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The North Coast wine scene

Wine by Portugal, ice-bucket by SA.

Just back from a family holiday to the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and I was reminded once again how fragile the domestic wine culture is. Wine lists in restaurants are typically short and dominated by the fare offered by big distributors – it seemed … [Read more...]

Interview: Mike Dobrovic of Havana Hills

Dobrovic at leisure.

From the July issue of Business Day WANTED: Mike Dobrovic, 57, was winemaker at Mulderbosch for nearly two decades before departing in 2009 and now holds a consultancy position with Philidelphia winery Havana Hills. One of the great eccentrics of the … [Read more...]

Interview: Les Sweidan of The High Road

Les Sweidan, co-owner of The High Road.

From the June issue of Business Day WANTED: Les Sweidan spent 37 years in the short term insurance industry focused on the transport sector before selling his business to multinational insurance broker Aon in 1998. During this process, he met Mike … [Read more...]

Cork vs screwcap 2014

Cork. Good enough for these guys...

The defining moment of my recent visit to Portugal to assess the status of the cork industry was a graph depicting the total closures market for the last 10 years. Cork remains the market leader by far and furthermore it has been regaining market … [Read more...]

Interview: Carla Nieuwoudt of Tierhoek

Carla Nieuwoudt

From the May issue of Business Day WANTED: Only 26 years old, Carla Nieuwoudt has packed a lot into her short winemaking career – after qualifying from Elsenburg agricultural college in 2009, she set off to work harvests at Haselgrove Wines in … [Read more...]

Interview: Conrad Vlok of Strandveld

Strandveld's Conrad Vlok.

From the April issue of Business Day WANTED: Conrad Vlok, now 47, graduated from Elzenburg agricultural college with a diploma in cellar technology in 1989, but promptly set off to see the world hanging out in northern Mozambique and sailing the … [Read more...]