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FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 announces its top 20 finalists
FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 announces its top 20 finalistsArticle

This year's top 20 finalists are represented by the country's diverse wine growing regions with five out of the six regions in the Western Cape delivering at least one top-performing wine...

18 Sep 2019

Conrad Schutte
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

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

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

Tania Kleintjes-Moses, Spier Wine Farm’s organic winemaker. © SM Photography.
Q&A w/ Tania Kleintjes-Moses: Chenin Blanc, women in wine and proud legaciesArticle

Spier Wine Farm's organic winemaker, Tania Kleintjes-Moses elaborates on why she chose a career in winemaking, why she thinks the industry is still very much a boy's club and how she is channelling her groot oupa, trying to leave behind a proud legacy of her own...

Juanita Pienaar 8 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

Clayton Reabow, Rudger van Wyk take top honours at 2018 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Awards
Clayton Reabow, Rudger van Wyk take top honours at 2018 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year AwardsArticle

The 2018 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Awards recipients were recently announced at the La Residence Hotel in Franschhoek...

26 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

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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

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

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

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

Jo Wessels named SA's Best Sommelier 2018
Jo Wessels named SA's Best Sommelier 2018Article

Bloemfontein's Jo Wessels has claimed the title of SA's Best Sommelier in this year's Moët Best Sommelier competition, hosted by the South African Sommelier Association.

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

#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

SU female scientists outperform at 2018 WISA
SU female scientists outperform at 2018 WISAArticle

This year's South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) has recognised three female scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU) for their contribution to science and technology research, profiling them as role models for younger women...

27 Aug 2018

Durbanville Hills reveals whimsical new wine range
Durbanville Hills reveals whimsical new wine rangeArticle

Situated 20 minutes away from Cape Town's CBD, against the Tygerberg Hills, the winery not only offers an unobstructed view of Table Mountain, Table Bay, and Robben Island, but also an extraordinary terroir which makes for great wines - sold in many restaurants and shops nationwide...

Ilse van den Berg 24 Aug 2018

Finalists chosen for 2018 Perold/ Absa Cape Blend
Finalists chosen for 2018 Perold/ Absa Cape BlendArticle

The 2018 Perold/Absa Cape Blend finalists have been announced; comprising 10 winemakers from cellars in Paarl, Stellenbosch, Worcester, Botrivier, Wellington and three finalist wines originating from the Swartland...

22 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Driving the change in wine marketing
#WomensMonth: Driving the change in wine marketingArticle

Carina Gous, the strategic advisor at Bonnievale Wines, has always had an appreciation for winemaking having grown up on a farm in the Keisie valley near Montagu...

Robin Fredericks 20 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews
#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brewsArticle

Jéanri Nel was well on her way to becoming a winemaker, until she decided to indulge her love for beer and become a brewer instead...

Lauren Hartzenberg 15 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

Kleine Zalze: Introducing the best new world producer of the year
Kleine Zalze: Introducing the best new world producer of the yearArticle

As managing director of Kleine Zalze over the last 15 years, Kobus Basson and his family have evolved the wine estate into the most awarded in Stellenbosch; marrying agricultural knowledge and business acumen to produce successful results...

Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

Absa Top 10 Pinotage finalists announced
Absa Top 10 Pinotage finalists announcedArticle

The Absa Top 10 competition has announced its Top 10 finalists for 2018...

25 Jul 2018

On the standardisation of wine tasting and education
On the standardisation of wine tasting and educationArticle

Training programmes have emerged and some large entities such as the Wine and Spirit Education Trust have begun offering standardised tasting programs designed to be rolled out wherever demand surfaces...

Gildas L'Hostis 10 Jul 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

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

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

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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin winesArticle

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 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

UCT and industry commit to widening access to the business of wine
UCT and industry commit to widening access to the business of wineArticle

UCT GSB, VinPro Foundation and Graham Beck are offering a record 15 bursaries to enable previously disadvantaged South Africans to enrol on the popular Business of Wine short course...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 6 Mar 2018

Logan Jooste
#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

Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute. Image source:
Minister Zokwana reaches out to agri collegesArticle

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana is set to visit agriculture colleges as part of Government Imbizo Focus Week...

21 Apr 2017

Dr Mukani Moyo and Dr Providence Moyo on graduation day in Stellenbosch. Photo: Anina Fourie/Stellenbosch University
Research on grapevine diseases sees Zim friends receive PhDsArticle

Friends and classmates, Dr Providence Moyo and Dr Mukani Moyo, received their PhD degrees in agricultural sciences from SU. The newly capped doctors both researched diseases that are associated with grapevines...

16 Mar 2017

Vineyard robot prototype
IGWS celebrates five years of innovation and collaborationArticle

Stellenbosch University's Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences is celebrating the success of its first five years. Success stories include...

9 Feb 2017

Top female winemakers to watch
Top female winemakers to watchArticle

South Africa's women winemakers are making news headlines and clinching top awards and recognition for their wines internationally, making great strides in producing some of the best wines in the country...

29 Aug 2016

Distell creates top team for excellence in production
Distell creates top team for excellence in productionArticle

Distell is intent on advancing its reputation for quality. The company has assembled a team of top talent who will combine their skills at the new Centre of Excellence...

4 May 2016

Meet the 2015 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year finalists
Meet the 2015 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year finalistsArticle

Get to know a little more about the finalists of the 2015 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards and their wines...

13 Nov 2015

Michael Back of the Backsberg Estate
Michael Back receives Lifetime Achievement AwardArticle

Michael Back of the Backsberg Estate is the recipient of the prestigious Drinks Business UK, Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015...

22 May 2015

SU most influential institution for agriscience in SA - QS Rankings
SU most influential institution for agriscience in SA - QS RankingsArticle

Stellenbosch University's Faculty of AgriSciences is the most sought after and influential institution in South Africa, and ranks among the top 100 institutions worldwide, in agriculture and forestry research, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015...

20 May 2015

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