The Territorial Organization of Variety

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The wine industry appears to be an anomly within the modern global economy. THousands of small companies provide a vast variety of highly differentiated products and compete successfully with multinational corporations.

Using case studies from Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Chianti Classico, this book argues that rather than being a vestige or serendipitous phenomenon, this variety results from a sophisticated alternative organization of production.

Integrating differentiation and branding into Ostrom’s common pool resource theory, Jerry Patchell shows how winegrowers in a territory can use self-governance to proctect and promote their common reputation while enhancing each producer’s ability to differentiate their wines and build their own brand. Bordeaux, Napa, and Chianti Classico share several common challenges, but develop a set strategies and tools appropriate to their markets and regulatory contexts.