Pricing Wine, a historical introduction

One minute it seemed the wine industry’s governing fathers still had all their crazy quota and area restrictions and pricing privi- leges in place, a farrago of nonsense con- sonant with the old South Africa. Now people of all races are allowed to grow anything, anywhere, sell at prices they think the market will stand; and unions, farm owners, MPs, consumers, sociologists and all-comers are ‘interfering’ in the reassuringly unsettling ways of a democracy.

– John Platter (1999)

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