High profile at high expense
It is arguably the world’s most important get-together for those who wheel and deal in the serious world of wine and spirits. This year the South African presence was as professional, polished and high profile as could be.
The 29th Nederburg Auction has come and gone – with the customary hullabaloo about records… record wine prices, record participation, record turnover… Most likely also a record attendance over a record duration, because this event is now becoming rather drawn-out.
For the next three months, buyers will have to wait patiently for wine from Van Loveren following the inundation of the cellar by the recent floods. Altogether 100 000 cases of wine were ruined, with damage amounting to R12 million.
The South African Wine and Brandy Company (SAWB) has drawn up a concept master plan, the Wine Industry Strategy Plan (WIP), which is now being studied by the various industry stakeholders.
Classic and contemporary go chic and cheeky… with more than a touch of trendy. This year’s Nederburg Auction, which will take place in Paarl on 11 and 12 April, has a brand new theme of contemporary colours. It is not as if the organisers are trying to reinvent the wheel with their fashionable theme, auction manager Bennie Howard is quick to point out. “We are merely building on a recipe that works for us. The reason for the change is to make the Auction even bigger and brighter.”
Dopstop, the association campaigning for the improvement of the social conditions of farm workers on wine farms in the Western Cape, has adopted a new approach: Both farm workers and farmers are involved in decision making.
Pinotage remains part of the varietal mix as New Zealand wines today enjoy international acclaim
ANGELA LLOYD recently visited the land of the silver fern and found that their Pinotage wines make a serious quality statement. In fact …
What are you doing to help emerging farmers in our country Prof Eckart Kassier does not beat about the bush when discussing the future of agriculture. “Other sectors in the economy, such as mining and services, have made a fair amount of progress on the road towards empowerment, but agriculture is repeatedly singled out as lagging behind. And it is the sector which can least afford to do so.”
He was still buttoning his shirt – a casual one with jeans – when proffering his hand in greeting in his lounge in Stellenbosch … having just arrived from one of his many flights all over the country to fulfil a plethora of obligations. But one thing is certain: Johan van Rooyen, the new CEO of the SA Wine and Brandy Foundation, is at home in the winelands … and in any company – an adaptability that will stand him in good stead in his new role.
Only 13,78% of all wine submitted to the Wine and Spirit Board for certification is initially rejected and when resubmissions are taken into account, final rejections amount to only 0,27% of all wine. These figures were for the period 1 November 2001 to 31 October 2002, and were supplied following a request from WineLand.
Evaluation Of A Few Practices That Were Judged INTRODUCTION The Vineyard Practice Evaluation is funded by Winetech as a technology transfer project on an annual basis. VinPro (SA) acts as co-ordinator of the project and covers the running costs. The evaluators are not...
The restructuring of the KWV group is the birth of a new organisation, said a smiling and relieved Managing Director, Dr Willem Barnard, at the special members’ meeting where a large majority of 85% agreed that the board’s plan should be put in motion.