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New focus for Agrico

New focus for Agrico

Water-related business and own-manufactured products will be Agrico’s main focus going forward. Agrico is a name that is familiar to most producers and after a successful 100 years in the agriculture industry, a new dispensation is essential for the...
On top of tech

On top of tech

Technology is rapidly changing the global wine world. Edo Heyns joined WineLand readers Attie Louw of Opstal and Charles Williams of De Toren to check out the latest winemaking and viticulture toys on show at Intervitis in Stuttgart, Germany. Drone applications,...
New cultivars, new clones

New cultivars, new clones

What’s your potential? What’s your style? No we’re not talking humans, we’re talking new clones and cultivars planted with the main aim to produce more flavour and intensity and lower yields. In short, quality vines perfect for the South African growing conditions. At...
Small but healthy harvest underway

Small but healthy harvest underway

South Africa’s wine grape harvest is expected to be not much bigger than in 2016, but healthy grapes with intense flavour and colour hold the promise of great wines. The 2016 harvest amounted to 1.4 million tonnes. According to Francois Viljoen, manager of VinPro’s...
Facing the heat

Facing the heat

Are the abnormally dry, warm conditions our new normal? The drought that struck South Africa last year was one of the worst since recordkeeping began. In an era of increasing awareness about climate change, it also raises the inevitable question of how the...
Gen what?

Gen what?

The wine industry is preparing to plant vineyards for the future with a new project that combines technology and natural resources.  Consumers’ rapidly changing preferences call for a proactive wine industry that plans for the future. “Any industry that’s concerned...
Confidence in every cork

Confidence in every cork

Determined to offer unprecedented quality assurance to its customers, Cork Supply South Africa has developed a first-of-its kind dry soak system to detect and eliminate corks with releasable TCA at levels far below the sensory threshold. The people at Cork Supply...
Seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

The Gen-Z Vineyard Project was recently launched. This is a tech-transfer project with the main objective to empower producers/viticulturists/winemakers with the latest info and technology to make better long and short term decisions in terms of their wine grape...
A premium pledge

A premium pledge

Those who’ve had dealings with Bernard Fontannaz would agree: once he’s put his mind to something he gets it done. The Pledge is a case in point. Since its inception the wine retail environment has been Origin Wine’s focus, with service and innovation being key to its...
Damages after devastating black frost spell

Damages after devastating black frost spell

Farmers in the Breedekloof Wine Valley are assessing damages following a night of widespread ‘black frost’ in the region, with farmers citing it as the “the most devastating frost the Valley has seen in 21 years”. Black frost occurs when the temperature is below zero...
A refocus on the important

A refocus on the important

Vititec’s main focus is on clonal selection, virus elimination, grafting, establishing and maintaining clean mother blocks, and supplying grafting material to the local nursery industry. Since 2007 Vititec has imported 60 new clones and 15 new cultivars from ENTAV,...
Flexcube: The new cooperage

Flexcube: The new cooperage

Flexcube oxygen-permeable maturation vessels, known as New Generation Barrels, are now widely used across all major wine-producing markets where they co-exist with traditional oak barrels. Launched in Australia 2001, Flexcube has made significant inroads in...
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