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French give green light for global Chenin conference in South Africa

Published:  15 June, 2022

Stellenbosch has been selected as the global meeting point this November for a prestigious, multi-disciplinary congress on Chenin Blanc, a grape variety regarded as key to the future of wine growing. 

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South Africa’s 2022 will still pack a punch despite smaller grape crop

Published:  06 June, 2022

The annual South African Wine Harvest Report suggests that the 2022 vintage “will wow consumers with exceptional quality wines," albeit from a smaller grape crop than in 2021. 

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Vergelegen Estate appoints winemaker Luke O'Cuinneagain

Published:  24 May, 2022

Vergelegen wine estate, one of South Africa’s premier wine producers, has announced the appointment of its new winemaker.

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First ever NFTs of South Africa’s finest wines sold for £175k at auction

Published:  27 April, 2022

A collection of five of South Africa’s finest and most historic wines have been sold as NFTs, marking a first for the South African fine wine industry.

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Strauss & Co launches Africa’s first NFT auction with SA’s leading fine wine producers

Published:  11 April, 2022

South African auction house Strauss & Co has partnered with five of SA's most respected fine wine producers to offer Africa’s first fine wine Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) on auction from 18-15 April. 

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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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Van Wyk Family Wines joins the Bancroft Portfolio

Published:  01 March, 2022

The UK based importer, Bancroft Wines, has added the Van Wyk Family Vineyards to its South African portfolio.

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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 Africa's wine industry “must adapt to survive”

Published:  21 January, 2022

Wine oversight body Vinpro has urged South Africa’s winegrowers to use the pandemic crisis as an opportunity “to revive, recover and rebuild,” adapting current business models to better cope with a rapidly changing world.

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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 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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New double bill sparkling launch for Graham Beck

Published:  11 October, 2021

South Africa’s leading sparkling wine brand in the UK market Graham Beck has launched a new ‘double bill’ named Yin & Yang, as part of its artisan collection.

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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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Radford Dale buys Elgin Ridge

Published:  07 September, 2021

South African label Radford Dale has acquired Elgin Ridge, Elgin's only certified organic and biodynamic wine estate.

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SA: When more is less

Published:  26 August, 2021

With South Africa’s wine industry enduring many challenges, including oversupply, we speak to leading producers and importers/buyers to assess how these will affect the country’s position in key markets, such as the UK. By Andrew Catchpole.

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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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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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