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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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