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Laarman grows portfolio with new premium collection

Published:  22 May, 2018

Laarman Wines has unveiled the maiden vintage of its premium Focal Point collection.

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Harpers Wine Stars Awards 2018: South Africa and New Zealand

Published:  11 May, 2018

Two quite different countries, with quite different strengths and selling points featured in our latest Wine Stars judging session at The Worx in London’s leafy Parsons Green.

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VinPro reports 15% smaller harvest

Published:  09 May, 2018

VinPro has reported a 15% smaller harvest (1 220 920 tonnes) across South Africa compared to 2017 – one of the smallest crops in more than a decade.

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Fairtrade on the rise

Published:  08 May, 2018

The Co-op’s new conversion of its major own-label range will boost the UK’s Fairtrade wine volumes by 20%. Jo Gilbert explores a category on the rise.

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Harpers Wine Stars Awards: calling final entries for South Africa, New Zealand and England

Published:  01 March, 2018

Would you like your wines to feature among the Stars? Then don’t miss the 17 March entry submission deadline for our South Africa, New Zealand and England Wine Stars Awards (see below).

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Solid wine growth at Distell backed by R22 million investment to mitigate effects of drought

Published:  23 February, 2018

Distell Group’s results for the six months to 31 December 2018 report revenue up 9.3% on increased volumes of 3.7%, up to R13.4 billion (£828 million).

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All dry on the Western Cape

Published:  16 February, 2018

As Cape Town’s water crisis approaches Day Zero rationing, James Lawrence assesses the impact of the drought on the wine industry

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Tim Atkin MW: Day Zero looms for South Africa

Published:  09 February, 2018

“Day Zero” sounds like the title of a dystopian disaster movie, starring Matt Damon or an ageing Bruce Willis perhaps. But what’s happening in South Africa right now has nothing to do with fantasy or fiction. On the contrary, it’s all too real. If you’ve not been reading the news from Cape Town recently, the city is about to run out of water. On January 18, the city’s mayor, Patricia de Lille, said that the “point of no return” had been reached and that, if things continue as they are with little or no rainfall, by April 12 (Day Zero), the taps will be turned off.

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Hamilton Russell to launch Ashbourne Pinotage/Cinsault in the UK

Published:  25 January, 2018

Iconic South African producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards has unveiled plans to launch a new Ashbourne Pinotage/Cinsault blend into the UK market next year.

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Distell sells Bisquit Cognac brand to Campari

Published:  20 December, 2017

Distell has agreed to sell its Bisquit Dubouche et Ci Cognac business to Campari Group for €52.5m.

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Boutinot maps South Africa with three-tiers regional range

Published:  12 December, 2017

Boutinot has expanded its South African portfolio with a three-tiers range created to chart the story of the Cape’s regional diversity and simplify it for consumers.

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Former Distell brand director takes over as chair of WOSA

Published:  13 November, 2017

Wines of South Africa has announced a new a new appointment to the role of non-executive chair.

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South Africa chases premium ground

Published:  13 November, 2017

As South Africa strives to push innovation and quality, natural factors may just provide the tipping point for the country. 

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M&S targets health conscious consumers with low calorie wine trio

Published:  19 October, 2017

Marks & Spencer has joined forces with South African winery Journey’s End to produce a low calorie wine.

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Championing emerging regions

Published:  05 September, 2017

What will be the wine regions to look out for in 2018? Justin Keay takes a look at the main contenders

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Q&A: May de Lencquesaing, proprietor at Glenelly Estate, SA

Published:  18 August, 2017

With a career spanning over 40 years and two continents, May de Lencquesaing certainly earned the IWC Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon her early this summer.

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Nederburg encourages trade to get cycling and pairing for charity fundraiser

Published:  11 August, 2017

South African producer Nederburg is encouraging pubs and businesses in the UK to help to ‘mobilise’ African communities and make it easier for people to access education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

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Origin brings Electric Sky single-serve wine brand to the UK

Published:  06 June, 2017

Origin Wine is poised to launch its Electric Sky wine brand in the UK in a bid to replicate its success in the US.

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New Cape Origin designation to boost tourism link

Published:  05 June, 2017

South Africa’s Wine and Spirit Board has introduced a new Wine of Origin District for Cape Town, bringing 30 wineries together under the banner to boost international recognition.

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South Africa over-delivers at entry level, but needs to work harder to push premium message

Published:  04 May, 2017

Last week Harpers gathered a room full of wine trade experts to debate the health of the South African wine industry. Participants from the on-trade, multiples and independent sectors discussed how South Africa can better promote its premium offering and what its trump cards are. 

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South African bulk wine takes a tumble as exporters play up premium

Published:  24 February, 2017

New data shows that bulk wine diminishing in volume and value dogged the success of South African wine in the UK in 2016.

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Resurrected Western Wines concept focuses on post-referendum opportunities for UK bottling

Published:  02 February, 2017

The family behind the now defunct Western Wines is re-launching part of its business model to export South African bulk to wine to the UK.

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Hess Family sells Glen Carlou to Pactolus

Published:  20 December, 2016

Hess Family Wine Estates is selling its prestigious South African Glen Carlou winery to the Pactolus Consortium, headed by tech investor and serial entrepreneur Wayne Pitout, for an undisclosed sum.

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Wine trends: Predictions 2017

Published:  13 December, 2016

White from red regions, Loire and premium US whites are going to be 2017's big winners, according to Bibendum.

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Men driving growth of Fairtrade wine says Co-op

Published:  08 December, 2016

Evidence that the growing number of ethically sourced and social responsible drinks companies is in response to consumer demand for alcohol with a conscience has been backed by data from the Co-op which revealed that its sales of Fairtrade wine are up 25% YOY.

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Distell breaks contracts as it moves to direct distribution

Published:  20 October, 2016

South African alcohol producer Distell has unveiled plans to bring the distribution of all its brands in-house so that it can directly manage the sales and marketing of its UK portfolio.

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Q&A: Ken Forrester, owner, Forrester Wines

Published:  14 October, 2016

The man known as Mr Chenin tells Harpers how he views the South African wine market's evolution over the past 20 years - and what his plans are now after selling a significant stake in his business to French group AdVini.

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South African wine producer plans new English vineyard on Sussex golf course

Published:  12 October, 2016

South African wine producer Benguela Cove has bought a golf course in Sussex with the aim of establishing a vineyard.

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South African wine reaches all time high at auction

Published:  19 September, 2016

Prices at the 42nd annual Nederburg Auction reached all all-time high at the weekend.

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Robinsons adds trio to South African portfolio

Published:  19 September, 2016

Robinsons Brewery are about to begin an exclusive partnership with three South African boutique wine producers.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  16 September, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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AdVini acquires a 50% share of share in Ken Forrester Vineyards

Published:  15 September, 2016

AdVini, a predominately French wine estate owner, has acquired a 50% share in South African producer Ken Forrester Vineyards.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  26 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Investment holding back Stellenbosch from becoming top tourism destination

Published:  25 August, 2016

A leading US wine expert has said that investment is the only thing stopping Stellenbosch from becoming as significant as Napa Valley in terms of popularity for wine tourism.

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Over 100 producers to be on show at WOSA's Intrepid South Africa tasting

Published:  23 August, 2016

Wines of South Africa's 2016 annual tasting titled Intrepid South Africa will be showcasing wines from over 100 producers.

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Tim Atkin: What will an EU exit mean for the wine trade?

Published:  08 July, 2016

What will Brexit mean for the wine business? In the traumatic week that has followed the referendum and the decision of 52% of voters to leave the European Union, the very question has seemed increasingly, almost fatuously, irrelevant.

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UK winner of the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup announced

Published:  15 June, 2016

Wines of South Africa have praised the role sommeliers have played in driving 9% in the UK on-trade as the winner of the UK leg of their triennial Sommelier Cup is announced.

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Insights: The rise of the owners club

Published:  24 May, 2016

In the space of just over 15 years, privately funded associations have become a defining feature of the global wine industry. In Europe, they arguably represent a manifestation of the growing dissatisfaction with the inadequacies of regional appellation bodies, which has subsequently encouraged winemakers to take matters into their own hands.

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Analysis: New wine regions continue to emerge

Published:  12 May, 2016

New wine regions and areas with renewed vigour continue to emerge on to the world stage. Has there ever been a better time to drink wine?

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Distell looks to increase market share in the UK

Published:  05 May, 2016

South African wine and spirits conglomerate Distell is focusing on expanding its market share in the UK according to Joseph Walsh the commercial director UK & Ireland.

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Kleine Zalze marks 20 years with investment in the future

Published:  29 April, 2016

One of South Africa's major players is marking 20 years in the business with investment in a vineyard analysis programme and new grape varietals.

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Rabobank: Global wine supply in flux as drinkers trade up

Published:  21 April, 2016

The global wine supply is in flux depending which end of the market producers play in, with wines on the premium end being considerably higher in demand compared to wines on the lower end of the market according to Rabobank's Wine Quarterly Q2 2016 report.

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Competition aims to boost sales of South African wines in the on-trade

Published:  06 April, 2016

Wines of South Africa's triennial Sommelier Cup competition is now accepting entries as the organisation strives to boost on-trade sales.

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Insights: South Africa's bigger players need to drive the quality message

Published:  04 April, 2016

After a flush of niche successes, it's now up to South Africa's bigger players to drive the quality message home.

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Tim Atkin MW: Let's talk climate change

Published:  01 April, 2016

You don't have to be meteorologist to appreciate that something very unusual is happening to the world's weather right now.

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Tesco trials mixed-case South African wine offer

Published:  18 March, 2016

Tesco is to trial mixed cases of wine from its finest* range in 280 stores nationwide for the first time.

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ProWein 2016: The challenge of the falling South African rand

Published:  17 March, 2016

Between the bush fires, one of the most severe droughts in the last century and a toppling currency, South Africa has not had it easy in 2015. The currency specifically has been challenging for wine producers and could potentially pose a problem for wine producers in the year ahead.

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Hallgarten marks International Women's Day with Women With Bottle promotion

Published:  07 March, 2016

Leading UK distributor Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has launched a three-month promotion celebrating women winemakers to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.

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KWV targets premium gap in the market with North South Wines

Published:  29 February, 2016

Leading South African wine producer KWV has appointed North South Wines as its UK distributor, taking over from Leeds-based Bottle Green, which was acquired by Kingsland Drinks early last year.

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South African harvest 2016

Published:  23 February, 2016

The hottest growing season in South Africa since 1904, according to official statistics, is having a major impact on production for the current vintage. Yields are dramatically lower - down by as much as 60% or more in certain regions like Swartland - with the national crush expected to the smallest for over a decade.

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Distell posts strong growth and looks to double the size of the business by 2020

Published:  17 February, 2016

The Distell Group posted strong year-on-year growth following a record festive trading period and strong performances across Africa.

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Q&A: Chris and Andrea Mullineux, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Published:  10 February, 2016

As Swartland's winemaking prowess matures, Geoffrey Dean talks to Chris and Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines about keeping that freewheeling spirit

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Liberty Wines adds three premium wineries to South African offer

Published:  05 February, 2016

Liberty Wines has expanded its premium South African portfolio with the addition of three new estates.

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Prestigious AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction announces 2016 return

Published:  28 January, 2016

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction is set to return on February 12 and 13 this year.

