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Registration now open for The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference
Registration now open for The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference

Set to take place at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October 2018, The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, now in its third year, will feature a panel of local and international speakers who will centre their respective topics on the theme of innovation...

19 Jun 2018

South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success
South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success

According to the latest statistics published by SAWIS, the South African Pinotage wine industry is the only red cultivar to have grown in hectares over the past 10 years. As one of the top 10 most-planted wine grape varieties in South Africa, the report shows that...

15 Jun 2018

How to extend your vineyard's lifetime
How to extend your vineyard's lifetime

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 Jun 2018

Constantia Valley celebrates 333 years
Constantia Valley celebrates 333 years

Did you know that the Constantia Valley is celebrating 333 years of winemaking in the region this year? I'd say it's a pretty good reason to celebrate when so many businesses close their doors after two years...

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Jun 2018

Winners of the 2018 Shiraz Challenge announced
Winners of the 2018 Shiraz Challenge announced

This year's Shiraz Challenge, presented by Shiraz SA for the sixth time, saw three Shiraz blends and 12 Shiraz - out of a total of 192 wines - stealing the limelight...

1 Jun 2018

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What's in store for the 2018 Chenin Blanc Top 10

The Chenin Blanc Association has announced that entries for the 2018 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge are now officially open. South African winemakers may submit any style as long as...

29 May 2018

South Africa's top Muscadel wines awarded
South Africa's top Muscadel wines awarded

"The ongoing drought of the past few years has resulted in high sugar content and rich raisin aromas in the grapes - this led to beautiful, full wines with exceptional muscat flavours."

28 May 2018

Indaba Wines caters to rising demand for 'bag in box' wine options
Indaba Wines caters to rising demand for 'bag in box' wine options

Cape Classics is preparing to release its Indaba Wines brand in a 3-litre 'bag in box' format as changing consumer habits fuel the demand for higher quality BiB wine options...

22 May 2018

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SA wine industry ups its research game to adapt to climate change

The South African wine industry is finding new ways to manage climate change by researching smart agri tools, drought tolerant cultivars, water stress management and efficient irrigation management.

15 May 2018

2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition open for entries
2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition open for entries

4 June 2018 has been set as the deadline for entries in this year's Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition, now in its 22nd year.

14 May 2018

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Stellenbosch proves it's king of Cab in 2018 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report

"Cabernet Sauvignon is the yardstick by which all wine regions are judged, and over the years Stellenbosch has proven to be the most successful area in South Africa for producing great Cabernet."

11 May 2018

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Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés puts first wines to barrel after 2018 harvest

Excitement is running high amongst the second year Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés as their dreams of making their very first wines becomes a reality with their creations safely in barrel after the 2018 harvest.

10 May 2018

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Wine consumers can expect to pay more due to impending wine shortage

Vinpro's annual Wine Harvest Report 2018 shows that wine grape production is down nearly 15% compared to 2017 - this translates into 170 million litres less wine produced in 2018...

9 May 2018

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Millennials' premium palate driving a shift in the wine market

The wine consumer has evolved over the years. Wine producers are no longer able to rest on their laurels and expect the same wines to remain popular for years to come...

8 May 2018

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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 May 2018

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2018 wine grape crop down 30% but predictions on wine quality outstanding

"It was definitely one of the most challenging harvesting seasons in recent years. But from what we can judge at this stage, the dry growing conditions seem to have had a relatively favourable impact on the quality of our premium quality grapes, depending on growing area."

3 May 2018

Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

23 Apr 2018

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Clone tastings: Vititec puts experimental wines through their paces

"We produce between 50 and 60 experimental wines every year, all part of the clone evaluation process. The feedback from the tasters gives us a good indication of quality and consumer appeal. If the wine meets these requirements, we propagate these cultivars and clones and distribute it commercially."

23 Apr 2018

Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA
Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA

One of the world's top-selling prosecco brands, Mionetto, is now available in South Africa....

17 Apr 2018

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Orange River Cellars makes strategic expansion into raisin business

"While we have become renowned as a volume wine producer, everyone knows that bigger is not necessarily better," says Du Plessis, "especially in a wine market where too many large South African producers find themselves as price-takers instead of price-makers."

11 Apr 2018

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Study sheds light on SA consumers' attitudes towards wine

According to research, South African wine consumers share similar perceptions about wine across different ethnic groups...

6 Apr 2018

2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners
2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners

The results of the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards were announced last month at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm...

3 Apr 2018

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Bad weather results in smallest wine grape crop since 2005

As wine grape producers and cellars take in the last of the 2018 wine grape harvest, viticulturists and cellars estimate that it will be the smallest crop since 2005. Vinpro's viticulturists give an overview of the regions...

28 Mar 2018

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Expert: Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought

Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment...

23 Mar 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy
Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

Climate change a top concern for agribusinesses
Climate change a top concern for agribusinesses

The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that climate change or increasing volatility of weather is a top concern for agribusinesses. Farming is a high-risk industry faced with uncontrollable threats like hailstorms, floods, disease outbreaks and drought...

20 Mar 2018

Creating a sustainable wine future: CapeWine 2018 opening seminar speakers announced
Creating a sustainable wine future: CapeWine 2018 opening seminar speakers announced

South African wine producers are readying themselves for CapeWine 2018, under the theme \Hannuwa - encapsulating the philosophy of the South African wine industry as a pledge to farming sustainably...

19 Mar 2018

Wine Cellar tasters determine top luxury white wines
Wine Cellar tasters determine top luxury white wines

Wine Cellar - with expert palates Roland Peens and James Pietersen - recently hosted its second luxury white taste-off, which saw 74 tasters assemble in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

15 Mar 2018

Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farms
Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farms

A grape farmer in Vredendal says he will make no profit this season. He has employed 30 fewer seasonal workers and, depending on rainfall this winter, may have to retrench permanent staff...

By Aidan Jones 9 Mar 2018

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Wine industry prioritising transformation and talent development

The South African wine industry has prioritised transformation and the development of people as key imperatives to ensure a strong and sustainable future...

8 Mar 2018

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