Liquor abuse costs money – Alcohol and Liquor Abuse in Country Districts Conference

Liquor abuse costs money – Alcohol and Liquor Abuse in Country Districts Conference

“Why is it important to have a conference on this topic The economic cost of alcohol abuse in the Western Cape is calculated to be in excess of R1 billion annually and more than a quarter of people who consume alcohol in the Western Cape over weekends exceed the normal risk levels.” Thus spoke Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Cobus Dowry, at the Alcohol and Liquor Abuse in Country Districts congress in Goudini.

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Leading the Pinotage pack – ten years on

Leading the Pinotage pack – ten years on

The whole idea behind this annual competition, in the first place, was to raise the profile of South Africa’s home-grown varietal and to define in the longer term who the top producers are – for a sort of first growth status. And when tasting the finalists and experiencing the sense of occasion at this year’s milestone results function, one really felt that the profile is there … and the men have been sort from the boys. CASSIE DU PLESSIS reports.

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The big biodiversity buzz

The big biodiversity buzz

Marking a week of unprecedented buzz in the Cape winelands and involving all aspects of the industry spectrum – right from core business to lavish Cape cuisine – this event was the biggest and probably most far-reaching of its kind to date. Various WineLand contributors filed these reports on important aspects.

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