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Nederburg inks three-year sponsorship with African pro-cycling team

Published:  21 January, 2016

Leading South African wine brand Nederburg has agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with Africa-based professional cycling team, Team Dimension Data Qhubeka.

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Boschendal targets premium on-trade with new range of wines

Published:  13 January, 2016

South Africa's Boschendal winery has launched a new range of wines developed specifically for the on-trade, as part of its 330th anniversary.

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South Africa faces off against England and Wales in sparkling wine test match

Published:  12 January, 2016

This Sunday, January 17, will see South African Methode Cap Classique wines go head to head with English and Welsh sparkling wines in a Cape Town tasting.

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FMV signs exclusive agency deal with South Africa's Mullineux

Published:  11 January, 2016

Fields, Morris & Verdin has added Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines to its portfolio of South African wines.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Bernard Fontannaz, Origin Wine

Published:  30 December, 2015

Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine, looks back at an overall positive 2015 and is excited about the sustainable future he is building for his company. He had a year full of expansion and is looking forward to more innovation in 2016.

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Accolade's Kumala backs Botham's South African charity walk

Published:  09 December, 2015

Leading South African wine brand Kumala is to be the official wine sponsor of Sir Ian Botham's upcoming eight-day charity walk across South Africa.

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Distell embarks on US spirits joint venture with Terlato Wine Group

Published:  27 November, 2015

South Africa's Distell Group has announced a joint venture with the Terlato Wine Group in the US.

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Vinadeis and Origin seal global strategic partnership

Published:  10 November, 2015

French wine producer Vinadeis and South Africa's Origin Wines have signed a formal strategic partnership.

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Distell repackages Nederburg range to emphasise brand heritage

Published:  19 October, 2015

Distell, the South Africa-based wine and spirits producer, has repackaged its award-winning range of Nederburg wines.

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Tim Atkin MW: Young winemakers behind South Africa's "golden" age of wine

Published:  09 October, 2015

When was the last time you entered a wine tasting through a record shop?

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Hallgarten unleashes 14 wines from South Africa's 'frontier country'

Published:  07 October, 2015

Hallgarten is listing 14 wines from the Swartland region of South Africa.

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South African wine producer Perdeberg joins Boutinot portfolio in the UK

Published:  11 September, 2015
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Cape Wine launches video campaign to help delegates prepare for their visit

Published:  12 August, 2015

Video interviews with South African winemakers, viticulturalists and other wine personalities are being used to prepare visitors to Cape Wine 2015 for their trip.

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KWV plans export sales for Cruxland premium gin made from Kalahari truffles

Published:  10 August, 2015

South African wine and spirit producer KWV is planning an assault on export markets for a new craft London dry gin made with truffles.

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L'Avenir to launch Provence-style premium rosé at Cape Wine 2015

Published:  06 August, 2015

Stellenbosch estate, L'Avenir is to launch a new premium rosé at Cape Wine in September. The wine, named Glenrosé, will be 100% Pinotage.

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Q&A: Richard Kershaw MW, winemaker, Kershaw Wines

Published:  23 July, 2015

Richard Kershaw, the only winemaking MW in South Africa, was with Mulderbosch and Kanu, before leaving in 2011 to pursue his dream of making his own cool-climate wines in Elgin in the Western Cape.

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South Africa to hold London tasting for independents and the on-trade

Published:  02 July, 2015

Wines of South Africa is hosting an autumn tasting event targeted at independent wine merchants and on-trade buyers.

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South African wine brand Fish Hoek takes the bait and goes Fairtrade

Published:  30 June, 2015

Accolade Wine's Fish Hoek South African wine range has won Fairtreade certification.

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Origin Wine opens office in the US

Published:  08 June, 2015

Fairtrade and South African wine specialist Origin Wine has opened a new sales office to cover the North American market in a bid to establish what the company called "a global sourcing footprint".

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Are there etichal implications to consider when choosing to bottle wine in the UK?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Harpers led a debate at last month's London Wine Fair to expose the myths and preconceptions about UK bottling, which raised questions about the ethics of the practice.

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Bulk Wine growth may slow, but it is not going away, debate hears

Published:  21 May, 2015

The growth of the bulk wine market may slow, but it is here to stay, according to expert panellist in a recent debate.

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South Africa confidence returning as winemakers concentrate on quality, Kleine Zalze boss says

Published:  21 May, 2015

South Africa needs to evolve its premium wines and offer wines better suited to the terroir, leading South African producer has said.

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South Africa 2015 harvest report: It was early, but expect high quality

Published:  07 May, 2015

South Africa's official harvest report said that the 2015 harvest will be recorded "as one of the driest and earliest in years, with a somewhat smaller wine grape harvest promising exceptional wines."

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Global wine supplies relatively 'balanced', but expect premium supplies to tighten, Rabobank says

Published:  15 April, 2015

Global wine inventories appear to be balanced, according to the latest wine report from Rabobank - but the report warns of variations in supply between the premium and generic ends. 

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Why English wine's Litmus Wines is on board with Branson's South African hotel venture

Published:  23 March, 2015

English winemaking consultants Litmus Wines recently teamed up with Richard Branson's private hotel collection Virgin Limited Edition to launch a new joint-venture wine business in South Africa's Franschhoek region. Litmus' founder and director John Worontschak, and VLE's managing director, Jon Brown, talked to Harpers.co.uk about the venture and what it will mean for the Surrey-based business. 

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Richard Branson's South African hotel launches new wine joint-venture with English winemaking firm

Published:  19 March, 2015

Richard Branson's luxury hotel collection, Virgin Limited Edition, has joined forces with an English wine consultancy firm, Litmus Wines, to launch a new wine business.

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'Unprecedented' demand from producers to promote South Africa at Cape Wine 2015

Published:  18 March, 2015

Cape Wine, the trade show for South African Wine, has seen unprecedented demand from producers six months before the show opens its doors.

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ProWein 2015: Record breaking 52,000 visitors attended this week's show

Published:  18 March, 2015

More than 52,000 visitors attended ProWein 2015 this year, an increase of 7% over last year,  further solidifying the show as a must attend event on the international wine trade calendar.

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Prowein 2015: Roger Jones says Auf Wiedersehen with his highlights from Dusseldorf

Published:  18 March, 2015

Roger Jones takes us around the wine world on his Prowien 2015 journey of discovery, where he explores some new and interesting wines.

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Prowein 2015: Improved technology is helping South Africa make "best wines ever", says Accolade's Bruce Jack

Published:  17 March, 2015

Advances in technology, including the use of satellite and GPS tracking data, are helping winemakers in South Africa make the best wines of their generation, according to Bruce Jack, head winemaker for Accolade Wines.

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Prowein 2015: Roger Jones' day one at de Prowein Haus

Published:  16 March, 2015

Getting on the 10am Easy Jet flight from Gatwick to Dusseldorf yesterday morning was a bit like joining the Wine Trade Sunday School outing. The pull of Prowein has been building vastly over the last few years and it was good to see so many interested parties on the plane.

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Prowein 2015: Competition for market share in Africa on the rise, says Distell chief

Published:  16 March, 2015

Competition amongst alcohol brands in Africa is on the rise as larger companies like Diageo and Pernod Ricard continue to invest in the emerging market according to the chief executive of Distell Vineyards & Estates (DVE), Carina Gous.

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Accolade Wines sees profits rise £4m

Published:  16 March, 2015

Accolade Wines saw profits rise more than £4m in the 12 months to 30 June 2014, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

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Barry Dick MW brought on board to help Origin Wine expand its global sourcing footprint

Published:  13 March, 2015

Origin Wine has brought in Barry Dick MW to help the company expand its global sourcing footprint.

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South Africa's wild fires under control as wineries assess damage to vines

Published:  06 March, 2015

Cape Town, South Africa, which has been battling some of the worst wild fires the country has seen in over a decade, has now seen the blaze brought under control and wine authorities are starting to assess any potential vineyard damage.

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Origin Wine spearheads new campaign to get more wines bottled in South Africa

Published:  04 March, 2015

South Africa is set to increase its exports of bottled wine next year, following a change in the quota of duty free wine that is allowed to be exported to the EU as from 2016. In a campaign spearheaded by Origin Wines, one of South Africa's biggest exporters, other producers are being urged to switch to bottling to take advantage of the new allowances.

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How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions

Published:  27 February, 2015

Peter McAtamney, principal at research body, Wine Business Solutions, gives his personal assessment on how best to drive and build a wine brand in the UK on-trade with a particular nod to Kleine Zalze, which has been named number one South African brand in its latest 2014 Wine On-Premise report,and Matthew Clark which is reaping the rewards of an astute wine listing strategy

 

 

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South Africa brings in earliest wine harvest in over 20 years

Published:  17 February, 2015

South Africa is reporting its earliest harvest of the millennium, with leading Swartland producer, Adi Badenhorst, having finished picking all his fruit by Valentine's Day.

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Cape Wine 2015 auction raises over R10.5m

Published:  17 February, 2015

The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raised R10.565 million for education in the Cape Winelands, up 50% on last year.

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WSET honours top performing Diploma students at London ceremony

Published:  29 January, 2015

The brightest and most successful students who have taken part in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma programme were honoured at a special ceremony this week at London's Guildhall.

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Mitchells & Butlers lists Help for Heroes wine

Published:  18 December, 2014

Bar and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers has listed the Help for Heroes wine brand at 300 of its venues across the country.

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How trade can help South African wine industry's disadvantaged children through Pebbles Project

Published:  08 December, 2014

Celebrating 10 years of South Africa's Pebbles Project, Harpers.co.uk finds out what the charity has done to help children in the winelands and what more the trade can do to help.

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Sophia Warner of the Pebbles Projects talks about 10 years of changing lives in South Africa's winelands

Published:  05 December, 2014

As the Pebbles Project celebrates its 10th year, co-founder Sophia Warner explains how the trade has helped provide support and education to children in South Africa's winelands and what a difference it makes.

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Chile and South Africa bulk wine markets face 'stormy weather'

Published:  27 November, 2014

Chile and South Africa's bulk wine suppliers are facing "stormy weather", according to experts, given there is still a lot of wine from last year's harvest.

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Rugby stars Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack launch South African wine

Published:  27 November, 2014
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South Africa's Cape Wine 2015 to reach 'new levels'

Published:  25 November, 2014

Wines of South Africa says 2015's Cape Wine event will reach "an exciting new level", reflecting the industry's "dynamism".

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Cape Wine Auction hopes to raise thousands more for education in South Afrrica's winelands

Published:  24 November, 2014

Plans are in place for the second AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction which hopes to raise millions of rand to help fund education in the winelands of South Africa.

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Harpers recruits Rising Stars to attend Wine Vision 2014

Published:  07 November, 2014

Harpers is giving emerging talent in the global wine industry the chance to attend this month's Wine Vision event in London. Here are the winners of our Rising Stars Grants that will be attending this year's conference

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Wines of South Africa ramps up Asian focus

Published:  31 October, 2014

Wines of South Africa is stepping up its marketing efforts in Asia with the opening of a dedicated office in Hong Kong.

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Smaller wineries now selling more than half of wine direct to consumer

Published:  28 October, 2014

Smaller Australian, South African and New Zealand wineries are now selling more than half of their wines direct to consumer.

