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Originally from Los Angeles, O'Keefe took the plunge and bought a farm outside Greyton in 2000 in what was then an untested wine region. After many struggles to bring her dream to fruition, O'Keefe's friends funded a trip to London in 2012, where her wines achieved critical acclaim from the likes of Neal Martin. Lismore has also recently scored highly in Tim Atkin MW's latest report on South Africa.


Californian O'Keefe, seen as a pioneer in the South African wine industry, played a crucial role in putting the cool-climate wines of the Greyton area on the map. After buying Lismore Estate in 2003, O'Keefe spent years building up the brand to the point where her wines gained international acclaim.


In all, the agricultural sector is also responsible for 18% of employment in the province. But climate change threatens to decimate the sector, which has prompted the provincial government and industry players to scramble for long-term solutions to ensure it remains sustainable.


Douglas Green Jnr, one of the legends of the South African wine industry and synonymous with one of the country's leading brands, has passed away at the age of 89. He died on 10 November at his home in Somerset-West after a recent illness


According to a recently released Food and Wine Tourism Market Report by Wesgro, the Western Cape's trade and investment promotion agency, and food and wine travel operator Explore Sideways, 63% of tour operators believe the market grew in 2018. Growth in the wine and food tourism sector in 2018 surpassed that of previous years, with operators indicating growth of 10% - 50% in 2016-2017, whereas 2018 saw a growth of more than 60%


In general, we think any grape, when planted in the right place and handled respectfully in the vineyard and in the winery, can produce enjoyable wine, sometimes in many styles. Enjoyable, to us, doesn't mean that it necessarily tastes wonderful, but it must hold our interest, maybe require us to stretch a bit


The Chilean-born, Spain-raised businessman was in the South African city to discuss the W12 Congress that will take place in Cape Town next January.


Pancho Campo is a Spanish businessman, event promoter and former tennis professional who's well known in the wine industry. He founded the Spanish Wine Academy, was previously an MW, organized Climate Change Leadership Porto, etc. He traveled to Cape Town where he was appointed International Director of the W12 water summit that will take place in January featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as keynote speaker. On Saturday, October 12th, he was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint in a vehicle by two individuals posing as Uber drivers. Campo was assaulted and abandoned outside Cape Town. At around 5am, Campo walked and jogged for about an hour until he managed to find a police car that assisted him and took him to the nearest police station ...


Luke O'Cuinneagain, the winemaker at Glenelly, first worked at Chateau Fieuzal, followed by Screaming Eagle and Chateau Angelus. He then spent five years at Rustenberg Wines before he joined the Glenelly team. Grape Collective spoke with Luke O'Cuinneagain regarding the birth of Glenelly, May de Lencquesaing's vision for the estate, and the visibility of South African wine in the international market.


In total, 124 wines from 64 of South Africa's best producers are featured in this year's auction catalogue, and bidding will be conducted by the celebrated auction house, Christie's - a partner to the auction since 2017.


On a circa 1688-1690 map that shows the oldest Stellenbosch farms in the names of their first owners, including Roelof Pasman of Rustenberg and Gerrit 'Grof' Visser of Blaauwklippen, it's hard to miss two tracts of land clearly marked as belonging to 'Antony de Kaffer' and 'd'Swarte Anthonie'.


Rascallion Wines, the premium négociant wine business based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, has appointed Terroir Wine Group as their exclusive importer for the USA, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.


Following several rigorous semi-final rounds in various countries, a total of 11 finalists from around the world will compete in this prestigious event, where one will be crowned as the winner in this competition.


A baboon walks into a bar at a South African winery ...


Nederburg's Heritage Heroes The Young Airhawk 2017, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon blanc, and The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018, has each been awarded a gold medal at the prestigious 2019 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in London.


The South African wine industry has refuted allegations made by "certain labour groups" that wine grape producers in the country are using illegal pesticides that are harmful to farm workers. The claims were "unfounded", said Wines of South Africa (WoSA) and Vinpro, which represents 2,500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders, in a joint statement.


Nieuwoudt is wine tourism manager for Vinpro that represents 2,500 of the country's wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders.


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.


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 ...


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).

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