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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...
Landholdings regulated?

Landholdings regulated?

The Regulation of Landholdings Bill was recently officially published in the Government Gazette for public comment. The Bill seeks to establish upper thresholds for various categories of agricultural landholdings in each district, also known as ‘land ceilings’, place...
Sweets for my sweet

Sweets for my sweet

The draft legislation on the tax of sugary beverages was introduced to promote health, prevent disease and raise revenue. Globally these fiscal measures are increasingly recognised as effective complementary tools to help tackle the obesity epidemic at a population...
Get on board

Get on board

The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM), in collaboration with their Local Tourism Associations (LTA’s), launched 13 Tourism Town Mobile Apps making it easy for visitors to the Cape winelands to explore thousands of things to do. This free application for...
Liquor law in the spotlight

Liquor law in the spotlight

Liquor legislation will be in the spotlight once again in the next few months after the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) issued a revised Draft Liquor Amendment Bill. The revised Bill will not be issued for public comment, but has been referred directly to...
Skin-fermented white wine – all talk and no action?

Skin-fermented white wine – all talk and no action?

When I started writing this blog, an old adage came to mind, “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. If you believe thatthere are many different ways to achieve an objective and that the reason for drinking wine is enjoyment, then skin-fermented wines could be the...
The devil wears …?

The devil wears …?

The wine industry is not new to crisis. Whether it be drought, fires, black frost or unfair media reporting. These and other issues will remain, but to minimise risk or outrage in times of crisis, a new communication protocol for the wine industry has been developed....
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