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Kleine Zalze launches Cleefs wine range for independents

Published:  13 October, 2014

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze is targeting independents with a new range of wines under the Cleefs banner.

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Ataraxia's Kevin Grant on why terroir is now central to South African winemaking

Published:  10 October, 2014

"It's been a long time coming, and if fear were the basis on which decisions were made, then Ataraxia would never have been born," says South African winemaker, Kevin Grant of his latest, patiently-maturing winemaking venture.

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Here's a right corking video for you...

Published:  09 October, 2014

Here's a video after our own heart here at Harpers Uncorked. As part of last month's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting you might have seen a special "cork" wall which doubled up as an actual live art installation.

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Distell acquires International Beverage Company to increase US presence

Published:  07 October, 2014

Distell Group, South Africa's largest drinks producer, has acquired International Beverage Company in Atlanta, Georgia in an effort to grow its presence in the US market.

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Kingsland ramps up its South Africa wine listings with Brand Phoenix deal

Published:  23 September, 2014

Kingsland has signed a deal to distribute Brand Phoenix's First Cape and Distell ranges throughout the impulse, convenience and wholesale markets.

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The Harrow's Roger Jones follows Heston Blumenthal by taking his restaurant offer overseas

Published:  22 September, 2014

Heston Blumenthal is not the only British Michelin-starred chef to be taking his restaurant overseas in the new year as Rojer Jones is set to travel to South Africa to embark on a restaurant tour with his award-winning The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

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KWV relaunches UK distribution strategy by switching from Myliko Wines to Bottle Green

Published:  22 September, 2014

KWV, the South African wine giant, is to switch its UK distribution from Myliko Wines to Bottle Green as it looks to reposition itself in the UK with a targeted multiple and independent retail strategy.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  19 September, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Wines of Beautiful South to return in 2016 as South Africa switches focus to Cape Wine

Published:  19 September, 2014

The combined Chile, Argentina and South Africa Wines of the Beautiful South tasting will not take place next year as South Africa switches its attention to Cape Wine. But Chile and Argentina will continue to work together with a joint South American tasting sometime in London in 2015.

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South Africa's Nederburg Auction tops R7 million with record breaking sales

Published:  15 September, 2014

 

This weekend's 40th Nederbuerg Auction in South Africa achieved a record breaking average price per litre of wine sold.

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South African wines 'gaining momentum' in UK market

Published:  15 September, 2014

The hard work put into growing the UK market by South African producers is beginning to pay off, but the country still needs to bring prices in line with market, says Wines of South Africa.

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Hallgarten signs South Africa's Lismore Estate

Published:  15 September, 2014

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has signed South Africa's Lismore Estate to its portfolio, with the wines now available to the on-trade and independents and the on-trade.

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Seckford Agencies toasts sales growth

Published:  12 September, 2014

Seckford Agencies has seen sales grow by 10 to 15% in the past year, says director David Cartwright.

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Argentina and South Africa lead growth in off-trade sales in UK

Published:  11 September, 2014

Off-trade sales of Argentinian wine increased 21% while South African wine was up 14% in the last 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by Bibendum. 

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Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day Two

Published:  11 September, 2014

On day two of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London's Olympia, Harpers catches up with leading wine figures at the event with their thoughts on the UK market for Chilean, Argentinian and South African wines. 

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South Africa replaces Spain to become fifth best selling country in UK, says Accolade

Published:  10 September, 2014

South Africa is enjoying widespread success in the UK, is bringing new consumers to wine, has seen an increase in both value and volume sales and has replaced Spain as the UK's fifth biggest wine selling country, according to figures released today by Accolade Wines UK.

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Bruce Jack on the challenges and opportunities for South African wine

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bruce Jack is a key figure in the Accolade Wines South African winemaking team. His direct responsibilities cover the Kumala, Fishoek and Flagstone ranges, Tesco Finest, The Rustler, Stumble Vineyards, Breakers Point and Lost Ostrich, as well as strategic NPD. He talks to Gemma McKenna about how he is working with the Kumala winemaking team to help reposition the Kumala brand and ensure the quality of the wine shines through to customers.

 

 

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Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day One

Published:  10 September, 2014

As the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting takes place in London's Olympia Harpers catches up with leading wine figures at the event with their thoughts on the UK market for Chilean, Argentinian and South African wines. 

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Distell plans to triple value share of UK's premium South African wine category

Published:  09 September, 2014

Distell Vineyards and Estates (DVE), the premium wine division of South Africa's largest wine producer Distell, has pledged to over triple its value share of the South African premium wine sector in the UK in the next three years.

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Distell's Richard Rushton earns his stripes

Published:  05 September, 2014

In his first major UK interview, Distell's Richard Rushton reveals his big plans for the company's wine division, as Erin Smith reports

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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Lourensford Estate on look out for new UK partner after it leaves Hatch Mansfield

Published:  03 September, 2014

 

 

South African producer, Lourensford Estate, is looking for a new UK distributor that can take over from the work it has done over the last nine years with Hatch Mansfield.

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South Africa's Bosman Family Vineyards produces first "orange" wine

Published:  02 September, 2014

Bosman Family Vineyards, the South African Fairtrade producer, has produced an "orange wine" to showcase its natural winemaking practices.

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Wine trade identifies major opportunities for 2014

Published:  29 August, 2014

The relaunch of the 3 for £10 mechanic; a major crisis in the Spanish bulk wine industry and the growing prominence of fruit-flavoured wines were all chosen as major stories of the year to date by some of the wine trade's top names.

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Back to School: Anya Robson of Murphy Wine Company

Published:  29 August, 2014

As part of our ongoing Back to School series, Anya Robson of bulk wine broker Murphy Wine Company reckons Spain's bulk industry is in crisis and tips South African rosé as one to watch.

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Back to School: Brand Phoenix's Greg Wilkins

Published:  28 August, 2014

As summer draws to a close, we asked some key figures in the trade to round up events in the wine trade for the year to date, and outline their company's plans for the rest of the year. Greg Wilkins, managing director of Brand Phoenix reckons Chinese austerity has had a major impact on the wine trade, and picks fruit-flavoured wines as the next big thing.

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Distell launches 56 Hundred Nederburg wine as profits surge

Published:  27 August, 2014

South Afica's Distell has launched a new Nederburg range 56 Hundred, which includes a Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.

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Chiefs of the week: South African winemakers who surf

Published:  20 August, 2014

Every  year they come to take the challenge. No not the South African wine awards, but the Vintners Surf Classic where some of the country's best and most respected winemakers come together to ride the waves and pit their wits against each other to see who has the smartest surf board skiills.

 

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South Africa's Kleine Zalze takes on new cellarmaster

Published:  18 August, 2014
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Cape Legends is pushing the premium wine boundaries in South Africa

Published:  11 August, 2014

South Africa's wine industry is changing and the premium wine segment is no exception. Harpers.co.uk talks to the leaders who are pushing the boundaries of Distell's premium wine portfolio, Cape Legends.

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The Smith Report: Exchange rate is it a friend or foe?

Published:  11 August, 2014

The Smith Report takes a look at the opportunities for wine producers in South Africa, where its currency exchange has proven to be both its best friend and its worst enemy.

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South African wine under the microscope

Published:  08 August, 2014

South Africa may be known for its value-for-money wine, but the country is vying for a spot in more premium territory, as Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith find out

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Origin Wine's Stormhoek Stack launches in UK

Published:  04 August, 2014
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Bancroft Wines takes on South African winery Ataraxia

Published:  04 August, 2014
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South Africa's Sodbuster wine targets UK farmers

Published:  29 July, 2014

A South African wine has decided to bypass the usual UK retail channels in favour of directly targeting farmers as its would-be consumers.

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South Africa's Charles Back receives a Lifetime Achievement award at IWC 2014

Published:  17 July, 2014

Legendary South African winemaker and producer, Charles Back, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Wine Challenge awards dinner last night in London.

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Beautiful South offers themed tastings and winemaker debates on Chile, Argentina and South Africa

Published:  15 July, 2014

A central "meet the winemaker" themed area will be the central focus for this September's combined Beautiful South tasting featuring wines from Chile, South Africa and Argentina.

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South Africa's record bulk wine growth slows

Published:  09 July, 2014

South Africa's record growth in bulk exports of wine to the UK has slowed, with figures from VinPro showing no increase on last year.

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UK wine buyers more cautious to try new ideas than in Europe says Origin's Bernard Fontannaz

Published:  27 June, 2014

It is easier to convince retail buyers in Europe to take on new wine ideas and designs than it is in the UK, according to Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wines.

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Keep those dreams alive with Harpers World Cup Memories

Published:  27 June, 2014

England may be out of the World Cup but there is still plenty to enjoy from the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Here we start a new series of World Cup Memories where we ask people across the trade to share their best memories from World Cups down the line. If you would like to take part then simply email richard.siddle@wrbm.com with your answers to the questions below.

First up we thought it would be appropriate to go to South Africa and hosts of the 2010 World Cup. Here Ross Sleet, marketing director of Cape Legends gives his World Cup memories.

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Namaqua first mainstream wine brand to go Fairtrade

Published:  23 June, 2014

South African wine giant Namaqua has converted two of its lines, supplied to the Cooperative in the UK, to Fairtrade - which should boost Fairtrade wine sales in the UK by 10% over the next year.

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Bulk wine prices rocked by Chilean frosts, Californian droughts and a taste for French fruity wines

Published:  28 May, 2014

Frosts in Chile, droughts in California and the Languedoc and the boom in fruit-flavoured wines in France is having a knock-on effect on bulk wine prices, according to the latest data from Murphy Wine Company.

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Bulk wine prices tighten for key Chilean varieties, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  28 May, 2014

Keep on top of the latest bulk wine prices with the latest spreadsheet to the end of May 2014, from bulk wine brokers, Murphy Wine Company.

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Marks & Spencer's head of wine Andrew Bird takes role at Woolworths South Africa

Published:  23 May, 2014

Marks & Spencer's wine boss and head of trading Andrew Bird is leaving his role next month to take up a two-year post at Woolworths of South Africa.

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Wine merchants launch Orpens cider with help of winemaker Bruce Jack

Published:  20 May, 2014

Two Irish wine merchants are launching craft cider Orpens into the UK market, with the help of renowned South African winemaker Bruce Jack.

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South Africa's Wellington Wines looks to treble UK bulk sales by 2015

Published:  15 May, 2014

South African co-operative Wellington Wines is hoping to treble its bulk sales to the UK to 6 million litres by next summer and have 40% of its production, or 11 million litres, going to the UK by 2016.

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Portugal takes 12 trophies at International Wine Challenge

Published:  14 May, 2014

Portugal has scooped 12 trophies at the International Wine Challenge, putting it in third position for trophy wines after France (28) and Australia (19).

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France still best performing wine in on-trade

Published:  13 May, 2014

On-trade wine sales fell by 2% during 2013, and stayed flat in the first quarter, according to figures compiled by CGA for the WSTA market report. In the long-term, France still remains best-performing country for wine in the on-trade. It has grown 10% in the 12 months to January 25, 2014 and now holds a 27% share of total wine sales.

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Michael Jordaan to be new chairman of Wines of South Africa

Published:  09 May, 2014

Wines of South Africa has appointed Michael Jordaan, former chief executive of the country's First National Bank, as its new chairman.

