Within three weeks of launching into the South African market, KWV claims that it has achieved an 80% penetration of the market, with listings in most major liquor and supermarket chains.

KWV International's Southern Africa division says that it is aiming at saturating the domestic market with ranges of its wines and brandies.

It has listed with all the major liquor chains such as Picardi and Rebel, as well as the Spar Group, Shoprite-Checkers and Pick 'n Pay Hyperama, but was still in negotiations with Pick 'n Pay Supermarkets, which operates as a separate entity. Negotiations were also underway with Woolworths.

The company has also registered "The House of Brandy" brand name for its 5-, 10- and 20-year old brandies. The KWV 5-Year-Old Brandy, in particular, will play an important role, as it has not been available on the domestic market in the past, except for KWV staff and shareholder members.

KWV 10-Year-Old brandy, which was previously distributed by Distell, has already got a strong on-trade following and marketing manager Vanessa Schreyer said the 5-Year-Old would be introduced on the strength of that.