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Marthélize Tredoux: What SA wine needs to do to crack the American market

There has been some introspection in recent opinion pieces on this site around South African wine in international markets – both on how the world sees us as well as our actual performance (see here and here). Nutshell version: our wines are consistently getting great recognition from international critics (Tim Atkin, Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson […]

May 26, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: How to save SA’s old vines

The plight of old vines, or more correctly, of the owners of old vineyards, has been in the media lately. It is becoming increasingly clear that, pretty much at the same time as we have discovered the joy of wines made with fruit harvested from old vines, we’re about to watch our heritage vineyards vanish […]

May 25, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

Are we all talking about the same thing when it comes to “elegance” in wine?

It strikes me there are two opposing conceptions of what “elegance” in wine means. After attending the recent “SA Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off” featuring 12 wines priced between R735 and R2 450 a bottle, I made the observation “sweet and smooth trumps savoury and grippy” which upon reflection, seems superficial. What’s really going on is […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part Two

Twenty years ago, as the millennium approached, and the Cape wine revolution gathered momentum, the Lammershoek farm on the Paardeberg was still delivering its grapes to the local co-op, where they largely disappeared into the voluminous anonymity of vast blending tanks. Then, after an ownership change, the Lammershoek cellar was recommissioned, and increasingly the grapes […]

May 23, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

SA’s top 15 varities – trends in plantings

According to SAWIS, the South African national vineyard has declined by 2.96% to 98 596.8ha between 2005 and 2015. Here are the current plantings of our top 15 varieties and whether these trended up or down over the same period: 1. Chenin Blanc – 17 965ha (DOWN by 5.7%) 2. Colombar – 11 839ha (UP […]

May 20, 2016
by Christian
with 6 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Why SA grape growers have to get more money

In an article published earlier in the week on Daily Maverick , industry commentator Michael Fridjhon argues that “the proceeds of unequal deal-making are as addictive as other forms of corruption” and that  “in this food chain [SA wine production], the retailers and the big brand owners dine best, and they are addicted to the […]

May 20, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 0 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Peter Bayly of Peter Bayly Wines

Nothing can prepare you for the sheer drama of Peter Bayly’s Klein Karoo vineyard. Hidden just off a dirt road, a sign with a flying pig swings lightly in the dust. The entrance is humble, which makes the view of the vineyard as you turn the corner even more thrilling. Bordered by towering cliffs strung […]

May 17, 2016
by Malu Lambert
with 0 Comments

Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part One

Why does South Africa have so few wineries? And does it matter? To answer the second question briefly: I think it matters a lot: it is symptom and partial cause of some serious problems of quality, price and image for Cape wine. To answer the first question I’d better show first that it is a […]

May 16, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment
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