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Home terroir advantage

Home terroir advantage

Hosting this year’s SA National Young Wine Show and winning a national trophy with its signature grape, were especially gratifying for Orange River Cellars, writes Sandile Mkhwanazi. When the winner of the National Champion trophy for the best natural sweet wine...

Alternatives with an edge

Different ways in which wood alternatives are produced (sawn, split, etc.) influence the effect of these products on wine. This is suggested by comprehensive results from research undertaken by Jan Swart, researcher/consultant (Wood Scientist), Department of Process...

’n Sakebroeikas vir wynentrepreneurs

Wynentrepreneurs kan nou ’n als-in-een-program in die Hemel-en-Aardevallei voltooi.  Wyninisiatief en Bartho Eksteen moet eenvoudig in een asem genoem word, want dié man is gek na wynopleiding. Tot so ‘n mate dat hy op sy nuwe plaas in die Hemel-en-Aarde-vallei die...
A business incubator for wine entrepreneurs

A business incubator for wine entrepreneurs

Wine entrepreneurs can now complete an all-in-one programme in the Hemel-and-Aarde Valley. Wine initiative and Bartho Eksteen simply have to be mentioned in the same breath, as this man is passionate about wine training. To such an extent that he has developed the...

A family affair

Craftsmanship and family ties result in quality and finesse at Vinéa. After a recent visit to the mother company, Vinéa France, in Jonzac, about 60 km north of Bordeaux, Marius van Tonder, managing partner of Vinéa SA, believes closeknit family ties are one of the...
Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Razvan Macici is now at the helm of wines at Distell as their head winemaker. He will be studying new developments in winegrowing and winemaking and how these can enhance their wines. After a 15-vintage career, cellar master Razvan Macici is taking on a newly created...
Confronting a changing climate

Confronting a changing climate

Energy, water and nitrogen-based synthetic fertilisers should be key concerns for every producer, in view of ever-present climate change. The recently released 2014 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark report highlights a positive and continued interest...
Bacchus Brilliance

Bacchus Brilliance

When Italian flair and South African ingenuity come together, great innovations and technology usually follow. Bacchus Equipment personifies that spirit. Bacchus Equipment, sole supplier of Diemme, the 125 year old, family-owned Italian brand, recently sold two new...
Choose the right liner with this app

Choose the right liner with this app

Oenoseal App, a brand new app developed to help winemakers choose the most appropriate liners for their wines, is now available from the Guala Closures Group. The new Oenoseal App is not all that is new from the Guala Closures Group; Guala also recently unveiled its...

The future: Bulk or quality?

New plantings give an indication of the direction in which the South African wine industry is heading. But could the emphasis on yield possibly be cause for concern What should the South African wine industry be known for Wines that offer consumers good value for...

Wyndruifoes kleiner, maar van hoë gehalte

Die Suid-Afrikaanse wynbedryf sal die 2015-seisoen onthou as een van die droogste en vroegste in jare, met ʼn effens kleiner wyndruifoes wat uitnemende gehalte wyne beloof.  Parstyd het vanjaar twee weke vroeër as gewoonlik afgeskop, wat dit die vroegste pars in...
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