Congratulations — you made it through another wine harvest and holiday season! And not only that, but you survived one of the hardest years for small businesses in recent memory. Once you take a breath and give yourself a pat on the back, it’s time to plan for a new year with a look ahead to the 2021 wine harvest season.
More than perhaps any other production business, wineries are fueled by the seasons. When you’re trying to decide what to tackle during your team planning sessions, it makes sense to break down your tasks the same way — seasonally.
If you haven’t yet made your to-do list for January through March, we have a few suggestions.
Want a to-do list for the whole year? Check out this free resource.
Winter Must-Do: Review Performance & Set Goals
Have you had a chance to look at your 2020 numbers and analyze the business’s performance in the past year? Do you know what your team needs to focus on each season to set you up for success? Have you set sales and production goals for the 2021 wine harvest?
Winter — and January in particular — is the best time for analyzing performance, setting new goals, and making process changes that can help your team throughout the year.
Running a winemaking business is busy even in the “slow” seasons, so you need to save time where you can. Often, planning ahead and identifying potential issues ahead of time will save you precious hours where it counts. When you know what your team’s goals are and have a plan to get there, tackling minor hiccups along the way becomes a much less stressful process.
Use This Tool to Plan for 2021
Whether you produce 1,000 or 50,000 cases per year, planning early and checking in during each season will help you stay on track and meet your business goals.
At Ekos, we help wineries manage their business processes to save time, get game-changing business insights, and make better wine. We’ve consolidated our expertise into this compact but valuable 2021 planner that will help you make the most of your time and effort every season leading up to (and including) wine harvest. Use it from January to December to make 2021 a year of growth for your business.
The planner includes:
- A guide to relevant cellar activities for each season
- Tips for maximizing efficiency of inventory, production, and sales processes
- Best practices for setting goals and staying on track year-round
No one knows how to run your business better than you, but we could all use some help getting our thoughts organized.