Tokara Wine Estate gets a 90+ from Tim Atkin

At least 12 of Tokara Wine Estate's wine received 90+ points in Tim Atkin's 2018 South African Special Report. Tokara's Telos 2015 received a rating of 97/100, followed by the Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2014 and Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, which both on 96 points. Atkin...

12 Sep 2018

Tru-Cape wants consumers to #staytruetotrucape and go on a #trucapequest

Tru-Cape Fruit launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to find its apples and pears in stores. Given the effects of the drought, the South African horticulture sector is currently experiencing a more than 20% drop in apple and pear production year-on-year. This, in turn, impacts...

30 Aug 2018

Fruitways crowned Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge champions

Tru-Cape recently held its Packhouse Challenge at the De Rust Futura Primary School in Grabouw. Fruitways won this year's challenge as its members ran and walked a combined 7,269km. A total of seven packhouses competed for the Tru-Cape Trophy and 3,084 athletes ran/walked a combined 19,775km....

29 Aug 2018

Benguela Cove Lagoon brings home gold at SA National Young Wine Show

The Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate received four gold medals at the 186th annual SA National Young Wine Show. The Walker Bay wine farm also received the Stellenbosch regional trophies for Best Syrah, Best Semillon, and Best White Blend. Benguela Cove also picked up the JF Rabie trophy for the...

28 Aug 2018

Agri SA, Agbiz meet with Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma

Agri SA and Agbiz have held discussions with national planning commission for policy and evaluation minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and President Cyril Ramaphosa. The discussions were aimed at introducing a sector-based approach to inclusive growth and employment specifically for the agro-food value...

24 Aug 2018

VALUE4HER to upskill women in agribusiness

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) alongside the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) and the African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN) launched a new empowerment project aimed at providing female entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector with...

14 Aug 2018

Aerobotics plans global expansion following $2m in funding

Cape Town-based aerial data analytics startup Aerobotics has collected $2m in funding following its Series A funding round. Aerobotics uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to process satellite and drone imagery and deliver insights to farmers. Some of its investors include the...

26 Jul 2018

Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference to focus on innovation

The third annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference will be held at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 17 October 2018. A lineup of local and international speakers will share their insight on this year's theme of innovation and attendees will learn first-hand how to use this...

18 Jul 2018

Tsebo Solutions Group and others celebrate Rustlers Valley Farm harvest

Tsebo Solutions Group, Earthrise Trust, the Naledi Farmers Cooperative along with members of the Naledi Village community celebrated the second harvest of the Rustlers Valley Farm in the Free State on 7 July 2018, the UN's International Day of Cooperatives. Five years ago, the Earthrise Trust...

12 Jul 2018

Sovereign Foods celebrates Proudly SA admission

Sovereign Foods celebrated its admission as a Proudly South African poultry producer at the company's recent Exco Roadshow in Port Elizabeth. The company supplies raw and manufactured value-added poultry products and meal solutions for South African households through the retail and quick service...

3 Jul 2018

Samac to host annual Macadamia Day at AGFO Expo

The Southern African Macadamia Growers Association (Samac) will be hosting its annual Macadamia Industry Day at the third annual Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO Expo) on 9 November 2018. The expo will take place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga from 8-10...

20 Jun 2018

SA Poultry Association acknowledges FairPlay's Melinda Shaw

The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has recognised the work of the FairPlay anti-dumping movement by awarding FairPlay partner Melinda Shaw at the AVI Africa poultry conference in Johannesburg. Shaw has been involved with the movement since it was launched in October 2016.

13 Jun 2018

Bull sells for R410,000 at Sernick Bonsmara auction

Sernick Bonsmara recently hosted its 40th Production Auction on 1 June 2018. A bull sold for R410,000 at the auction. The average across the 50 bulls on offer was R101,360, in comparison to R93,000 in 2017. The average on female animals was R21,203. The auction was attended by 135...

4 Jun 2018

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....

22 May 2018

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

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