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VinPro supports collaboration on labour issues

VinPro supports collaboration on labour issues

Yesterday the wine industry body VinPro gave its full support to a plan of the Western Cape Government to rectify shortcomings with regard to farm worker housing, health and safety. The National Department of Labour, VinPro, Wieta and Fairtrade, together with Agri...
A journey into the winelands

A journey into the winelands

Recent depictions in the media of the South African wine industry as being rife with injustices are indeed disappointing. Our industry has made significant economic and social progress since joining global markets and has committed itself to achieving transformation...
Glitz, glam and New World grapes

Glitz, glam and New World grapes

It was heels, boots and bow ties while New World wines almost made a clean sweep of the Best Grape Variety trophies at the 2016 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC). By Wanda Augustyn Hosted by founding directors of the HKIWSC...
Uncover opportunities

Uncover opportunities

As the ninth HKDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair kicks off, exports of wine from Hong Kong are rising as we speak, uncovering many wine opportunities. By Wanda Augustyn Hong Kong has a pivotal role as wine trading hub in Asia. In the first eight...
Vineyard age vs Technique

Vineyard age vs Technique

Wines made from older vineyards showed delicacy and finesse at this month’s Which Wine tasting of Grenache Noir. Winemaking technique impressed on the day with not much talk on the grape itself. CHRISTIAN EEDES There’s plenty of hype around the variety but are we...
Sand vs Brand

Sand vs Brand

  Will Swartland sand also gain the same cult following and premium price its wine has enjoyed over the past decade In the famous article How to Brand Sand authors Sam I Hill, Jack McGrath and Sandeep Dayal say that with the right branding even commodities such...
Sandile’s wine of the month: July

Sandile’s wine of the month: July

Pool sipping fire-water A personal appreciation for brandy was quite obvious in the wines that stood out for me this week – even though the two wines are worlds apart! Having tasted on a monthly basis with Higgo Jacobs, former chairman of Which Wine, a bi-monthly...
Edo’s wine of the month: July

Edo’s wine of the month: July

Wines for clear but cold days Sandile and I have taken on the difficult but gratifying task of blogging about our favourite wines tasted each month – as well as the journey that led to these choices. With July being the month that I was born in, the first attempt at...
Where have you set your horizon?

Where have you set your horizon?

“There’s always a sucker in South Africa,” an international bulk wine buyer told me recently, illustrating why we still hold the title as the world’s cheapest wine supplier. Short-term decision making is hurting South Africa. While this applies to political squabbles...
Growing young minds

Growing young minds

Youth development and training holds the key to a sustainable future for the wine industry. Developing young wine minds was the theme of the latest Rootstock session presented at L’Avenir’s new venue, Pinotage. The panel comprised individuals that run different...
Advancing authenticity

Advancing authenticity

What would’ve happened if Chenin Blanc was still called Steen Or if Méthode Cap Classique was labelled Vonkel or even Uvubelo (ferment in Xhosa) Being authentically, proudly South African has its merits. Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judge and acclaimed French...
Branding – Key to Asia

Branding – Key to Asia

Asia offers significant opportunities for South Africa, but we need to get our branding and price points right. A frequent Rootstocker and runner-up at the young wine-writers competition, Danielle Jacobs, shares some of the highlights of the Simon Tam Rootstock...
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