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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

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

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

Eskom's business investment competition is open for entry
Eskom's business investment competition is open for entryArticle

The competition has provided a platform for South African owners of small and medium enterprises to become part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs...

8 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

The Drinks Business names Journey's End Vineyards 'Ethical Company of the Year'
The Drinks Business names Journey's End Vineyards 'Ethical Company of the Year'Article

Situated above Sir Lowry's Pass Village in the Helderberg basin, Journey's End Vineyards has been awarded 'Ethical Company of the Year' in The Drinks Business 2020 Green Awards...

23 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

Diversity of IP rights - unpacking wine as a case study
Diversity of IP rights - unpacking wine as a case studyArticle

As a nation, South Africa is peopled by passionate wine-drinkers, consuming 4 million hectolitres (1.6% of the world's total) in 2019. While we love our wine, few of us have stopped to consider the intellectual property (IP) rights that exist in viticulture and viniculture...

Marco Vatta 13 Nov 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

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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

Drought-stricken farmers receive R50m emergency funding
Drought-stricken farmers receive R50m emergency fundingArticle

Agri Western Cape welcomes the announcement by the Western Cape Cabinet that R50m is being made available to assist livestock producers in the drought-stricken areas of the province...

25 Oct 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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Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve foodArticle

According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University, large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives...

4 Jul 2019

Emirates adds 4 weekly flights to Porto
Emirates adds 4 weekly flights to PortoArticle

Emirates is introducing a four times weekly service between Portugal's second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019...

20 Feb 2019

In 100 years' time, maybe our food won't be grown in soil
In 100 years' time, maybe our food won't be grown in soilArticle

It takes a lot to make a room of soil scientists gasp...

Alex McBratney 27 Dec 2018

All in the family - Bosman Family Vineyards
All in the family - Bosman Family VineyardsArticle

It's not easy living in the Karoo and having to bake your own bread because the nearest shop is so far away...

Eugene Yiga 30 Oct 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

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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Tantalising tapas-style Winter antipasti at Anthonij Rupert Wyne's Terra del CapoArticle

On a day that started with a misty chill and brightened to crisp winter perfection, I joined the select group of media dining at Terra del Capo at Anthonij Rupert Wyne on the L'Ormarins Estate in Franschhoek to sample their new tapas-style winter antipasti menu. Get those taste buds ready! This is definitely one to add to your Winter to-do list...

Leigh Andrews 17 May 2018

Left to right: Gynore Fredericks, Andre Kotze (MD of Cape Cooperage Group), Elouise Kotze, Morgan Steyn
Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés puts first wines to barrel after 2018 harvestArticle

Excitement is running high amongst the second year Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés as their dreams of making their very first wines becomes a reality with their creations safely in barrel after the 2018 harvest.

10 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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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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Orange River Cellars makes strategic expansion into raisin businessArticle

"While we have become renowned as a volume wine producer, everyone knows that bigger is not necessarily better," says Du Plessis, "especially in a wine market where too many large South African producers find themselves as price-takers instead of price-makers."

11 Apr 2018

Creating a sustainable wine future: CapeWine 2018 opening seminar speakers announced
Creating a sustainable wine future: CapeWine 2018 opening seminar speakers announcedArticle

South African wine producers are readying themselves for CapeWine 2018, under the theme \Hannuwa - encapsulating the philosophy of the South African wine industry as a pledge to farming sustainably...

19 Mar 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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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

Christo, Etienne and Yvonne Le Riche
21 years dedicated to producing the definitive expression of Stellenbosch Cabernet SauvignonArticle

Etienne Le Riche has made Cabernet Sauvignon his life's work and his signature Stellenbosch Cabernet developed a deserved and enviable cult following...

27 Oct 2017

Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources
Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resourcesArticle

Cavalli wine estate shares seven environmentally friendly tips that can help other wine farms protect their natural resources and become custodians of the land they farm on...

