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#BehindtheBrandManager: Meet Banele Msimanga, brand manager of Hunter's Cider
#BehindtheBrandManager: Meet Banele Msimanga, brand manager of Hunter's CiderArticle

Banele Msimanga is the brand manager of Hunter's Cider and over the past year has worked on the brand creating great consumer experiences like Green Room events...

Evan-Lee Courie 22 Apr 2021

SU, Vinpro launch vineyard training and research platform
SU, Vinpro launch vineyard training and research platformArticle

"The Welgevallen Training and Research Vineyards, established in collaboration with SU's Department of Viticulture and Oenology, will not only offer students and researchers of the university access to an exceptional training and research facility, but is also a great platform for knowledge transfer to the broader wine industry."

16 Apr 2021

Information sessions to reflect on wine industry status, vineyard trends
Information sessions to reflect on wine industry status, vineyard trendsArticle

How is the wine industry doing one year after the launch of Covid-19, and what's new in the field of wine grape growing?

12 Apr 2021

8 reasons wine-lovers should visit Stellenbosch
8 reasons wine-lovers should visit StellenboschArticle

Stellenbosch in the Western Cape is the most famous wine region in South Africa, which gives wine-lovers the perfect reason to visit the town. If you're still not convinced, here are eight reasons why you should add the city of oaks to your travel bucket list.

17 Feb 2021

No booze, less meat: taverns feel the pinch of Covid-19 ban
No booze, less meat: taverns feel the pinch of Covid-19 banArticle

Since late December, the Lucky Plaza Tavern in Parow has been empty of life. Established in 2000 in Station Road, the tavern usually attracts a buzz of customers who buy meat from the next-door butchery...

Tariro Washinyira 29 Jan 2021

Promising 2021 SA wine grape harvest expected
Promising 2021 SA wine grape harvest expectedArticle

The South African wine industry expects a promising 2021 wine grape harvest, according to the industry's first crop estimate...

11 Dec 2020

Agriculture exports hit record on large harvest and efforts to keep sector open
Agriculture exports hit record on large harvest and efforts to keep sector openArticle

The combination of a large harvest, joint efforts between the government and the private sector to keep agriculture operational since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, and long-term export market development efforts continue to pay off for SA's agricultural sector...

Wandile Sihlobo 27 Nov 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

New tissue culture facility opens in the Western Cape
New tissue culture facility opens in the Western CapeArticle

A state-of-the-art Tissue Culture Facility has been opened by Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, at Bernheim Farm, outside Paarl. The initiative is an effort to keep up with international trends and to make sure local producers have access to world-class plant material...

9 Nov 2020

In-cider scoop: descriptive vs distinctive trade marks
In-cider scoop: descriptive vs distinctive trade marksArticle

In order for a trade mark to be registrable, it must be distinctive and capable of distinguishing one party's products from another's. What we often see, particularly in the alcohol industry, is, for example, certain ciders, named after the variety of apple used to make the cider itself. But is this name considered 'distinctive' or 'descriptive'...?

Karen Kitchen 29 Oct 2020

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on agricultural employment in South AfricaArticle

A key question that consistently arises amid the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on the economy is its effect on employment. We believe there may be some resilience in the agricultural sector compared to other sectors of the economy...

Wandile Sihlobo 23 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 could put pressure on agri inputsArticle

Food security remains paramount and even though South Africa is a net exporter of agricultural products, it imports a substantial share of the inputs required to produce this surplus...

17 Apr 2020

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Partnerships, sector stability and access to markets key to unlocking full potential of SA's agri sectorArticle

It is no secret that the country's agriculture sector is in recession having contracted in the first three-quarters of 2019. But this is a sector with the potential to address unemployment on a major scale...

John Hudson 3 Mar 2020

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A look at sustainable farming trends in South AfricaArticle

According to the conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 in order to feed an estimated population of 73 million people. The implementation of sustainable farming practices is therefore crucial to ensure food security.

Claudi Nortjé 12 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

Agricultural Writers SA Awards recognise 2019 top contributors
Agricultural Writers SA Awards recognise 2019 top contributorsArticle

South Africa's top contributors to agriculture have been recognised at the Agricultural Writers SA Awards. The event, sponsored by Bayer, Rovic Leers, Santam Agri and Sanlam gives recognition to the work of those that seek to elevate food security and rural economies.

19 Nov 2019

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Nedbank, Vinpro ushers 2020 in with SA wine information dayArticle

Themed Touch and Change, the information day will see presenters "share their insights on trends, networks and resources wine businesses can tap into to reach this potential and effect positive change in their business and the broader industry."

18 Oct 2019

Winetech Pitching Den finalists announced
Winetech Pitching Den finalists announcedArticle

The SA Innovation Summit, Winetech and Distell have announced the finalists for the Winetech Pitching Den which will take place at the SA Innovation Summit on 12 September 2019 in Cape Town..

10 Sep 2019

Wine tourism expert keen to exchange ideas at upcoming Wine & Food Tourism Conference
Wine tourism expert keen to exchange ideas at upcoming Wine & Food Tourism ConferenceArticle

Encouraging local travellers to overnight in the Cape Winelands is one effective way of boosting tourism income while at the same time promoting responsible drinking, believes Marisah Nieuwoudt...

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Western Cape to highlight latest viticulture trends
Western Cape to highlight latest viticulture trendsArticle

Vinpro specialists will share lessons that South Africa can learn from Australia with regard to new vineyard technology, developments and implements, as well as a back to basics approach to soil management, at the Robertson, Worcester and Paarl events...

