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Final call for entries: 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine and Spirits shows
Final call for entries: 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine and Spirits showsArticle

The wine and spirits industries are reminded to submit their respective entries for the 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show by Friday, 23 April...

16 Apr 2021

South African government should focus on expansion of agricultural export markets
South African government should focus on expansion of agricultural export marketsArticle

The increase in domestic agricultural output in the recent past and planned expansion in various subsectors in the coming years means that South African policymakers should focus on creating new opportunities in the export market...

Wandile Sihlobo 19 Mar 2021

New private label wine range supports struggling winemakers
New private label wine range supports struggling winemakersArticle

Shoprite and Checkers have purchased more than 1.5 million litres of wine from South African farms since the start of lockdown to help ease the burden brought on by Covid-19...

11 Mar 2021

Alcohol industry seeks deferment of excise duties until sales ban lifts
Alcohol industry seeks deferment of excise duties until sales ban liftsArticle

The South African government's decision to extend the alcohol ban has led the alcohol industry to apply for a deferment of the payment of excise tax payments until the ban is lifted...

12 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

#BestofBiz 2020: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2020: AgricultureArticle

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2020 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

14 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

SA agricultural employment held up in Q3, but there are disparities across provinces
SA agricultural employment held up in Q3, but there are disparities across provincesArticle

South Africa's primary agricultural employment in the third quarter of the year improved by 1% from the previous quarter to 807,882. This slight quarterly recovery corresponds with the reopening of the economy and certain agricultural commodities during that period...

13 Nov 2020

Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2021 winners announced
Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2021 winners announcedArticle

This international annual competition is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network's member cities, for their excellence in seven different categories...

5 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

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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

18,000 jobs lost in wine industry - Vinpro
18,000 jobs lost in wine industry - VinproArticle

Although liquor sales are allowed from 1 June, the two-month ban on the sale of alcohol, combined with a ban on exports, has had a devastating impact on the wine industry.

1 Jun 2020

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GWC adds Cape Town and the Cape Winelands to its global networkArticle

The Cape Town and the Cape Winelands have officially joined the Great Wine Capitals global network...

26 May 2020

Webinar: Wine tourism beyond lockdown
Webinar: Wine tourism beyond lockdownArticle

Destinate, with the participation of UNWTO, Wesgro and VinPro, will be hosting The Future of Wine Tourism webinar from 19-21 May 2020...

12 May 2020

#Covid19: Stellenbosch chefs set up soup kitchen to feed needy communities
#Covid19: Stellenbosch chefs set up soup kitchen to feed needy communitiesArticle

As part of a Tasting Stellenbosch initiative in collaboration with Stellenbosch Unite, chefs in Stellenbosch have stepped up to the plate and set up a soup kitchen to feed some of the communities affected by the Covid-19 lockdown...

11 May 2020

SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdown
SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdownArticle

In level four, South Africa has entered a critical time to regain its momentum as one of the world's top wine export regions. The pressure is on bulk wine producers to fulfil current contracts and seal next year's trade agreements while they play catchup with fluctuating exchange rates and a backlog in exports.

8 May 2020

SA wine in the time of coronavirus: A case of adapt or die
SA wine in the time of coronavirus: A case of adapt or dieArticle

The news of a lockdown at the end of March 2020 hit everyone like one too many glasses of plonk. In between fast emptying shelves and widespread price gouging, the wine industry waited with bated breath as news changed daily. And then, it was announced that nothing could move - for three whole weeks, and then another two. Now what?

Kristen Duff and Gosia Young 22 Apr 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

Publik takes over CyberCellar in deal with Silvertree
Publik takes over CyberCellar in deal with SilvertreeArticle

Publik will take ownership of online retailer CyberCellar, following the signing of an agreement with current owner Silvertree Holdings...

5 Dec 2019

Rickety Bridge wins Joint Best Semillon Award in 2020 Platter's guide
Rickety Bridge wins Joint Best Semillon Award in 2020 Platter's guideArticle

Franschhoek Valley wine estate Rickety Bridge has been awarded a five-star rating and Joint Best Semillon Award in the 2020 Platter's South African Wine Guide for The Pilgrimage 2017...

29 Nov 2019

Italy comes to South Africa for an authentic cultural experience
Italy comes to South Africa for an authentic cultural experienceArticle

Italy is world-renowned for its famous wines, cuisine and sizzling sports cars and South Africans will get a chance to sample the very best of Italy at the second edition of "Vino in Piazza, Wines of Italy" event from 22-24 November at Montecasino, in Johannesburg...

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Unpacking SA consumers' in-store wine selection
Unpacking SA consumers' in-store wine selectionArticle

Dr. Nadia van der Colff recently completed one of the largest wine consumer research studies in South Africa. More than 2,000 South African wine drinkers participated...

