Business and Marketing

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...
The social media advantage

The social media advantage

Love it or loathe it, social media has irreversibly changed the internet landscape by changing the way large groups of people interact with one another on a daily basis. It means people are talking about you. Are you listening? We’ve become so used to websites it’s...
Bucking the trend

Bucking the trend

With its long history of inequality, embarking on a career in the wine industry can be daunting for young black people. Despite the many obstacles three young black people are making their mark in this competitive field. Sandile Mkhwanazi, winemaker and viticulturist,...
Indisputable world leaders

Indisputable world leaders

Amorim Cork’s unparalleled investment in innovation and design has made it a global leader in its sector.  Less than 15 years ago Amorim Cork’s share price plunged when its biggest customer, the wine industry, turned its back on cork and started flirting with cheaper...
A day in the life of a sommelier

A day in the life of a sommelier

A sommelier’s expert food and wine knowledge can enhance restaurant patrons’ dining experience. Wikus Human, head sommelier at David Higgs’ slick, up-and-coming meat-and-flame mecca in Johannesburg, Marble, is a rising star himself, having been crowned winner of the...
Legends walk among us

Legends walk among us

AS WE CELEBRATE KWV’S CENTENARY, THE LEGENDS WHO HELPED SHAPE IT, REFLECT ON ITS HISTORY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, ITS IMPACT ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE INDUSTRY. Nothing and nobody is immune to change. This holds true for the South African wine industry which has seen...
An insider’s guide to the KLEIN KAROO

An insider’s guide to the KLEIN KAROO

The Cape winelands are a treasure trove of precious experiences and hidden gems. If only you knew a local to show you around! Our Insider’s Guide is like your long-lost best friend in each of the Cape’s 10 wine-producing regions. And you’ve been invited over.  If it’s...
New excise impedes brandy’s recovery

New excise impedes brandy’s recovery

The South African Brandy Foundation has expressed its concern about the recently announced excise duty hikes for brandy, claiming they could pose a major setback for producers and impede recent entrepreneurship, training and job creation initiatives. Speaking on...