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The world of wine

The world of wine

Get up to speed with your wine geography as we take a look at some of the wine regions that are making inroads on the global front.  Did you know that close to 760 000 ha wine grape vineyards were cultivated and 250 million hectolitres of wine was made globally in...
Who moved my model?

Who moved my model?

The number of wine producers in South Africa has dropped by 25% from 2007 to last year. The remaining 75% may have to consider new ways to survive and thrive in the changing world of wine.  In March the world’s biggest coffee shop chain, Starbucks, introduced rooibos...
Find your bee match

Find your bee match

A dedicated platform now makes it easier for you to find your ideal BEE (or commercial) match.  Black economic empowerment (BEE) is not only the right thing to do. If you find the right partner, it can benefit all the parties involved. The wine industry’s Business...
A good vintage

A good vintage

Judging by the results of this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, there’s a noticeable thread of quality, passion and natural talent that runs through the industry, whether we’re talking established producers or new kids on the block. The results of the 2018 Old...
An insider’s guide to Robertson

An insider’s guide to Robertson

Plan your next visit to the valley of wine and roses and discover many off-the-beaten-track destinations. The biggest attraction is the annual Wacky Wine Weekend when scores of wine enthusiasts descend on the valley to enjoy all its spoils. With its relatively low...
Die Franse (wyn-)konneksie

Die Franse (wyn-)konneksie

Met die uitbreiding van AdVini se belange in Suid-Afrika danksy ’n meerderheidsaandeel in Stellenbosch Vineyards, is die Franse wynleier opnuut op almal se lippe. Wie is die Fransman op ons stoep?    Dit is lekker om te weet AdVini is net in Suid-Afrika omdat ’n...
Irrigating with the future in mind

Irrigating with the future in mind

With the Western Cape in the grip of a crippling drought, the aftermath of which will haunt us for years to come, irrigation and water use remain a sensitive (and political!) issue.     At the time of going to print, the 2018 harvest was drawing to a close and cellars...
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...
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