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South Africa's grape harvest is down 2.6% on 2013 bumper crop

Published:  08 May, 2014

South Africa is on course for an average sized, good quality harvest despite heavy rains, says the body representing 3,600 of the country's producers.

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Bulk wine driven by price not green issues

Published:  24 April, 2014

Wine buyers who justify bulk shipping by citing the green argument are simply 'ticking boxes' when price is driving sales, say industry experts.

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South Africa's 2014 wine harvest set for 'mild decline'

Published:  23 April, 2014

South Africa's harvest is set for a "mild decline" in 2014, as the picking season draws to an end.

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International Brands in £750k marketing push

Published:  16 April, 2014

International Brands is investing £750,000 into marketing in 2014, with a push on South African wine Makulu and its Broadleaf range.

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Chile and South Africa wine exports surge

Published:  16 April, 2014

Chile and South Africa saw the volume of their wine exports surge ahead last year, while Australia and Argentina faced more challenges, according to Rabobank's latest report.  

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Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports

Published:  15 April, 2014

The international wine trade hit a "watershed moment" in 2013, with half of all New World wine sales coming from bulk supplies, according to Rabobank.

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Accolade Wine's Kumala in Mandela film tie-in

Published:  14 April, 2014

Accolade Wine's Kumala has tied in with the DVD release of Nelson Mandela film Long Walk to Freedom for a major consumer campaign.

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Morgenrot launches bee-saving wine at M&B

Published:  03 April, 2014

Manchester-based importer Morgenrot has teamed up with Mitchells & Butlers to launch Planetbee, a South African Chenin Blanc, which is donating money from each sale to safeguard the bee population.

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Beautiful South Tasting scaled back

Published:  02 April, 2014

The Beautiful South Tasting, organised by the generic bodies representing South Africa, Chile and Argentina, is to scale back its 2014 event.

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NZ wineries import Sauvignon Blanc to cope with demand

Published:  26 March, 2014

Shortages of New Zealand's signature grape have led to imports of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and South Africa to satisfy demand.

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South African brands must invest more to bolster premium wines, says WOSA chief

Published:  25 March, 2014

In order to boost growth of South Africa's more premium wines, producers and brands need to be prepared to invest, says WoSA chief.

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Kleine Zalze to launch wine range to celebrate its new Fairtrade status

Published:  14 March, 2014

Kleine Zalze, the South African producer, has been accredited with Fairtrade status for its wine production.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 March, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Q&A with Origin Wine founder Bernard Fontannaz, who talks quality control and looking outside South Africa

Published:  13 March, 2014

Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine on quality control, expanding its portfolio to include Old World wines and Fairtrade.

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Bernard Fontannaz slams wine critics who claim Fairtrade wines should "overdeliver"

Published:  12 March, 2014

Fairtrade wine pioneer Bernard Fontannaz has called for a level playing field for Fairtrade wines, after criticism that the wines should "overdeliver" on quality.

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Up to 40 wineries look to be granted the new Cape Vintner Classification in South Africa

Published:  11 March, 2014

Between 30 and 40 South African wineries are expected to be granted the prestigious new Cape Vintner Classification, launched last December, after the disbandment of the old Cape Wine Producers' Association.

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Q&A with Edward Robinson, Fairtrade wine buyer at the Co-operative

Published:  11 March, 2014

Edward Robinson talks about the commercial success of Fairtrade wines at the Co-operative, how the Fairtrade mark works and highlights the group's biggest project in Argentina.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 March, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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In the spotlight: Fairtrade issues in South Africa

Published:  05 March, 2014

South Africa's agricultural sector came under fire in the past few years over infringing the human rights of farm workers, some of whom helped build the country's wine trade. Erin Smith takes a look at two initiatives aimed at combating such problems, namely the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Agreement and Fairtrade.

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Jo Wehring, UK market manager for Wines of South Africa, talks Fairtrade

Published:  04 March, 2014

Jo Wehring, Wines of South Africa's UK market manager, believes Fairtrade wines should offer more premium choices and be more widely available.  

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Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine, on why Fairtrade is important for business as a whole

Published:  27 February, 2014

When asked what Fairtrade means for me, I cannot think of a better explanation than the inspirational quote of our late leader Nelson Mandela: "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the life of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

 

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UK sales of Fairtrade wine jump 15% in 2013

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Weak rand helps South Africa's Distell's sales

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Southern hemisphere harvests get underway

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off with wine offers

Published:  24 February, 2014

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from today, February 24, until March 9 and is organised by the Fairtrade Foundation, the organisation that helps to publicise and promote the work of producers, retailers and suppliers in producing, sourcing and selling Fairtrade products in the UK.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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?The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Wine videos celebrate 20 years of South African democracy

Published:  05 February, 2014
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New African importer looks to distribute premium European wine across the continent

Published:  04 February, 2014

Africa Wine Merchants, a new specialist wine importer based in Cape Town, is looking to bring premium European wines to key emerging markets across Africa.

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Argentina, Chile and South Africa team up again at ProWein

Published:  04 February, 2014

Following their tasting tie up last September in London the generic bodies of Argentina, Chile and South Africa are teaming up again to present their wines under the banner of Wines of the Beautiful South at this year's Prowein trade fair in Dusseldorf in March.

 

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Justin Knock MW on wine pricing, supply and demand in 2014

Published:  22 January, 2014

Justin Knock MW, consultant at Cobevco, takes a look at what the industry can expect regarding pricing, supply and demand in the year ahead.

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Southern hemisphere harvests look good for bulk wine, says Murphy Wine

Published:  16 January, 2014
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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and prospects for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

The wine regions of the world closed out 2013 with some clear winners like South Africa, which reported record exports, and New Zealand, which just entered into a new trade agreement with Taiwan. But countries including Argentina and Australia faced big challenges. We take a look at how the world's major wine regions fared in 2013 and look at their prospects for 2014.

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and predictions for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014
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Bumper South African harvest sees wine exports to UK up 21%

Published:  13 January, 2014
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PLB takes on Bosman Family Vineyards to help drive its fine wine business

Published:  19 December, 2013

UK drinks importer PLB, has become distributor of South African premium Fairtrade producer Bosman Family Vineyards, as it continues to drive to reposition itself in the fine wine arena.

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South Africa establishes the Cape Vintners Classification system

Published:  11 December, 2013

Some the South African leading wine estates announced yesterday, December 10th, the creation of the Cape Vintners Classification (CVC), which is an effort to ensure the quality of Cape wines and will operate within the structure of the Wine of Origin Scheme.

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Make social media a priority for your business urges Warwick Estate's Mike Ratcliffe

Published:  05 December, 2013

Without the budgets to talk directly to a highly fragmented consumer base in diverse markets around the world, social media offers wine producers an unrivalled way of tapping into potential customers, according to South African producer, Mike Ratcliffe.

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Analysis: how global exchange rates have helped boost China's growth in wine

Published:  15 November, 2013

Worldwide currency exchange rates continue to help shape the winners and losers in the global wine world and have played a key role in helping China become such a significant player.

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Retailers use social media to make more consumer friendly wines

Published:  13 November, 2013

Retailers are increasingly turning to social media to help create new wines they hope will prove popular with consumers.

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'Best of Wine Tourism' 2014 winners announced

Published:  13 November, 2013

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network, an alliance of ten international wine regions, announced the nine winners of its 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism Awards at a gala dinner held November 12, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California.

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Distell appoints new GM for duty-free Europe

Published:  12 November, 2013

Markus Habermann has been appointed general manager for Distell's European duty-free business

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Global wine production is shifting away from Europe says Cobevco's Justin Knock MW

Published:  06 November, 2013

The 2013 global wine harvest is further confirmation that Europe is losing ground on its dominant position as the largest wine growing continent in the world.

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South Africa to focus on US and emerging African markets says new WOSA chief

Published:  04 November, 2013

South Africa will increasingly target the entire domestic market of Africa along with the US as trading conditions become ever more challenging in mature export markets such as the UK, according to the new head of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

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Big, bold, but Beautiful?

Published:  11 October, 2013

The Beautiful South Tasting challenged the concept of generic wine tastings. Erin Smith analyses what worked and lessons for the future

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Beautiful South Tasting to return in 2014

Published:  19 September, 2013

Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have said visitor numbers for the Beautiful South Tasting exceeded expectations and it will take place again next year. Additional events under the Beautiful South banner will also take place at other wine events.

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Wines of South Africa appoints new chief executive

Published:  19 September, 2013

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has announced the appointment of former Distell global head of marketing Siobhan Thompson as chief executive, who will succeed Su Birch from November.

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Beautiful South tasting to return in 2014 after exceeding its 2013 targets

Published:  18 September, 2013

Organisers of the first Beautiful South tasting last week at London's Olympia, that brought together wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa, claim the event surpassed its target figures and that the combined tasting will go ahead again next year.

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Mike Paul: was The Beautiful South the way forward for generic wine tastings?

Published:  16 September, 2013

I have always been a firm supporter of generic marketing. I've chaired importer committees and worked on developing regional strategies. I know how difficult it is to secure an appropriate level of agreement, across the producer and distributor base, to plans with real cut through, and I know how powerful a well coordinated generic effort can be. I also appreciate that coming up with innovative plans is particularly difficult currently when budgets are severely constrained. Given all this and given that generic marketers have no direct control over the producers and wines they represent, I tend to believe that they have one of the most difficult roles in our industry. All this  makes me loth to criticise any generic activity.

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Published:  12 September, 2013
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Wino Rhino sent packing from Beautiful South tasting

Published:  12 September, 2013

Not everyone has been greeted with open arms at the Beautiful South tasting at London's Olympia this week. Spare a thought for this loveable rhino who fell the wrong side of the law whilst quietly going about its business at yesterday's week's show.

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Published:  12 September, 2013
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Arniston Bay launches its first lower-alcohol wine based drink

Published:  12 September, 2013
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Arniston Bay launches its first lower-alcohol wine based brand

Published:  12 September, 2013

Arniston Bay, the South African wine brand, has extended its product range with Infusions, a new wine-based drink with an ABV of 5.5.%.

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Cape Legends looks to be South Africa's largest fine wine player

Published:  11 September, 2013

Cape Legends, the South African premium wine brand division of Distell, is looking to do what it claims is "something different" in promoting wines from the country.

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South African Nederburg auction has a record breaking year

Published:  11 September, 2013

The Nederburg Auction, South Africa's leading annual wine auction, saw record prices paid per litre of wine at this year's auction held on September 6 and 7.

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Ben Smith on why the Beautiful South tasting really is something different

Published:  06 September, 2013

The news that three of the major generic wine bodies were joining forces to present their wines in one single tasting in 2013 was greeted with plenty of enthusiasm in many quarters.  There has been a growing feeling in recent years that the single 'Wines of Xxx' tastings, which have served both exhibitors and visitors well over several years, have become jaded and predictable, and therefore all too easily avoidable.

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Published:  05 September, 2013
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Start planning your Beautiful South Tasting

Published:  29 August, 2013

With over 300 tables and 330 producers the first Beautiful South Tasting, to be held on September 11 and 12 in London's Olympia, demands a plan and the full show catalogue is now available online to download so attendees can devise a tactical plan of what producers to put on their 'must-see' list.