27 Aug 2019

Vinpro viticultural training sharpens vineyard workers skills
Vinpro viticultural training sharpens vineyard workers skillsArticle

A total of 1,252 people were trained during 65 Vinpro vineyard training courses in the year ending 30 June 2019...

18 Jul 2019

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Vineyard management: Protecting and preparing vines for 2020Article

South African wine grape producers are already equipping themselves with research findings, technology and best practices to protect and prepare their vines in the run-up to the 2020 harvest...

11 Jun 2019

Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economy
Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economyArticle

The South African economy, the most industrialised economy on the African continent, has been struggling to gain momentum and has not grown by more than 2.5% a year since 2013...

Tebogo Mashabela 5 Jun 2019

2018/19 SA wine harvest hits record low
2018/19 SA wine harvest hits record lowArticle

Climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures have led to the South African wine industry becoming smaller, which has resulted in producers and wineries having to rethink the way that they do business...

9 May 2019

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019Article

The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 2019

Viticulturist awarded 1659 medal of honour
Viticulturist awarded 1659 medal of honourArticle

Prof Piet Goussard is the first viticulturist to be awarded the 1659 medal of honour...

11 Feb 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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Vititec rebrands, continues commitment to sustainably grow SA wineArticle

Vititec has rebranded to emphasise its commitment as a sustainable wine industry partner...

17 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

SA table grape estimate for 2018/2019 season
SA table grape estimate for 2018/2019 seasonArticle

The South African Table Grape Industry has released its 1st Crop Estimate for the 2018/2019 season...

21 Nov 2018

Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agriculture
Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agricultureArticle

Leonard Mavhungu, Pieter Graaff and Wandile Sihlobo.

20 Nov 2018

Debilitating drought no match for SA wine
Debilitating drought no match for SA wineArticle

According to a preliminary report on regional weather conditions compiled by Vinpro viticultural consultants the South African wine industry expects that wine grape crop will return to normal levels in 2019...

19 Nov 2018

Boosting 2019 wine grape crop by applying best practices
Boosting 2019 wine grape crop by applying best practicesArticle

Presenters during the recent Winetech Vinpro Information Days noted that wine grape producers can utilise new technology and research to prepare their vines properly for the 2019 harvest...

12 Sep 2018

Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports
Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exportsArticle

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Jul 2018

South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success
South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing successArticle

According to the latest statistics published by SAWIS, the South African Pinotage wine industry is the only red cultivar to have grown in hectares over the past 10 years. As one of the top 10 most-planted wine grape varieties in South Africa, the report shows that...

15 Jun 2018

How to extend your vineyard's lifetime
How to extend your vineyard's lifetimeArticle

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 Jun 2018

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Wine consumers can expect to pay more due to impending wine shortageArticle

Vinpro's annual Wine Harvest Report 2018 shows that wine grape production is down nearly 15% compared to 2017 - this translates into 170 million litres less wine produced in 2018...

9 May 2018

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2018 wine grape crop down 30% but predictions on wine quality outstandingArticle

"It was definitely one of the most challenging harvesting seasons in recent years. But from what we can judge at this stage, the dry growing conditions seem to have had a relatively favourable impact on the quality of our premium quality grapes, depending on growing area."

3 May 2018

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Clone tastings: Vititec puts experimental wines through their pacesArticle

"We produce between 50 and 60 experimental wines every year, all part of the clone evaluation process. The feedback from the tasters gives us a good indication of quality and consumer appeal. If the wine meets these requirements, we propagate these cultivars and clones and distribute it commercially."

23 Apr 2018

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Bad weather results in smallest wine grape crop since 2005Article

As wine grape producers and cellars take in the last of the 2018 wine grape harvest, viticulturists and cellars estimate that it will be the smallest crop since 2005. Vinpro's viticulturists give an overview of the regions...

28 Mar 2018

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Wine industry prioritising transformation and talent developmentArticle

The South African wine industry has prioritised transformation and the development of people as key imperatives to ensure a strong and sustainable future...

8 Mar 2018

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#Budget2018: Struggling wine industry disappointed in excise duty increasesArticle

With the wine industry supporting approximately 290,000 jobs, the fact that the average wine grape producer does not function at sustainable profit margins and more than a third operate at a loss is great cause for concern...

22 Feb 2018

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A structural shift imminent for South African wine grape producersArticle

According to the Vinpro Production Plan Survey, a structural shift is on the cards for South African wine grape producers who continue to face financial pressure due to the drought and economic challenges...

21 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output
#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural outputArticle

Budget speech should address some of the sector's challenges to ensure food security...

Wessel Lemmer 20 Feb 2018

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Good practices clinch best Chardonnay block for Riebeek Cellars wine producerArticle

Vinpro and Winetech awarded Riebeek Cellars' wine producer, Wilhelm Relihan from Oak Valley Farm with the best Chardonnay block in the Swartland/Paarl region in the annual Vineyard Block Competition...

16 Feb 2018

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Top 10 research projects in agri for 2018Article

A list of ten interesting and important agricultural research projects being started or completed in 2018...

13 Feb 2018

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Drought impacts Pinotage volumes but boosts quality and flavourArticle

The 2018 harvest will be characterised by smaller berries, lighter bunches and lower yields, however, the quality of the grapes is very promising - exceptional even...

9 Feb 2018

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Even smaller wine grape harvest predictedArticle

The South African wine industry has reached a challenging stage in the harvest season due to the continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape...

22 Jan 2018

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