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Silwervis launches Terracura

Silwervis launches Terracura

Silwervis recently launched their first wine under the Terracura label, a 2015 Swartland Syrah. Silwervis, which is a member of the Swartland Independent – a group of winemakers based in the Swartland region of South Africa –is run by Ryan Mostert, Samantha Suddons,...
Fresh new start for Rootstock

Fresh new start for Rootstock

The recent #Newworldwine session saw the revival of Rootstock, an initiative from WineLand. Rootstock is a collection of young people from the South African wine industry (collectively called the rootstock) who gather from time to time to discuss topics of interest....
A Word from Wanda

A Word from Wanda

The more we know, the more we realise how little we know. This seems particularly true in the wine industry.   According to archaeological evidence, humans have been  drinking wine since 7 000 years before Christ. Presses and barrels used to ferment wine in, have...
Make or BREAK

Make or BREAK

Paging through the 113 issues of WineLand I had the honour of contributing to what was quite an adventure. With this walk down memory lane, I’m ending my chapter at WineLand with a smile and a glass of bubbly. Much has changed over the past decade – from the who’s who...
To flow or not to flow

To flow or not to flow

It has, by now, become a tradition for me to try a new wine every time I cook something for the first time. This past Human Rights Day saw the union of marinated garlic rubbed beef short rib and the 2009 Samsara Syrah from Avondale. This marriage between food and wine...
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...
Your sphere of influence

Your sphere of influence

It’s time to change the tone in which the wine industry is presented. Start by influencing your own surroundings and community. This week I met a journalist who was recently tasked with writing about the business of the wine industry for one of the national...
The story of wine marketing

The story of wine marketing

Moreover I’m being asked the question: ‘What makes South African wines different to those from other countries?’ And whilst I can blab on about our quality and our soils, the reality is that the average consumer simply doesn’t get turned on by those types of...
Of life, perseverance and wine

Of life, perseverance and wine

Ben Snyman has a curious mind. When this Overhex winemaker tells me of his overseas travels in search of winemaking enlightenment, his passion and commitment is clear, hallmarks of a good winemaker. Then some Chenin Blanc is poured, Ben smoothly changes gears and the...
New wine launch at #Lintonlaunch2017

New wine launch at #Lintonlaunch2017

When one gazes over Linton Park Estate, situated at the foot of the Groenberg Mountains in Wellington, you cannot help but wonder where all of it started. The rich winemaking and agricultural heritage established by Louis Fourie (a French Huguenot) in 1699 continues...
A time to be brave

A time to be brave

“Without change, minimal new opportunities arise and the game becomes too easy. We need change, you also need a plan!” There couldn’t have been a more apt introduction to last month’s Nedbank VinPro Information Day panel discussion about unlocking value than this...
Is this the year for ‘Bigger, Bolder and Better’?

Is this the year for ‘Bigger, Bolder and Better’?

I consider the South African wine industry to be riding a wave. Sure, the wave is only just starting to break and we’ve seemingly just planted our feet on the well-waxed board, but the swell is there and the conditions are perfect to stop paddling and make the most of...
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