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AgriColleges international gets accredited
AgriColleges international gets accredited

The Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority, AgriSeta, has granted online agriculture education platform, AgriColleges international, accreditation as an education and training provider in agriculture...

3 hours ago

KRiemer via
Wines and their labels: Crafting narratives that speak to us

If wine brands want to signify their differences and tell a story, be it real or fictional, about their product, they do so primarily through label design...

By Franck Celhay 20 hours ago

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Smallest wine grape harvest in a decade

The South African wine industry is bracing itself for what might be the smallest wine grape harvest in more than a decade. Drought, a shrinking area under vines and frost damage will have the greatest effect on the crop size...

2 days ago

Changing face of retail presents opportunity for the wine trade
Changing face of retail presents opportunity for the wine trade

Embrace the chaos brought by the mobile phone-fueled digital age and look to Portugal for a road map to success in the USA...

8 Dec 2017

New programme to address modern slavery in SA's wine and fruit industries
New programme to address modern slavery in SA's wine and fruit industries

Stronger Together, WIETA and SIZA have launched a new programme to help South Africa's wine and fruit growing businesses address forced labour and hidden labour exploitation...

5 Dec 2017

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New wine brand makes its mark on SA wine market

The South African wine market is saturated with thousands of brands, so launching a new wine might be risky - but for Orange River Cellars, where there is a will, there is a way...

29 Nov 2017

Diners Club 2017 Winemaker of the Year Christiaan Groenewald (Eagle's Cliff Wines) and Young Winemaker of the Year Wade Roger-Lund (Jordan Estate) with their trophies.
Winners of 2017 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year announced

The winners of the 2017 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Awards have been announced...

28 Nov 2017

Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform
Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform

A partnership between agricultural company, Villa, and academic institution, Monash South Africa promises to lend a new face to agricultural higher education in South Africa...

By Lynette Louw 24 Nov 2017

Angola-South Africa visa-free exemption opens doors for trade and foreign direct investment
Angola-South Africa visa-free exemption opens doors for trade and foreign direct investment

The South African and Angolan governments' decision to exempt each other's ordinary passports from visa requirements is set to have a positive effect on business and leisure tourism, open doors for future trade and foreign direct investment...

24 Nov 2017

Extravagant philanthropy: Meet the man behind the Cape Wine Auction
Extravagant philanthropy: Meet the man behind the Cape Wine Auction

Innovative wine producer and MD of the Warwick and Vilafonté Wine Estates, Mike Ratcliffe is a founder of the annual Cape Wine Auction which raises millions of rands for charity. Ratcliffe answers some questions...

24 Nov 2017

Agricultural Writers SA awards top farmers, new entrants and agriculturists
Agricultural Writers SA awards top farmers, new entrants and agriculturists

Aiming to give prominence to the work that farmers and agriculturists do in South African agriculture, the Agricultural Writers SA recently hosted awards to honour...

16 Nov 2017

Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA
Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA

Just as cattle, fish and other livestock are reared in large numbers for meat or dairy production, so too insects are reared for various purposes...

16 Nov 2017

Alexandre Schmitt
SA Shiraz industry to benefit from workshop with olfaction guru Alexandre Schmitt

During the next SA Shiraz workshop, South Africa's makers, tasters and growers of Shiraz will benefit from the experience of Alexandre Schmitt, an internationally renowned guru on olfaction...

7 Nov 2017

Platter's by Diners Club unveils 2018 SA Wine Guide
Platter's by Diners Club unveils 2018 SA Wine Guide

The Platter's by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2018 was unveiled at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

6 Nov 2017

2017 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year Finalists: Left to right: Charl Schoeman (Simonsig), Philip Viljoen (Bon Courage), Murray Barlow (Rustenberg), Wade Roger-Lund (Jordan)
Meet the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year 2017 finalists

Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award while four will battle for the Young Winemaker of the Year title...

