Are we consuming more wine than beer, more brandy than whiskey or more RTD’s than a good old bubbly? You might think you have the correct answer, but do you? The alcoholic beverage market is continuously changing, with new products launched on a daily basis and well-known products getting face lifts to keep up with the trends. In his research, ELIAS HOLTZKAMPF provides WineLand with the highs and lows of liquor consumption patterns in South Africa.
“I don’t see obstacles in life. I only see opportunities to grow!” says Osborn Mahanjana, the new man taking things under his reigns at Ara (The Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use). And he is looking forward, not only to his new role, but also to working with the wine industry in the fight against alcohol abuse.
by Wanda Augustyn
We’ve heard about the French Paradox and the Mediterranean diet. And a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. Right? But how healthy is your favourite tipple really?
by Wanda Augustyn
Esters are the aromatic, fruity compounds in wine, formed during fermentation, malolactic fermentation (MLF) and ageing. There are many factors that influence the types and quantities of esters present and although all of them are not positive contributors, as a group, they are a major constituent of wine.
by Elona Hesseling
Sustaining a healthy industry
with a backdrop of beautiful Constantia mountains, a healthy crop hanging on vines in fine fettle and industry friends and colleagues happily quaffing bubbly at the Groot Constantia Harvest Celebration recently, I had one of those “I’m glad I’m not in the corporate rat race” moments. The annual blessing of the harvest was a reminder of how special the wine industry is and how its heritage is just one of the major motivations to maintain and grow this wonderful trade.
Distell’s retired managing director, Jan Scannell, was honoured at this function for his life-time contribution to the wine industry. With the wisdom gained at the helm of South Africa’s most prominent wine and liquor company, Scannell said that South Africa could do with stronger premium wine brands, adding that top quality brands are a crucial part of all successful wine industries.
This must have been music to the ears of the founders of the Cape Vintners Classification, who are now formulating a strategy to drive home the quality message for the 30 plus wineries that applied for membership.
The importance of telling South Africa’s story was also a key message at this year’s Nedbank VinPro Information Day, where Rabobank’s Stephen Rannekleiv strongly stated that wine without a story is nothing more than fermented grape juice. Read more in Jana’s article about this important wine industry gathering, which was this year followed by a strategic session where key industry players discussed a more collaborative way of taking the industry forward.