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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...
A need for change

A need for change

There was a definite, new sense of urgency at the 2017 Nedbank VinPro Information Day. From the call for unity by VinPro’s new chairman, Anton Smuts, to appeals from the floor for higher grape prices, there was one consensus: a need for change and structural reform....
Romancing Chardonnay

Romancing Chardonnay

Wine-lovers again gathered at De Wetshof Estate near Robertson to pay homage to Chardonnay The De Wetshof Celebration of Chardonnay is held every two years to showcase the best local and some international Chardonnays. A highlight of the event is an address by a...
Trendspotting  into the New Year

Trendspotting into the New Year

“It’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe that maybe this year will be better than the last.” The catchy 90s tune by Counting Crows, Long December, unavoidably starts ringing in my head annually as soon as Christmas lunch leftovers are a thing of the...
My top 5 wines for 2016

My top 5 wines for 2016

When it becomes tempting to expand an annual Top 5 list to a Top 6, 10 or 20 list, it’s a good sign. South Africa’s top wines are without a doubt on a steep upward trajectory and all the talk about the brilliance of the 2015 vintage is now coming to bottled fruition....
A shift in the bulk trade

A shift in the bulk trade

The stats tell the story of this years’ World Bulk Wine Exhibition, which was presented in Amsterdam. Approximately 300 producing companies from all over the world presented their wines to more than 6 000 visitors, from 66 different nationalities. The exhibition...
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE?

It’s limiting to define what a good wine should taste like. Imagine how dull it would be if all wines were made in that style!   At university we were taught what a good wine should taste like and how these wines are made. For example, the grapes should be picked at a...
Organic urgency

Organic urgency

South Africa’s organic and biodynamic wine offering is limited to a handful of specialists and there does not seem to be an urgency to change this. The importance of this shortcoming was particularly brought under my attention in an interview with Magdalena Gerger,...
VinPro supports collaboration on labour issues

VinPro supports collaboration on labour issues

Yesterday the wine industry body VinPro gave its full support to a plan of the Western Cape Government to rectify shortcomings with regard to farm worker housing, health and safety. The National Department of Labour, VinPro, Wieta and Fairtrade, together with Agri...
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