Production

Damages after devastating black frost spell

Damages after devastating black frost spell

Farmers in the Breedekloof Wine Valley are assessing damages following a night of widespread ‘black frost’ in the region, with farmers citing it as the “the most devastating frost the Valley has seen in 21 years”. Black frost occurs when the temperature is below zero...
A refocus on the important

A refocus on the important

Vititec’s main focus is on clonal selection, virus elimination, grafting, establishing and maintaining clean mother blocks, and supplying grafting material to the local nursery industry. Since 2007 Vititec has imported 60 new clones and 15 new cultivars from ENTAV,...
Flexcube: The new cooperage

Flexcube: The new cooperage

Flexcube oxygen-permeable maturation vessels, known as New Generation Barrels, are now widely used across all major wine-producing markets where they co-exist with traditional oak barrels. Launched in Australia 2001, Flexcube has made significant inroads in...
Ageing gracefully

Ageing gracefully

Awareness needs to be created around the value of keeping old vines in the ground, but is this sustainable for producers Wine made from old vines has recently become a unique South African niche and hot topic among international pundits. Viticulturist Rosa Kruger is...
Shaking off the shackles

Shaking off the shackles

South Africa’s bigger wine companies have access to the best vineyards and should therefore be making the best wines in the country. Jeanri-Tine van Zyl and fellow wine writers argued the point with a tasting of two local trump cards. Few wine varieties are exempt...
The future of pruning

The future of pruning

Pellenc’s aim is to make mechanical pruning affordable, profitable and reliable. Four decades after the launch of its first mechanical pruning shears and the sale of more than 300 000 units worldwide, Pellenc has introduced its sixth-generation mechanical shears. The...