Yearly Archives: 2010

Foster’s expert for wine task

FOSTER’S Group has taken the unusual step of appointing a master sommelier to a newly created position of vice-president of luxury sales in the US. He will be responsible for the group’s portfolio of high-end brands such as Penfolds Grange, Beringer, Chateau St Jean and St Clement. Read more…

Baboons gobble grapes in South African wine region

Baboons, it seems, prefer pinot noir. They also like a nice chardonnay. Largely undeterred by electric fences, hundreds of wild baboons in South Africa’s prized wine country are finding the vineyards of ripe, succulent grapes to be an “absolute bonanza,” said Justin O’Riain of the University of Cape Town. Winemakers […]

International Year of Biodiversity

27 – 28 March, Kirstenbosch The year 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and Conservation. The Biodiversity Expo 2010 was designed to address the failure of many South Africans to recognise the true value of biodiversity. The Expo serves as a communication and education tool to reach those South Africans […]


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Birding and wine tasting

Understanding wine calls for various skills and practise.   So too with birding . A beginner birder is quick to announce the species based on first sighting, whilst  an experienced birder cautiously weighs up all options.  He will consider the colour of plumage and barring, the colour, size and shape of beak; the […]

Mining group eyes winelands

Cape Town – The mining industry is eyeing the heart of the Boland wine region as well as part of the Cape Town metropole. Wine farmers and land owners are upset about a government-controlled mining company applying for prospecting rights for the Bottelary area near Stellenbosch, as well as for […]

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Addo – more than just elephants.

Addo Elephant park is located 85km’s north of Port Elizabeth and offers a wide spectrum of accommodation, from guesthouse to cottage and then safari tent experience.  In addition to the national park offering, there are private lodges like Gorah Elephant, River Bend which cater to those who want to be […]

NZ Pinot Noir classification announced

Ata Rangi, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty are the only wineries to have been given Five Stars in the Third Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification. The classification, which is based on a rolling average rating of the five most recent vintages, was revealed following the biennial Pinot Noir Conference, […]

Brian Croser blames big business for wine industry problems

ONE of the country’s leading winemakers has pointed the finger at Australia’s big wine corporations, accusing them of being responsible for the industry’s major problems. An oversupply of grapes and the decline of our international wine reputation had left the industry grappling with serious challenges, South Australian premium winemaker Brian […]

SA wine industry – 20 Years on

On the 11 February we will celebrate the anniversary of Mr Mandela’s release from imprisonment.  A question often asked of me is “have you seen real change in South Africa?” There is no single answer to this popular question, because there is so much to give thanks for.  However in terms of […]

Hanepoot picking at De Krans

During the month of February De Krans Wine Cellar, situated in the quaint little town of Calitzdorp alongside the well known Route 62, will once again be offering visitors to the area the opportunity to pick delectably sweet Hanepoot grapes.  This fun-filled picking experience will take place from 10 to […]