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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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Enter Story Headline

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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Enter Story Headline

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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Enter Story Headline

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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