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Level 1: Alcohol industry concerned about off-consumption restrictions
Level 1: Alcohol industry concerned about off-consumption restrictionsArticle

South Africa's alcohol industry welcomed last night's announcement by the government to place the entire country on Alert Level 1, but raised concerns about the continued restrictions for off-consumption sales...

17 Sep 2020

Alcohol industry donates R20m worth of PPE to SA hospitals
Alcohol industry donates R20m worth of PPE to SA hospitalsArticle

The South African alcohol industry is assisting the government's efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic by donating PPE worth almost R20m over two months...

11 Sep 2020

SA liquor industry partners with Community Policing Forums
SA liquor industry partners with Community Policing ForumsArticle

As part of its alcohol harm-reduction initiatives, the South African liquor industry is working with Community Policing Forums (CPF) in targeted hotspot areas in four provinces...

27 Aug 2020

Alcohol industry to invest R150m in alcohol harm-reduction programmes
Alcohol industry to invest R150m in alcohol harm-reduction programmesArticle

The South African alcohol industry has commited to invest no less than R150m in direct harm-reduction programmes over the coming year...

21 Aug 2020

Industry welcomes lifting of alcohol ban, will avail resources to fight Covid-19
Industry welcomes lifting of alcohol ban, will avail resources to fight Covid-19Article

South Africa's alcohol has welcomed the announcement by the Government to resume the trading and distribution of alcohol and place the entire country on Alert Level 2...

17 Aug 2020

Alcohol industry says ban poses risk to trade partnership
Alcohol industry says ban poses risk to trade partnershipArticle

The local alcohol industry has noted the concerns raised by spiritsEurope regarding imbalances in trade between South Africa and the EU, as a result of the continued prohibition on the sale of alcohol...

11 Aug 2020

Treasury grants 90-days deferral of excise tax due on alcoholic beverages
Treasury grants 90-days deferral of excise tax due on alcoholic beveragesArticle

The alcohol industry welcomes the positive response from the National Treasury to its request for a deferment of excise tax on alcoholic beverages...

4 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

SA alcohol ban inconsistent with global Covid-19 response - industry
SA alcohol ban inconsistent with global Covid-19 response - industryArticle

"By prohibiting all formal sales of alcohol, South Africa has chosen not to follow global trends in responding to the epidemic, and unfortunately this comes at a very high cost to the economy."

29 Jul 2020

Alcohol industry applies for deferment of R5bn in excise tax
Alcohol industry applies for deferment of R5bn in excise taxArticle

"The sustainability of the sector, now and in the post-Covid-19 era, is dependent on this deferment if job losses are to be avoided..."

20 Jul 2020

SA alcohol industry requests data informing renewed ban
SA alcohol industry requests data informing renewed banArticle

Stakeholders in South Africa's alcohol industry are requesting the research data that informed the recent reinstatement of the ban on sales and distribution of alcohol...

17 Jul 2020

Alcohol ban may spell disaster for industry as job losses loom
Alcohol ban may spell disaster for industry as job losses loomArticle

South Africa's alcohol industry has expressed its disappointment with the government's decision to reinstate the ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol...

13 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

Alcohol industry welcomes opening of trade for home consumption
Alcohol industry welcomes opening of trade for home consumptionArticle

South Africa's alcohol industry has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening that the move to Level 3 would include the sale of alcohol for home consumption...

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

Distell to supply SA's vulnerable communities with free sanitiser
Distell to supply SA's vulnerable communities with free sanitiserArticle

Distell, producer and marketer of spirits, fine wines, ciders and RTDs, will begin producing hand sanitisers and other hygienic products at its production facilities...

26 Mar 2020

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SA's alcohol industry pledges 40k litres of pure alcohol for sanitiser productionArticle

The SA Liquor Brandowners Association, the Beer Association of South Africa and Vinpro have collectively committed to donate 40,000 litres of pure alcohol for the production of sanitisers...

24 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

Wine tourism boosts Western Cape economy
Wine tourism boosts Western Cape economyArticle

While the South African wine industry has faced many challenges since 2014, wine tourism is booming...

Glenneis Kriel 11 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

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

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

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

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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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

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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

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Cape Winemakers ushers in the next generation of SA winemakersArticle

The Cape Winemakers Guild has selected five oenology protégés and one viticultural protégé to be a part of its 2019 Protégé Intern Programme...

20 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

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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Western Cape commodity groups commit to farmer developmentArticle

The private sector has shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all 11 of the agricultural commodity groups that have been part of the Western Cape department of agriculture's commodity approach to land reform, signing new MOUs last week...

8 Apr 2019

Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa
Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in AfricaArticle

The liquor industry has signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies Operating on the African Continent...

1 Mar 2019

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Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the droughtArticle

Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

Wandile Sihlobo 31 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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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

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

#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

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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

8 lots of Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines pay it forward for young winemakers
8 lots of Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines pay it forward for young winemakersArticle

This year's 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction will see eight unique lots of previous Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines will go under the hammer as individual charity items.

19 Sep 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

GSB raises a glass as it wins fourth successive Backsberg Vino Varsity Challenge
GSB raises a glass as it wins fourth successive Backsberg Vino Varsity ChallengeArticle

A GSB team defeated rivals Stellenbosch in the 2018 Backsberg Vino Varsity Business School Challenge with its professional and meaningful solutions to an unusual challenge...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 23 Jul 2018

A focus on The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2018
A focus on The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2018Article

Marisah Nieuwoudt chats to tourist specialist and convener of the annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, Margi Biggs about the 2018 edition of the event that takes place at Spier on 17 October...

Marisah Nieuwoudt 28 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

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