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Perold Absa Cape Blend competition: A bold blend statement

Perold Absa Cape Blend competition: A bold blend statement

Establishing a strong identity for the “Cape Blend” wine style, took a giant leap through the inaugural Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition, probably a historic moment in the evolvement of the local industry, with the awards function appropriately taking place in the...
Farm labourer rights furore

Farm labourer rights furore

Two simultaneously released reports on labourer treatment in the wine and fruit farming industries in the Western Cape by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Bawsi have caused a stir among the agricultural community, the media and major industry role players. Calling wine...
Proposed Liquor Advertising Ban – Smaller wineries

Proposed Liquor Advertising Ban – Smaller wineries

Noises have been made from government quarters about a possible ban on alcohol advertising. If enforced, a ban would have grave implications for the wine industry, according to a preliminary impact study outlying the implications of such a ban. KIM MAXWELL asked for...
Funky rooftop party in GUGS

Funky rooftop party in GUGS

Talk about a funky rooftop party in Gugs on a Friday night well the inaugural Tops Gugulethu Wine Festival was just that, with good wine, music, company and the weather wasn’t too bad either. It was held in attractive white marquees on the rooftop parking area of the...
The Cinderella icon: A decade of FMC

The Cinderella icon: A decade of FMC

Four years before the first vintage of the Forrester Meinert Chenin better known as FMC was made, Ken Forrester approached Martin Meinert with the challenge of producing the “world’s best white”. What was then dubbed “the Chenin project” has evolved into an iconic...
Young Wine Show still as young as its entries

Young Wine Show still as young as its entries

When Badsberg was recently awarded the General Smuts Trophy, Henri and Giel Swiegers became the first son and father to win this gigantic trophy at different cellars. In the 176 years of its existence the Young Wine Show has developed into one of the industry’s...