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Cederberg wine farm installs solar energy plant to lower carbon footprint
Cederberg wine farm installs solar energy plant to lower carbon footprintArticle

Building on its legacy of dedication to preserving the area's natural beauty and biodiversity, the move to solar is the farm's most measurable initiative to reduce its carbon footprint to date...

3 days ago

Nederburg appoints Samuel Viljoen as cellar master
Nederburg appoints Samuel Viljoen as cellar masterArticle

Seasoned winemaker, Samuel Viljoen has taken over the reins at Nederburg Wine Estate. In his new role, Viljoen oversees the production of the Paarl cellar's multi-tiered range...

4 May 2021

Vinpro takes legal action on alcohol ban
Vinpro takes legal action on alcohol banArticle

Vinpro MD Rico Basson says that due to the devastating impact that the third ban has had on the wine industry, Vinpro was left with no choice but to approach the Cape High Court...

1 Feb 2021

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Wine export report shows market stability despite alcohol bansArticle

According to the latest report by Wines of South Africa, the 2020 export volumes echo that of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal due to Covid-19.

20 Jan 2021

WCDoA supports wine tourism employees with R12m funding
WCDoA supports wine tourism employees with R12m fundingArticle

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture will be providing crucial relief to employees in the South African wine tourism sector, in the form of a R12m support fund.

18 Dec 2020

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SA's wine sector at a crossroads after a challenging yearArticle

The Covid-19 lockdown halted sales and exports of South Africa's second most lucrative agricultural product, exacerbating challenges that were already in play...

Daneel Rossouw 17 Dec 2020

SA wine information day looks toward 2021 and beyond
SA wine information day looks toward 2021 and beyondArticle

South African wine businesses will come together virtually at the start of 2021 to take a look at the state of the industry and equip themselves with insights and tools needed to direct their own destiny in 2021 and beyond...

24 Nov 2020

Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year 2020 finalists announced
Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year 2020 finalists announcedArticle

Diners Club introduced the Winemaker of the Year award to encourage local winemakers to raise the standard of wines produced in South Africa...

4 Nov 2020

Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced
Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announcedArticle

he partnership between Absa and the Pinotage Association has, especially, seen the progress the industry has made over the years and is testament to the success of wine being synonymous with the country...

7 Oct 2020

CWG Vinotheque Auction to help save wine industry jobs
CWG Vinotheque Auction to help save wine industry jobsArticle

Wine lovers can look forward to a line-up of rare wines in limited quantities, some from winemakers who have retired from winemaking...

31 Aug 2020

Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman on women winemakers and the state of the SA wine industry
Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman on women winemakers and the state of the SA wine industryArticle

Ahead of Women's Day on Sunday, August 9, Bowman talks about how the alcohol ban has seriously damaged an already frail wine industry and how much styles and trends have changed in recent years...

Janine Greenleaf Walker 3 Aug 2020

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Role players meet to discuss alcohol ban's impact on wine industryArticle

The industry body Vinpro, Agri Western Cape, the agricultural interest group Saai and Western Cape wine producers met last week to discuss the impact of the second ban on alcohol sales on the wine industry.

30 Jul 2020

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Durbanville Hills sparkling wine wins world's bestArticle

Beating fierce competition from eight countries around the globe, including France, New Zealand and Italy, the Durbanville Hills Blanc de Blancs triumphed over 45 entries...

22 Jun 2020

CapeWine 2021 postponed
CapeWine 2021 postponedArticle

Exports are still slower than expected due to the port in Cape Town struggling to cope with the demand. This has had a huge impact on Wines of South Africa's income, which is directly linked to exports, and also on the financial situation of many producers...

18 Jun 2020

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Where will our 2020 harvest go? A post Covid-19 perspectiveArticle

The Covid-19 conversation remains rife, and the pace of its development (the virus and the topic) will likely not slow down soon...

Sonja Bezuidenhout 6 Apr 2020

First SA black-owned wine lab launched
First SA black-owned wine lab launchedArticle

Through its financial support and mentoring, Spier Wine Farm has assisted former employee, Merecia Smith, launch South Africa's first black-owned wine analysis laboratory...

19 Mar 2020

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SA wine industry launches new code to promote sober drinking habitsArticle

Under the auspices of the Association for Alcohol Responsibility and Education, the Code for Commercial Communications aims to provide clear guidelines for the responsible marketing of wine and other liquor products, and thereby curbing alcohol abuse in communities...

4 Feb 2020

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#BizTrends2020: SA wine industry shifting gearsArticle

The South African wine industry is entering a new phase of repositioning, consolidation and reinvestment. Although challenges such as climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures are expected to continue into 2020, it has led to the industry becoming more streamlined, focused and adaptable...