9 Oct 2019

Authentic storytelling to attract a new generation of tourist
Authentic storytelling to attract a new generation of touristArticle

A powerful message emerged during trends presentations at the recent Wine & Food Tourism Conference: a unified view that authenticity is essential in not only reaching, but converting new-generation customers and making them loyalists...

Issued by August Collective 4 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

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...

Issued by August Collective 29 Aug 2019

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WoSA 2019 Sommelier Cup finalists announcedArticle

Wines of South Africa has announced the final line-up of country winners for the 2019 Sommelier Cup competition, which will culminate in a grand finale to be hosted in Cape Town at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa on 21 September 2019...

2 Aug 2019

Winetech Pitching Den calls on agritech innovators to enter
Winetech Pitching Den calls on agritech innovators to enterArticle

The SA Innovation Summit has partnered with the French Embassy in South Africa and Vinitech, to announce the prize for the top South African start-up in the 2019 Winetech Pitching Den, which takes place on 12 September in Cape Town...

31 Jul 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

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Winetech winner to compete in Africa CupArticle

The SA Innovation Summit, Africa's biggest start-up event, has announced that the winner of the Winetech Pitching Den will gain automatic entry to the finals of the Africa Cup. Entries for the Winetech Pitching Den close on 3 June 2019...

22 May 2019

Farm smarter, not harder: Key to satisfying the growing demand for wine
Farm smarter, not harder: Key to satisfying the growing demand for wineArticle

Sustainability and conservation, along with technology and innovation, are among the main drivers in the development of the more efficient and productive agricultural practices that South African wine producers need...

Daneel Rossouw 14 May 2019

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Nederburg Auction enters new chapter, evolves into Cape Fine & Rare Wine AuctionArticle

Nederburg Auction evolves into Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

10 May 2019

How alcohol companies are using International Women's Day to sell more drinks to women
How alcohol companies are using International Women's Day to sell more drinks to womenArticle

Many alcohol companies see International Women's Day as an ideal opportunity to market their products...

Carol Emslie 8 Mar 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

#BizTrends2019: Glou Glou's top 3 South African wine trends
#BizTrends2019: Glou Glou's top 3 South African wine trendsArticle

Online wine platform Glou Glou ('glug glug' in French) founders Kristen Duff and Gosia Young list their top SA wine trends for 2019...

Kristen Duff and Gosia Young 13 Nov 2018

Biltong never tasted this good, thanks to Alto Rouge
Biltong never tasted this good, thanks to Alto RougeArticle

Taking French friends who have never been in South Africa around Cape Town is a treat - especially when there's wine involved...

Ilse van den Berg 26 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

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

40 wine estates to showcase Stellenbosch at LIVEin Joburg
40 wine estates to showcase Stellenbosch at LIVEin JoburgArticle

At least 40 Stellenbosch wine estates will present their wine at the inaugural Stellenbosch Wine LIVEin Joburg, which will be held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg from 5-7 October 2018...

30 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Women in winemaking with Nederburg's Elmarie Botes
#WomensMonth: Women in winemaking with Nederburg's Elmarie BotesArticle

Elmarie Botes is one of the latest members of the Nederburg winemaking team. Having just completed her first harvest, Botes is responsible for the winery's white wine...

Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

PIWOSA'S #LiquidArt to showcase at Cape Wine 2018
PIWOSA'S #LiquidArt to showcase at Cape Wine 2018Article

The Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa showcases #LiquidArt: a programme of innovative events during Cape Wine 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 12 and 14 September...

4 Jul 2018

Nedbank renews longstanding Cape Winemakers Guild partnership
Nedbank renews longstanding Cape Winemakers Guild partnershipArticle

Nedbank, established partner of the Cape Winemakers Guild for over two decades, has extended its sponsorship of the Guild to 2020.

29 Jun 2018

Cape Wine 2018 centre for SA wine producer talent, expertise
Cape Wine 2018 centre for SA wine producer talent, expertiseArticle

From 12 to 14 September 2018, this year's Cape Wine 2018 will see 352 South African wine producers showcase just how the quality of the wine produced has grown over recent years...

26 Jun 2018

10 things to do at the Knysna Oyster Fest
10 things to do at the Knysna Oyster FestArticle

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival returns to the Garden Route town from 29 June-8 July 2018. Here is a list of 10 hand-picked things to do from more than 100 activities at this year's festival.

25 Jun 2018

2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition open for entries
2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition open for entriesArticle

4 June 2018 has been set as the deadline for entries in this year's Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition, now in its 22nd year.

14 May 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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Millennials' premium palate driving a shift in the wine marketArticle

The wine consumer has evolved over the years. Wine producers are no longer able to rest on their laurels and expect the same wines to remain popular for years to come...

8 May 2018

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