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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....
Only the best of the best

Only the best of the best

Judging by her calm and relaxed demeanour, one might surmise – and correctly so – that Zonnebloem winemaker Bonnie van Niekerk is not easily phased or rushed. This very same character is quite aptly also noticeable in her wines. I had the distinct pleasure of...
Pinotage: SA’s willing and versatile Wild Child

Pinotage: SA’s willing and versatile Wild Child

“Pinotage has a chip on a shoulder and is very often misunderstood,” says KWV chief viticulturist Marco Ventrella. This stems from a South African legacy of Pinotage that often showed unfavourable characteristics. I mean, who is really fond of smoky, leathery and...
Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Wine Cellar has done it again. And that is identifying SA’s hottest young winemaking talent. This year’s Young Guns theme is “Back to Basics” and the final in a series of seven blogs features Lukas van Loggerenberg of Van Loggerenberg Wines. Here are his answers to...
Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Wine Cellar has done it again. And that is identifying SA’s hottest young winemaking talent. This year’s Young Guns theme is “Back to Basics” and the sixth in a series of seven blogs features Franco Lourens of Lourens Family Wines. Here are his answers to seven quick...
The Power of One

The Power of One

A “Leader of the Pack” is defined as someone that is spearheading a project, an organization or even a country. Some of us may have observed this leadership metaphor on others from afar, or have been fortunate enough to have worked closely with individuals we consider...
A minute with Andy

A minute with Andy

Life does not need to be boring. Combining whit and discipline makes for a productive life. Carlin Cloete talks to brand strategist Andy Rice* and finds out why creativity is sometimes more important than knowledge. We all know how important content is in today’s...