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Michael Fridjhon: SA – two wine industries and very little media

It seems that there are at least two South African wine industries, and implicit in this dichotomy lie the seeds which might lead to...

Tim James: On land and our relationship to it

This past week’s flurry of concern about the threat of sandmining despoiling the viticultural Paardeberg (I trust you noticed – if not, see here)...

Does South Africa have a signature red grape?

It might not have been that clear cut 20 years ago but Chenin Blanc is now pretty much established as South Africa’s signature white...

Tim James: A visit to Hemelrand

My weighty contribution to Cape wine harvest 2017 has already been made (without getting my hands abominably sticky, fortunately). I must have carried twenty...

Marthélize Tredoux: Celebrity wine – yay or nay?

This week, I was gifted a bottle of something exciting: a celebrity wine! No, not a bottle of Château Miraval (from Brangelina’s winery –...

Tim James: Terroir as possible myth and certain inspiration

Skill and talent is what it’s really all about, but one of the best things about wine is that we think that’s not entirely...

The difficulty with terroir

The fourth annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration has just been concluded, the fundamental point of debate being whether or not the...

Tim James: Pinot noir and terroir in the Hemel en Aarde

Where there’s talk of pinot noir, there’s talk of terroir, and the influence of soil, sun and slope on perhaps the most expressively transparent...