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Beer, ale, cider & stout: which laws apply? Know the Acts

Beer, ale, cider & stout: which laws apply? Know the Acts

Liquor Products Act (60 of 1989) regulates the production, composition and labelling of all liquor products – products for drinking purposes with an alcohol content exceeding 1 per cent. Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act (54 of 1972) regulates beer. Liquor...
Treasury on excise

Treasury on excise

The Wine & Spirit Excise Forum had their annual meeting with representatives from Treasury and key issues discussed were the outlook of macro drivers of alcohol consumption in SA, an overview of the SA wine industry, illicit trade indicators and challenges, tax...
Clampdown on illicit liquor beverages

Clampdown on illicit liquor beverages

This was one of the key messages during the recent annual excise meeting at Treasury. It is estimated that the marginalised class, which cannot afford branded consumer goods, makes up almost 60% of the South African population. Affordability is therefore very...
CSSAWU and Robertson Winery reach an agreement

CSSAWU and Robertson Winery reach an agreement

Robertson Winery and the workers representative trade union, CSSAWU have ended the thirteen week long strike. A three year substantive agreement was reached on the 23 November. “The agreement will see all employees receiving an increase of 8%. This will bring the new...
A decade of pioneering growth

A decade of pioneering growth

    Bonnievale Wines celebrated its 10th anniversary. The occasion served as a poignant reminder of the challenges and benefits that come with the choice of moving on a new path. The past 10 years that have seen Bonnievale Wines become one of the country’s...
Our Amsterdam calling card

Our Amsterdam calling card

    The international bulk wine fraternity has descended onto Amsterdam for the largest annual exhibition of the commodity side of the wine trade. A rise of 25% in registered visitors reflects the increased importance of bulk. This comes as no surprise....
Montagu Wine Cellar celebrates 75 years of wine

Montagu Wine Cellar celebrates 75 years of wine

  Montagu Wine Cellar was established in 1941 with the help of the iconic Monis brothers, producing Muscadel and Marsala. Monis was later sold to a company today known as Distell. This cellar recently officially celebrated their 75th anniversary in the Maanstoor...
Nederburg crowned winery of the year

Nederburg crowned winery of the year

Nederburg is back! The Paarl based cellar was the Platter’s winery of the year – an accolade that they also received in 2011. Nederburg achieved no fewer than four Five Star results, the most of any producer in 2017. The red wine of the year accolade went to The...
Damages after devastating black frost spell

Damages after devastating black frost spell

Farmers in the Breedekloof Wine Valley are assessing damages following a night of widespread ‘black frost’ in the region, with farmers citing it as the “the most devastating frost the Valley has seen in 21 years”. Black frost occurs when the temperature is below zero...
SA rooibos IP innovation at WIPO congress in Geneva

SA rooibos IP innovation at WIPO congress in Geneva

The extensive trademarks and patents protecting two of South Africa’s botanical treasures, namely Rooibos and Honeybush, has caught the attention of the international community where the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba was invited to deliver a keynote address...