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Looking back 18 years

Looking back 18 years

The 1995 SAA Shield competition, between South Africa and Australia; what did it achieve I nearly didn’t make it. It was only when my friend Robert Joseph said “are you going” and I replied “to what” that I heard about the SAA Shield wine competition and I realized...
Benny drops the wine list penny

Benny drops the wine list penny

Innovative, well put together, funky! These were but some of the descriptions of the best wine lists recognised at the Diners Club Winelist Awards for 2013 by celebrity chef Benny Masekwameng, one of the judges at this year’s awards, who admits he was quite impressed...
Wine Economists meet in Stellenbosch

Wine Economists meet in Stellenbosch

The world’s wine-business brains trust gathered at Spier for the seventh annual conference of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE), to present research on various facets of the global wine trade. With a total of 86 presentations over two days, from an...
Franschhoek’s star impresses French palates

Franschhoek’s star impresses French palates

Chamonix continued its 2013 winning streak by bagging three of the 14 awarded trophies at this year’s Classic Wine Trophy Competition. The Platter’s 2013 Producer of the Year has seemingly entered a golden era, also gaining favour among the all-French...
Get in line with registration and licensing

Get in line with registration and licensing

The activities of role players in the wine industry are now affected by national, local and municipal legislation, following a number of new acts which have been implemented since 2004 and aimed at regulating the manufacture, distribution and sale of liquor. This...

Where there’s smoke

Various parts of the Western Cape were recently subjected to raging wild fires, threatening farmland, vineyards and houses aggravated by strong south-easterly winds and very hot temperatures. The damage seems to be mostly limited to fynbos and other vegetation, but...
Gereed vir n nuwe era

Gereed vir n nuwe era

Skitterende silwerware, ’n ryk geskiedenis en lekker vibe is maar net enkele van die faktore wat daartoe bygedra het dat die Jongwynskou Suid-Afrika se oudste n steeds grootste wynkompetisie is. Selfs ’n koue wintersdag kon nie die gees demp tydens die seremonie in...
Staying ahead of the curve

Staying ahead of the curve

The wine industry certainly has no shortage of topics worth discussing! In fact, choosing only three topics was probably the most difficult part of organising the second WineLand One Agri Seminar. Green flavours in red wine, alternative trellising systems and sensory...