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08/14/19

In introducing the latest Global Market Report by Ciatti Global Wine & Grape Brokers, dated August 2019, Ciatti's Robert Selby says bulk wine markets, so far, remain unmoved by the dry conditions, cautioning that this time of year is "always a dubious yardstick to judge activity levels by" primarily due to the northern hemisphere holiday season.

08/13/19

Beyond the diversity and caliber of Cabernet Sauvignon produced in South Africa,­ the wines also represent tremendous value. While they're not all necessarily cheap-though plenty of high-­quality selections are priced between $10 and $30-they are generally a fraction of the price of comparable international bottling ...

08/05/19

The 11 finalists due to compete in the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup competition have been unveiled. The finalists are as follows: Andrew Forsyth (Canada); Richelle van Gemert (UK); Maja Hempel (Sweden); Taku Iguro (Japan); Adam Knoerzer (US); Derek Li (Greater China); Takura Makadzange (Zimbabwe); Martien Marcelissen (The Netherlands); Samuel Ndichu (Kenya); Maximilian Wilm (Germany); and Chek Wong (Singapore).

07/26/19

Every year the 45 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild - including Ataraxia, Boekenhoutskloof, Groot Constantia, Kanonkop, Mullineux and Paul Cluver - make and bottle a unique cuvée for the auction which is then sold to both the trade and private collectors.

07/25/19

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is challenging independent merchants to decorate their shops in Rainbow Nation colours this Autumn to coincide with its South African Wine Festival.

07/25/19

The toolkit, launched at an event in Paarl yesterday, offers assistance with wine tourism from the planning stage through to implementation. It includes resources, check lists, templates and case studies.

07/24/19

Perhaps after more than a decade of global economic austerity some of the sheen, gloss and cultural acceptability of overt conspicuous consumption has been eroded to the point of possibly even being frowned upon by the new millennial wine consumers?

07/24/19

One of South Africa's newer wine regions and its coolest, Elgin is already noted for its fine Chardonnays and has great potential to grow and make even better wines

07/24/19

South African wine industry body Vinpro has launched a new Wine Tourism Toolkit to help wineries open or develop their wine-tourism businesses.

07/24/19

The current dynamism happening in the Cape wine scene justifies a 'third wave'. As Pliny the Elder once said: 'ex Africa semper aliquid novi'. 'Out of Africa, always something new'.

07/18/19

Prof Piet Goussard was a brilliant academic, renowned for this ground-breaking research in plant improvement and propagation. He started his viticultural career in 1971 when he joined Stellenbosch University's department of viticulture and oenology. He worked here as a researcher and lecturer and was later head of the department for 14 years. He retired in 2014 as professor in viticulture. In his more than 40 years at the University and through his broader industry involvement, he played a significant role in viticultural training, research and technology transfer. This includes more than 100 research articles and three recent publications in which his expertise and experience will live on as the foundation for many viticultural practices

07/08/19

It's not just a grassroots movement. Newly re-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to amend the constitution to enable the government to seize land from private, predominantly white, owners and give it to black South Africans. "It is going to be done within our constitution," he said, aiming to reassure landowners. "It's not going to be land grabs."

07/02/19

Though it enjoys a long history, Chenin Blanc is finally receiving the global recognition it deserves. The variety arrived in France's Loire Valley more than a thousand years ago was firmly established by the 15th century. Yet, it never enjoyed the same caché as other storied French grapes.

06/28/19

Among South African sparkling wines, the ones you want to look for are labeled Methode Cap Classique (MCC). A note of caution: The majority of sparkling wine made in the country is cheap tank-fermented or carbon dioxide-injected. These wines are rarely worth seeking out. MCCs, on the other hand, are made in the traditional method - in-bottle secondary fermentation - with many of the best examples focusing on traditional Champagne varieties.

06/28/19

Unless you are part of the close knit South African wine community you may not know Professor Eben Archer. But if you have enjoyed watching and experiencing how South African wines have emerged and developed over the last 20 years then you will have experienced the impact that he has had on new generation of South African winemakers during his nearly 20 years teaching wine and viticulture at the Stellenbosh University. Following his death this week we pay tribute ...

06/24/19

The Curiosity mission's scientists picked up the signal this week, and are seeking additional readings from the red planet

06/24/19

Competitions do not just offer producers an opportunity to benchmark or to secure a powerful marketing tool in the event of winning a medal. They also throw up some major trends within the wine industry. Dr Carien Coetzee explains how the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition reveals the direction South African Sauvignon Blanc is taking in terms of aromatic profile.

06/24/19

Some will raise an eyebrow at the title of this article, for surely the Loire Valley and appellations like Vouvray and Savennières are the spiritual home of wines made from Chenin Blanc? That of course is true, but South Africa's history and expertise with Chenin undoubtedly places it alongside. Around one fifth of all vineyards are given over to the variety - that's more than double the Cape's plantings of Chardonnay.

06/21/19

There's only one thing that can make a visit to a winery even more delicious, and that's if it's a Black-owned business. The new wave of African-Americans who are making a name for themselves in the wine industry will have your glass overflowing with joy

06/21/19

Whether you are just back from WBWE, IBWSS in San Francisco or planning on going to Wine Paris and Vinexpo in February there are now so many trade shows around the world. But they are there for a reason. To bring wine producers closer to the markets that most want to meet them

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