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Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? Four words every parent dreads hearing as they inevitably round only the second corner after leaving home, on that five hour trip to their holiday destination. To further stretch the metaphor, the children are whining because they don’t really have...
Full-steam ahead for 2018

Full-steam ahead for 2018

So, what’s the Wines of South Africa team been up to?  How does one encapsulate a full year of activity across more than 10 markets successfully and succinctly in a few paragraphs? Well, simply put, you can’t. But what I can share is that while 2017 has proved a...
Sawis highlights of 2017

Sawis highlights of 2017

In 2017 Sawis established a partnership with the Bureau for Economic Research to assist in various aspects of its knowledge management strategy. The Bureau has developed a comprehensive market forecast model (global and local) that can be used together with the...
Charles Back wins SA farmer of the year 2017

Charles Back wins SA farmer of the year 2017

On Friday evening 10th November, Charles Back was presented with the award for ‘South Africa’s Farmer of the Year’ at the 2017 Boer Van Die Jaar awards held in Bloemfontein.  Since 1977, Agricultural Writers SA has presented the Farmer of the Year and Agriculturalist...
ARA relaunches

ARA relaunches

Renewed efforts by the Association for Alcohol Responsibility and Education (Aware.org) to reduce alcohol-related harm in South Africa have been well received by its stakeholders, members and the media. This commitment  took the form of a relaunch of the Industry...
Taste the difference

Taste the difference

It’s hard to imagine that anything could enhance one’s experience of the finest French vintages better than the spectacular views from the top of the Silo Hotel tower overlooking Cape Town harbour. That’s probably why Reciprocal chose this venue for the Riedel...
Wine festivals vs niche events

Wine festivals vs niche events

Traditional wine-marketing efforts have focused largely on the more sophisticated 40-plus age group which is the biggest wine consumer segment, so it makes strategic sense. But more recently, the focus has shifted to the younger generation and a concerted effort has...
A promise kept

A promise kept

In December last year Origin Wine made a pledge. Now, a year later, it’s paying off. Origin Wine is synonymous with service and innovation. Its core focus has always been the wine retail environment, with funky packaging and off-beat ideas a key part of its offering....
A toast to HEALTH

A toast to HEALTH

Greater awareness of the planet’s health and sustainability has seeped into the global subconscious, changing people’s travel and lifestyle choices. Johannes Richter examines how this global trend is manifesting itself in the winelands. Do you enjoy having a rooibos...
Slippery slope  or one-off opportunity?

Slippery slope or one-off opportunity?

Heroic viticulture is being increasingly recognised in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Argentina and effectively used to sell good wines from extreme vineyards at higher price points. Planting and managing vineyards on extreme sites is nothing new, but the...
‘Teching’ the way forward

‘Teching’ the way forward

Innovation was once again the hot attraction at wine technology trade fair Simei@drinktec.  The 76 000 visitors from more than 170 countries who flocked to the recent drincktec trade fair showed that the collaboration between drinktec and Simei was a huge success and...
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