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Clarity over liquor products

Clarity over liquor products

When new alcoholic products are developed, a tariff classification has to be obtained from Excise in order to clear up uncertainties. The Liquor Products Act (Act 60 of 1989) regulates various aspects of liquor products but excludes however, any beer and sorghum beer....
Biased documentary condemned

Biased documentary condemned

A documentary titled “Bitter grapes – Slavery in the vineyards” by the Danish investigative journalist, Tom Heinemann, recently aired on Swedish television. This documentary puts several South African wineries, as well as the wine industry at large, in a very bad...
SADC EU EPA negotiations and implementations

SADC EU EPA negotiations and implementations

The signing of the SADC EU EPA Agreement took place in Botswana on the 9 June 2016 by all SACU Member States. The EU Parliament approved the agreement after legal scrapping. South African Parliament ratified the Agreement on the 30 August 2016 and Namibian Parliament...
Presenting new clones

Presenting new clones

Counoise, Grillo and Piquepoul Blanc are some of the cultivars that may become a household name in the South African wine industry following Vititec’s annual clone tasting. A panel of prominent viticulturists and winemakers participated in a tasting and discussion of...
Rootstock session: Judging the competition scene

Rootstock session: Judging the competition scene

FULLY BOOKED Michael Fridjhon and Charles Hopkins will share the podium to talk about wine judging and competitions in South Africa.  Date: 29 March 2016 Time: 17:30 for 18:00 Place: Backsberg Bring your smart phone or tablet to spread the #RootstockSA word....

Putting wine into perspective

The newly launched WineBiz desk aims to give a fresh perspective to government on the South African wine and brandy industry. In a step towards closer collaboration with government, the local wine and brandy industry launched WineBiz as a new strategic service in...