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Debate: Bulk vs Packaged

Debate: Bulk vs Packaged

Bulk wine is the forerunner of many bottled and boxed wines on the shelf. South Africa is a poor country with too much wine to pack, export and market and promote overseas. We simply don’t have the necessary capital. In most countries wine exports are subsidised and...
A day in the life of a graphic designer

A day in the life of a graphic designer

You don’t have to be a winemaker to work in the wine industry. We’re often so enamoured by wine as a product it’s easy to forget what goes into (and onto) every bottle. This series celebrates the diversity of the people and their careers that make the industry every...
Cork vs cork alternatives

Cork vs cork alternatives

CORK VS CORK ALTERNATIVES Are you a winemaker who needs natural cork? Does it suit your winemaking style and vision? How do you make your wines? Reductive, oxidative, with long- or short-term ageing potential? Who are your clients and does the wine reflect their...
Wine festivals vs niche events

Wine festivals vs niche events

Traditional wine-marketing efforts have focused largely on the more sophisticated 40-plus age group which is the biggest wine consumer segment, so it makes strategic sense. But more recently, the focus has shifted to the younger generation and a concerted effort has...
Editorial

Editorial

WHY do you drink a specific wine? This question has been haunting me for a long time. Is the wine I choose to drink that much different than the two bottles sitting to the left of it on the shelf? Is it the cool packaging that attracts me? The history of the farm...
Heritage vs young & funky

Heritage vs young & funky

The challenge for anyone representing, marketing and promoting a wine brand lies in the fact that we’re committed to a category unrivalled in terms of internal competitiveness and diversity of offering. At the last count South Africa sported more than 7 000 local...
Editorial

Editorial

When you travel abroad it somehow brings change, whether you want it or not. It makes you ask questions you never knew you had. It opens your eyes to things you’ve seen but never really seen. It sometimes makes you uncomfortable about how you perceive certain things...
China vs America

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...
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