Company Profile

Company profile

Universal Wine BVBA

Industriepark Noord 30, 8730 Beernem Belgium

VAT BE0861427801

Universal Wine was founded in April 1994 by Kurt Dewaele. It specializes in the direct import of New World Wines. In 1997, after 3 years renting storage, Kurt decided to build his own large warehouse on an Industrial Estate near the E40 Freeway - conveniently close to all the major cities. Due to continued expansion this has been replaced by new premises, at the same location, with a stockholding capacity of 100.000 bottles. Since 2012 we needed more space for our full LKW & container loads so we now additional rent a 60.000 bottles warehouse opposite ours.

Since 2006 Kurt attracted a partner by the person of Kristof Samyn, formally a Universal Wine private customer, he came into the business as a hobbyist but with professional education and expertise. They now run the business together to ensure continue sales.
Currently we supply around  30 independent retailers  & wine outlets around the country.

The wines

We are looking at wines from the new-and old world in the retails price range of € 4 to € 8 for 80% of our list, the other 20% is from € 8 till € 15.
We like to sell different wines like Refosk from Slovenia or a Tannat from Argentinië.
We don't want to charge our customers for to many medals and prestige but we are looking for the medals in the bottle that reflexes the hard work of the winemaker in the cellar and his vineyards. Wine with an EXTRA value for money report !
A long term relationship with the producers and a mutual understanding is priority in order to receive both a win-win situation.

The Results

Today sales are around 500.000 bottles / year.

Benefits are in the rotation of our stock, not in our margin.
Costs are kept low to keep the margins competitive!

Near Future visions

Focus on growth through better product communication with the independant retailers / wine shops national wide.
Focus on promoting our free wine glass service more through corporate & catering business in our region.

The Future

Our aim is to keep on building for happy customers. Give them the service, the personal advices and the tasting that they are looking for. We see Universal Wine as a niche player on the Belgium traditional wine market with a healthy and long term growth.

New Company: Winesmile

New build building on the new Industriepark East in Beernem. We start to build early 2018 and will start in 2019. WineSmile will be a Wine Knowledge and Private Winestoring Club where members pay a yearly fee and get a private wine storage under proffesional conditions, each year a box of excusive red wine that can age, wine lessons included and advice when to drink there wine ...