The Lives On
“Our success requires a well-defined strategy, people who are passionate about our brands and business, a partnership with our customers and a culture that reflects a ‘speedboat amongst the battleships’ mentality”
Tim Hutchinson | Chairman
DGB (Pty) Ltd was formally established in 1990, although our true roots extend over 300 years when winemaking began at the Boschendal and Bellingham farms in the Cape Winelands. In fact, we were also doing things a little differently in the 1940’s already, when Douglas Green pioneered the wholesale sales model for wine in Paarl. Today, we are one of South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producers and distributors. No matter how we have grown, the utmost professionalism, pride and dedication of our people permeates every level of our business ensuring that we never forget to take care of the small details. What sets us apart is our continuous quest and capacity to get better as we grow. The combined experience, talent and energy of our people is clearly tangible in our world-class wine and spirit brands that are marketed and sold with authentic enthusiasm all over the world.
The landscape of DGB as it is today was defined in 1999 when Tim Hutchinson the long serving CEO led a management buyout of DGB.
This partnership was with Brait, who acquired 80% shareholding from the owner Mr Graham Beck who retained a 20% shareholding. Mr Beck died in 2010 and his family eventually sold his shareholding to Brait in 2015.In 2019 Brait started a process to sell numerous of their investments and in June 2020 Capitalworks in partnership with Tim Hutchinson concluded a transaction to acquire a majority shareholding in DGB. Capitalworks is an Independent Asset Management Business founded by Mr Chad Smart who sat on the DGB Board of Directors for eight years in the early 2000’s. With senior management also invested in the business and with Capitalworks supporting a management team with extensive industry knowledge and experience, the growth & success of the business going forward is assured.
DGB strives to achieve excellence in every aspect of our business by leadership through SERVICE.
Ensure all our business dealings are of the highest ethical standards.
Reward, uplift & empower those employees committed to service excellence.
Value-added brands through innovative marketing and service.
Invest to ensure that we maintain the highest level of quality standards in production.
Customers must view us as their preferred supplier.
Encourage the responsible consumption of our brands at all times.
DGB has a Code of Ethics that illustrates our commitment to high ethical standards, and we always endeavour to reflect this in the workings of our staff at all levels.
It is of the utmost importance that the behaviour of our employees is beyond reproach as we believe that our collective behaviour reflects our company and business ethics overall. DGB is firmly committed to the principles of sound corporate governance as contained in the King Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa. As a proud South African company, we expect all our employees to abide by the laws of the country. We support the aims of the South African Constitution to improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person. Our Code of Ethics does not only provide guidance on individual behaviour of DGB staff, but also helps to understand how the company responds to important issues within the industry. It is our stated intention that the products we distribute should be enjoyed in a responsible way. The code is endorsed by the DGB Board of Directors and compliance is a condition of employment for all DGB employees applying to both local and international activities.