What were some of the biggest highlights of 2021 for you?
2021 was busy. We doubled our staff, had more vans delivering, and offered plenty of amazing wine to our clients. Corporate supply has also come back with a bang post-COVID, with our Christmas gifting breaking all records.
Tell us about some of the fantastic charity work you’ve been doing in the community?
My wife and co-founder Emily had a brilliant idea to offer our clients the opportunity to purchase a box of fresh fruit and vegetables for someone who had lost their job due to COVID. Our suppliers, customers and strangers donated money, and we were able to pack fresh produce for anyone who needed it for six months straight. The goodwill towards people was enormous and something we will never forget.
You’ve been named on the AFR Fast Starters list for the second year in a row. What does that recognition mean for your team?
Recognition like that is great for all involved here. It brings great awareness of the business and confirms that we are heading in the right direction. In terms of growth for 2022, we are working on our mobile wine platform Textwine, which allows people to order what they are drinking while they are drinking it.
What is it that sets The Local Drop apart from other wine services?
People are busy and we don't want to interrupt them with daily wine offers like our competitors do. The Groupon/Vinomofo/Catch of the Day model has been done and isn't what we want to be known for. We just want our clients to know we are there whenever they need us, and that they will always be looked after. We want to have a clear line for our clients when they need us.
What are some of the best wines people should be drinking over summer?
2019 Scorpo 'Eocene' Chardonnay, $66
2017 Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir, $75
2020 Nocturne SR Rosé, $29
And what’s your favourite gin right now?
I’m a massive fan of Melbourne Gin Company 'Single Shot'. The weight and polish of it is outstanding. I’ve also been trying a new gin out of Sydney that will be releasing in 2022 – exceptional!
How can people take advantage of offers through The Local Drop?
The best way for any Gin Society members to get in touch is to call 1800 903 885 and they will come straight through to me. Over the phone we can tailor a perfect collection to suit your taste and budget and get it on its way.
And if you let me know that you’re a Gin Society member, we will add a little something extra for your first delivery!
More about The Local Drop
The Local Drop is a service-based business that sells brilliant wine from across Australia and the world. It’s a wine club with a difference. Joining The Local Drop doesn’t just get you a monthly box of delicious surprises. As a member you’ll also have unlimited access to your Personal Sommelier’s expertise and connections. “We have an ever-changing selection of wines but pride ourselves on speed, access and service,” says Jag.
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