Making Wine Work

Despite focussing on the drought, global short supply, the challenge of pricing and branding as well as political and policy uncertainty, I left the annual Vinpro information day inspired that we can


The Intrigue That Is Franschhoek Méthode Cap Classique

Whether it is the rich heritage, the special secondary fermentation in the bottle, the controversy around its name or just the fact that it is used to celebrate life?s big moments, most agree that th


Social Media in China – a challenge we cannot ignore

Image source Both for my personal use and for our companies, we have embraced Social Media – or New Media as we like to call the very much integrated media landscape. For Social Media, we write blo


Merlot or Margarita? Do you have to start fretting over the kJ’s in your glass?

Yesterday published an article on the suggested calorie counts on wine labels in the UK. Just over a year ago, another UK drinks magazine, The Drinks Business, reported on the UK Governm


South African wine, made for China

I chatted to CNN Marketplace Africa on the prospects and potential for South African wine in the Chinese market, how we have to compete in the luxury goods market, how to address the cultural differe


Initial thoughts on the 2014 harvest

We started the 2014 harvest at La Motte this week and after chatting to our Cellarmaster, Edmund Terblanche and Viticulturist, Pietie le Roux, I thought to share some of our initial expectations. Wit


The Wonderful World of Wine

This week I read quite a few interesting wine-related stories and was again reminded of the wonderful world of wine. Although it is a debated subject, I would like to believe that wine has some heal


The Millennials – worth another look

 Picture source At the end of last year I had a look at the various generations from Baby Boomers to the Millennials. We tried defining them and looked at their wine consumption and spending pattern


My wishes for 2014

How exciting it is to stand at the beginning of a new year – 365 days of opportunity lying ahead of us. And it is up to us to make every day count. Of course there will be difficult times and chall


Wishes for a wonderful 2014!

How quickly 2013 has come and gone! Let's not waste any of our precious moments in 2014 - let's make them all count! My wish for you is a blessed and successful year filled with love and h

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