3 Nov 2017

Christo, Etienne and Yvonne Le Riche
21 years dedicated to producing the definitive expression of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

Etienne Le Riche has made Cabernet Sauvignon his life's work and his signature Stellenbosch Cabernet developed a deserved and enviable cult following...

27 Oct 2017

Agriculture sector expects job-loss bloodbath, with 50,000 possibly out of work
Agriculture sector expects job-loss bloodbath, with 50,000 possibly out of work

The Western Cape is facing a jobs bloodbath as 50,000 workers in the agriculture sector might get the sack due to the drought...

By Aphiwe Deklerk 26 Oct 2017

Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources
Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources

Cavalli wine estate shares seven environmentally friendly tips that can help other wine farms protect their natural resources and become custodians of the land they farm on...

25 Oct 2017

Sales figures signal a brandy revival
Sales figures signal a brandy revival

South Africa makes some of the world's finest potstill brandies, yet for the past decade, local consumers had been increasingly raising their glasses to whisky - until now.

25 Oct 2017

Policy interventions essential to optimise South Africa's agricultural output
Policy interventions essential to optimise South Africa's agricultural output

It is important that we continue to find ways to optimise the output of the agricultural sector and guarantee our food security. Our policy interventions need to pay attention to a number of immediate and pressing challenges...

By Wessel Lemmer 24 Oct 2017

Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms
Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms

A significant drop in yield on an already unprofitable model means the industry will take a serious hit in 2018. The lack of rain during winter has left vines across the Cape without the required water reserves...

By Roland Peens 18 Oct 2017

Spier receives overall champion Veritas Award
Spier receives overall champion Veritas Award

The winners of the 2017 Veritas Awards were announced at a gala dinner held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town...

11 Oct 2017

Team South Africa 2017 team members: Jolette Steyn, Anita Streicher-Nel, Anton Swarts and Jeanri-Tine van Zyl (Image Supplied)
Team SA 2017 preparing for World Blind Tasting Challenge in France

Team South Africa 2017 will compete against 27 wine tasting teams from across the globe at the World Blind Tasting Challenge in Nuit Saint George, France...

10 Oct 2017

RIP Michael Hans ‘Spatz' Sperling
RIP Michael Hans ‘Spatz' Sperling

Pioneering icon of the South African wine industry and patriarch of Delheim, Michael Hans ‘Spatz' Sperling, has passed away...

9 Oct 2017

Justin van Wyk (Image Supplied)
Constantia Glen winemaker launches his own range

Justin van Wyk has launched his own range - Van Wyk Family Wines - focusing on grape varieties and wine styles that are different from the Bordeaux-styles that Constantia Glen is known for...

6 Oct 2017

Jeremy Borg (Painted Wolf Wines), Beyers Truter (Pinotage Association), Andre Scriven (Rooiberg), Johan van der Watt (Absa), Eric Saayman (Riebeek Cellars)
Top three rosé wines crowned

The winners of the Pinotage Association's inaugural Pinotage Rosé Competition have been announced...

5 Oct 2017

From Left to Right: Johan Weideman (Namaqua Wines), Danie van Tonder (Lyngrove Wines), Beyers Truter (Pinotage Association), Debbie Thompson (Simonsig), Johan van der Watt (Absa), Reino Thiart (Idiom), Abraham van Heerden (Windmeul)
Absa Perold Cape Blend Awards honours Pinotage masterpieces

The Absa Perold Cape Blend Awards, now in its seventh year, culminated in the honouring of five South African masterpieces, each comprising a minimum of 30% and no more than 70% Pinotage...

5 Oct 2017

Local and international buyers snatch up top wines at 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
Local and international buyers snatch up top wines at 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

Total sales at the 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction exceeded R13.2m, coming in just under last year's record-breaking auction, but a new record has been set...

3 Oct 2017

WolfBlur via
Russia makes room for black SA winemakers

Black-owned wine companies will get a foot into the Russian market when a group of importers visit South Africa...

2 Oct 2017

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