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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.


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.


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.


2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Jo Wehring, Wines of South Africa

Published:  22 December, 2015

Jo Wehring of Wines of South Africa looks back at a successful Cape Wine in 2015, but sees Majestic as the retailer to watch heading into 2016. She is looking foward to a new tasting in 2016 that will be hosted by WOSA called Intrepid South Africa in the autumn next year- so watch this space.


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?


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.


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.


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."


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. 


'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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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


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.