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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.