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Interactive green farming portal launched

Interactive green farming portal launched

In a bold move to sustain the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, the province has launched the GreenAgri web-based portal. The initiative is a partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and GreenCape. “GreenAgri will be an interactive...
Calling all young wine writers

Calling all young wine writers

Entries are now open for the 2015 Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition. Presented by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA), this competition aims to identify talented fresh voices to air their views about the wine industry. Wine writers between...
Cape Wine 2015 in six snippets

Cape Wine 2015 in six snippets

Cape Town was abuzz last week with Cape Wine being held in the Mother City.  Embrace South Africanness South Africa boasts enough clout and status to proudly promote its own styles, without needing to imitate other conventional wine regions or styles. Our own...
Rootstock session: What’s up, my China?

Rootstock session: What’s up, my China?

Debra Meiburg – Master of Wine and leading voice in wine education in China – will lead a discussion about this important export market. Date:     21 September 2015 Time:     16:00 – 17:00 Place:     Kanonkop Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Cost:      R50 (including snacks...
Liquor policy aims to tighten reins

Liquor policy aims to tighten reins

South African wineries could soon be held liable for alcohol-related accidents, and the legal drinking age could increase to 21 years. A recently published Liquor Policy Review has the drinks industry abuzz. The current South African National Liquor Act 59 of 2003...
Mediate don’t litigate

Mediate don’t litigate

“A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights,” said Napoleon. Nelson Wines owner and former Cape Bar senior advocate, Alan Nelson, believes lawyers, judges and magistrates don’t always appreciate that sentiment. South Africa is lagging behind in...
Wine industry salutes its first lady

Wine industry salutes its first lady

Mother, winemaker, mentor and South African wine industry icon, Norma Ratcliffe was honoured with the 1659 Wine Icon of the Year Award for 2015 at the annual blessing of the harvest event, held at Groot Contantia estate. This energetic, passionate dame of the South...