Cape Winemakers Guild names new chairperson, selects new member

Groot Constantia cellarmaster Boela Gerber has been named the new chairperson of the Cape Winemakers Guild, while Neil Ellis Wines winemaker Warren Ellis has been invited to join the guild. Membership of the guild is by invitation only and is extended to winemakers who have been, and still are,...

11 Dec 2017

Petrol price increase to impact agricultural industry

The petrol price increase, which is set to be effective December 6, will impact the agricultural industry through increased transport inputs, which will eventually translate to the cost of goods and the transportation thereof. The increase, however, will be less severe because it is still high...

1 Dec 2017

Hermanus Bienas wins at 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards

Hermanus Bienas, an assistant manager at the Kys Nursery in Vredendal, was named as the winner of the 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on 4 November 2017. Since 2002, 9,369 agricultural employees have entered...

8 Nov 2017

Neil Ellis receives five stars in SA wine guide

Neil Ellis Wines' Bottelary Pinotage 2015 received a five-star rating in the 2018 Platter's South African Wine Guide. Neil Ellis recently also received a 93-point rating in Tim Atkin's 2017 South Africa Special Report as well as a 2017 Absa Top 10 Pinotage award.

8 Nov 2017

Hartenberg receives five stars in Platter's wine guide

Hartenberg Wine Estate's Gravel Hill Shiraz 2013 received a five-star rating in the 2018 Platter's by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2018. Cellar master Carl Schultz describes this award-winning wine as multi-layered with beautiful aromas of cherry, ripe plum and a hint of spice on the...

7 Nov 2017

Eikendal rakes in more accolades

Six of Eikendal Vineyards' wines received four-and-a-half stars in the 2018 Platter Wine Guide, while the Charisma 2015 received a five-star rating. This past year has seen Eikendal Vineyards and cellar master Nico Grobler receive a number of accolades, including Platinum Award and a Double...

7 Nov 2017

Greytown re-elects President of Kwanalu

Andy Buchan has been re-elected as the president of Kwanalu, thus making it his third consecutive term of serving. Buchan was unanimously elected by the Kwanalu board in October and is equipped with 22 years of experience in the farming industry. Buchan has fulfilled a variety of roles in...

3 Nov 2017

Jaco Strauss named Young Farmer of the Year

Jaco Strauss was named the 2017 Toyota SA/Agri SA Young Farmer of the Year at a gala dinner, which was held in Centurion, Pretoria. Strauss primarily farms with grain, cotton, and pecan nuts in the Vaalharts district of the Northern Cape. Fruit farmer Richard Myburgh from the Western Cape...

23 Oct 2017

Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc wins third accolade

The Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc has won a FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Award. The award adds to Diemersdal Estate's tally of accolades achieved this year. Earlier this year, the Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc has previously won the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the South African National Young...

19 Oct 2017

McCain wins President's Safety Award

McCain South Africa's Springs Plant has been awarded the President's Safety Award in recognition for its safety excellence and commitment to global safety principles. The President's Award is awarded for safety and achieving a total incident rate of 0.70 and below. McCain Spring Plant...

13 Oct 2017

Zonnebloem wins gold at Veritas

Zonnebloem was awarded gold for its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2017 Veritas Awards. Zonnebloem previously received the accolade in 2011. The Zonnebloem 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes sourced from the south and south-westerly slopes of vineyards in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch...

12 Oct 2017

Hortgro expresses concern for producers

Hortgro has expressed its support of Western and Eastern Cape fruit producers who may be suffering from mental health issues as a result of the ongoing drought and other challenges. According to Hortgro executive director Anton Rabe, producers, their families, and agricultural workers are...

12 Oct 2017

Lanzerac wins three Michelangelo Awards

Lanzerac Wine Estate has won a total of three awards at the 2017 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The wine estate won a platinum award, a double gold award, and a silver award. The results were announced at a gala event held in Cape Town on 29 September 2017.

6 Oct 2017

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild uplifts Protégé Programme

The 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has aided the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme by raising almost R430, 000. The programme is in place for the development of young talented winemakers and viticulturists through the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust. The Cape...

5 Oct 2017

SA Angus to commemorate centenary at Livestock

The Angus Society of South Africa is to commemorate its centenary at this year's Agri-Expo Livestock on Sandringham farm outside Stellenbosch. Cattle breeders from the Western Cape, Southern Cape and other provinces will join at the expo to celebrate the milestone. The expo is on Wednesday,...

