Quarantine at Mokala National Park comes to an end

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has lifted the veterinary quarantine at the Mokala National Park. The quarantine was imposed after a buffalo bull, at the park, tested positive for Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes animal and human tuberculosis respectively....

1 day ago

Boschendal scores high at IWC

Boschendal's Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay 2016 scored 96 points and was named the top South African Chardonnay and Best Elgin Chardonnay for a second consecutive year at the 2018 International Wine Challenge (IWC). The wine estate also received silver for the Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2017,...

18 May 2018

Fat bastard Wines adds two new wines to range

Fat bastard Wines has included the Fat bastard Golden Reserve 2017 and the Fat bastard Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 to its collection. The Fat bastard Golden Reserve 2017 is a Bordeaux-style red blend with a retail price of R110 and R120. The Fat bastard Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 consists of grapes...

4 May 2018

Kwanalu is looking for its 2018 Young Farmer of the Year rep

Kwanalu, KwaZulu-Natal's agricultural union, is on the lookout for the next KZN Young Farmer of the Year. The selected candidate will represent the province at the national Toyota Young Farmer of the Year competition in Pretoria in October 2018. Farmers under the age of 40, who are either owners...

3 May 2018

Spier wins silver at Responsible Tourism Awards

Spier Wine Farm was awarded silver in the category of Decent Work and Inclusion and silver in the Best for Global Goals Reporting category at the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards. The Global Goals Reporting category is a new category that measures all entries against identified...

20 Apr 2018

Lourensford introduces The Dome

Lourensford Estate has released the Lourensford The Dome Pinot Noir 2016. The red wine grape is a Burgundian cultivar and is limited to 3,300 bottles. Its name derives from the highest peak on the Helderberg Mountains. The Dome Pinot Noir 2016 joins Lourensford's cult The Dome Chardonnay and...

18 Apr 2018

Lourensford Chardonnay 2016 named the Best South African White Wine of Show

At the recent Mundus Vini The Grand International Wine Awards in ProWein, Germany, the Lourensford Estate Limited Release Chardonnay 2016 was named the Best South African White Wine of Show. Lourensford previously received the accolade for its 2015 vintage in 2016. The 2015 vintage was also one...

26 Mar 2018

Tokara is one of World's Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands

Drinks International has included Tokara on its annual list of the World's Top 50 Most Admired Wine Brands. The Stellenbosch wine estate is one of only three South African wine brands to be included on the list. The UK-based magazine polled wine professionals from around the world to compile the...

26 Mar 2018

Neethlingshof, Hill & Dale have a new distributor

Neethlingshof Wine Estate and Hill & Dale will now have its wines distributed by PB Liquor Merchants. The change in distributors follows the unbundling of Lusan Premium Wines, which saw Neethlingshof Wine Estate and Hill & Dale being acquired by Stone Pine Wines. Previous distribution was...

12 Mar 2018

ABC warns of Monsanto's GM soybean

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has issued an alert regarding Monsanto's application for the commodity clearance of its triple-stacked variety of genetically modified (GM) soya into South Africa. The GM soybean is genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate, glufosinate, and...

12 Feb 2018

Agritech Expo Zambia wins third AAXO Roar award

Agritech Expo Zambia has won its third AAXO Roar Trade and Consumer Exhibition Award. The expo has won the award for a second consecutive year in a row. The awards show is organised by the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO). The Roar awards recognise excellence in the...

8 Feb 2018

Boschendal MCC earns top 10 classic spot

Boschendal Wine Estate's Cap Classique Grande Cuvée Brut has earned a spot on the Top Ten Cap Classique list. The estate's méthode cap classique (MCC) was placed on the list by South African Wine & Cellar Classifications for the 10-year period of 2008 to 2018. Wines are required to receive...

31 Jan 2018

Three De Krans ports placed in Top Wine SA Classification

Three of De Krans' ports have placed in this year's Top Wine SA Classification's list of Top 10 Cape Ports. De Krans has also obtained a spot on the 2018 Top Wine SA Hall of Fame for earning honours for eight vintages out of 10 years. The Top Wine SA Classification is a collection of wines...

31 Jan 2018

4th Street Wines rises up IWSR Top 100 Wines list

4th Street Wines has placed in 19th position in this year's International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) Top 100 Wines list. The wine brand placed in 26th place last year and was named the fastest growing wine brand globally for the second year in a row. The IWSR releases an annual report...

22 Dec 2017

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

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