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Q&A: Ken Forrester and Rollo Gabb

Published:  12 August, 2013

Rollo Gabb, managing director of Journey's End Vineyards in Stellenbosch and first chairman of the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) and co-founder Ken... 

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Nederburg offers consumers chance to win dinner party experience

Published:  26 July, 2013

Distell-owned South African winery Nederburg is offering consumers the chance to win a 'premium dinner party experience' via promotional neck collars on its bottles of Winemaster's Reserve.

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Wines of South Africa starts recruitment drive for new chief

Published:  22 July, 2013

Wines of South Africa is formally advertising for a new chief executive to replace Su Birch (pictured) who stands down following the Beautiful South tasting in September.

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Tesco to launch South African wine through social media

Published:  12 July, 2013

Tesco and Enotria have teamed up to try and launch a wine that has been devised and created exclusively through social...

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Arniston Bay's Reef Pouch returns to UK

Published:  10 July, 2013

Stellenbosch Vineyards' brand Arniston Bay is returning to UK as an alternative packaging choice for consumers...

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The Beautiful South tasting signs up 280 exhibitors

Published:  02 July, 2013

'The Beautiful South', a new tasting featuring wines from South Africa, Chile and Argentina, in September has already signed up 280 exhibitors.

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WSET to launch Diploma course in South Africa

Published:  01 July, 2013

The UK based Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced it will launch the Level 4 Diploma Online Distance...

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Liberty Wines takes on SA winery Excelsior

Published:  04 April, 2013

Liberty Wines has been appointed UK agent for South African producer Excelsior.

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South African winemakers helping to raise reputation of country's wines

Published:  03 April, 2013

The new generation of winemakers in South Africa is helping to increase the prestige and sophistication of wines coming out of the country, according to leading wine critics at last week's ProWein in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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FirstCape in Ireland push

Published:  22 March, 2013

South African wine brand FirstCape has won its first listings in Ireland.

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Owner Brand Phoenix will supply its core range of full strength wines and lighter styles FirstCape Café Collection and FirstCape Light to Tesco and Dunnes stores. It will also work with distributor Classic Drinks to reach more outlets in Ireland.

 

"We are really excited to be breaking in to the Irish market. Growth in Ireland is a key part of our new global strategy and we are committed to long-term investment in the Irish market with robust plans in place for both First Cape Light and our core range of full strength wines," said Steve Barton, joint UK director of Brand Phoenix.

 

FirstCape is a global sponsor of the British and Irish Lions Tour and last year announced Irish captain Jamie Heaslip as its brand ambassador in Ireland.

 

"With the first Lions team training session being hosted in Dublin for the first time in 125 years, this is ideal timing for us to further promote the brand and our association with the Tour," Barton added.

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Premium South African wineries announce UK programme

Published:  22 March, 2013

A group of premium South African wineries have announced their programme of trade, consumer and press events for the UK in June.

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A group of premium South African wineries have announced their programme of trade, consumer and press events for the UK in June.

 

All fifteen members of Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), which launched in January to raise the profile of premium South Africa wine, will travel to London for 10 invite only events.

 

The programme begins on Monday June 3 with a consumer and trade evening tasting with QUAFF and Henry Butler Wines in Brighton and culminates in a trade tasting and dinner on Thursday June 6. Members will also be available all week for individual meetings.

 

"This is an ambitious series of activities for our first year but we are confident that there is sufficient interest in South African wine and in the dynamism of the country's winemakers and the PIWOSA group specifically.

 

"We really look forward to meeting UK consumers and those involved in all aspects of the trade to demonstrate just how far we have come in recent years and our plans for the future," said PIWOSA secretary Bevan Newton Johnson.

 

PIWOSA plans to run further activities in Scandinavia, the US, Canada, Hong Kong and China.

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Country reports: South Africa

Published:  15 March, 2013

To purchase the full report, priced £99 (ex-VAT), go to the Harpers Shop. This could well be South Africa's year, so say its proponents and supporters in the UK trade. As do high-profile writers ranging from Tim Atkin MW to Neal Martin, both of whom have singled the country out as being the most exciting New World producer today - and they are not alone. There is a groundswell of opinion that South Africa's time has come, so long as it can now capitalise wisely on the many positive currently in its favour.

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South Africa wine collective in premium push

Published:  05 February, 2013

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, a collective of like-minded, independent producers, has been launched in a bid to to raise the profile of premium South African wine.

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The Guardian's coverage has potential for "unimaginable damage", warns WOSA

Published:  28 January, 2013

Wines of South Africa has accused The Guardian of potentially causing "unimaginable damage" to the industry.

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Wines of South Africa has accused The Guardian of potentially causing "unimaginable damage" to the industry.

 

The newspaper ran an article on Thursday under the headline: Don't buy South African wines: striking workers' plea to foreign consumers.

 

The article repeated a call by Nosey Pieterse, secretary general of the black agricultural sector union, Bawusa for foreign buyers to pledge not to import South African products unless their call for a pay rise to 150 rand a day (£10.65) were met.

 

It also ran a poll in its Comment is Free section asking "Will you boycott South African wine?" in which 59% of people said they would.

 

WOSA chief executive Su Birch said the coverage unfairly targets the wine industry and "has the potential to do unimaginable damage to an industry that is working hard, through its support of the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Association (WIETA), and also Fairtrade, to ensure the ethical treatment of workers.

 

Birch said the strike action and protests the Western Cape has been carried out by workers on fruit farms - not wine farms. She also pointed out that ruling party ANC and Cosato, South Africa's largest trade union, have called for an end to the strikes.

 

"We feel the call to boycott South African wines is inappropriate and saddening. The wine industry contributes an estimated R27 billion to the South African economy and some 275,000 people are directly employed by the industry. These people will be negatively affected if sales fall - a very likely outcome when wine farms are already battling against tough market conditions and if consumers boycott our wines.

 

"We ask that consumers support the industry and farm workers by buying our wines, ensuring the efforts by WIETA, Fairtrade, Fair for Life and all our producers can continue."

 

"Whilst we acknowledge that work is still to be done, South Africa is the largest producer of Fair Trade wines in the world and the initiatives by WIETA are making real, tangible progress that puts South Africa at the forefront of ethical, social sustainability," Birch wrote in a letter to The Guardian.

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Kleine Zalze hires new winemaker

Published:  25 January, 2013

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.

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South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.

 

Botha will assist cellarmaster Johan Joubert to develop new premium white and red blends which will be launched in South Africa this year.

 

He previously worked as winemaker at Nitida in Durbanville for five years and was named Diners Club Young Winemarker of the Year in 2010.

 

"We are delighted to have made this appointment. RJ's passion, and his belief in getting quality wines in the bottle matches ours," said Joubert.

 

Kleine Zalze moved its whole portfolio in the UK to Hatch Mansfield last year.

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Last chance to register for South Africa tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

There are just a few places remaining at Harpers' upcoming Cape Crusaders - Wines for your Business tasting, which will take place on January 29.

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South Africa exports set new record

Published:  14 January, 2013

South Africa smashed its previous record to export the largest amount of wine to date in 2012.

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South Africa smashed its previous record to export the largest amount of wine to date in 2012.

 

The 417 million litres exported last year is a 17% increase on 2011 and 10 million more than the previous record set in 2008.

 

The record export year is the result of favourable currency rates, as well as a significant drop in the harvests of competitor regions including Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

 

Bulk exports made up 59% of volumes as local producers strived to compete globally and meet market demands.

 

"Obviously we would prefer the accent to be on packaged wines in terms of job retention in the packaging industry and also to maintain sustainable profit margins for producers.

 

"We are therefore greatly encouraged by the recent growth of packaged exports to North America, Japan, China, as well as several increasingly affluent African nations, all to regions where we have been increasing our marketing investment," said Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch.

 

Over the past decade bulk wine exports from the New World have risen from 20% to over half of all volumes traded. "The reality we face also confronts Australia, Chile, Argentina and even New Zealand," Birch said.

 

SA Wine Industry & Information Systems (SAWIS) has predicted that the 2013 wine grape crop will weigh in at 1.38 million tonnes - the third biggest in recorded history.

 

"This is assuming that good weather conditions continue, there is a speedy and peaceful resolution to the farmworker strikes and harvests come in on time. The anticipated crop size is despite a decrease in total plantings, thanks to one of the best winter seasons in the Western Cape for many years," Birch added.

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FirstCape reveals British and Irish Lions packaging

Published:  17 December, 2012

FirstCape has launched new packaging for its Presidents Selection wines on the back of its sponsorship of the British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia.

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Enotria partners with the Company of Wine People brands

Published:  04 December, 2012

UK importer Enotria has partnered with wine exporters the Company of Wine People in a bid to grow its South African Category in the UK.

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Cape Heritage trebles volume growth

Published:  23 November, 2012

South African wine brand Cape Heritage has made it in to the top 10 selling South African wines in the UK, with a volume growth of 198%, in less than a year after its launch.

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Chile, Argentina and South Africa join forces for annual wine tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Three of the UK's most important generic bodies have ditched their individual tastings and instead have joined forces to offer a larger event in September 2013.

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Southern hemisphere generic bodies team of for tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Generic bodies Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have teamed up to launch a collaborative generic tasting for September 2013, The Beautiful South.

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Origin Wine extends Fairtrade project

Published:  13 November, 2012

Origin Wine is launching a new Fairtrade project with South Africa's Brandvlei Cooperative in a bid to extend its range and benefit the local community.

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Distell launches new sparkler in UK

Published:  06 November, 2012

Distell is hoping to cash in on consumer demand for lower-alcohol wines with its new sparkling white.

 

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Harvest shortage: producers urged to rein in prices

Published:  02 November, 2012

Distributors are urging producers to be true to long-term partnerships and not be "too greedy" when it comes to putting prices up, as the impact of 2012's short harvest is felt.

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UK to become expert resource centre for global wine supply

Published:  23 October, 2012

The UK is turning itself into a global centre of excellence for wine distribution and understanding as it loses its place as the world's most critical wine market.

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Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieves record takings

Published:  16 October, 2012

The 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has set record-breaking figures with the highest turnover and a complete sellout of all wines.

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Jordan Wine Estate to help women enter wine industry

Published:  11 October, 2012

South Africa's Jordan Wine Estate has launched an initiative to help young women, both in the UK and at home, get into the wine industry.

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Boosting wine tourism: Geoffrey Dean blogs from Cape Town

Published:  09 October, 2012

While the biennial Cape Wine trade fair in South Africa last month was another big success, a new exhibition that ran alongside it in the Cape Town Convention Centre enjoyed a sparkling debut. Vindaba, part of a long-term strategy to boost wine tourism, derives from the South African government's aim to gain promotion by 2020 to the travellers' Premier League - the top 20 global destinations.

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South Africa all set to gain more share

Published:  05 October, 2012

South Africa is "very well positioned" to take market share from countries like Australia as it now claims to be able to supply quality wine at all price levels.

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Geoffrey Dean blog: tasting highlights from Cape Wine

Published:  28 September, 2012

After a four rather than customary two-year gap on account of the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the Cape Wine trade fair returned to Cape Town this week. A huge number of interesting and high quality South African wines were available for tasting, in the presence of a phalanx of winemakers at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Harpers sampled scores of the wines, and here are some of the highlights, all of which should be available in the UK.

