Production

Increasing vineyards’ lifespan

Increasing vineyards’ lifespan

There are compelling reasons for using inboetstokkies to increase the lifespan of a vineyard and to avoid underutilising soil capacity. Sandile Mkhwanazi investigates. The planting of replacement vines, commonly known as inboetstokkies, has been neglected,...
Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Harvesting grapes from vines that have been exposed to bushfire smoke can result in wines containing smoke taint, commonly described as having “smoky, burnt and ash” aromas and “cigarette, ashtray, acrid and metallic” flavours. It is believed that smoke particles and...
Home terroir advantage

Home terroir advantage

Hosting this year’s SA National Young Wine Show and winning a national trophy with its signature grape, were especially gratifying for Orange River Cellars, writes Sandile Mkhwanazi. When the winner of the National Champion trophy for the best natural sweet wine...

’n Sakebroeikas vir wynentrepreneurs

Wynentrepreneurs kan nou ’n als-in-een-program in die Hemel-en-Aardevallei voltooi.  Wyninisiatief en Bartho Eksteen moet eenvoudig in een asem genoem word, want dié man is gek na wynopleiding. Tot so ‘n mate dat hy op sy nuwe plaas in die...
A business incubator for wine entrepreneurs

A business incubator for wine entrepreneurs

Wine entrepreneurs can now complete an all-in-one programme in the Hemel-and-Aarde Valley. Wine initiative and Bartho Eksteen simply have to be mentioned in the same breath, as this man is passionate about wine training. To such an extent that he has developed the...

A family affair

Craftsmanship and family ties result in quality and finesse at Vinéa. After a recent visit to the mother company, Vinéa France, in Jonzac, about 60 km north of Bordeaux, Marius van Tonder, managing partner of Vinéa SA, believes closeknit family ties are one of the...
Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Razvan Macici is now at the helm of wines at Distell as their head winemaker. He will be studying new developments in winegrowing and winemaking and how these can enhance their wines. After a 15-vintage career, cellar master Razvan Macici is taking on a newly created...