2 Oct 2017

Reyneke Wines' Biodynamic Syrah gets positive ratings

Reyneke Wines' 2015 vintage Biodynamic Syrah has received positive ratings in Tim Atkin's 2017 South African Report, The Wine Advocate and Decanter magazine. Tim Atkin's 2017 South African Report rated the wine 94 points out of a 100, The Wine Advocate gave it 93 points out of a 100, and...

19 Sep 2017

Constantia Glen wins gold medal

Constantia Glen has been awarded a gold medal at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition. The wine estate also accumulated 90+ ratings out of a 100 for all four of its signature wines at the competition. The event was held in London.

15 Sep 2017

Cape Classics nominated for importer of the year

Cape Classics has been nominated for importer of the year in the 2017 Wine Stars Awards given by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The winners are to be announced on 9 November 2017 and will be honoured at a gala to be held in Miami, Florida in January 2017.

13 Sep 2017

Anthonij Rupert Wyne introduces new wine

Anthonij Rupert Wyne has released a new wine titled the 'Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2016', which pays homage to Jean Roi. The wine is a Provençal style rosé that has a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz. The wine is a limited release.

29 Aug 2017

Spier 21 Gables awarded a top 10 titile

Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc has been awarded a title at this year's Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 challenge. The Chenin Blanc has been included in the awards for the previous two years as a title winner.

29 Aug 2017

Delheim extends red wine portfolio

Delheim Estate recently released a wine that adds to its vintage red wine portfolio. The wine, which is titled the 'Grand Reserve 2014', is crafted from vineyard-to-bottle and the grapes that were used for its creation were picked by hand. As with the estate's previous wine release, the Grand...

29 Aug 2017

Groote Post wins gold (thrice) at 2017 Gold Awards

The Groote Post winery won gold for three of its wines at the 2017 Gold Awards, namely its Sauvignon Blanc 2017, The Old Man's Blend White 2017, and The Old Man's Blend Red 2016. This year, the Gold Wine Awards considered wines that are priced under R110 per bottle. The wines were judged by...

24 Aug 2017

High court rules that poultry dubbing contravenes Animals Protection Act

South Gauteng High Court judge Willem Van der Linde ruled that the dubbing of chickens constitutes a contravention of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962. The Eastern Cape Poultry Club brought forward an application for a declaration order to state that the practice of dubbing poultry show...

17 Aug 2017

GWK expands in NC with Noordkaap Lewendehawe Kuruman acquisition

GWK has acquired Noordkaap Lewendehawe Kuruman, which is in line with the company's expansion plans. The acquisition provides GWK with access to an increased supply of livestock in addition to infrastructure, which is favourable for GWK Auctions. GWK Auctions specialises in livestock, stud, and...

8 Aug 2017

Mbulelo Sikade wins Agri's Got Talent

Mbulelo Sikade has won the Agri's Got Talent's competition. Sikade has become the fourth person to win the competition and the event was held in Paarl. Afri-rapper Jason Baartman placed second and Jason Tiras placed in third place.

8 Aug 2017

Groot Constantia wins at Novare Terroir Awards

Groot Constantia's 2015 Gouverneurs Reserve White blend has once again been declared the winner in the Top White Blend category at the recent 2017 Novare SA Terroir Awards. In addition to this, Groot Constantia also came out on top in the Area Winner Awards category by taking home all the...

2 Aug 2017

Agri's Got Talent finalists to battle it out on stage

The 10 finalists in this year's Agri's Got Talent competition will go head to head for a final time at the Nederburg Estate, outside Paarl. The singing competition, reserved for farm, pack shed, and cellar workers in the fruit and wine industries, is a joint project between Hortgro, the VinPro...

2 Aug 2017

UFS' pharmacology department looks into high levels of inulin in Witlof root

Director of pharmacology at the University of the Free State, Dr Motlalepula Matsabisa, believes that the rich supply of inulin in the Witlof root may play an effective role in managing diabetes. The UFS is currently also testing inulin's effects on cancer cells as it is thought to have a slowing...

31 Jul 2017

Neil Ellis Wines takes gold (twice) at the IWC

Neil Ellis Wines recently received two international awards. The Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2015, maiden vintage from a single vineyard in Elgin, and the Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, a new vintage from Jonkershoek, received a gold medal each at the 2017 International Wine...

27 Jul 2017

KZN farmers help fire-stricken Eastern Cape farmers

Kwa-Zulu Natal farmers have helped Eastern Cape farmers that have been affected by wild fires in the last month by donating over 1000 bales of animal feed. The recent wild fires have claimed lives, razed homes and devasted land. The donated bale will help see the affected farmers through...

27 Jul 2017

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