The South African Wine Industry Is An Engine Of Transformation, Don’t Switch It Off

Alert Level 3 in South Africa has been indefinitely extended, which continues to prohibit the domestic sale of any alcoholic drink for on- and off-consumption. This means our wine region is effectively shuttered, with wide-ranging consequences not only for producers but also for the tourism and hospitality industries as a whole. But this is not just about business; this ban directly effects upliftment programmes as well as NGOs whose sole reason for existence is to work within the Cape winelands to bring about change. Banning the sale of wine, means taking away funds from organisations actively making a difference in disadvantaged communities. 


An Interview With SA Wine Legend Pieter Ferreira

“Bubbles have consumed my life,” says Pieter Ferreira. It’s not an overstatement. Widely known as Mr Bubbles; Graham Beck’s cellar master has been on the bubble for 30 vintages. Coming in from the street, he shakes rain out of his hair. We sit down by the fireplace in a wine bar in Stellenbosch, with a glass of each of MCC, of course.

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South African Wine Legend: Jan Boland Coetzee

“Wine is a mirror of the environment first,” says Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee of Vriesenhof Wines . We’re sitting on the porch of his Stellenbosch farmhouse, overlooking the view of vineyards and mountains.


South Africa’s Wine Legends: Hempies du Toit

“I could drive a tractor by age six,” says Gerhard “Hempies” du Toit. He’s sitting with his back to the fireplace in the tasting room, his boerboel, Doc, lies at his feet. “It was never a


The Godfather of Grenache

Somewhere between Tulbagh and Ceres lies a wine farm called Waverley Hills.


A glass act

Is 2016 the year the world will remember as the death of the Champagne flute? If international (and local) trends have anything to say about it, they’re saying adieu to the cylindrical party favourite.


A sparkling end to 2014

There’s nothing like going out with a bang … especially when that loud noise signals the ejection of a cork from a bottle, followed by a rush of bubbles. Sparkling wine and festive celebration


Cape entering new viticultural era

The Cape is embarking on an era of great viticultural exploration. Following decades of sanctions, stifling regulations and export demand largely based on the so-called international varieties in more

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Getting to grips with site

The main motive for drawing up the Wine of Origin (WO) legislation in the early 1970s was to ease the way for South African wines to be exported to their main market, the UK, which was about to join t


A wordsmith’s praise of SA Chardonnay

Andrew Jefford is recognised as of the most gifted wine writers in the world. He has an ability to weave and sculpt masterpieces with words, each one used very carefully and with specific intent. A ve

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