Wine Connection:Founded in 1998, Wine Connection has developed
expertise in offering affordable, high quality and exclusive wines
from around the world through owned F&B outlets. The Company targets
the regions growing middle class through a differentiated offering
focusing on affordable and quality western food and beverages. Wine
Connection has grown to become the leading wine retailer and wine-themed
restaurant operator in SE Asia.
Wine Connection operates 77 Wine Stores and Restaurants in Thailand
and Singapore. The business has a mission of making wine drinking
democratic by make it affordable, accessible and simple to enjoy.
The restaurants offer a casual dining experience rooted in wine and
European Food in an inviting ambience with friendly service
The business has been catalyzed through investment from The Abraaj
Group to rapidly expand across Asia and Middle East. The Abraaj Groupis a leading private equity manager
investing in global growth markets. Founded in 2002 by Arif Naqvi,
the group currently manages US$10 billion and has distributed c.
US$6.3 billion to investors.
Employing over 300 people including more than 180 professionals, the
Group has 20+ country offices spread across five regional hubs in
Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico, Nairobi and Singapore. Local presence
across these markets provides the Group with unmatched expertise,
know-how, proprietary transactional access and the ability to grow
partner businesses across borders.
Abraaj completed the acquisition of Wine Connection in April 2014 by
taking a majority stake in the enterprise. For more information
please visit www.abraaj.com