Wine Industry’s Chance to Act on Cheap Plastic Containers

OK, we’ve got it. Or should have. The South African wine industry will never be the same again. Well, whatever is left of it after Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa and his Covid Command Council have finished with us. The authorities will, possibly together with the local liquor bodies, thrash out new regulations. Trading hours, advertising, blood-alcohol levels for drivers and drinking age-restrictions will be revisited, and revamped. Whether the new regulations are implemented, however, remains a different kettle of moonshine all together.


Chamonix Estate Joins Old Vines Project with 55-year-old Chenin Blanc

Top image: Stefan van Rooyen, left, CEO of Chamonix, and winemaker Neil Bruwer

Chamonix Estate, a leading wine producer in the Cape’s Franschhoek region, has joined South Africa’s pioneering Old Vines Project (OVP) committed to conserving the country’s old vineyards and to promote the unique quality of wines made from mature vines.


The Journal: A New Chapter in Diemersdal’s Sauvignon Blanc Legacy

Widely recognised as South Africa’s leading exponent of Sauvignon Blanc, Thys Louw is managing expectations well. The owner-winemaker of Diemersdal Estate seems to make a habit of releasing a new Sauvignon Blanc under his family farm’s brand each year or two.


Org de Rac Reaches New Milestone With Its Special Bordeaux Blend Release

In arguably its best showing in a South African wine competition to date, Swartland winery Org de Rac garnered a Top 10 spot in the annual competition for Bordeaux-style blended red wines organised by leading wine portal The Org de Rac Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Reserve 2017 beat some of the most illustrious names from the Cape’s premium wine regions to take a coveted Top 10 place, validating Org de Rac’s vision of making quality organic wines from classic grape varieties in the Swartland.


Rose Kruger: Stellekaya Winery’s Leading Light

Top image: Rose Kruger, winemaker at Stellekaya

The small town of Pniel might not be the most well-known address in the Cape Winelands, but it certainly is one of the most magnificently located.  It lies at the foot of the Franschhoek side of the Banghoek pass, nestled between the majestic Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains, and situated close enough to the vineyards for Rose Kruger to harbour ambitions of becoming a winemaker at an early age.


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De Wetshof Stalwart Finesse Chardonnay Achieves Top 100 Status and Double Platinum

Top image: Danie de Wet

The De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2019, from the vintage celebrating the 30th anniversary of this premium South African Chardonnay, showed that this style of wine is as relevant today as it was when Danie de Wet made the first Finesse in 1989. The 2019 vintage of De Wetshof’s Finesse achieved Top 100 status in the National Wine Challenge, one of South Africa’s leading wine shows, with its judges’ score presenting the wine with Double Platinum status.


The Journal: New Wines Honouring the Heritage of Diemersdal

Top image: owner-winemaker Thys Louw

Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville has released a new top-tier range of wines incorporating individually grown and crafted Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage. Called The Journal, the range honours the legacy and history of Diemersdal and the Louw family, the sixth generation of which are now presiding over the estate in the person of owner-winemaker Thys Louw.


Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon Slot for Diemersdal’s new The Journal

Diemersdal Wine Estate is the only winery from the Durbanville wine region to garner a Top 10 slot in the latest Cabernet Sauvignon Report presented by in conjunction with financial services company Prescient. The Journal Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, the first vintage of this wine in Diemersdal’s new The Journal range, was one of the ten best performers out of the 100 Cabernet Sauvignon wines submitted for the report.


Things I Learnt About The South African Wine Industry During Lockdown

Writer: Emile Joubert