rich Tru-Su Rosé and the very memorable Jack Harrison Shiraz paired to one of the best mouth-watering steaks I’ve had in a long time. Our attending wine enthusiasts gave our little boutique winery 2 thumbs up, and with a pat on the back accompanied by some choice descriptive words expressing just how good they thought the wine was, Darren knew he’d won over the locals. With more trips planned for the future we look forward to getting more involved in the community of Darwin to help establish the Brockenchack brand in ‘The NT’!

The time then came to roll our wine trolley on over to Vietnam and straight into the capital of Ho Chi Minh City. What a buzz this city has, one car to every thousand mopeds and everyone knows how to move with the flow. To his surprise Darren had found himself in one of Asia’s most tech-savvy upcoming nations. Conferencing, trade shows and networking ensued. Vietnam really impressed him, and with its fast growing economy (tipped to grow at a pace of about 6% – 6.5% by 2029 and potential to overpower Singapore’s economy by the next decade) , coupled with their growing taste for wine, here’s hoping that the wine lovers of Vietnam may be drinking Zip Line in the not too distant future!

Singapore was our next stop and what a contrast; from rough and chaotic Vietnam, to smooth and pristine Singapore.  This is by far one of the cleanest and simplest major cities to travel around in, however its down side is it’s either hot and dry or hot and wet. With an average GDP of $80k this city seems to have everything sorted out. More conferencing and networking with amazing views of Singapore harbour. Networking can be hit and miss at times, but for Darren this room and the people in attendance were all there to talk about and listen to how best to enhance their businesses by potentially using our products. It certainly helped that they were enjoying our Pinot Noir and Jack Harrison on the night! What this space – we hope that next time you travel to Singapore, you may discover that the restaurant you’re dining in, has your favourite Brockenchack wine on the list!