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Journalists scoop awards at 2019 RDMAs

Journalists scoop awards at 2019 RDMAs

The winners of the 9th Diageo Responsible Drinking Media Awards (RDMAs) were announced at an awards ceremony held at Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg on 3 October. Hosted by 702 Talk Radio host, Eusebius McKaiser, the RDMAs recognised journalists and media...
Chris Williams leaves Meerlust Estate to follow own interests

Chris Williams leaves Meerlust Estate to follow own interests

Chris Williams, winemaker at Meerlust Estate in Stellenbosch since 2004, has resigned to pursue his own interests. He will be leaving Meerlust at the end of December. Williams says that a 16-year stint at one of South Africa’s most iconic wineries was a dream job for...
Back to (soil) basics

Back to (soil) basics

Driven by a worldwide trend towards regenerative farming practices, producers across the globe are returning to soil management practices of old. Jana Loots explores the basic principles and benefits of this more sustainable approach in the vineyard.    ...
It’s time to have the cultivar conversation

It’s time to have the cultivar conversation

With the wine world still abuzz after Bordeaux winemakers voted in favour of approving seven new grape varieties for their wines to fight climate change, it’s time the South African wine industry also considered which cultivars to pitch to the world, writes Johannes...
Growing vines without water

Growing vines without water

What do you get when you study chemistry and are naturally inquisitive? A winemaker! Wanda Augustyn discovers how small the leap from chemist to winemaker is.     It all started in 1977 after Yair Margalit obtained his PhD in physical chemistry from the...
Richelle van Gemert wins WoSA Sommelier Cup 2019

Richelle van Gemert wins WoSA Sommelier Cup 2019

In what can only be described as an epic battle of skill, concentration and attention to detail, Richelle van Gemert, from the United Kingdom, has been crowned as the winner of the 2019 edition of the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup. Following several rigorous...
Wine experts from across the globe judge at Veritas

Wine experts from across the globe judge at Veritas

  This week sees one of the highlights of wine and brandy judging on the South African wine industry calendar when some of the world’s most experienced palates arrive in Paarl to judge this year’s entries for the Veritas Awards.  This is the longest running and...