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Island of wine

“The thing you need to understand about Waiheke,” says Steve Robinson, “is that many of us came here as hippies, to drop out. The joke was that you could look across from Auckland and see the dope haze hovering. Now I can barely afford to live here.” Waiheke Island, located […]


South African fortified wines to be de-ported

The quaint, mountain-ringed town on South Africa’s longest wine route proudly claims to be the country’s “port capital”. But Calitzdorp is soon to lose its title. The word “port” will disappear from bottle labels by January 1 due to a European Union trade pact that it only applies to fortified […]


Sulphur Dioxide ‘good for grapes’: study

A study by the University of Western Australia has found that sulphur dioxide could actually have a positive effect on a grape berry’s composition. The chemical is used widely in winemaking worldwide for a variety of purposes, and is very much bête-noire of the burgeoning natural wine movement, which considers […]


Visiting the new South Africa

(CNN) — I love helping others plan a trip to South Africa. Not only does it give me a sense of home-turf pride, it’s a beautiful country to visit that’s great at looking after tourists. First, let’s get a common misconception out of the way: Yes, there is a significant […]


HRW report a vindication – FAWU/COSATU

Federation/Union says WCape farmworkers are not getting the protection they are entitled to Exploitation of wine and fruit workers exposed The false argument that South African workers are “over-protected by inflexible labour laws”, which is constantly being repeated by business leaders and commentators, without a shred of evidence to back […]


NZ news: Changes possible for winery wastewater

Wine companies in Marlborough could be asked to change the way they manage wastewater, to avoid damaging soils. Sampling by the Marlborough District Council has discovered high concentrations of potassium and sodium at disposal sites. Council soil scientist Colin Gray told the environment committee these salts were found in winery […]


AWRI seeks new managing director 1

Australia’s peak wine research body, the Australian Wine Research Institute, will be seeking a new managing director with the impending departure of Dr Sakkie Pretorius. Pretorius will leave his current position as AWRI managing director to take up a new appointment as deputy vice chancellor and vice president of Research […]


Green waste boosts Hunter grapes

Household green waste is being used as compost at a Hunter Valley winery and vignerons say it is leading to bumper crops. Tyrell’s winery has been taking green waste from households on the New South Wales central coast and using the compost in six semillon and shiraz vineyards. The Office […]