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Tim James: On the demise of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

One of the more pleasing things about South Africa’s generic marketing in the last decade has been the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (associated with the World Wildlife Fund). It’s gone far beyond public relations bluff and has achieved significant gains: many farmers have been encouraged to adopt biodiversity-friendly practices and also to set aside areas [...]

March 23, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: On how SA wine rates in a global context

Michael Fridjhon has some interesting musings in his current Business Day column, in which he enthusiastically (even fulsomely) welcomes the visit of Jancis Robinson to the Cape – and hopes it will do the South Africa wine industry’s international reputation good. Me too to all that, but I’m puzzled when he suggests that “the palpable [...]

January 19, 2015
by Tim James
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WOSA announces new CEO

Wines of South Africa, the not-for-profit industry organisation which promotes the exports of all South African wine, has announced the appointment of a new CEO. She is global marketing specialist Siobhan Thompson, who succeeds Su Birch with effect from November. Birch will remain until the end of the year to ensure a smooth handover, before [...]

September 19, 2013
by Christian
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012: Anthony Rose on regionality

What’s the general perception of South African wine in the UK right now? “You need to make a distinction between the person who buys from a supermarket and the person who buys from an independent wine merchant,” says Anthony Rose, UK wine professional and one of the three international judges at this year’s Old Mutual [...]

May 28, 2012
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Trevor Immelman endorses Meerlust Rubicon

How to crack the American market? It’s a question that’s perplexed the industry in recent years. One way is surely celebrity endorsement. Mucking about on Twitter the other day, I entered the keywords “South African wine” in order to gauge what Twitter’s 140 million users had to say on the subject. In so doing, I [...]

April 17, 2012
by Christian
with 1 Comment

SA wine in a sound bite

During lunch yesterday hosted by Billy and Penny Hughes to promote their Nativo wines, I sat next to Tanja Robinson of wine exporters Robinson & Sinclair (clients including the likes of Havana Hills and Saronsberg as well as Hughes Family Wines) and she was relating the typical prejudices she encounters about South African wine when [...]

July 1, 2010
by Christian
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