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SA wine grape harvest passes halfway mark; promising wines underway

Published:  29 March, 2022

After a slow start, harvest is well underway as more than half of South Africa’s 2022 wine grape crop has already been taken in at cellars. The crop is still estimated to be smaller than in 2021 but larger than the five-year average.

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Chris Frederick and Damola Timeyin, Spearhead Spirits

Published:  29 March, 2022

Having launched their all-African Bayab gin range and Vusa vodka – and with more to come – Spearhead Spirits founders and friends Chris Frederick and Damola Timeyin talk Andrew Catchpole through their mission to put African spirits at the top table

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Hallgarten & Novum expands its South African portfolio

Published:  18 February, 2022

Specialist wine importer, Hallgarten & Novum has announced new additions to its South African portfolio, introducing Lomond Wines and Elgin Valley’s Spioenkop, which achieved a first growth classification in Tim Atkin’s South Africa 2021 Special Report.

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Bibendum expands portfolio with 'inspirational' South African wine brand

Published:  08 February, 2022

South African wine brand, Kumusha Wines, has appointed Bibendum as its exclusive distributor in the UK.

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South Africa anticipates reduced grape harvest in 2022

Published:  24 January, 2022

As vintage 2022 approches, South Africa's winegrowers are expecting a relatively small crop overall, when compared to last year.

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South African packaged wine exports to UK rise 25%

Published:  20 January, 2022

In a massive boon for South Africa's quality-led growers, total exports of South African wine to the UK rose 20% by value and 12% in volume in 2021 according to the latest figures released by industry body SAWIS.

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South Africa celebrates 'small but high quality’ 2021 harvest

Published:  07 December, 2021

The South African wine industry has released a favourable crop estimate following the 2021 growing season.

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South Africa trade slams new travel ban

Published:  29 November, 2021

The international communities’ decision to prohibit travel to South Africa will have “significant implications” for the nation's struggling wine and tourism industries, according to oversight body VinPro.

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Chronic Sauvignon Blanc shortfall creates “unprecedented opportunity”

Published:  17 November, 2021

New Zealand will not be able to satisfy forecast global demand for Sauvignon Blanc in 2022, due to an exceptionally small harvest this year.

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Producer Q&A: Niël Groenewald and Zinaschke Steyn, Nederburg

Published:  05 October, 2021

Nederburg is the largest exporter of premium wine in South Africa, carrying a torch as a standard bearer for the country worldwide. Jo Gilbert talks bans, lockdown harvests and mental health resets with two of the company’s leading figures, MD Niël Groenewald and red winemaker, Zinaschke Steyn,

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CapeWine organisers unveil new 2022 date

Published:  21 September, 2021

The next edition of CapeWine will take place from 5 to 7 October 2022, following its 12 month postponement.

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Vinpro: ‘Hopeful for a positive outcome’

Published:  26 August, 2021

Vinpro has said it is “hopeful for a positive outcome” following the announcement by the Western Cape High Court that it reserved judgement in the court case during which the industry body contested the approach followed by government towards alcohol ban restrictions.

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Q&A: Rollo Gabb, Journey’s End

Published:  24 August, 2021

Having bagged Star of South Africa and a deserved Star Design for his Journey’s End estate’s Identity wines, owner Rollo Gabb talks Andrew Catchpole through the label and liquid behind these Wine Stars Awards winners.

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Vinpro pledges to continue fight as court case starts

Published:  23 August, 2021

Vinpro has pledged to continue its fight to help fully reopen and rebuild the SA wine industry.

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Long read: Museum Wines’ MD Daniel Grigg shares his passion for South Africa

Published:  12 August, 2021

Long a champion of The Cape, Daniel Grigg gives the lowdown on why the wines make commercial sense and what more needs to be done to communicate its vinous cornucopia. 

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DGB acquires majority stake in Backsberg

Published:  11 August, 2021

South Africa’s DGB has acquired the majority shareholding in Backsberg, a long-established name in the Cape winelands which has been in the hands of the Back family for over a century.

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Court reserves judgement on Vinpro interdict application

Published:  22 July, 2021

The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgement on Vinpro’s urgent interim interdict application that would afford the Premier of the Western Cape the power to adopt deviations to the national ban to enable off- and on-consumption sale of alcohol in the province.

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Vinpro interdict hearing to take place Wednesday

Published:  20 July, 2021

Vinpro has confirmed that it is to argue its urgent interim interdict application in the Western Cape High Court tomorrow (Wednesday 21 July).

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Waitrose further supports SA wine industry

Published:  13 July, 2021

Waitrose has announced it is offering a one-off virtual tasting in order to further support the beleaguered South African wine industry.

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Vinpro interdict hearing postponed

Published:  07 July, 2021

Vinpro’s urgent interim interdict application to lift the latest ban on wine sales in the Western Cape has been postponed.

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