Regional bodies have a wide range of groups they represent, have different reasons for existence, and different ways they operate. They also have varying levels of impact. This Paper 4 question from 2013 asks:
Assess the role and importance of generic bodies (such as Wines of Australia and Wines of Portugal).
It asks candidates to look at the importance of bodies that represent a region and thus lots of different producers: examples from a variety of countries, how they developed historically, what they do, how they work, how effective they are, and what issues there might be. In analyzing their importance, candidates should look at a variety of markets, both mature and emerging, and consider whether or not there is any impact.
Examples of programming are important, but so is an understanding of budgets and ROI. Who do these bodies matter to? Where is there impact on the supply chain? What are effective examples of programming? Are there instances where they don’t make any sense? Importantly as well, how is impact measured?
This isn't a formal outline, but my initial response to this question:
Generic bodies are organizations that unite producers regionally or stylistically* under key messages that apply to the majority of their constituents. Depending on the organization, it can be funded by mandatory taxes or joined voluntarily with a membership fee. For EU countries, generic bodies get their funds from "obligatory voluntary" contributions (i.e. mandatory taxes) from producers and are also partially subsidized by the EU itself.
Their role of involvement can vary. In all of the EU generic bodies that I know of, they provide the following functions: marketing support to develop awareness of the region through public relations, advertising, education, events, etc domestically and internationally; economic resources for the constituents and beyond by aggregating data on production, sales, and markets both established and emerging; technical support in terms of harvest dates, meeting AOC quality guidelines, research and development, etc. Others can be purely marketing focused.
Generally speaking, generic bodies will be governed by a board of producers who decide on focuses and strategy for all members. This is more formalized in the EU system; i.e. for CIVA (Wines of Alsace), there are set numbers of representatives from negociants, cooperatives and independent producers to ensure all interests are taken into account.
It is important to note that generic bodies primarily execute activities in their key markets, i.e. US, Canada, China, Japan, north/western Europe.
In terms of impact on the supply chain, a generic body can touch every aspect from the grape to the final consumer, especially if they are regulating harvest dates and AOC guidelines. For generic bodies that are focused primarily on marketing, they are interacting with the producers, sometimes importers, members of the trade and consumers, for the most part.
Impact is often measured by sales increase/decrease in volume and value, demand on producers exported, number of activations per year, number of trade/consumers engaged with sales figures during activations, number and impressions of articles and social media mentions achieved, website traffic.
*I say stylistically here of because Wines of Garnacha
A brief SWOT for generic bodies, feel free to add to this:
I have examples for the following and would be happy to go into them at length if it is of interest:
Fantastic response. I would add one more layer to compare a few different bodies. Wines of Australia don’t just produce marketing materials to help you learn, they teach you how to teach. I look at them as the golden exemplar (teach a man to fish...)