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Top Cab Francs announced in Challenge 2018

Top Cab Francs announced in Challenge 2018

Nine wineries celebrated their achievements in the Cabernet Franc Challenge on Wednesday, 18 April at Avontuur Estate at this year’s Awards ceremony. Over and above the Top 6, awards were also given for the Top 3 Blends, the Top Vintage wine and a special award for...
Rise of the CHATBOTS

Rise of the CHATBOTS

Artificial Intelligence in the form of bots has invaded our homes and offices. Now, they’re after our wine supply as well. Should we be panicking? Quick! Which locally produced wine goes with sushi, costs less than R300 a bottle and is in stock at your nearest wine...
Changing of the GUARD

Changing of the GUARD

A winemaking legacy passed on from one generation to the next is not only a great tradition but also ensures the transfer of knowledge. You need look no further than South Africa’s rich and diverse winelands for proud winemaking legacies. Over the years the South...
A day in the life of a cellar worker

A day in the life of a cellar worker

A wine cellar is a hive of activity and a critical component of a successful winery. It’s often said wine is made in the vineyard and terroir, topography, soil and climate are critical for the production of outstanding wine. However the work that’s done in the cellar...
Going, going, GONE!

Going, going, GONE!

While charity auctions are usually fun events abuzz with excitement, one should never forget their purpose – to raise much-needed funds for the beneficiaries It’s quite common for first-time visitors to Hemel-en-Aarde with its three spectacular wards – Hemel-en-Aarde...
King Solomon’s mine

King Solomon’s mine

 South African wines dominate the Zimbabwean consumer market and nearly all market segments above the low-income groups are interested in wine, making opportunities for brand activations and wine education plentiful.   South Africa currently exports 1 291 516 litres...
An insider’s guide to the Northern Cape

An insider’s guide to the Northern Cape

With hot summer days, chilly nights and very little rainfall, the Green Kalahari is not exactly traditional wine country, is it? Situated about 800 km from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, this region is the gateway to the Kalahari and the rest of Africa. In this...
Working alongside winemakers

Working alongside winemakers

Reputable oenological products firm Lamothe-Abiet of Bordeaux, France, has appointed Pellenc as its distributor in South Africa.  Based in Paarl since 2014, Pellenc specialises in the design of harvest machines, winery equipment and tools for vineyard operations, and...
Transformation in action

Transformation in action

The need to transform is a topic that crops up at some point in every conversation about the wine industry but it’s not always clear what progress is being made. We checked in with those doing the work and hear from people whose lives have been changed as a result....
CapeWine 2018 Speakers Announced

CapeWine 2018 Speakers Announced

With exhibition space for South Africa’s triennial wine trade showcase completely sold out, CapeWine 2018 is set to yet again raise the bar as South African wine producers ready themselves for the international trade and media gaze when Wines of South Africa (WoSA)...
Making it big abroad

Making it big abroad

The global wine scene is overflowing with viticulturists, winemakers, scientists and marketers from a vast variety of countries. South Africans are also part of this well-travelled group and proud contributors to the international wine scene. In this Q&A with...
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