Rico Basson 18 Dec 2019

SA wine farm wins international Drinks Business Green Award
SA wine farm wins international Drinks Business Green AwardArticle

South African wine farm, Spier has been acknowledged for its long-term commitment to conserving and expanding natural vegetation on its farm through proactive alien clearing and replanting programmes...

17 Dec 2019

SA winemakers look to other parts of the world for inspiration
SA winemakers look to other parts of the world for inspirationArticle

Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this time originating from the Marlborough wine region on New Zealand's South Island...

18 Nov 2019

Haute Grandeur honours Durbanville Hills' restaurant with top rated awards
Haute Grandeur honours Durbanville Hills' restaurant with top rated awardsArticle

Durbanville Hills's Tangram Restaurant has been awarded with no less than three awards at the annual Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant Awards as Best South African Cuisine on a Global Level, Best Restaurant Manager in South Africa and Best Gourmet Cuisine in Africa...

21 Oct 2019

Spier Wine receives Control Union's vegan accreditation
Spier Wine receives Control Union's vegan accreditationArticle

The Spier Seaward, Creative Block, 21 Gables and Frans K Smit ranges will all bear the vegan-friendly seal from the 2019 vintage onwards for white wines, and the 2018 vintage onwards for reds. All six of the Spier wine ranges are set to receive accreditation in the future...

17 Oct 2019

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FedEx launches new solution for SA's wine industryArticle

The FedEx Express Wine Solution aims to improve the handling of wine for local and international delivery and distribution...

5 Sep 2019

Better Grapes Wine Fair highlights progress in SA wine industry
Better Grapes Wine Fair highlights progress in SA wine industryArticle

The Better Grapes Wine Fair taking place on 10 September 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, will highlight the progress in terms of gender equality, diversity, empowerment, sustainability and wine quality in the South African wine industry...

5 Sep 2019

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Spier Wine Farm first winery to receive Control Union vegan accreditationArticle

"This vegan certification not only demonstrates our commitment to a greener, animal-friendly future; it also means that vegan drinkers can now enjoy our wines."

23 Aug 2019

Final call to enter 2019 Paarl Wine Challenge
Final call to enter 2019 Paarl Wine ChallengeArticle

Entry forms received after Friday, 26 July 2019 will be treated as late entries...

24 Jul 2019

SA wine industry launches wine tourism toolkit
SA wine industry launches wine tourism toolkitArticle

The online toolkit provides a blueprint to assist wineries to plan and implement their wine tourism initiatives, as well as seven sections which focus on different aspects of wine tourism...

24 Jul 2019

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Vinpro's viticultural consultation service is under new leadershipArticle

Conrad Schutte has assumed the position of Vinpro consultation service manager, taking over from Francois Viljoen who was at the helm of this division for the past 20 years...

2 Jul 2019

Spier launches new coastal inspired wine range, Seaward
Spier launches new coastal inspired wine range, SeawardArticle

To pay homage to the benefits of growing grapes along the coast, Spier Wine Farm has a new wine range titled Seaward which comprises a lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.

24 May 2019

SA Wine Steward Programme boosts tourism opportunities for unemployed youth
SA Wine Steward Programme boosts tourism opportunities for unemployed youthArticle

The objective of the three-year programme, which comprises of 30% theory and 70% practical training, is to upskill unemployed youth and ensure that they are employable within the hospitality and wine industry...

6 Mar 2019

SA wine praised at International Association of Sommeliers Cape Town session
SA wine praised at International Association of Sommeliers Cape Town sessionArticle

South African Sommelier Association leads the way in Africa, says Association de la Sommellerie International...

6 Feb 2019

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How vegan-friendly is your wine?Article

Wine is made from grapes so all wines must be vegan-friendly, right? Not necessarily...

29 Jan 2019

If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste
If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would tasteArticle

Something big is about to happen in the South African wine industry and it is led by none other than top wine connoisseur and negociant, Wade Bales...

Ilse van den Berg 28 Jan 2019

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WoSA export report shows positive growth of SA wine internationallyArticle

The 4% increase in value to R9.06bn reflects the positive sentiments towards South African wine in international markets, despite the 6% decrease in volume to 420.2 million litres of wine sold internationally...

23 Jan 2019

SA wine harvest trends to look out for per region
SA wine harvest trends to look out for per regionArticle

The 2019 South African wine grape harvest is expected to be slightly larger than last year's much smaller crop...

