keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s Distell crowned world’s best
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s Distell crowned world’s best

Distell has been judged the International Wine & Spirit Competition's (IWSC) Distiller of the Year for 2015. The prestigious industry title for top quality was announced to an international audience of some of the world's foremost spirits producers and spirits specialists at a gala dinner in London on 26 November.

keyboard_arrow_upKWV makes history
keyboard_arrow_downKWV makes history

Consistency of style and focus paid off for the KWV team at the Veritas Awards in Cape Town recently, with KWV crowned Producer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. KWV garnered an impressive nine Double Gold medals - Six Double Gold medals and nine Gold for its winning wines, and three Double Gold medals and one Gold for KWV’s award winning brandies.

keyboard_arrow_upDon’t miss the Piwosa wine fair
keyboard_arrow_downDon’t miss the Piwosa wine fair

A day of epic entertainment at Journey’s End Estate on Sunday 13th September The Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (Piwosa) will be hosting a day of fine wine and epic entertainment on Sunday 13th September at Journey’s End Estate in Sir Lowry’s Pass.

keyboard_arrow_upRhodes Food Group unveils depot
keyboard_arrow_downRhodes Food Group unveils depot

Phase Two of an enterprise development project undertaken by Rhodes Food Group and the Department of Agriculture has seen Constitution Road Wine Growers Ltd (CRWG) open a fully-operational fruit handling depot to service the requirements of producers in the Robertson area. CRWG now owns and operates the most functional fruit-handling and grading facility of its kind in the region.

keyboard_arrow_upBollinger exceptional wine service award on the cards
keyboard_arrow_downBollinger exceptional wine service award on the cards

Entries for the first round of The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award 2015 are now open and candidates are urged to enter soon as entries close on the 31st May 2015. The high standards attained by previous winners, Gareth Ferreira in 2014, Kayetan Meissner in 2013, Wayve Kolevsohn in 2012 and Joakim Hansi Blackadder in 2011, have set the benchmark for aspirant sommeliers.

keyboard_arrow_upCampaign to boost local bottling of exported wines
keyboard_arrow_downCampaign to boost local bottling of exported wines

A new initiative, called Creating Value at Origin, aims to see more bottled wines exported from South Africa in a bid to improve the country's reputation as a premium producer and promote job creation.

keyboard_arrow_upRare Fleur du Cap wines available online
keyboard_arrow_downRare Fleur du Cap wines available online

Wine lovers looking for older Fleur du Cap vintages, magnums, award winners and flagship wines, can now find these rare selections online along with the entire range at the Vinotèque, a premium e-commerce wine shop based at Die Bergkelder, in Stellenbosch.

keyboard_arrow_upKWV launches first natural Pinotage
keyboard_arrow_downKWV launches first natural Pinotage

With no preservatives or sulphites added, Earth’s Essence was made possible through the use of patented technology that uses indigenous Rooibos and Honeybushwood during various stages of the winemaking process, to create an entirely new wooded wine category.

keyboard_arrow_upA perspective on the South African wine industry
keyboard_arrow_downA perspective on the South African wine industry

South Africa is highly regarded by the international wine drinking fraternity. Closer to home, however, there are still issues facing the industry on both a production and distribution level.

keyboard_arrow_upGlobal showcase of South African wines
keyboard_arrow_downGlobal showcase of South African wines

  The inaugural AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction 2014 will set a local philanthropic precedent as the wine industry unites to raise a significant amount of funds to benefit education in the South African winelands.

keyboard_arrow_upWarwick takes advantage of Twitter listing
keyboard_arrow_downWarwick takes advantage of Twitter listing

The public share offering of Twitter on the New York Stock Exchange in November prompted MD Mike Ratcliffe to print the @WarwickWine Twitter handle on all the estate’s wine bottle corks.

keyboard_arrow_upKey launches wine grape sorter
keyboard_arrow_downKey launches wine grape sorter

VitiSort is a new sorter designed for red wine grapes introduced by Key Technology (the local distributor is Eptech in Cape Town). This compact system, which combines a patent-pending mechanical MOG (material other than grape) removal shaker and optical sorting with an integral juice recovery system, offers precise sorting performance at a unique level of affordability. As the lowest cost optical sorting system on the market, VitiSort helps wineries improve their product quality while redirecting labour to other tasks.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth African wine exports reach new records
keyboard_arrow_downSouth African wine exports reach new records

The South African wine industry has topped its previous export record, with volumes sold in 2013 reaching 525,7 million litres, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012.

keyboard_arrow_upTaste the Veritas winners
keyboard_arrow_downTaste the Veritas winners

The esteemed Veritas wine competition for market ready wines annually grants wine aficionados across the country a chance to taste the top winning wines and brandies. These tasting opportunities, which are sponsored by Deloitte, will be held in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Knysna.

keyboard_arrow_upProWine China 2013 promises exciting discoveries
keyboard_arrow_downProWine China 2013 promises exciting discoveries

In a few weeks’ time, from 13-15 November, the international wine and spirits industry will meet in Shanghai, China. Over 500 exhibitors from around the world will be attending the première event of ProWine China 2013. The dedicated exhibition to wine and spirits will give importers, distributors, retailers, F&B Managers and sommeliers from China and abroad the chance to communicate and negotiate face to face with wineries from 26 different countries. Visitors can surely look forward to making exciting new discoveries.

keyboard_arrow_upIs green wine just a red herring?
keyboard_arrow_downIs green wine just a red herring?

When it comes to South Africa’s national treasure – wine – what does it mean to be green? Some of the winners of the 2012 Nedbank Green Wine Awards, as well as other industry experts, explain the criteria.

keyboard_arrow_upNature-friendly from grape to glass: Avondale launches new vintages in lightweight bottles
keyboard_arrow_downNature-friendly from grape to glass: Avondale launches new vintages in lightweight bottles

Avondale, a family-owned and managed wine estate based in Paarl, has launched its 2010 vintages of Cyclus, Camissa and Anima in new, lightweight and sustainable glass bottles imported from Vetreria Etrusca in Italy.

keyboard_arrow_upAnnual wine festival celebrates a decade of success
keyboard_arrow_downAnnual wine festival celebrates a decade of success

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Robertson Wine Valley’s biggest annual wine festival, the Wacky Wine Weekend, which takes place from 6 to 9 June.