 

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South Africa must not 'copycat' other wine regions

Published:  25 September, 2012

South Africa must not look to "copycat" other wine regions around the world, but follow its own path to grow, according to a leading US wine investor in the country.

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Nelson Mandela's family unveil Fairtrade range

Published:  25 September, 2012

The daughter and grandaughter of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, are introducing a new Fairltrade wine range to the UK from South Africa.

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Wineries need to build brand South Africa around world, says Accolade boss

Published:  25 September, 2012

South African wineries need to concentrate on building brand South Africa around the world if they are going to reach their full potential, according to Troy Christensen, chief executive of Accolade Wines.

TextSouth African wineries need to concentrate on building brand South Africa around the world if they are going to reach their full potential, according to Troy Christensen, chief executive of Accolade Wines.

 

Speaking at the opening session of Cape Wine 2012 in Cape Town, Christensen said he was happy to confirm Accolade was far more committed to the country than its previous owners, Constellation.


He conceded Constellation's priorities elsewhere in the world, particularly in the US, meant it could not have the same "passion" for South Africa that Accolade could now have.


Accolade, which has Flagstone as part of it South African portflio, is determined to play its part in building brand South Africa.


He said its challenge was not just in "investing in the quality of wine, but where it comes from".


Christensen said the "passion of the people and the beauty of the place" should be two driving factors in making consumers aware of South African wines. He used the examples of the enormous demand for Malbec and Moscato in the US to show how wine styles can become more important than where they are from.


Africa, he argued, has the potential to become the next economic powerhouse after China, hence why Accolade and so many other international wine conpanies were so keen to invest and have a strong footing in South Africa - its main wine market.  Africa has a great opportunity, he added, to be "a substantial driver of economic growth".


He said South Africa is well placed to benefit from growing demand from younger, better travelled wine drinkers in China who want to buy in to wine with a story and where it is from.

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South Africa at forefront of environmental winemaking

Published:  25 September, 2012

South Africa is on track to be the world's leading wine country for its environmental, sustainable and ethical practices, according to Su Birch, chief executive of Wines of South Africa.

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First South African wineries to show new ethical seal at Cape Wine

Published:  19 September, 2012

The first 26 wines to be receive the new, traceable ethical seal in South Africa will be on show at next week's Cape Wine trade exhibition in Cape Town.

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First South African wines to carry 'ethical seal' announced

Published:  13 September, 2012

The first wines to carry South Africa's new, fully traceable, ethical seal that protects employers against unfair discrimination, are to be showcased at Cape Wine 2012.

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South African wines growing at premium price points

Published:  09 August, 2012

South African wines are growing at more premium price points - those over £5 have grown 25% in last 12 months while the £7+ market has has grown 34%.

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SITT Autumn announces exhibitor line-up

Published:  07 August, 2012

SITT Autumn, incorporating the Boutique Wineries Tasting, has announced the line-up of wineries, winemakers and exhibitors attending its tasting next month.

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Ross Sleet takes up marketing role at DGB in South Africa

Published:  01 August, 2012

Ross Sleet, formerly of Kleine Zalze, is the new marketing manager of DGB wineries Boschendal and Brampton Wines in South Africa.

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Mike Matthews: behind the scenes at "Braaiday" at High Timber

Published:  26 July, 2012


High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and bloggers recently as Wines of South Africa fired up the barbie for a good old South African Braai.

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South African wine needs to rejuvenate image, says top winemaker

Published:  14 June, 2012

We need to "jack up brand South Africa" in the UK, says Vergelegen's winemaker, who believes Cabernet Sauvignon should be the country's flagship grape.

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Pieter Walser: BLANKBottle winery, South Africa on worldwide impact of competing in Wine-Stars at LIWF

Published:  29 May, 2012

I heard about Wine-Stars through the www.wine.co.za newsletter, entered online and started following Wine-Stars on Twitter.

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Peter Lehmann Wines switches distribution to Hallgarten

Published:  01 May, 2012

Australia's Peter Lehmann Wines have switched distribution from Enotria to Hallgarten Druitt.

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Justin Keay: a tour of South African wineries

Published:  25 March, 2012

Justin Keay reports back on a recent visit to 12 South African wineries.

Claire Hu: South African Classic Wine awards with a French twist

Published:  20 March, 2012


What do you get when you fly a group of French bigwigs to South Africa to judge wines made by their antipodean colleagues? An entente cordiale or a guerre froide (cold war)?

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Blog: Bespoke Wine Company on South Africa

Published:  17 February, 2012

Six months on from the Human Rights Watch report which criticised alleged abuses on vineyards in South Africa, Gavin Smith of the Bespoke Wine Company talks about the effects still being felt.

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Strong first half results from South Africa's Distell

Published:  16 February, 2012

South African drinks firm Distell delivered strong first-half results, with revenue up 16% and operating profit up 22%.

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PLB launches wholesale roadshow

Published:  20 January, 2012

UK importer, PLB is to launch its first regional roadshow in February, in order to unveil its new and improved wholesale portfolio.

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Oxford Wine Company appoints MW as buyer

Published:  06 January, 2012

The Oxford Wine Company has appointed Marcia Waters MW as its new wine buyer.

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The Grape Debate continues

Published:  06 December, 2011

Biodynamic winemaker Monty Waldin has responded to criticism that last week's biodynamics debate with viticulturist, Dr Richard Smart failed to live up to expectations. Anne Krebiehl also responds below.

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Sterling falls against US dollar, but surges against South African rand

Published:  23 November, 2011

Sterling fell to a six week low against the US dollar yesterday, but surged against the South African rand to highest level since August 2009.

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Blog: Behind the scenes at Jancis Robinson MW Wine Future tasting

Published:  09 November, 2011


Wine styles and varieties that "deserve more attention" were the focus of the 15 wines chosen by Jancis Robinson MW for her major tasting at Wine Future in Hong Kong

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South Africa's Cape Wine Europe attracts 800 visitors

Published:  13 October, 2011

Turning South Africa's Cape Wine Europe tasting into a pan-European event has "really started to pay off", with around 800 visitors attending, said WOSA's chief executive.

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Kleine Zalze appoints new marketing chief

Published:  06 October, 2011

Family-owned South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed Wynand Van Schalkwyk as its marketing and sales manager.

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Cape Wine Exporters buys Mount Rozier land and brand

Published:  21 September, 2011

Cape Wine Exporters, has bought Mount Rozier land and brand which it will launch in the UK in 2012, through Bibendum.

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Q&A with Distell in wake of human rights report on South African wine trade

Published:  25 August, 2011

Following the Human Rights Watch report earlier this week, which alleged abuses of workers on wine farms in South Africa, Harpers Wine & Spirit asked the country's biggest drinks firm Distell what it does to make sure such practices don't happen on its farms.

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South African vineyards accused of human rights abuses

Published:  23 August, 2011

An investigation into human rights abuses in South African vineyards has revealed some workers are forced to live in pig sties and don't have access to safety equipment or basic labour rights.

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South African wine in upmarket push

Published:  18 July, 2011

South African wine is going upmarket in a new initiative with independent retailers and restaurants, which aims to show the country's quality and diversity in the more premium sector.

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Insieme - Fairtrade meets natural wine

Published:  04 July, 2011

Stefano Girelli, from organic Sicilian estate, Feudo di Santa Tresa and Fair Trade South African producer, Stellar Winery, have teamed up to create Insieme (rrp £7.99).

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South African producer Overhex signs with Copestick Murray

Published:  13 May, 2011

South African producer Overhex Wines, owner of the Balance label, has partnered with wine broker Copestick Murray in the UK and Ireland.

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The? Prospector Syrah - more than just a name

Published:  22 March, 2011

More than just a name - the Jordan Wine Estate's new wine The Prospector Syrah 2008, is in acknowledgement of the public support the winery enjoyed in the successful campaign to save the Cape Winelands from a recent application to prospect and mine various minerals.

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James Lawrence blog: South African wine paradise

Published:  21 January, 2011

James Lawrence is wowed by South Africa on his latest wine trip

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South African wine set to lose protection from EU tariffs

Published:  20 December, 2010

South African wine prices in the UK may go up next year when a trade agreement lapses with the European Union.

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South Africa to shine light on Chenin Blanc

Published:  24 September, 2010
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South Africa to shine light on Chenin Blanc

Published:  24 September, 2010
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Wines in the Pres, July 10-11, 2010

Published:  13 July, 2010


What have the national wine critics had to say this week? Find out with our round up of Wines in the Press for July 10, 11.

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Claire Hu blog: South African wine opportunities in the UK

Published:  08 July, 2010

Here is a copy of an article that Claire Hu has written for www.wine.co.za

Having recently moved here from London, where I worked as a drinks journalist, I've started asking myself how South Africa squares up to the rest of the world when it comes to wine. That's particularly relevant to the UK, SA's biggest export market. While touring round the Cape meeting producers and tasting their wines, I noticed they are all asking themselves the same question: how should we be competing on an international stage?

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Richard Siddle,World Cup wine blog: Recovering from a Green day

Published:  14 June, 2010

 

Resurfaced in Cape Town after manic two days immersed in the World Cup in Johannesburg and Rustenberg. You will pleased to hear that Cape Town is covered in cloud, driving rain and whistling winds - big difference to weather up north.

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Richard Siddle, World Cup blog, Day 5: The English are coming!

Published:  12 June, 2010

After a great last day sipping and tasting my way through Stellenbosch I have now flown up to Johannesburg to the heart of the World Cup in readiness for tonight's England game.

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Richard Siddle, South Africa World Cup and wine blog. Day 4

Published:  11 June, 2010

Oh the shame, oh the embarrassment...
Here I am in South Africa on the day the country makes history and the World Cup comes to Africa for the first time. Here am I a lifelong football fan who can talk Christmas tree formations with the best of  them and who has long been the answer to England's left sided problems for years...but when asked in front of a crowded bar to blow on a vuvuzela - South Africa's icon musical emblem of the games - I fail miserably.

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Richard Siddle, South Africa World Cup and wine blog. Day 4

Published:  11 June, 2010

Oh the shame, oh the embarrassment...
Here I am in South Africa on the day the country makes history and the World Cup comes to Africa for the first time. Here am I a lifelong football fan who can talk Christmas tree formations with the best of  them and who has long been the answer to England's left sided problems for years...but when asked in front of a crowded bar to blow on a vuvuzela - South Africa's icon musical emblem of the games - I fail miserably.

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Richard Siddle, South Africa World Cup and wine day two

Published:  09 June, 2010

South Africa - World Cup...with wine
Day two for me in South Africa as part of my wine/World Cup adventure courtesy of those very nice people at Distell. Being here is a bit like being with a nation of school children waiting for Father Christmas to arrive.

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Richard Siddle, South Africa World Cup and wine day two

Published:  09 June, 2010

South Africa - World Cup...with wine
Day two for me in South Africa as part of my wine/World Cup adventure courtesy of those very nice people at Distell. Being here is a bit like being with a nation of school children waiting for Father Christmas to arrive.

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South Africa launches sustainability seal

Published:  12 April, 2010

The South African wine industry claims to have launched the world's first sustainability seal that guarantees eco-friendly production and bottle provenance.

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South Africa overtakes France

Published:  25 February, 2010

South Africa's recent success in the UK off-trade is not merely the result of favourable currency movements, according to the country's generic body.

