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Death by (mostly) Chenin Blanc

Death by (mostly) Chenin Blanc

Given the wide array of Chenin Blanc styles, it is not surprising that this wine is one of South Africa’s favourites. This locally most planted varietal also sees itself end up in a fair amount of South African brandy and our overflowing brandy trophy cabinet is proof...
Wine Tram makes tracks

Wine Tram makes tracks

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, formally inaugurated the Franschhoek Wine Tram on 7 December 2017 at the historic Groot Drakenstein Station. Minister Winde was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by his deputy director general Rashid Toefy, the head...
Q&A with Maja Berthas, Wine Personality of the Year

Q&A with Maja Berthas, Wine Personality of the Year

Wosa marketing manager in Sweden, Maja Berthas, was recently named Wine Personality of the Year by Swedish and Finnish wine tasting organisation Munskänkarna. WineLand caught up with her and asked a few questions… 1. Could you tell me a bit more about where you work...
Q&A with Sara Channell, Wine Woman of the Year

Q&A with Sara Channell, Wine Woman of the Year

Wosa marketing manager in The Netherlands, Sara Channel, was recently named Wine Woman of the Year by Perswijn Magazine. WineLand caught up with her and asked a few questions…  1. Could you tell me a bit more about where you work and what your responsibilities are? I...
Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? Four words every parent dreads hearing as they inevitably round only the second corner after leaving home, on that five hour trip to their holiday destination. To further stretch the metaphor, the children are whining because they don’t really have...
Taste the difference

Taste the difference

It’s hard to imagine that anything could enhance one’s experience of the finest French vintages better than the spectacular views from the top of the Silo Hotel tower overlooking Cape Town harbour. That’s probably why Reciprocal chose this venue for the Riedel...
Feeling the pulse of the labelling industry

Feeling the pulse of the labelling industry

The labelling industry is probably one of the least understood, yet most complex industries directly related to brand marketing and product packaging. These two should never be spoken of apart because of the importance that the one has in terms of working with the...
Le Lude leads the charge with Agrafe method

Le Lude leads the charge with Agrafe method

What does an ex-math teacher, award winning MCC wines and a first-ever for MCC production in South Africa have in common? It’s simple – all of these elements can be found at Le Lude in Franschhoek. I’ve always found it rather naïve that some perceive sparkling wine a...
Pop the cork

Pop the cork

The 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opened with a record amount of entries and a brand new pavilion from Champagne. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), this year saw 1 070 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions...
Shortcut to value

Shortcut to value

A bleak picture The International Organisation of Vine and Wine’s (OIV) October report on an estimated 8.2% decline in global wine inventories because of historic low production levels (the EU’s lowest in 45 years) has caused a few ripples, to put it mildly....