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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...
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...
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