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This issue: South Africa

Published:  25 February, 2010

Looking for a new wine to plug a regional or stylistic gap on your shelves?

The IWC's Discovery Tasting features the best new wines looking for representation in the UK. This week, South Africa

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South Africa overtakes France in market share

Published:  22 February, 2010

South African wine has overtaken French in the UK wine market for the first time in terms of volume.

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Virgin Wines helps fund South African school

Published:  19 February, 2010

Virgin Wines has announced it will help provide further funding as part of a project to build new facilities at a primary school in South Africa.

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South Africa reduces bottle weight

Published:  05 February, 2010

South Africa is lowering the weight of its wine bottles in a move to help reduce the industry's carbon footprint.

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South Africa increases market share

Published:  02 February, 2010

The UK's love for South African wine is growing after it achieved the largest increase in UK market share during 2009.

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The UK's best wine lists recognised

Published:  21 December, 2009

Harpers Wine & Spirit today reveals the shortlisted restaurants for our Drinking Out Excellence Awards, the UK's first dedicated gongs for wine lists.

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Mission Possible: the hunt for South Africa's forgotten Chenin Blanc

Published:  21 December, 2009

A quest to find South Africa's oldest Chenin Blanc vines has been resolved.

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Raising the Bar in Excellence Awards

Published:  17 December, 2009

The UK has arguably the most exciting restaurant wine and spirits lists in the world, yet the efforts of those who create them is frequently overlooked. It often seems it's the chefs who get all the glory in terms of awards and press, and the sommeliers, restaurant owners and buyers who work so hard to create the drinks offer are forgotten.

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Merchant's Taste: The Vineking

Published:  04 November, 2009

Eunice Murrison reviews the offer at the Vineking, in Reigate.

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My Taste: Wines of South Africa

Published:  04 November, 2009

Andrew Catchpole and Ted Sandbach review the WOSA Mega-Tasting in October.

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Delving into the Wine Seller

Published:  08 October, 2009

One effect the recession has had in the restaurant trade is to force businesses to be leaner but also more dynamic in a bid to survive the tough times and hold their own in an increasingly competitive industry.

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South Africa - Growth Spurt

Published:  23 September, 2009

With the WOSA Mega-Tasting days away Andrew Catchpole asks if South Africa can keep its enviable recession-beating momentum going.

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Arniston Bay and Welmoed to unveil brand extensions

Published:  16 September, 2009

After the announcement of the distribution partnership with Percy Fox & Co, the company of wine people are to unveil a series of range extensions and new vintages of its core brands Arniston Bay and Welmoed.

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£30,000 worth of wine stolen from Wimbledon warehouse

Published:  14 September, 2009

Around £30,000 worth of South African wine has been stolen from a warehouse in Wimbledon, owned by South African Wines Online.

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Arniston Bay moves distribution to Percy Fox

Published:  04 August, 2009

Arniston Bay has moved its distribution to Percy Fox following the end of Ehrmanns' partnership with the Company of Wine People and its buy out by Global Vintners.

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Wine journalists under the spotlight at LIWF

Published:  14 May, 2009

The role of the wine journalist and their influence on consumers was the subject of a lively debate at today's LIWF.

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New Taste - LIWF special

Published:  07 May, 2009

Claire Hu and Carol Emmas preview the hottest new product releases at the London International Wine Fair and Distil.

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LIWF - can you afford to miss it?

Published:  07 May, 2009

There are plenty of tailored events, tastings and seminars at the London International Wine Fair between May 12-14 to help you in your restaurant business.

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Kleine Zalze named South African No 1

Published:  07 May, 2009

Stellenbosch wine producer Kleine Zalze has been named the most widely distributed South African brand in the UK on-trade in a new trade survey.

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PLB takes Grove Mill from Paragon

Published:  24 March, 2009

PLB has picked up another wine agency from Paragon Vintners, which recently announced its closure due to adverse market conditions.

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Wines in the Press, March 7-9

Published:  10 March, 2009

What the national wine critics had to say this weekend, March 7-8

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Vergelegen moves to PLB

Published:  24 February, 2009

Premium South African wine producer Vergelegen has appointed PLB its new UK distributor.

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Wines in the Press, January 17-18

Published:  20 January, 2009

This week Tim Atkin reports back from South Africa, Joanna Simon says people should be aware of the hidden costs within promotions whilst Jancis Robinson picks out wines that offer the best value for money

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Wines in the Press, January 17-18

Published:  20 January, 2009

This week Tim Atkin reports back from South Africa, Joanna Simon says people should be aware of the hidden costs within promotions whilst Jancis Robinson picks out wines that offer the best value for money

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Wines in the Press: Sweet sherry and brilliant Bordeaux

Published:  04 November, 2008

Sherry is popular this week, with both Anthony Rose and Tim Atkin singing its praises. Meanwhile Victoria Moore reveals why an "experts' choice" in the supermarket might not always be what it seems and Jancis Robinson develops a passion for Bordeaux's 2005 vintage.

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Wine Australia starts hunt for "best and brightest" wine talent

Published:  30 October, 2008

Wine Australia has launched its search for candidates for its scholarship programme, which will offer 12 industry members the chance to go to Australia and participate in a series of educational workshops.

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Wines in the Press: sake, Constantia and the trouble with single varietals

Published:  28 October, 2008

Jancis Robinson mulls over the mysteries of sake, Jonathan Ray visits the Western Cape, and Anthony Rose joins the wine club. Meanwhile, Jane MacQuitty considers what to drink in a recession and Tim Atkin tires of the domination of the big five grape varieties in New World wine.

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Vergelegen launches vintage "V"

Published:  26 September, 2008

Premium South African winery, Vergelegen has launched the 2004 vintage of "V" - its flagship wine - onto the UK market. The wine, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (7%) and Cabernet Franc (3%), has an RRP of £56 and is targeted at both the high end retailers and on-trade. The 2004 is the third vintage of "V" to be released in the UK.

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Wines in the Press: Washington, South Africa and the rise of M&S

Published:  23 September, 2008

Peter Grogan sings the praises of Washington wines, Jamie Goode comes over all fruit and nut, and Jancis Robinson's tastebuds experience something of a sense of déjà vu this week. Tom Atkin meanwhile might not be a fan of Marks & Spencer's undies collection, but when it comes to its wines it's a different story...

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Wines in the Press: Ways to enjoy seventy-five centilitres of fun

Published:  16 September, 2008

Jane MacQuitty indulges in a spot of armchair shopping, Jancis Robinson learns where not to mention the 'S' word and Tim Aktin enjoys "seventy-five centilitres of fun" with some Sauvignon this week. Meanwhile for those with cash to flash, Antony Rose's column makes for inspiring reading...

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Wines in the Press: Biodynamic wines and barbeques

Published:  19 August, 2008

Tim Atkin has been firing up the barbeque, Jamie Goode has been getting stuck into biodynamic wines and Andrew Jefford has been seeking out some hidden gems in Romania. Meanwhile, the Nicholas chain of wine stores take a battering from Jane MacQuitty and Anthony Rose investigates the "vineyard virus" of South Africa.

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The Guardian

Published:  23 July, 2008

Variety is the spice of life, or so Victoria Moore thinks. "This is why I am suggesting a spring clean of your vinous buying habits," she reasons. We should all abolish wines from our shopping lists if, upon sipping them, "you still feel the dim, comfort-blanket recognition of something you once loved but now fail to respond to". For broadening your drinking horizons, says Moore, try the 2007 Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch (7.49, Majestic) for its "light-sabre intensity" and the 2005 Valpolicella Ripasso (6.12, Tesco). One word of warning from the Guardian critic this week, however: avoid 2007 Bordeaux Chteau de Sours Ros (8.49, Majestic) at all costs.

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Many UK consumers make a beeline for supermarket reds when they think South African but it is in the white wine aisles where this country is really accelerating, says Jancis Robinson MW. It is "one of the very few non-European wine producing countries with an outstanding track record for white wine production," she argues. Chenin Blanc is the country's most planted variety and not without good reason, Robinson feels, adding that while "South Africa's best reds are admirable" the "lesser ones can taste strangely earthy". On a recent tasting trip, the MW awarded eight South African wines more than 17 out of 20 points representing a "very good mark" on her sliding scale. Robinson's white recommendations with approximate retail prices include; the 2006 FMC Chenin Blanc, Ken Foster, Stellenbosch (17); the 2006 Chardonnay Reserve, Vergelegen, Stellenbosch (13); the 2006 Chardonnay, Oak Valley, Elgin (15) and the 2006 Vergelegen White, Stellenbosch (22).

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jancis Robinson's musings focus on Davos and a tasting she recently organised there. Her brief was "to choose some notable wines from countries or regions with a tradition of mining". In between visits from the president of Israel and Forbes magazine's seventh most powerful woman in the world, she even found time to identify the best of the bunch. 2001 Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon (12.99, buywineonline.co.uk) fared well - particularly notable as the only South African red at the tasting and also the least expensive. The tasting group's favourite and Jancis' third choice wine was the 2001 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River (43, winesearcher.com).

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

As part of the launch of the Cloudy Bay locator', JONATHAN RAY has lunch with Tony Jordan, CEO of Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay and Green Point.
Ray gives a blow-by-blow account of his meal, from eel fillet to kangaroo loin, as well as a glowing report of the various Jordan wines served with each course. It reads like a LVMH advertorial.
However, Jordan makes an interesting point: The New World is expected to be constantly on the move but nobody asks when Chteau Margaux will produce a Syrah or Chardonnay ... our parent company in France demands innovation from us then when I ask what's new with Dom Prignon, they go all Gallic, shrug and mutter, "That's different."'

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

South Africa is the least exciting red wine producing country in the New World, states TIM ATKIN MW. Why are their red wines so mediocre when their whites are increasingly impressive, he asks. Except for likes of Vergelegen, Thelema, De Toren, Tokara, De Trafford, Boekenhoutskloof, Rustenberg, Bouchard Finlayson, Graham Beck, Fairview and Tulbagh Mountain, he says there is a huge lake of underwhelming reds. On the other hand, the Cape whites are getting better and better with old vine Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesing and especially Sauvignon Blanc proving exciting for Atkin.

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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

'English wine is no longer the joke it once was,' says Owen Elias, winemaker at Chapel Down in Kent, talking to JONATHAN RAY. Ray is keeping Elias company on a visit to Jean-Philippe Archambaud, winemaker at Simonnet-Febvre in Chablis, but ends up feeling a little out of his depth once the chatter turns to rainfall, sunlight hours, sugar levels and acidity. Although he's back in the frame when the tasting of 2003 and 2004 Chablis begins: 'The wines differ across the quality levels, but their hallmark remains a soft, gentle butteriness with elusive hints of honey and an appealing freshness.' A return match is on the cards for next week, with France putting England to the test. Wines of the week include 2004 Vergelegen Chardonnay, South Africa (7.99 as part of a case; Majestic).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

If you're looking for a wine to go with bruschetta of red pepper and goat's cheese, GILES KIME says you can't go far wrong with 2005 Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc (7.99; Majestic).

