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07/12/13

Total shipments climbed 40 percent in the six months through June, the biggest first-half advance in five years, Su Birch, chief executive officer for Wines of South Africa, said by phone from Pretoria today.

07/08/13

The Beautiful South tasting, a joint initiative between the generic bodies for Argentina, Chile and South Africa, has shot past its exhibitor target two months before the event takes place.

07/02/13

The UK based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced it will launch the Level 4 Diploma Online Distance Learning Programme in South Africa in September.

06/28/13

A new South African wine project has set its sights on becoming the country's "Grange" or "first growth".

06/17/13

South African producer Journey's End is celebrating the release of its Trebuchet Syrah 2008 by commissioning a full-scale version of the medieval siege weapon.

06/12/13

Following the success of 2010's Sommelier Cup, Wines of South Africa is holding another competition to find a sommelier with a superior knowledge of the country's wines.

06/10/13

The good news: South Africa's 2013 harvest has drawn praise from most producers, with a strong start and finish to the growing season.

05/20/13

Young South African producers are producing complex, nuanced wines on a boutique scale: seek them out if you can.

05/16/13

The 2013 wine grape harvest is expected to reach 1,491,432 tons - 5.4 percent up on 2012.

05/16/13

Wine production in South Africa is expected to reach an all-time high this year after the 2013 grape harvest outstripped expectations to reach nearly 1.5m tons.

05/16/13

South Africa is looking at its biggest ever harvest this year despite a late and slow start to the growing season.

05/14/13

Wine exports rose to 469 million liters (124 million U.S. gallons) in the year ending April 30, up 25 percent from the previous 12 months and more than triple the total shipped in 2000, data from the Wines of South Africa trade body, or WOSA, show.

05/14/13

South African wine exports are poised to beat their 2012 record this year following high yields and on demand for premium vintages from North America and Asia, industry executives and growers said.

05/06/13

Women in the Cape winelands are standing up to be counted, and are now producing their own wine, bottled under the label Women in Wine. A group of 20 women, all with backgrounds in the wine industry, formed the company seven years ago, with "the dream of giving women, especially farm workers and their families, a share in the industry".

04/30/13

South Africa's Distell Group has bought up the Kenyan government shares in Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL), the leading regional distributor. However Prof Peter Kimuyu, chairman of Kenya's Privatisation Commission, did not disclose any financial details except to say it was a market driven process.

04/26/13

Su Birch is to resign from her position as chief executive of Wines of South Africa at the end of September.

04/24/13

Birch, who has been CEO of the wine industry association since 2000, said that she intends to take "a brief sabbatical" and then focus on developing marketing plans for a range of clients

04/16/13

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

04/15/13

One of South Africa's largest wine producers, KWV, is preparing for a significant push forward in the UK after forming a recent distribution partnership with Myliko Wines.

04/15/13

The deal would see the JSE-listed group take over three Scotland-based malt whisky distilleries - Tobermory, located on the Isle of Mull; the Isle of Islay-based Bunnahabhain; and Deanston, in Doune, near Stirling - producing a total of 6.7-million litres a year of alcohol

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