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2017 Amorim MCC Challenge

2017 Amorim MCC Challenge

Simonsig Estate, the pioneering Stellenbosch winery responsible for making the first Méthode Cap Classique wine, became the most-awarded cellar in the history of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge by winning the competition’s Best Producer Award for the fourth time....
Kelderhof winos wins battle of the blends

Kelderhof winos wins battle of the blends

Kelderhof Winos, a first time entrant in the annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition did the Western Cape proud as the triumphant winner, returning the trophy ‘home’ with their serious red blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz. Kicking...
Changing a community

Changing a community

The Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School will soon swing its doors open. This modern two-stream technical school with cutting edge e-learning facilities and a master plan for 1 200 learners is the realisation of a vision and dream from the people of Bonnievale to heal...
‘Creating the Blend’ celebrates transformation

‘Creating the Blend’ celebrates transformation

A documentary film, ‘Creating the Blend’ celebrates initiatives that enriches the lives of South African wine industry workers. The film was issued by the industry’s generic marketing body, Wines of South Africa (Wosa). “Wines of South Africa are proud to share the...
Cape Wine Masters now number 100

Cape Wine Masters now number 100

Four new Cape Wine Masters graduated this year, bringing the number of this exclusive group to 100 since the inception of the qualification 33 years ago. Congrats to winemakers Brendan Butler and Anton Swarts, international marketing manager François Cillié, and sales...
Dry another day

Dry another day

Water is intrinsic to economic growth and prosperity and crucial for wine grape producers to grow their vineyards, continue operations and prepare their products. The current drought and predicted long-term drying trends in the Western Cape have serious implications...
Catch up on viticulture trends

Catch up on viticulture trends

Bugs, weeds and water use, three things that wine grape producers need to keep a close eye on. Catch up on the latest viticulture research, technology and practices at the regional VinPro Winetech information days in May. Macro to micro in Robertson The Robertson...
That dreaded drip

That dreaded drip

Wine packaging has become a very competitive business and anything that will give the edge over competitor products deserves a second look. A scientist at Brandeis University has come up with a solution against dripping wine bottles. Many have tried, with varying...
Viticulture legend gets OIV Merit Award

Viticulture legend gets OIV Merit Award

Well-known and loved viticulture boffin and Winetech consultant, Jan Booysen, received the OIV Merit Award at the OIV headquarters in Paris, France. This award is given to individuals recognised within the international vine and wine sector. The award coming Jan’s way...
Be Wise – be excise smart

Be Wise – be excise smart

Importers and local manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have a legal obligation to submit specified alcoholic products for official tariff determination to the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Submissions to SARS must include product- and manufacturing process...
Water meters necessary for agricultural water users

Water meters necessary for agricultural water users

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has instructed agricultural water users in the Western Cape Water Supply System (Berg River/Theewaterskloof Dam system) to install water meters at all abstraction sites by 1 June 2017. The notice, published in the...
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