Development and Transformation

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Xelelo excels

Xelelo excels

A cellar worker from Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West received the best birthday gift ever this year.  Ivan, a senior cellar assistant at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, was named SA Cellar Worker of the Year 2016 at the annual Cellar Worker...
SIYAKHULA! We are growing

SIYAKHULA! We are growing

Passion for wine, proper mentorship and skills development have been key in building black-owned brands. Several wine producers have joined hands with their farm workers and communities to establish their own wine labels. With third-generation farm workers now on...
Dream big

Dream big

Joseph Phiri from De Grendel is a good example of the South African wine industry’s commitment to the empowerment and training of cellar workers. Joseph Phiri, the winner of the SA Cellar Worker Award for 2012, sponsored by Nedbank, has worked at De Grendel in...
Recycling vs incineration

Recycling vs incineration

A controversial waste to energy project in the Boland – a planned incineration plant in Wellington – has raised much concern among residents. The long knives are out for Drakenstein Municipality and its plans to erect an incineration plant in Wellington’s...

Paying education forward

Paul Roos Farming has released two premium wines to ensure a better future for children growing up on Rust and Vrede. It’s often said education is the key to a better future. The Roos family of Rust en Vrede near Stellenbosch has established a sound educational...
Honouring the conservationists

Honouring the conservationists

Green Awards A number of Cape producers are actively conserving part of their land and minimising their agricultural  while making enjoyable – and often impressive – wines. The Nedbank Green Awards honours producers and winemakers who continue to lead the way...

Ring in the changes

Start innovating, it’s fun! And it will ensure that you don’t disappear into a sea of sameness. Innovation should be one of the driving forces in our lives. In fact, we should never stop innovating. We should, in the words of Douglas Kruger, author and consultant,...
Green for life

Green for life

Michael Back and Backsberg Estate were honoured with a ‘double green’ by The Drinks Business for their sustained achievements as custodians of the environment. Michael explains what drives their efforts. Their impeccable green credentials earned both Michael Back and...
Scorecard unpacked

Scorecard unpacked

The South African wine industry has taken great strides in terms of transformation and development in recent years, and there’s more to come. We take a look at the industry’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Scorecard. As a unique and pertinent challenge facing the...
United we stand

United we stand

Successful farm worker committees have bridged the gap between employer and employees. A structured flow of information and stable operational systems benefit wine producers. Gone are the days when farm worker committees’ were merely platforms for complaint, without...
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