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Kingsland expands bottled at source range with Boland Cellar

Published:  02 February, 2024

Major bottler Kingsland Drinks has signed an exclusive deal with Boland Cellar in a move which will expand the company’s bottled at source premium portfolio to include South Africa.


DGB expands Helderberg footprint with Avontuur

Published:  23 January, 2024

As an extension to its already-significant investment into Stellenbosch’s Helderberg wine region, DGB has signed an agreement with Avontuur Estate to take over the running of the wine brand, including its wine production facilities and cellar door.


Amandla celebrates Matthew Clark partnership

Published:  22 November, 2023

Progressive new South African wine brand Amandla is launching in the UK on-trade market this month via a new partnership with leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark.


Five minutes with Marcelo Papa, Concha y Toro

Published:  01 August, 2023

Marcelo Papa, technical director at Concha y Toro, is in the UK to bring some new wines to market, including a lighter-alcohol label. James Bayley gets the lowdown.


Soapbox: Cape expectations

Published:  13 July, 2023

Without greater financial sustainability for Cape growers, an increasing number of South Africa’s premium vineyards are under threat. DGB marketing director Andrew Harris explains the problem.


Kanonkop marks 50th with salvo of older vintages in London

Published:  11 May, 2023

Kanonkop Wine Estate celebrated its half century yesterday (11 May) with a masterclass looking back at notable older vintages of Estate Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon, stretching back several decades.


Headline heroes: Franco Bastías, Domaine Bousquet

Published:  30 March, 2023

Harpers speaks to Franco Bastías, head of agronomy & sustainability, Domaine Bousquet. 


Boutinot heads ‘home’ to New Zealand with Heaphy acquisition

Published:  17 February, 2023

Boutinot Wines, the international producer and distributor based in Manchester, has finalised the purchase of its first-ever wholly-owned vineyard site and estate in New Zealand, Harpers can reveal.


Losh and Goode blend Chenin from SA and Loire

Published:  11 December, 2022

Few would deny that Chenin Blanc is one of the world’s greats when it comes to grape varieties, but most would recognise that it sits far behind the likes of Chardonnay and Sauvignon in terms of recognition. Chenin is, of course, the de facto flagship grape of South Africa, also playing a strong role in the Loire. Here, in appellations such as Vouvray, Saumur, Angou, Savennieres, and others besides, the best – as with their Cape cousins – are world class, capable of developing great complexity while ageing for a very long time.


Black-owned, all female SA wine brand to support next generation

Published:  14 September, 2022

Amandla by Her Wine Collection is a new “progressive” brand launching out of the Western Cape, landing with the UK off-trade this autumn.


WoodWinters takes the path less travelled for portfolio refresh

Published:  23 August, 2022

‘Wines and whiskies’ supplier WoodWinters has taken on six new producers as part of a push to broaden its focus on indigenous varietals, Harpers can reveal.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.