During the International Wine & Spirit Competition awards banquet held last night in London, Kanonkop’s Abrie Beeslaar was announced as Winemaker of the Year, repeating the feat of his predecessor Beyers Truter, who won the title in 1991. South Africa also won the following varietal trophies: Best Pinotage – Kanonkop 2012 Best Riesling – Paul […]
John Platter founded what is today Platter’s South African Wine Guide in 1979 and ran it until 1997. He’s back with a new wine book called My Kind of Wine (price: R375). Hard-cover and 224 pages in length, it’s substantial even if not all-inclusive. “This is not a systematic – much less comprehensive – tour […]
Entries for the second annual Wine Label Design Awards are now open. The awards are proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel and are convened by Winemag.co.za – Wine magazine was published from 1993 until 2011 and now lives on in digital form. Cape Town advertising and design studio At Pace designed the logo and […]
Announced last night: Young Winemaker of the Year: Philip Viljoen – Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest 2015 (category: any white wine) Winemaker of the Year: Johann Fourie – KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2013 (category: non-Bordeaux single varietal red wines excluding Shiraz)
Breaking news is that the Swartland Revolution which ran from 2010 to 2015 and aimed to raise general awareness of the area’s wines is no longer. Future energies will be directed towards promoting Swartland Independent. Read the official statement here.
Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2014: 10. Vin de Constance 2009 – score: 95 63. Mulderbosch Block […]
Three SA wines feature in the “Too 100 Cellar Selections 2015″ of US publication Wine Enthusiast. These are: 62. De Toren Fusion V 2012 – score: 94 80. MR De Compostella 2012 – score: 94 93. Vilafonté Series C 2012 – score: 94 To read the list in full, click here.
Bizcommunity.com reports today that major local seafood restaurant chain Ocean Basket has done away with wine listing fees. Read the full story here. Read our January article by David Clarke of wine agency Ex Animo which helped to re-ignite the debate here.