21 Jan 2019

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Distell launches new Libertas Vineyard and Estates wine companyArticle

Libertas Vineyards and Estates' managing director, Kay Nash said the move was a "significant shift" from Distell's previous approach where premium wines were managed as a division within the global company's multi-category portfolio.

15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends in wine and food tourism
#BizTrends2019: Trends in wine and food tourismArticle

The swinging doors to kitchen culture were first held open by celebrity chefs like Julia Child and Jamie Oliver. For the tourism industry, it was the travel documentary style of Rick Stein and Anthony Bourdain that beamed travel to exotic locations, and Cornwall, into our lounges...

Marisah Nieuwoudt 21 Dec 2018

Cape Winemakers Guild inducts two new members
Cape Winemakers Guild inducts two new membersArticle

Winemakers JD Pretorius and Samantha O'Keefe have been announced as members of the Cape Winemakers Guild...

12 Dec 2018

Drostdy Hof, PYDA partner to advance one young female's wine career
Drostdy Hof, PYDA partner to advance one young female's wine careerArticle

Drostdy Hof, in collaboration with the Stellenbosch-based Pinotage Youth Development Academy has created a year-long programme, which will include technical on-the-job learning and personal development in the South African wine industry...

29 Nov 2018

Meet Timothy Witbooi, the winemaker behind Lourensford's award-winning SMV
Meet Timothy Witbooi, the winemaker behind Lourensford's award-winning SMVArticle

Timothy Witbooi is the winemaker wielding the wand of Lourensford Wine Estates Limited Release SMV, a delectable blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier - the estate's most awarded and popular wines...

29 Nov 2018

Paarl, Wellington wine tourism celebrates International Pinotage Day
Paarl, Wellington wine tourism celebrates International Pinotage DayArticle

Saturday, 13 October 2018 will see Paarl and Wellington wine route pay homage to the father of the South African Pinotage varietal, Professor Abraham Izak Perold on International Pinotage Day...

10 Oct 2018

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Wine & Food Tourism conference announces big data speaker lineupArticle

This year's Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, which takes place on 17 October at Spier near Stellenbosch, has lined up several high-profile international and local speakers, some of whom will discuss the role of big data as part of the event's wider theme of innovation...

9 Oct 2018

Babylonstoren, Boland Cellar awarded top spot at Paarl Wine Challenge 2018
Babylonstoren, Boland Cellar awarded top spot at Paarl Wine Challenge 2018Article

Babylonstoren and Boland Cellar walked off with the trophies for top red and top white respectively at the recently held Paarl Wine Challenge. This prestigious regional wine challenge has been showcasing the quality and terroir of the region for over two decades and has evolved into a new format that included nine different categories this year.

2 Oct 2018

Wine prices reach all time high at 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
Wine prices reach all time high at 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild AuctionArticle

Strict selection criteria and a finely tuned line-up paid off at the 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held in the Stellenbosch Winelands over the weekend...

1 Oct 2018

Tim Atkin favours two SA vintages with highest honours
Tim Atkin favours two SA vintages with highest honoursArticle

Tim Atkin contends that the 2015 and 2017 vintages have produced a brilliant series of wines that surpass anything in South Africa's long history...

12 Sep 2018

Old vines take centre stage at CapeWine2018
Old vines take centre stage at CapeWine2018Article

"An increased focus on South Africa's old vines has accelerated an unprecedented interest from wine thought leaders around the world."

12 Sep 2018

Last chance to enter 2018 Paarl Wine Challenge
Last chance to enter 2018 Paarl Wine ChallengeArticle

Entries are still open for the annual Paarl Wine Challenge. Late entries close on Monday, 10 September 2018...

5 Sep 2018

Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge
Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation ChallengeArticle

Winetech has partnered with Stellenbosch University-based incubator LaunchLab and Faculty of AgriSciences for the first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge.

Tom Jackson 3 Sep 2018

#WomensMonth: Perseverance is key for Michela Dalpiaz
#WomensMonth: Perseverance is key for Michela DalpiazArticle

In celebration of #WomensMonth, we chat to Michela Dalpiaz, co-founder of Ayama Wines and proud Italian co-owner of Slent Farm, who has travelled far and wide to bring her love of wine to South Africa, with a flair of passion for the work of art that she creates...

Robin Fredericks 31 Aug 2018

Winners announced for 2018 Perold /Absa Cape Blend
Winners announced for 2018 Perold /Absa Cape BlendArticle

2018 Perold / Absa Cape Blend awards celebrated South African winemakers' unique combinations using Pinotage as their key component...

31 Aug 2018

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