25 Oct 2017

Policy interventions essential to optimise South Africa's agricultural output
Policy interventions essential to optimise South Africa's agricultural outputArticle

It is important that we continue to find ways to optimise the output of the agricultural sector and guarantee our food security. Our policy interventions need to pay attention to a number of immediate and pressing challenges...

Wessel Lemmer 24 Oct 2017

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Angolan beverage plant gets approvalArticle

A new Angolan beverage plant has been approved for development...

15 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: SA's rising female winemaker making strides for the love of Pinot
#WomensMonth: SA's rising female winemaker making strides for the love of PinotArticle

We speak to Young Gun Jessica Saurwein about the Saurwein nom Pinot noir, her recent 92 point rating by renowned international wine critic Neal Martin and her love for the queen of grapes, Pinot noir...

28 Jul 2017

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The sustainability of organic wine productionArticle

Several wine estates in SA are following the trend of converting to organic wine producing and processing, in the footsteps of its major export markets. However, is organic wine production as financially sustainable as it is environmentally?

23 Jun 2017

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#YouthMonth: Viticulture protégé makes his debut in the wine industryArticle

The Cape Winemakers Guild Viticulture Protégé Programme has yielded its first graduate. Logan Jooste has made his debut in the wine industry with a full-time position as a viticulturist at Bartinney Wine Estate...

Cari Coetzee 5 Jun 2017

New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals
New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goalsArticle

Leán Muller has recently been appointed as the new head to direct Fairtrade Label in accomplishing the vast goals it has set for 2017...

Cari Coetzee 23 May 2017

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Global wine production falls in 2016Article

Bad weather in many regions was behind the 3.2 percent fall in global production to 267 million hectolitres (mhl) from 276 million in 2015, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said at a news conference...

12 Apr 2017

What are the implications for Western Cape agriculture as drought conditions continue?
What are the implications for Western Cape agriculture as drought conditions continue?Article

While the agriculture sector as a whole has managed to survive the worst of the recent drought, the Western Cape has not been as fortunate...

6 Apr 2017

Distell secures majority stake in Kenya-based KWAL
Distell secures majority stake in Kenya-based KWALArticle

Liquor group Distell has secured a majority stake in the Kenya-based KWAL, which manufactures spirits and wine, for an undisclosed sum...

4 Apr 2017

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Groot Constantia launches Visitors Route ExperienceArticle

The Visitors Route Experience follows a specially designed circular route that allows guests to experience each of the estate's key attractions...

28 Mar 2017

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De Krans collection expands with new innovative releasesArticle

De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp has added two additions to their wine collection, the De Krans Tritonia White 2015 – now the flagship white wine from De Krans – and the quirky De Krans A Twist of Fate 2015...

13 Mar 2017

Lourensford harvest 2017
Lourensford 2017 grape harvest promising despite drought, firesArticle

Despite the impact of the ongoing drought in the Western Cape and fires that swept through the Helderberg Mountains in January 2017, Lourensford Estate delivered a 2017 grape harvest of good quality...

1 Mar 2017

Agriculture dept targets creating 60,000 jobs
Agriculture dept targets creating 60,000 jobsArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries plans to spend over R1.7bn and create 60,000 jobs, according to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget Speech...

23 Feb 2017

Buyers in Cape Winelands predominantly Gauteng semigrants, increasingly Europeans
Buyers in Cape Winelands predominantly Gauteng semigrants, increasingly EuropeansArticle

The Cape Winelands is regarded by many affluent buyers as the ultimate place to own property, says Elmarie van Huyssteen, principal of Chas Everitt International in Stellenbosch...

30 Jan 2017

Lizelle Gerber
#BizTrends2017: Building confidence in South African winesArticle

We catch up with Lizelle Gerber, winemaker at Boschendal, to find out what will keep the wine flowing this year...

Cari Coetzee 13 Jan 2017

Winds of change sweep over SA farms
Winds of change sweep over SA farmsArticle

"Dit is lekker op die plaas" is what Solms-Delta Wine Estate co-owner Professor Mark Solms said when Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti launched the Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land policy (50/50) at the farm on Saturday, 10 December...

12 Dec 2016

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