Talent or Terroir?

Talent or Terroir?

For generations the ‘cool’ line to say as a wine maker was “Nah, I didn’t do much – the wine is merely reflecting its terroir and vintage”. Yesterday was, however, one of those days that repeatedly emphasised the role of human intervention in the basic scientific...

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First impressions

First impressions

The crossing just before the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is trade-wise probably one of busiest in the Winelands. The diversity of products varies from plastic bags and garden gnomes to blackberry chargers. Impressive, until you’ve seen the informal sector on...

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We are marching to Angola

We are marching to Angola

Identify emerging markets, offer them quality products and then grow with them. This is Wines of South Africa’s strategy to tackle the world’s most neglected wine market – Africa. Next weekend marks the start of this new drive to increase South Africa’s market share...

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Sawit calls for transformation body

Sawit calls for transformation body

The SA Wine Industry Trust (Sawit) will be approaching the industry role players to establish an executive committee to drive the implementation of the Wine Industry Charter formulated seven years ago, but without seeing significant action since. This was said by the Trusts CEO, Charles Erasmus, when summing up the outcome of its recent Transformation Conference during an interview with WineLand.

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A celebration of shocking Chardonnay

In striving for terroir-driven excellence, that big guy from Robertson has over the years not only pushed the frontiers for his own products, but broke ground for SA wine in general, particularly the great white from Burgundy. And during another round of his bi-ennial Chardonnay Celebration, he has yet again excelled himself in presenting a showcase not matched by any individual ‘generic’ promotion thus far.

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A new lease on old vine life

A new lease on old vine life

A shared interest and passion for terroir-specific vineyards, especially characterful old ones, has culminated in a fruitful vineyard preservation project,as well as the launch of a very special old vines wine collection by Eben Sadie. And soon to follow is a limited release LOrmarins series from selected sites for specific cultivars.

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