Morocco and Algeria are significant wine producers - and if you buy a nondescript house carafe during a visit to Paris or Marseilles, chances are good that what you're drinking came from one of those two countries.
South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker. Botha will assist cellarmaster Johan Joubert to develop new premium white and red blends which will be launched in South Africa this year.
The latest protests have centred on the grape-growing area around the town of De Doorns. Workers are demanding a daily wage of 150 rand (about $16), more than double the government-set minimum of 69 rand a day for farm workers.
Wine exports in South Africa had touched 417 million liters in 2012, a 17% increase compared to the 2011 figures, according to Wines of South Africa (WOSA) - the generic body for South African wine industry.
Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades Wednesday at hundreds of striking farm workers who blocked a highway in the grape-growing Western Cape, heart of South Africa's multibillion-dollar wine region.
Thousands of South African farm workers will go on strike in the Western Cape wine region from Wednesday, reviving labour action for higher wages in which two workers were killed in clashes with police and vineyards were damaged.