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Calling all young wine writers

Calling all young wine writers

Entries are now open for the 2015 Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition. Presented by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA), this competition aims to identify talented fresh voices to air their views about the wine industry. Wine writers between...
Cape Wine 2015 in six snippets

Cape Wine 2015 in six snippets

Cape Town was abuzz last week with Cape Wine being held in the Mother City.  Embrace South Africanness South Africa boasts enough clout and status to proudly promote its own styles, without needing to imitate other conventional wine regions or styles. Our own wines,...
Rootstock session: What’s up, my China?

Rootstock session: What’s up, my China?

Debra Meiburg – Master of Wine and leading voice in wine education in China – will lead a discussion about this important export market. Date:     21 September 2015 Time:     16:00 – 17:00 Place:     Kanonkop Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Cost:      R50 (including snacks...
A young guns (r)evolution

A young guns (r)evolution

After half a decade Wine Cellar’s Young Guns has proved to be more than a funky wine fad, with earlier rebels now setting the trend, while the newcomers’ offerings are increasingly serious. It started as a rebellion against conventional winemaking norms, with quirky...
Liquor policy aims to tighten reins

Liquor policy aims to tighten reins

South African wineries could soon be held liable for alcohol-related accidents, and the legal drinking age could increase to 21 years. A recently published Liquor Policy Review has the drinks industry abuzz. The current South African National Liquor Act 59 of 2003...
Bacchus Brilliance

Bacchus Brilliance

When Italian flair and South African ingenuity come together, great innovations and technology usually follow. Bacchus Equipment personifies that spirit. Bacchus Equipment, sole supplier of Diemme, the 125 year old, family-owned Italian brand, recently sold two new...

A toast to two new wine masters

The Cape Wine Masters recently welcomed two new graduates who had both written their dissertations on red wine cultivars that are regaining popularity. Yvonne le Riche and Martin Gomez Fernandez were inducted into the ranks of the Cape Wine Masters (CWM) at a...
Mediate don’t litigate

Mediate don’t litigate

“A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights,” said Napoleon. Nelson Wines owner and former Cape Bar senior advocate, Alan Nelson, believes lawyers, judges and magistrates don’t always appreciate that sentiment. South Africa is lagging behind in...
Hope for the wine industry

Hope for the wine industry

A new report shows that South Africa’s wine industry not only continues to increase its contribution to the country’s GDP but is also growing job opportunities. This is despite the impact of a muted global economy and a slight decrease in the size of the national...
Consultation is crucial

Consultation is crucial

Wine Industry Strategic Exercise (WISE) Input and buy-in from different industry role players are vital prerequisites for the crafting and, particularly, the implementation a new roadmap for the wine industry. The Wine Industry Strategic Exercise (Wise)...
Wine industry salutes its first lady

Wine industry salutes its first lady

Mother, winemaker, mentor and South African wine industry icon, Norma Ratcliffe was honoured with the 1659 Wine Icon of the Year Award for 2015 at the annual blessing of the harvest event, held at Groot Contantia estate. This energetic, passionate dame of the South...

A call to action

Wine Industry Strategic Exercise WISE With the implementation of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise (Wise) commencing in 2015, this could be a very significant year for the entire wine industry value chain. VinPro managing director, Rico Basson’s message at the...
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