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The smaller berries would give good concentration of both colour and flavour, which would result in "exceptional wine quality"


Lockdown regulations were the worst possible news for the local wine industry and will likely have a severe impact beyond the next few weeks, says wine producers body Vinpro.


South African drinks giant Distell has shuttered its premium wine division Libertas Vineyards and Estates after little more than a year. Launched as a standalone company in January 2019 to drive growth in Distell's premium wine brands, among them the hugely successful Nederburg, Libertas will now be reintegrated back into the wider business.


There are certain moments in time where you have no choice but to sit back and reflect on the impact something or someone has had on your life, on an industry or even on the world as we know it


Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during South Africa's three-week total lockdown


Here is the situation around the world - up to March 26 - on how different countries are operating in terms of ports, borders and their ability to get their products from A to B, according to global logistics supplier, Hillebrand


As the outcome of dedicated advocacy (Vinpro and SALBA, with the assistance of key stakeholders like AgBiz, Agri-SA and Agri Western Cape), the attached Government Gazette was published on Thursday evening, 26 March 2020


Over 40 vintages Hamilton Russell Vineyards in South Africa developed an international reputation for unusually restrained, classically styled Pinot Noir, with deep structure and spice balancing fruit opulence.


Following in the footsteps of the original Nederburg Auction established in 1975, the exclusive and intimate Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will again be hosted at Stellenbosch's iconic Rupert Museum in the heart of the Cape Winelands. In 2019, the invigorated auction resulted in energised and competitive bidding culminating in nearly R3 million in sales.


It involves a digital happy hour and a "Coronavino" care package.


For pest control, this South African farm enlisted a fowl army.


South Africa has imposed travel restrictions from countries most affected by the coronavirus as it looks to stave off the human and economic toll of the pandemic.


Over two days of tastings by professional judges on March 6 and 7, 1,110 wines were rigorously evaluated by a panel of 75 international experts. "Organization of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon is highly professional, and the tasting is simply seamless," says Dr. Carien Coetzee, oenologist and taster from South Africa. "No other competition offers the opportunity to taste and compare so many different Sauvignon wines from around the world", comments Darja Zemljic, a wine magazine editor from Slovenia.


Director of Oenology at Anchor, Dr Danie Malherbe, explains that this is not genetic engineering or anything like it, but by providing conditions which force the selected strains to adapt to changing stresses or environments you can encourage 'adaptive evolution' and thus create strains which offer certain capabilities.This 'evolution' could take years to achieve.


The estate started the project in 2009, importing its first Marselan plants which, after a one-year quarantine, were propagated by Vitiec, the vine nursery in Paarl.


The Project is the brainchild of viticultural consultant Rosa Kruger, who's been hunting down South Africa's forgotten vines since 2002. The diversity of her discoveries is impressive. Though they make up just 3 to 4 percent of all South African plantings, OVP-registered vines comprise 48 varieties. Approximately half of these are Chenin Blanc


There are an array of important issues being examined around the world right now. Conversations surrounding sustainability, labor, community development, equal opportunity and equitable representation are becoming more prominent in nearly every country, culture and profession, and the wine industry is not immune.


Cape Classics is proud to announce that Robert Bradshaw has been named Chief Executive Officer. Founder, Andre´ Shearer, after 28 years as CEO, will elevate to the role of Executive Chairman.


Industry survey shows 28% of wine grape producers made a profit in 2019, up from 15% in 2015


The World Meteorological Organization says the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent's northwest tip near South America, is among the fastest warming regions on Earth.

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