During the past harvest season, many thousands of tons of grapes were once again converted into wine – and while knowledgeable individuals govern the winemaking process, microscopic yeast cells are conducting the actual fermentation. Yet, whether to inoculate with a commercial yeast or let nature take its course is a complex conundrum, which has no one-size-fits-all solution. ELONA HESSELING investigates.
Chamonix continued its 2013 winning streak by bagging three of the 14 awarded trophies at this year’s Classic Wine Trophy Competition. The Platter’s 2013 Producer of the Year has seemingly entered a golden era, also gaining favour among the all-French panel of judges and adding the
Overall Taj Classic Wine Trophy to its growing list of accolades.
Russia and the USA, together with China and Australia, will see the largest overall growth in wine consumption in the next four years, while for the first time in 15 years there has been a decrease in Germany and Great Britain.
In the beer game, there’s an enigmatic “Charles” name around which major marketing hype is built. And, in the wine business there is also an enigmatic – and most dynamic – Charles. Yes the guy who put goats on the world wine map, who gets streams of visitors to his farm and who is not scared to experiment with new wine styles and daring brand names.
The new rules and challenges
The labour unrest in the Western Cape – the consequences of which are still reverberating through the agricultural industry – has changed the rules of the game, says Agri SA.
The organisation’s executive director, Hans van der Merwe, said in a media release that opinion formers now regularly question what the hurdles are to agriculture realising its potential and living up to expectations.
With this in mind, the organisation had identified the 10 most important issues or challenges facing agriculture. This provides good food for thought by all involved.
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