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The social media advantage

The social media advantage

Love it or loathe it, social media has irreversibly changed the internet landscape by changing the way large groups of people interact with one another on a daily basis. It means people are talking about you. Are you listening? We’ve become so used to websites it’s...
Bucking the trend

Bucking the trend

With its long history of inequality, embarking on a career in the wine industry can be daunting for young black people. Despite the many obstacles three young black people are making their mark in this competitive field. Sandile Mkhwanazi, winemaker and viticulturist,...
Indisputable world leaders

Indisputable world leaders

Amorim Cork’s unparalleled investment in innovation and design has made it a global leader in its sector.  Less than 15 years ago Amorim Cork’s share price plunged when its biggest customer, the wine industry, turned its back on cork and started flirting with cheaper...
A day in the life of a sommelier

A day in the life of a sommelier

A sommelier’s expert food and wine knowledge can enhance restaurant patrons’ dining experience. Wikus Human, head sommelier at David Higgs’ slick, up-and-coming meat-and-flame mecca in Johannesburg, Marble, is a rising star himself, having been crowned winner of the...
Legends walk among us

Legends walk among us

AS WE CELEBRATE KWV’S CENTENARY, THE LEGENDS WHO HELPED SHAPE IT, REFLECT ON ITS HISTORY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, ITS IMPACT ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE INDUSTRY. Nothing and nobody is immune to change. This holds true for the South African wine industry which has seen...
An insider’s guide to the KLEIN KAROO

An insider’s guide to the KLEIN KAROO

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.  If it’s...
New excise impedes brandy’s recovery

New excise impedes brandy’s recovery

The South African Brandy Foundation has expressed its concern about the recently announced excise duty hikes for brandy, claiming they could pose a major setback for producers and impede recent entrepreneurship, training and job creation initiatives. Speaking on...
A new vision for TN COOPERS

A new vision for TN COOPERS

In 1995 Chilean entrepreneur Alejandro Fantoni had a vision. He wanted to transform his passion for wood into something that would change the lives of others. An appreciation for the finer things in life and an innovative mindset led to the development of his first...
Vinpro: The next chapter

Vinpro: The next chapter

Vinpro not only has a new look, it’s also renewing its focus on sustainable growth.  Wine industry body Vinpro has over the past 15 years evolved to create an enabling environment for growth from soil to shelf. Now it is looking to the future, with a renewed...
Asia uncorked

Asia uncorked

With instant customs clearance in all 42 Chinese mainland customs districts, Hong Kong should be on every exporter’s radar. The 10th edition of the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair was a huge success. According to organisers Hong Kong Trade Development...
Boom in bulk wine sales

Boom in bulk wine sales

Quality and diversity were the hallmarks of the 2017 World Bulk Wine Exhibition where buyers showed they were more committed than ever to bulk wines originating from the right address.  Last year’s World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE), which was held in Amsterdam in the...
A day in the life of a winemaker

A day in the life of a winemaker

You don’t have to be a winemaker to work in the wine industry. We’re often so enamoured by wine as a product it’s easy to forget what goes into (and onto) every bottle. This series celebrates the diversity of the people and their careers that make the industry every...
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