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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.%.


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.


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.


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

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.


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... 


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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...


Liberty Wines takes on SA winery Excelsior

Published:  04 April, 2013

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


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.


FirstCape in Ireland push

Published:  22 March, 2013

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.