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Country reports: South Africa

Published:  15 March, 2013

To purchase the full report, priced £99 (ex-VAT), go to the Harpers Shop. This could well be South Africa's year, so say its proponents and supporters in the UK trade. As do high-profile writers ranging from Tim Atkin MW to Neal Martin, both of whom have singled the country out as being the most exciting New World producer today - and they are not alone. There is a groundswell of opinion that South Africa's time has come, so long as it can now capitalise wisely on the many positive currently in its favour.


South Africa wine collective in premium push

Published:  05 February, 2013

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, a collective of like-minded, independent producers, has been launched in a bid to to raise the profile of premium South African wine.


The Guardian's coverage has potential for "unimaginable damage", warns WOSA

Published:  28 January, 2013

Wines of South Africa has accused The Guardian of potentially causing "unimaginable damage" to the industry.


Kleine Zalze hires new winemaker

Published:  25 January, 2013

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.


Last chance to register for South Africa tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

There are just a few places remaining at Harpers' upcoming Cape Crusaders - Wines for your Business tasting, which will take place on January 29.


South Africa exports set new record

Published:  14 January, 2013

South Africa smashed its previous record to export the largest amount of wine to date in 2012.


FirstCape reveals British and Irish Lions packaging

Published:  17 December, 2012

FirstCape has launched new packaging for its Presidents Selection wines on the back of its sponsorship of the British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia.


Enotria partners with the Company of Wine People brands

Published:  04 December, 2012

UK importer Enotria has partnered with wine exporters the Company of Wine People in a bid to grow its South African Category in the UK.


Cape Heritage trebles volume growth

Published:  23 November, 2012

South African wine brand Cape Heritage has made it in to the top 10 selling South African wines in the UK, with a volume growth of 198%, in less than a year after its launch.


Chile, Argentina and South Africa join forces for annual wine tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Three of the UK's most important generic bodies have ditched their individual tastings and instead have joined forces to offer a larger event in September 2013.


Southern hemisphere generic bodies team of for tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Generic bodies Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have teamed up to launch a collaborative generic tasting for September 2013, The Beautiful South.


Origin Wine extends Fairtrade project

Published:  13 November, 2012

Origin Wine is launching a new Fairtrade project with South Africa's Brandvlei Cooperative in a bid to extend its range and benefit the local community.


Distell launches new sparkler in UK

Published:  06 November, 2012

Distell is hoping to cash in on consumer demand for lower-alcohol wines with its new sparkling white.


Harvest shortage: producers urged to rein in prices

Published:  02 November, 2012

Distributors are urging producers to be true to long-term partnerships and not be "too greedy" when it comes to putting prices up, as the impact of 2012's short harvest is felt.


UK to become expert resource centre for global wine supply

Published:  23 October, 2012

The UK is turning itself into a global centre of excellence for wine distribution and understanding as it loses its place as the world's most critical wine market.


Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieves record takings

Published:  16 October, 2012

The 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has set record-breaking figures with the highest turnover and a complete sellout of all wines.


Jordan Wine Estate to help women enter wine industry

Published:  11 October, 2012

South Africa's Jordan Wine Estate has launched an initiative to help young women, both in the UK and at home, get into the wine industry.


Boosting wine tourism: Geoffrey Dean blogs from Cape Town

Published:  09 October, 2012

While the biennial Cape Wine trade fair in South Africa last month was another big success, a new exhibition that ran alongside it in the Cape Town Convention Centre enjoyed a sparkling debut. Vindaba, part of a long-term strategy to boost wine tourism, derives from the South African government's aim to gain promotion by 2020 to the travellers' Premier League - the top 20 global destinations.


South Africa all set to gain more share

Published:  05 October, 2012

South Africa is "very well positioned" to take market share from countries like Australia as it now claims to be able to supply quality wine at all price levels.


Geoffrey Dean blog: tasting highlights from Cape Wine

Published:  28 September, 2012

After a four rather than customary two-year gap on account of the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010, the Cape Wine trade fair returned to Cape Town this week. A huge number of interesting and high quality South African wines were available for tasting, in the presence of a phalanx of winemakers at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Harpers sampled scores of the wines, and here are some of the highlights, all of which should be available in the UK.