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South Africa must “sort out terroir message”

Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards in Walker Bay, believes South Africa needs to “sort out its terroir message” in order for it to be taken seriously as a fine wine producing country. Speaking to the drinks business at Cape Wine last month, Hamilton Russell said: “Sorting out […]


Sadie distances himself from Priorat

Pioneering South African winemaker Eben Sadie is distancing himself from his wine venture in Priorat, which was poisoned by vandals last year.  Sadie has made wine in the northern Spanish region since 2004 under the Terroir Al Limit label in collaboration with Dominik A. Huber and Jaume Sabaté. He works […]


Africa is the new China

Troy Christensen, chief executive of Accolade Wines, believes Africa is going to be the next China in terms of emerging economies to watch. Speaking at the opening seminar at Cape Wine 2012, Christensen told of how all eyes will be on Africa in the coming years. “Africa is going to […]


Innovation critical in flooded wine market

In case you have not heard, times are tough for all business sectors, notwithstanding the wine industry.  The familiar landscapes I enjoy on a weekly basis are changing with the increased number of FOR SALE signs standing alongside vineyards. I have previously written and spoken out in favour of embracing innovation that will advance the wine […]


Champagne growing season ‘worst in decades’

Champagne has had the worst growing season for several decades and the prospects for the 2012 harvest look increasingly bleak. Even with improved weather in the run-up to harvest, expected to start around 20 September, yields will be significantly down on recent years with frost, hail, protracted and uneven flowering and […]


Gallo swoops for Courtside Cellars

Wine giant E&J Gallo is to buy the Courtside Cellars business to feed growing demand for wines from California’s Central Coast. The company said the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, would include Courtside’s 12-year-old winery at San Miguel, capable of crushing 60,000 tons of grapes, along with 34 acres of land […]


WINE.CO.ZA hosts Cape Wine Academy intern

The Department of Tourism and Hospitality launched a program earlier this year with the Cape Wine Academy to train 200 Wine Advisors to make it possible for those without permanent employment to receive on the job training in various sectors of the wine industry.   Damian Africa from Mitchell’s Plain […]


Wine, porn, and journalism

In his 2012 Georgian Wine Guide Malkhaz Kharbedia reports that “the first example of modern Western wine journalism in Georgia” did not appear until 2006, to which wine professionals around the world might have shouted out ecstatically, “Hallelujah!” Or as the current Managing Director of a leading New York City […]