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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...
Know your customers

Know your customers

Customers and wine merchants are locked in an intricate dance where trends set the tune and brands keep the rhythm. But who leads and who follows?  The digital world has empowered shoppers to make more informed – and more impulsive – purchases. Wine buyers and...
Big data for bigger tourism

Big data for bigger tourism

Wine tourists in the Western Cape are increasingly opting for guided tours with a growing preference for tailor-made itineraries to suit their specific interests, says Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference that takes place in...
Rise of the CHATBOTS

Rise of the CHATBOTS

Artificial Intelligence in the form of bots has invaded our homes and offices. Now, they’re after our wine supply as well. Should we be panicking? Quick! Which locally produced wine goes with sushi, costs less than R300 a bottle and is in stock at your nearest wine...
Changing of the GUARD

Changing of the GUARD

A winemaking legacy passed on from one generation to the next is not only a great tradition but also ensures the transfer of knowledge. You need look no further than South Africa’s rich and diverse winelands for proud winemaking legacies. Over the years the South...
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