Malbec is an interesting and (I think), quite a difficult grape variety to vinify. It is famously dark, sulky, juicy, tannic, sometimes alcoholic and an integral component of our much-loved Bordeaux Blends. It can be quite fussy in both the vineyard and the cellar.
Wines of Elgin have undergone a fresh re-branding to ensure that the region stands strongly, and uniquely, amidst the competitive international landscape. While Cool Climate remains at the core of Elgin’s wine style, there was a desire to create a more meaningful message.
The country’s best new wine writer for 2023 is Margeaux Goosen, who has just completed a stint as winemaking assistant at a boutique winery in Baden, Germany, while the runner-up is Jenna Higgins, newly appointed head winemaker at Wolvenhoek in Wellington and the best blog award went to Clint van Heerden, a chartered accountant and wine lover.
"Chenin Blanc is an integral part of the legacy of Cape wine," says Carina Gous, GM of Kleine Zalze Wines in Stellenbosch. "Not only for its being planted throughout the Cape winelands, but also due to the fact that – despite its origins in the Loire region of France – South Africa is today seen as the leading producer of quality Chenin Blanc wines.
The Boplaas name is synonymous with excellence. Included in its achievements, the family-owned winery has won almost as many Double Gold awards at Veritas - South Africa’s longest-running championship – as the 33-year-old show has been held. Much of this, it owes to its association with Portugal.
The much-anticipated national winners of the 2023 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards’ (VJOY), were announced at a ceremony in Johannesburg after weeks of deliberation by the esteemed judging panel.
WineLand Media, in collaboration with ROTOCON, is looking for the next generation of wine industry role players, bold minds and game-changers, and out-of-the-box thinkers.
Enartis, an Italian multinational company and part of the Esseco Group, which operates in the alcoholic beverage sector and wine products and services market, has finalized the acquisition of the majority of shares of WATGRID (brand name in the market: WINEGRID), a Portuguese company that has developed and patented cutting-edge technology for monitoring wine production using sensors.
The International Wine Education Centre (IWEC), Africa’s leading provider of the internationally-recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses is celebrating as 8 graduates bask in the glory of completing their WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification. The graduation ceremony took place on Thursday 23rd November at Auslese in Cape Town.
Graham Beck is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a sparkling wine producer. Founded in 1983, the House has been firmly established as a leading producer of Cap Classique, South Africa's premium Champagne method sparkling wine. It has led the burgeoning industry in quality and sustainability since its inception.