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07/06/20

With sales growing 50% year to year, South Africa's gin industry was booming before the country instated a strict ban on the production, sale, and export of alcohol. CNN's Eleni Giokos takes a look at the ways major players in the industry pivoted to stay in business and reports on their road to recovery as production resumes.

06/29/20

The Simonsig Wine Estate holds a very special place in the world of winemaking in the high quality wine region Stellenbosch for several reasons

06/26/20

The government's ban on the export and sale of alcohol has had a massive impact on the South African wine sector. Typically a R47 billion-a-year industry, wine producers were losing R300 million each week from not making sales at the height of level 5 lockdown restrictions in March and April.

06/26/20

Lubanzi Wines, the upstart, young, and socially-conscious South African wine co. and one of the fastest growing South African wine brands in the United States, is now Climate Neutral Certified and a member of 1% For the Planet-a testament to its commitment to neutralize and minimize the adverse environmental effects of wine production from vine to glass.

06/22/20

June 20 was the annual celebration of Drink Chenin Day. As in the very versatile grape variety that's been cultivated in France 1300 years and in South Africa for nearly 400.

06/12/20

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) USA, the industry association that promotes the exports of South African wine, announced the launch of two initiatives aimed to offer continued education and awareness of South African wines, as well as support out-of-work sommeliers: the Wines of South Africa Podcast and WOSA Somm Sessions. The latter offers consumers a sommelier-led virtual tasting experience geared to their own tastes and selection of South African wines.

06/12/20

The Podcast is a deep dive hosted by WOSA USA Marketing Manager Jim Clarke.

06/04/20

Fresh aromatics are among the most sought-after qualities in wine. In South Africa, some wineries have taken the quest for freshness literally, by freezing the juice. Consultant oenologist and researcher Dr. Carien Coetzee explains how successful they have been.

06/04/20

At a recent OIV-organised webinar, Antonio Graça, secretary of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change experts group of the OIV Portugal, noted that the onset of Covid-19 has "reversed the historical flow of knowledge" from north to southern hemispheres, as producers found themselves handling grape crush at one of the most crucial moments of the 21st century so far.

06/04/20

Cellar doors are reopening across South Australia, following the State Government's Roadmap to Recovery Step 2 Directions.

06/03/20

On 29 May at 12pm CET, the OIV held a webinar on how the pandemic hit the Southern Hemisphere during the grape harvest. Five speakers from the Southern Hemisphere explained how the vitivinicultural sector adapted to the situation on short notice to ensure the continuity of the grape harvest, what means and tools were implemented and what consequences it had.

06/03/20

Fresh aromatics are among the most sought-after qualities in wine. In South Africa, some wineries have taken the quest for freshness literally, by freezing the juice. Consultant oenologist and researcher Dr. Carien Coetzee explains how successful they have been.

06/02/20

"We are proud to partner with Winebow, given their reach into all corners of the Golden State fine wine market and the synergies they provide for all of our brands elsewhere in the U.S. We are looking forward to a mutually rewarding relationship in California," says Clay W. Farmer, Vice President, Sales Beck Family Estates.

05/22/20

Goode and Ring report on South Africa's most vibrant wine category: MCC (for Méthode Cap Classique, the name used for traditional method sparkling wine from the Cape, now frequently referred to as Cap Classique). This includes notes from an extensive tasting of these wines.

05/14/20

A highly awarded winemaker with Stellenbosch in his virtual DNA has been appointed to lead the winemaking team of Mulderbosch Vineyards. Henry Kotzé is set to move to the iconic winery in the Stellenboschkloof basin in June. He is leaving from Morgenster, where he spent almost 11 years and was previously at Eikendal and Neil Ellis Wines, all Stellenbosch wineries.

05/11/20

Only two other countries - Sri Lanka and Panama - continue to deprive their citizens of that most universal pleasure-giver and painkiller, though much larger India and Thailand recently lifted similar bans.

05/06/20

"Although it's always important to take our diversity over 10 wine grape growing regions into account, the industry had a very good season overall, which we believe will bring great quality wines to consumers," says Conrad Schutte, consultation service manager of the wine industry's representative body Vinpro.

05/06/20

From May 1 through June 30, Beck Family Estates is pledging $5 per case sold to its distributor partners, of any of its brands and wines, to go to industry relief. 50% of the total generated will be donated through the James Beard Foundation's 'Open for Good Campaign' and the remaining 50% will be distributed to other funds in key local markets for Beck Family Estates' wines and team.

05/01/20

"As an industry, we remain fully committed to implementing a safety protocol, which will effectively address transmission risks across our value chain. The safety of our workforce, customers and consumers are of utmost concern to our industry."

04/30/20

but the changing situation has resulted in disruption and a potential revenue loss of around R1 billion.

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