KWV Brandy named global brandy producer or the year

For the fourth year running, KWV Brandy has been awarded the Producer of the Year trophy in the Brandy and Cognac category at the International Spirit Challenge (ISC); hosted at the Plaisterers' Hall in London. In addition, KWV received the trophy for Best Brandy in the world for its KWV 20. This...

15 Jul 2019

PMA Fresh Connections, where the entire fresh produce supply chain connects

The Produce Marketing Association's (PMA's) Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show will be taking place from 30-31 July at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. The event is a key connecting point for global and regional decision makers from across the entire...

21 Jun 2019

SIZA added to FSI Basket of Standards for Social

The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) has added the South African Standard for Sustainable Agriculture (SIZA) to its Basket of Standards for Social. SIZA had previously completed the benchmarking process against the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), the FSI benchmarking partner...

11 Jun 2019

Tokara wins 3 gold medals at 2 UK wine competitions

The Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch recently bagged three gold medals at two wine competitions in the United Kingdom. The Tokara Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2017 received a gold medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC), while the Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and the...

14 May 2019

André Engelbrecht to leave Riebeek Valley Wine Co.

After nearly 16 years, André Engelbrecht will say goodbye to the Riebeek Valley Wine Co. He is vacating his role as CEO to join the Robertson Winery. Under the direction of the board of directors, he was instrumental in developing a corporate strategy as well as changing the company's image....

25 Apr 2019

Tokara continues winning streak at 10 Year Old Wine Awards

Stellenbosch wine estate Tokara continued its winning streak at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards for the third consecutive year. The family-owned wine producer was ranked second highest performer overall with 90 points or more awarded to all five of its wines entered in the competition. Tokara had...

7 Mar 2019

Roodeberg's 2009 red scores 90+ at 10 Year Old Wine Awards

Roodeberg's 2009 red wine was awarded a 92/100 at the 2019 10 Year Old Wine Awards. Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a pioneer of the South African wine industry who led much wine development at KWV in the early '40s. A record number of 92 entries from 42 producers participated...

7 Mar 2019

Tokara is optimistic about a fine vintage

Tokara winemaker Stuart Botha has expressed optimism about the prospects of a fine vintage. The family-owned Stellenbosch wine estate on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass has started the 2019 harvest with relatively cool summer temperatures. The region experienced a cool spring - with the...

29 Jan 2019

November issue of Sarie to tell agriculture story in SA

Sarie's November issue we tell the story of agriculture and the people behind this industry in an exclusive 10-page insert. In this insert, readers will find photos of South Africa's farmers dressed in trendy clothes, interviews telling their unique stories and an explanation of how the project...

26 Oct 2018

Agri SA supports job creation through collaboration

Agricultural industry association Agri SA expressed its support of the Job Summit initiative, which encourages collaboration to support job creation. Given its Business Unity South Africa (Busa) membership, the association is a participant in the Nedlac process. The initiative's interventions to...

9 Oct 2018

Grande Provence gets third gold at Veritas Awards

The Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate received a gold medal for its Chenin Blanc at the 2018 Veritas Awards. This a third gold medal for the Franschhoek wine estate, which also recently received gold at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards as well as the Old Mutual Trophy Wine...

8 Oct 2018

It's all gold for Grande Provence at Michelangelo Awards

The Grande Provence wine estate in Franschhoek received a Double Gold and Gold medal at the 2018 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The Grande Provence White 2016 achieved the Double Gold medal, which is only awarded to 10% of the entrants. The Michelangelo Gold medallist is the...

3 Oct 2018

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

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