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2020: A Baptism of wildfire for wine producers

2020: A Baptism of wildfire for wine producers

The catastrophic bushfires in Australia as well as the decimation of Lismore Estate Vineyards during the Greyton inferno has ignited new fears among producers during the dreaded ‘fire season’.     Australia is being ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in...
Eco-friendly tiny homes

Eco-friendly tiny homes

Small homes have become increasingly popular in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Now, South Africans have access to an off-the-grid, eco-friendly mobile home.     For some, going tiny could be an adjustment but for others, the PanGoPod...
10 wine tech innovations at Simei 2019

10 wine tech innovations at Simei 2019

The most incredible innovations in wine technology emerged during the recent Simei exhibition held in Milan, Italy. Anton Pretorius compiles a list of products that created some buzz during the conference.     1. Dionysos – multi-frequency optical sorter:...
Are South Africans developing a taste for Kiwi Savvy B?

Are South Africans developing a taste for Kiwi Savvy B?

New Zealand is renowned for a couple of things: Rugby’s Haka, Lord of the Rings, sheep, and Sauvignon Blanc. But why is the world so madly in love with Kiwi Savvy B? Find out what prompted a local winemaker to produce and bottle a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc under his...
Are zero alcohol drinks really zero alcohol?

Are zero alcohol drinks really zero alcohol?

The demand for non-alcoholic drinks are on the rise. But it’s important to know that not every drink labelled 0.0% is truly zero alcohol. So why are so many brands misleading the consumer, and what are the implications? By Anton Pretorius.     In September,...
The art of oak | Q&A with Andrea Freeborough

The art of oak | Q&A with Andrea Freeborough

It is often said that oak is like a spice in the hand of a winemaker. Like that of a chef, a winemaker’s hand may be either too light or too heavy, or perhaps just right. Anton Pretorius spoke to head winemaker at Distell, Andrea Freeborough about the use of wood in...