Coravin grants Great Domaines exclusive distribution rights in South Africa

Thursday, 23 November, 2017
Great Domaines
Coravin Inc., manufacturer of the Coravin™ System, the tool that allows wine lovers to pour and enjoy wine without pulling the cork, today expands its footprint into South Africa together with their newly appointed exclusive distributor Great Domaines.

The Coravin Wine Preservation Opener allows wine drinkers to pour wine from bottles in any amount without removing the cork – and protects what is left in the bottle for weeks, months or even years. With a presence in over 50 countries, Coravin’s rapid expansion demonstrates the growing consumer demand for choosing how they want to enjoy wine – by the sip, glass or more.

“Great Domaines has a longstanding reputation as an importer of the finest wines with great experience in selective distribution and we are thrilled that Coravin has joined the ranks of well-known wine estates in their portfolio,” said Maarten Dekker, Vice President & General Manager of Coravin Europe BV. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Coravin to Great Domaines’ partners such as restaurants, retailers and wineries, enabling them and their customers to elevate their wine drinking experiences.”

“We are over the moon that we are able to look after Coravin here in South Africa,” says Derek Kilpin, Great Domaine’s general manager and co-owner. “Wayne and I met the inventor Greg Lambrecht in both Germany and France in 2015 and he was very interested in expanding the availability of his revolutionary wine preservation device in South Africa. We, at Great Domaines, are privileged to import some of the finest wines on the planet, drink them out of the most delicate and fine Zalto glassware and now, Coravin significantly adds to the overall lifestyle experience we strive to give our customers and friends,” adds Derek.

The Test Kitchen prides itself focusing on food and wine pairing. This means we have to open a lot of different bottles to play around with a dish. The Coravin has been of immense use since we can draw samples from various bottles with ease, and without worries of spoilage. We also serve wines in large format bottles using the gadget therefor, we are able to preserve whatever is left.” Tinashe Nyamudoka - Sommelier, The Test Kitchen, Cape Town

Coravin has changed the way we get to offer wines by the glass, a chance to serve premium wine by the glass without the risk of spoilage, and a way for restaurants to increase wine revenue. You won’t find any decent restaurant in London without one”- Gareth Ferreira, South African Sommelier, Core Restaurant, London

no more, apologies that’s only by the bottle, we have a Coravin” Wikus Human – Sommelier, Marble, Johannesburg


About Coravin Inc.

Coravin Inc. is a privately held company located in Burlington, Massachusetts, in USA, focused on transforming the way wine is sold, served, and enjoyed. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation Opener for wine enthusiasts, restaurants, wine stores and wineries.

Unparalleled in craftsmanship and design, Coravin uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. Wine enthusiasts can now enjoy wine sealed with corks without feeling the need to commit to the whole bottle, allowing them to enjoy any wine, any time – whether they want a sip, a glass, or more. After enjoying a glass of wine, the remaining wine in the bottle will be perfectly preserved under a blanket of inert gas for weeks, months, or even years.

To learn more about Coravin, including its company history and product details, visit

About Great Domaines

Established in 2000, Great Domaines is a leading importer and distributor of fine European wines and the wines of one Lebanese winery, being Château Musar. It also distributes the wines for a handful of South African wineries.

The Great Domaines’ philosophy is to deal with the best producer in each fine wine region. Some of the rarest and most prestigious wines in the world are exclusively brought into South Africa direct from the estates – these include the likes of Burgundy’s Domaine de La Romanée-Conti, Champagne’s Pol Roger, Italy’s Sassicaia, Spain’s Vega Sicilia and now Bordeaux’s Petrus, among many others.