I’ve become more and more interested in people in the wine business devoted to making wine accessible and easy for drinkers to get to know. Chris and Jane Scott who run wine education company Thirty Fifty are great examples of this – and when they wrote to me to tell me about their new app, Find A Vino, I was keen to know more so I interviewed Chris.
LWG: So tell me how you first got started in the wine business?
Chris Scott: I first worked with wine in vineyards in New Zealand, where I’m originally from. But it was actually on holiday with my wife Jane when we had an epiphany in a vineyard and decided to start a wine business together. We had been thinking about taking up an entrepreneurial challenge together for some time – we’d also been thinking about a Subway franchise – but when the idea of working with wine, which we both loved, hit us, we knew that was what we wanted to do! We started our WSET wine studies and Thirty Fifty was born.
LWG: Where did the idea of the Find A Vino app come from?
CS: We wanted to create something that made it easier to find competition winning wines at the right price – we noticed that award winning wines were selling out quickly and I’d personally found it hard to remember which wines I’d read about that were highly recommended by wine experts. So we made the Find A Vino app to try and simplify this process – you can sort by expert, by award and by best price so you know you’re getting good value.
LWG: And talk me through the process of developing the app?
CS: It actually has taken nearly two years to get to the point of it being ready to market. There were some facets that were really important to my partner and I when we were developing it – for example, it has a great function to be able to access award winning wines in multiple supermarkets and wine merchants, and sort by both quality and price. We knew that it needed to be able to be used by shoppers standing in the wine aisle, so we made sure it can be used without a connection to wifi. And given how quickly competition-winning wines sell out and prices change, the app has to have frequent updates and have the information be portable – we’ve done a lot of work on this.
LWG: It looks fab – and it’s really easy to use. Definitely worth a download!
Thanks to Chris for taking the time to speak with me, and as usual, thanks for reading.
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