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Great wine starts with good geography

Great wine starts with good geography

In an attempt to define the elusive concept of terroir, Wine Folly’s Madeline Blasberg narrows it down to connecting five dots.  “What makes a great wine great?” ask Madeline Puckette and Carlo Mondavi in their article, The Science behind Great Wine, published on the...
Toeka tot nou

Toeka tot nou

Druifsoorte by die dosyne! Só het die Suid-Afrikaanse wynbedryf se verskeidenheid kultivars verander en uitgebrei.  Wanneer jy voor ’n winkel se wynrak staan en die diversiteit van Suid-Afrikaanse wyne aanskou, kan die eens redelik eenvoudige besluit van wat om te...
HEAR IT from hein: A water-wise winter

HEAR IT from hein: A water-wise winter

A real Cape Winelands winter is about much more than a roaring fireplace and a slow-cooked curry washed down with a good red while taking in the stark beauty of bare vineyards. Putting aside all these romantic notions of winter, low temperatures accompanied by plenty...
TALKING POINT :Front of house vs farm gate

TALKING POINT :Front of house vs farm gate

How can the industry lure new talent if the barriers to entry are becoming higher? Perhaps it’s time to consider new business models.  It’s no state secret that producers are price takers along our complex value chain. But what’s more surprising is that they’re risk...
A day in the life of a vineyard worker

A day in the life of a vineyard worker

Vineyard workers play a vital role in the economic development of a sustainable agricultural sector. South African vineyard workers have not always enjoyed all the support and recognition they deserve. Difficult working conditions, low wages and inadequate healthcare...
SA wine: price hikes expected as shortage looms

SA wine: price hikes expected as shortage looms

Amidst a looming wine shortage, the South African wine industry needs an upward price adjustment to ensure sustainable supply going forward. The industry body Vinpro reported in its official annual Wine Harvest Report 2018 that wine grape production is at 1 220 920...
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