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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...
The quest to become whole again

The quest to become whole again

Winemakers are increasingly looking to oft-forgotten techniques to improve the quality and elegance of their wine, enhance specific styles and facilitate processing in the cellar. Whole-bunch pressing, whole-bunch fermentation and carbonic maceration all have one...
In high spirits

In high spirits

South Africa is internationally renowned for its excellent brandy. Despite a recent slump in sales, producers are fighting back and changing the image of brandy locally and abroad.  The South African brandy story, as one might have surmised by now, does not have a...
Is the production tide going out?

Is the production tide going out?

The South African wine industry reached a peak vineyard footprint in 2006 with a total of 102 146 hectares, just after the world reached its record of 7.8 million hectares in 2003. In both cases it has seen a steady decline in the last decade, with an average annual...
Confronting Climate Change

Confronting Climate Change

Why do I need to calculate my carbon footprint? Apart from potential savings in input costs for the individual producer, market access and retention also serves as an important reason to calculate your carbon footprint. Retailers and processors are under mounting...
From natural resource to scarce commodity

From natural resource to scarce commodity

The old adage, “You don’t miss your water until the well runs dry” rings particularly true now we’re in the midst of a drought. Waterwise changes must be implemented and sustainable. By Bernard Mocke The ongoing drought means that increasing focus is being put on the...
Vititec reports

Vititec reports

What do you do in times of drought – dig for water! Vititec has a new borehole on the farm, which will supply water to its greenhouses and sheds where the grafted vines are stored. Vititec has also been receiving vines from its various nurseries and seems off to a...
Small bugs, big problems

Small bugs, big problems

There are several microscopic maladies that can affect grapevines. Particularly fascinating and challenging is the dreaded leafroll virus, since conventional antimicrobial measures are not effective against it.   They say small things amuse small minds. But what about...
Making it possible

Making it possible

Since going at it alone in year, team Porex SA is stronger than ever. Porex SA has been supplying the wine, spirits, juice, olive oil and water industries with top-end German-manufactured products for the past 17 years. Despite changes in the structure of the company...
SA champions leafroll virus management

SA champions leafroll virus management

The South African wine industry has made huge strides to halt the spread of leafroll virus through focused research, trial sites and a formalised Leafroll Control Protocol. The leafroll virus poses a major threat to wine grape producers as it can potentially shorten...
What you sow . . .

What you sow . . .

Gen-Z, the industry-driven project to plan and plant vineyards using the latest technology, research and innovation, and co-ordinated by VinPro, is gaining momentum. The vineyard of the future depends on how we plan and execute certain vineyard actions today. The...
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