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China vs America

Focusing on China is a no-brainer for the South African wine industry. China, like any other market, poses challenges, but they’re outweighed by opportunity and potential. SA wine has to position itself so it captures this receptive audience. Population and...
Leadership: Young vs experience

Leadership: Young vs experience

“The age of youth was not meant for pleasure, but for heroic service.” Tony Compola, American sociologist and public speaker. Wisdom is acquired in the middle ground that occurs as result of the tension between two acute opposites. Mentorship is the middle ground that...
Editorial

Editorial

WHETHER YOU are in Robertson or Rawsonville, Franschhoek or Philadelphia, if you listen closely, the refrain is the same everywhere: South African wine grape producers have been exposed to rising input costs and decreasing profit margins in the last few years. This...
A word from Wanda

A word from Wanda

I recently read an interesting account about Africa and its economic outlook. In Why Africa Is Poor author Greg Mills says after half a century of independence Africa has failed to realise its potential. He has a powerful and sometimes uncomfortable message: Poverty...
Spioenkop enters a new era

Spioenkop enters a new era

Like the title suggests, something is brewing (or rather fermenting) on the other side of the mountain with the official launch of two new Chenin Blanc wines from Spioenkop. Well known winemaker Koen Roose, who epitomises the old adage “dynamite comes in small...
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 been...
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...
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