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The Sunday Express

Published:  23 July, 2008

JAMIE GOODE is bowled over by South Africa, saying, 'The wine scene is so vibrant here that it's hard to keep check of what's going on.' He advises on a few top bottles such as 2005 Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc, Helderberg (7.99; Tesco, Sainsbury's) and 2004 Porcupine Ridge Syrah, Coastal Region (6.99; Waitrose).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

GILES KIME is rooting for Riesling and his drinks of the week include 2003 Bassermann-Jordan Pfalz (6.99; Waitrose) and 2003 Tesco Finest Great Southern (7.99; Tesco).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE's recommendations include 2004 Cono Sur Viognier (4.24 each when two are bought; Majestic); 2003 Vergelegen Chardonnay (7.99; Oddbins, Majestic); and 2003 The Chocolate Block (14.99; Waitrose)

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Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation appoints new board

Published:  23 July, 2008

The make-up of the new Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) Board has been announced by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, The Hon Tony Burke.

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Australia wins a third of all Gold medals

Published:  23 July, 2008

IWSC awards the country with 44 Best in Class and six Golds.

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Nyetimber set for huge expansion

Published:  23 July, 2008

Nyetimber Vineyards, the English sparkling wine company, is considering building a new winery to cope with its heavy planting programme.

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Special delivery: SITT?2007

Published:  23 July, 2008
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White Grange' to be bottled with screwcap

Published:  23 July, 2008

Penfolds Yattarna - dubbed white Grange' - will be bottled under screwcap for the 2004 vintage, released in May.

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New year, new show

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Football boss to open restaurant

Published:  23 July, 2008

Outspoken Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan is to open a restaurant on the site of the former Sugar Club in Warwick Street.

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New from Boschendal

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African wine producer Boschendal has introduced a new range of premium wines for the off-trade made up of three single varietals and two dual varietals.

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Which? barbecue wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

A Vergelegen Chardonnay from South Africa (9.49, Majestic) and a French Old Vines Grenache Noir from Marks & Spencer (5.49) are the top scorers and among the best buys in the Consumers' Association's Which? magazine On Test: Wines for Barbecues'.

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South Africa's giant leap

Published:  23 July, 2008

A few weeks ago, Sophie Waggett of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) was more than a little worried. She was in Cape
Town and awaiting the arrival of a group of 20 on-trade buyers from the UK, most of whom she'd never met. The origins of this scenario began last year, when WOSA was forced to recognise that South African wines, while generally in growth, were seriously underperforming in the UK on-trade: only 5% market share, compared to 10% in the off-trade.

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Canadian club

Published:  23 July, 2008

Picture something quintessentially Canadian. For many people, that prompt either draws a complete blank or it connotes polar bears, the Inuit (formerly known as Eskimos) and perhaps ice hockey. But vineyards and barrel-lined cellars don't fit among those frosty symbols. Wine is not really a Canadian emblem. At least not in the public mind. Informed oenophiles and members of the drinks trade, however, recognise Canada as the world's largest source of, appropriately enough, Icewine.

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Western and DGB end distribution agreement

Published:  23 July, 2008

Western Wines will no longer handle the distribution of the Bellingham and Douglas Green South African brands, following DGB's decision to open a UK office to handle distribution and marketing for these brands.

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Tokara breaks out

Published:  23 July, 2008

The first vintages of Tokara wines - owned by South African merchant banker GT Ferreira - will be launched in the UK, with an on-trade focus, at Wines of South Africa's Mega Tasting on 11 & 12 October.

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South Africa goes Mega

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is holding its Mega Tasting, aimed at the pan-European market, on Tuesday 11 October and Wednesday 12 October at Old Billingsgate Market, which looks on to the River Thames. More than 200 producers will be taking part, representing boutique vintners, corporates, cooperatives, garagistes and ngociants. Focusing on the Cape's biodiversity and the effect this has on the country's wines, and including a range of themed tastings, this event is set to be one of the biggest generic national tastings ever presented by a wine-producing country. For more information, call Sophie Waggett on 020 8947 7171 or e-mail her at sophie@winesofsa.com

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South Africa has massive problem' with on-trade

Published:  23 July, 2008

For on-trade buyers, South Africa is only good for cheap entry-point wines, predominately Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, according to Andy Bayley and John Graves, sales and marketing director and national accounts director respectively for Atlantic Wine Agencies.

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Consolidation in Germany

Published:  23 July, 2008

German entrepreneur Achim Niederberger has purchased the historic Pfalz wine estate of Reichsrat von Buhl for an undisclosed sum.

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DGB to make Boschendal a South African Penfolds'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Douglas Green Bellingham (DGB) has confirmed the acquisition of the Boschendal Wine business, with the deal going last week (see Harpers, 22 July), and pledged to increase its sales of premium wines in the UK by turning the company into South Africa's answer to Penfolds.

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Tim JohnstonJuveniles Wine Bar, Paris, France

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tim Johnston was educated
at a very second-rate public school, from which I escaped aged 17'. He worked for Findlaters for a few months, before eight months in slavery' at Chteau Cantenac-Brown.
He apprenticed with Hedges & Butler, and in 1969 he moved to France, where he has been involved with several wine bars, including Willi's and Juveniles with Mark Williamson, The Blue Fox with Steven Spurrier, and Tournon in Bordeaux with Alex Herbage. He has written for Wine International, Wine Spectator and Saveur. He has vinified in France (Bordeaux, Hermitage and Provence), America (Chateau Montelena, Jordan Winery and Bill Wheeler's winery on Dry Creek Road) and Australia (Cullen). Juveniles sells wine for off- as well as on-premise consumption, and Johnston is available to source French wines.

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South African auction wines come to the UK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Leading South African winemakers Gary Jordan (Jordan Winery) and Niels Verburg (Luddite) will be visiting London in September to present the wines on offer at this year's Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.

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Roux leaves Graham Beck after 15 years

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jacques Roux, marketing and sales director of Graham Beck Wines in South Africa, is to leave the company after 15 years.

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Showcase Showdown

Published:  23 July, 2008

2005 is already a landmark year for the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). In March, the company opened its new, customised premises in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, with a 25,000-bottle capacity and room for expansion.

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IWSC trophy winners announced at Vinexpo

Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine and Spirit Competition used the opening day of Vinexpo earlier this week to announce the first round of Trophy Winners in this year's competition.

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Leading from the front

Published:  23 July, 2008

What makes great leaders in our industry?' asked Lulie Halstead at the LIWSF Wine MBA seminar.

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Vergelegen launches most expensive SA wine in history

Published:  23 July, 2008

Award-winning producer Vergelegen has launched V', the most expensive South African wine ever released.

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Wine MBA event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Five high-profile leaders in the world wine community are set to be quizzed by Harpers editor Christian Davis at a special event at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair.

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THE INTERVIEW - LUDOVIC PECH

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ludovic Pech - Assistant manager, Chapter One, Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Kent Interview: Christian Davis

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THE INTERVIEW - NELEEN STRAUSS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Neleen Strauss, Co-owner, Vivat Bacchus, London. Interview: Josie Butchart

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ANALYSE THIS

Published:  23 July, 2008

The drinks industry - where has it been, who are the top performers and where is it going? Matt Guarente and Rob Griffin ask the Square Mile's top equity analysts to crystallise their thoughts

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TARGET PRACTICE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Having jettisoned the arrogance of Apartheid-era South African winemaking, Cape producers have made significant inroads into the lower price points in the UK market. Now, key exporters are targeting the higher price points, with greater emphasis on premium wines. Tim Atkin MW reports on their chances of making the leap

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SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Europeans often fall into the trap of thinking that Southern Hemisphere summers are as consistent as ours are fickle. But the 2002 vintage confounded that notion, with Australia experiencing its coldest-ever summer in some areas, and the south of Chile one of its wettest. Harpers reviews the mixed harvest in key New World countries

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LET'S PUT ON THE SHOW RIGHT HERE . . . .

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 21st London International Wine & Spirits Fair is almost upon us, and this year it's all change, as the fair heads east to take up residence at ExCeL in London's Docklands. Jack Hibberd looks at the reasons behind the move and its chance of success, while David Williams previews the producers and wines on show

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RED RIBAND

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite differences in classifications and hierarchies between the Old and New World, there's one list that every Cabernet Sauvignon producer would love to be on. Anthony Rose presents his top 20 Cabernets from around the world

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STELLENBOSCH AND VINFRUCO MERGE

Published:  23 July, 2008
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KWV SACKS TWO WINEMAKERS IN SA SAUVIGNON SCANDAL

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Stuart Peskett

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17 GET PLATTER FIVE-STAR TREATMENT

Published:  23 July, 2008
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STELLENBOSCH AND VINFRUCO MERGE

Published:  23 July, 2008
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FRIDJHON UNREPENTANT

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Stuart Peskett

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BOUTINOT BUYS SOUTH AFRICAN WINE FARM

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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BOSCHENDAL SOLD

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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DAVID HOHNEN RETIRES

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Max Allen

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VAN RENSBURG STELVINS

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Tim Atkin MW

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PARAGON LANDS NEWTON AND VERGELEGEN

Published:  23 July, 2008
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BOISSET AND VINCOR

Published:  23 July, 2008
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RECORD SALES AT NEDERBURG AUCTION

Published:  23 July, 2008
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PLATTER GUIDE FIVE-STAR WINNERS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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South Africa is ideal for Shiraz

Published:  23 July, 2008

by James Aufenast

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Homes for South African workers

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis

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South Africa has 3 years to gain premium image

Published:  23 July, 2008

A major South African wine company has said the country has only three years to attain a premium level for its wines.

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My View: Spotlight on South Africa

Published:  18 January, 2007

South Africa is under the UK wine trade spotlight, with everyone pontificating on the best way forward.

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Wines in the Weekly Press

Published:  18 January, 2007

Daily Mail
Oz Clarke's forthcoming BBC series - Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure - is thrown into the spotlight by JILL PARKIN as she takes a look behind the scenes of the televised French road/wine trip. She finds that Oz remains a true expert on all things vinous -when it comes to wine, he can talk you beautifully into anything' - although Top Gear's James May reveals that his car knowledge is somewhat lacking: He's quite good at talking about them in a lyrical way but he thinks they've still got carburettors.' The series will be aired on BBC2 in November.
MATTHEW JUKES recommends some inexpensive French reds, including 2004 Chteau Roubaud, Tradition Costires de Nmes, France (6.99; Yapp Brothers).

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From eco-wine to Frankenvine - by Joanne Simon

Published:  18 January, 2007

Welcome to South Africa, a place of great natural beauty, still teeming with unique and exciting wildlife in places, and home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and richest of the earth's six great floral kingdoms.

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Going for gold

Published:  18 January, 2007

There's a wintry chill in the air in the Cape, and winemakers are taking a well-earned break, hoping to reap the rewards of their hard work during previous vintages at the many competitions underway, both locally and abroad.

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Getting it right

Published:  18 January, 2007

I've just about finished reading the new wine books that filled my Christmas stocking, but once again it was a funny little book already in my possession, first published in 1954, that afforded me the most amusement over the holidays.
In his foreword to this, the third (1966) edition of C de Bosdari's Wines of the Cape, PO Sauer describes it as the first book on South African wines which will help our wine-drinkers to understand what they are drinking, how it is made and why it is good'. (It is also good for us, claims the author: Wine-drinkers, as a rule, are very healthy people, the sort of people who shamelessly turn up to bury their teetotal friends')

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