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Smaller harvest, bigger quality

Smaller harvest, bigger quality

Distell’s head winemaker, Niël Groenewald said the 2018 wine grape harvest, some two weeks later than in previous years, had delivered healthy, good quality grapes, with the crop about 30% down on last year’s intake, although yields had differed across regions. “The...
Slippery slope  or one-off opportunity?

Slippery slope or one-off opportunity?

Heroic viticulture is being increasingly recognised in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Argentina and effectively used to sell good wines from extreme vineyards at higher price points. Planting and managing vineyards on extreme sites is nothing new, but the...
A steep hill to climb

A steep hill to climb

At the recent Simei@drinktec trade fare in Munich the state of heroic viticulture in Europe was given exposure during two presentations. The first focused on ‘heroic viticulture’, with particular focus on sites and examples of spectacular vineyards nestled on terraces...
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