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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...
A journey into the winelands

A journey into the winelands

Recent depictions in the media of the South African wine industry as being rife with injustices are indeed disappointing. Our industry has made significant economic and social progress since joining global markets and has committed itself to achieving transformation...
Glitz, glam and New World grapes

Glitz, glam and New World grapes

It was heels, boots and bow ties while New World wines almost made a clean sweep of the Best Grape Variety trophies at the 2016 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC). By Wanda Augustyn Hosted by founding directors of the HKIWSC...
Uncover opportunities

Uncover opportunities

As the ninth HKDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair kicks off, exports of wine from Hong Kong are rising as we speak, uncovering many wine opportunities. By Wanda Augustyn Hong Kong has a pivotal role as wine trading hub in Asia. In the first eight...
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