Opinion

A Day in the Life of a Wine Educator

A Day in the Life of a Wine Educator

American writer Mark Twain once said: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." For Cathy Marston and Dr Erna Blanquaert, these words couldn’t be more apt. Cathy is not only a celebrated wine writer, she’s also an associate of the Institute of Wines...

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Protecting your brand

Protecting your brand

It may be flattering to have your brand copied, but besides stealing from your sales volumes, counterfeits rob your brand of its valued and hard-earned integrity. Building a brand is an intensive and expensive exercise and having a successful brand takes a great deal...

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Selling more science than skill

Selling more science than skill

These days, being good at selling is not just about having a quality product, strong brand, sizeable marketing budget and loads of charm. It’s about having a global reference, understanding a new generation of consumers and keeping up with technology. In the demanding...

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Warm up in the Winelands

Warm up in the Winelands

The Winelands are home to an array of picturesque wine estates and cellars that are the perfect destination for a chilly winter’s day. It’s the time of year that calls for all things cozy.  Think roaring fires, warm coats, gourmet meals and a rich, full-bodied glass...

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The Tao of Eben

The Tao of Eben

By the time it was Eben Sadie’s turn to address those gathered for the recent SASEV post-harvest workshop, there didn’t seem to be much left to say. Expert speakers had covered the 2018 harvest from every angle. The programme simply listed his topic, somewhat...

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Bottled luxury

Bottled luxury

In recent years, fine wine has become an increasingly lucrative investment. According to the Knight Frank Luxury Index, the world’s super-rich are collecting bottles of the world’s finest vintages more than ever before. Wine has even overtaken collectable cars as a...

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A taste of Thelema

A taste of Thelema

Perched near the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch is a much acclaimed South African wine estate with a pure focus on wine accompanied with picturesque views. An impressive approach through winding roads surrounded by stunning scenery brings visitors to the...

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Nature vs Nurture

Nature vs Nurture

Anri Truter, Winemaker, Beyerskloof Growing up in a wine family has definitely offered more advantages than challenges to further my career as a winemaker. I lived on a wine farm and being close to the cellar helped me understand what it takes to enter the wine...

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