Opinion

The era of change

“As it finds itself today, I predict that we have reached the most exciting period yet. An age so exhilarating that the energy driving it is almost tangible – we have arrived at the era of change!” – Megan van der Merwe (finalist of the Veritas...
My top six wines for 2015

My top six wines for 2015

Writing about my favourite wines for the year is always a highlight. Partly because it forces me to take a tasting down memory lane, revisiting notes and scores and justifying another bottle – just to make sure. This list is neither scientific, nor only based on...
The next BIG thing

The next BIG thing

The wisest real estate investment in the world today would be in beachfront huts in Somalia. This rather bizarre statement was made by a Swedish public health specialist, Prof Hans Rosling, at a conference I recently attended in London. He based...

Across generations

Am I part of the past, present or future Looking at the ever-encroaching grey in both hair and beard every time I brush my teeth, has me wondering (particularly after being asked to contribute to an issue of WineLand with the future as theme): Am I part...
Patience gets rewarded

Patience gets rewarded

Bon Courage’s winemaking father and son singled out consistency and patience as key to their success. Oom André Bruwer and his son Jacques from Bon Courage are regulars on the Young Wine Show podium. It’s usually not a matter of if they will take home silverware, but...
Lessons from success

Lessons from success

Callie van Niekerk, long-time leader of Distell’s winemaking team, is retiring after four decades in local viticulture and seeing winemaking go from speciality wines for the connoisseur to popular offerings for growth markets worldwide. In the course of his...

Truly Thrilling

Those in the know call him one of the most influential wine personalities in the world. Tim Atkin has recently released his ‘South Africa 2015 Special Report’, the third in as many years. And the tongues are wagging. Looking at South African wines in a global...

Some like it HOT

As a fan of spicy food, I can associate with vines that like it hot. If you ask me, varieties best suited to warmer climates are the hottest thing in South African viticulture. By Unathi Mantshongo, former Nederburg viticulturist, now transformation and development...

Healthy competition

The wine industry certainly has a talent for selling wine to itself, but will that increase the size of the cake “You can’t go wrong with a competition in the wine industry. These guys just cannot resist it,” stated a PR...
Karoo to coast Chardonnay

Karoo to coast Chardonnay

Setting the bar with his maiden vintage, Matthew Van Heerden’s site selection journey defines his wines. With the Helderberg Mountain as a backdrop, independent winemaker Matthew Van Heerden, introduced the maiden vintage of his MVH Chardonnay and Pinot Noir....
On track with Shiraz?

On track with Shiraz?

What is the real purpose of all the different associations that represent specific wine styles or cultivars I’m sure many would suggest that they simply organise competitions or play some kind of public relations role.  Like in the case of wine routes, I am...