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Great wine starts with good geography

Great wine starts with good geography

In an attempt to define the elusive concept of terroir, Wine Folly’s Madeline Blasberg narrows it down to connecting five dots.  “What makes a great wine great?” ask Madeline Puckette and Carlo Mondavi in their article, The Science behind Great Wine, published on the...
Looking out for number one

Looking out for number one

The benefits of protecting the get-up of your product.  The numerous words, devices, slogans and/or logos on the SA Trade Marks Register indicate many brand owners are aware of their right to protect their most basic form of intellectual property, namely the names and...
Move over Napa, here comes Ningxia

Move over Napa, here comes Ningxia

The sleeping dragon has awakened and it’s thirsty. China is determined to make its mark on the world wine market and has already shown it’s a force to be reckoned with. In the short film series Food Forward, Silver Heights owner-winemaker Gao Yuan calls China’s...
Trading places

Trading places

KWV’s centenary is a good time to look at how the domestic wine trade has developed since the abolition of the quota system. Today, producers have several options when it comes to marketing their bulk wine locally. KWV was established at a time of crisis in the wine...
Orgin wine embarks on a new journey

Orgin wine embarks on a new journey

Origin Wine has never failed to impress or surprise, whether it be with service, innovation, funky packaging or off-beat ideas. A new venture into the world of fine wine brings this powerhouse closer to its roots. The wine retail environment has been Origin Wine’s...
A day in the life of a vineyard worker

A day in the life of a vineyard worker

Vineyard workers play a vital role in the economic development of a sustainable agricultural sector. South African vineyard workers have not always enjoyed all the support and recognition they deserve. Difficult working conditions, low wages and inadequate healthcare...
An insider’s guide to the Boland

An insider’s guide to the Boland

The Cape winelands are a treasure trove of precious experiences and hidden gems. If only you knew a local to show you around! Our Insider’s Guide is like your long-lost best friend in each of the Cape’s 10 wine-producing regions. And you’ve been invited over.Go off...
HEAR IT from Hein: A water-wise winter

HEAR IT from Hein: A water-wise winter

A real Cape Winelands winter is about much more than a roaring fireplace and a slow-cooked curry washed down with a good red while taking in the stark beauty of bare vineyards. Putting aside all these romantic notions of winter, low temperatures accompanied by plenty...
Examining wine perceptions

Examining wine perceptions

South African wine consumers share similar perceptions about wine across different ethnic groups. This is according to research by Dr Carla Weightman that focuses on the perceptions of consumers towards wine. Dr Weightman recently received her PhD (Wine Biotechnology)...
Same difference

Same difference

Trade mark expert Nicole Smalberger considers the ‘similar goods’ conundrum. Wine and wine grapes are not confusingly similar. This was the view of the Supreme Court of Appeal in a trade mark case where the owner of a farm called Zonquasdrift had a trade mark...
Adding a new dimension to food and wine

Adding a new dimension to food and wine

A good sommelier can turn an ordinary wine-and-dine event into something magical and truly memorable. But what role does the wine style have on the food choice? And are wine styles tinkered with in order to be more appealing to a wider audience?  A sommelier is often...
Fine solids DECANTER does the job

Fine solids DECANTER does the job

Efficient must clarification is important when quality and quantity are at stake. The Flottweg fine solids decanter from PorexSA offers cost-saving and qualitative advantages in must processing.  With the har­vest done and wine processing in cellars across South...
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