Michael Fridjhon: Are wine listing fees anticompetitive?

June 19, 2015
by Christian
in Opinion & Analysis
with 5 Comments
Michael Fridjhon.

Michael Fridjhon.

“Are listing fees demanded by various on-consumption outlets bribes?” asks Michael Fridjhon in latest post on BDlive. “If the practice doesn’t add up to conditional selling, there is still something overtly anticompetitive about it,” he says, answering his own question.

He also goes on to name names – Madame Zingara restaurant group charging R8 000 per wine for a 12-month listing and The City Grill group charging producers over R13 000 to retain their 2014 listings.

Read the full article here.

Read former sommelier and now wine agent David Clarke’s article on the same subject from earlier in the year here.

Tagged , , ,

Share this post


  1. Jan LaubscherJune 25, 2015 at 10:53 amReply

    Spur: R1 000 000 / wine
    Ocean basket: R100 000+ / wine

  2. Jeremy WalkerJune 24, 2015 at 12:15 amReply

    Cape Town Fish Market has just offered me “the opportunity” to list Grangehurst wines on their list subject to a listing fee or R24,192 per wine. This is extortion. Name and shame these restaurant operators – and on a positive note, lets create a list of restaurateurs with integrity who select wines based on criteria other than what the winery is prepared to pay for a listing. Jeremy Walker

  3. David ClarkeJune 22, 2015 at 3:20 pmReply

    Good to have you on board MF!!

  4. MarkJune 22, 2015 at 2:03 pmReply

    The question should also be asked, do you drink any of the brands that pay for listings?

  5. KwispedoorJune 19, 2015 at 10:33 amReply

    Etters. Keep on naming and shaming, please, as I refuse to eat at any of these places.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


AEC v1.0.4
  • October 25, 2016Veritas Tasting - JHB
  • October 26, 2016RMB WineX 2016
  • October 29, 2016Season of Sauvignon Festival
  • November 1, 2016Prescient Chardonnay Public Tasting - Café Cru, Monte Casino
AEC v1.0.4
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with South African wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang