Tim James: Who makes SA’s best wines?

It’s widely – if not universally – agreed that the Cape’s white wines are on the whole superior to the reds. But I started getting a bit tangled up when I was wondering (prompted by a comment someone made to me recently) about which producers were the best makers of South African reds and which […]

June 12, 2017
by Christian
with 9 Comments

Two very prominent positions are open in the winelands – who’s going to fill them?

It’s been a helluva year for Tokara so far – the single best achiever at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards announced in April with three out of the 19 wines to rate 90-plus on the 100-point scale (these being the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chardonnay 2007 and Director’s Reserve Red 2007); the Reserve 2013 […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Ryan Mostert of Silwervis Wines

Ryan Mostert is the kind of guy that can’t help standing out.  Well, first off he’s tall. Then you’ll notice him for his enthusiasm, his ability to jump on the subject of wine and run with it. Add to that the eye-popping wine labels for Silwervis and Smiley (the recently launched Terracura Syrah’s branding a […]

June 7, 2017
by Malu Lambert
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Shifts in the national vineyard

Could Robertson soon become known as the Valley of Wine, Roses and Lemons? A wine-producer from the area was telling me recently that Robertson vineyards are being pulled up with increasing alacrity and replaced, in many instances, with lemons. I’ve heard this lemon story before, and it seems (or so I’m told) that the newish […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Time to overhaul the business of SA wine

We have a most curious wine industry: at present it enjoys greater visibility in more international markets than most other wine-producing nations, garnering more column centimetres from credible wine writers than any country exporting comparable volumes of premium wines, and yet it battles to survive. It is simple (and perhaps simplistic) to lay this all […]

May 31, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Tim James: On Bloemcool and a few other innovations from Fairview

Cauliflower and wine? Not a pairing with intuitive appeal – but they’re closer than you might think, at least at Fairview in Paarl. It probably wasn’t a bad idea, many decades back, to change the home farm’s name from the somewhat less mellifluous Bloemkoolfontein (cauliflower fountain). But also not a bad idea to more recently […]

May 29, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Is the wine industry getting the most out of social media?

Let’s talk about information overload. The internet as we know it (via the World Wide Web) has been with us for 28 years. The growth of the internet itself over a period as short as the last five years is staggering: Internet users have grown by 82% (1.7 billion people, or approaching 1 million new […]

May 29, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Why trying to make wine less snobby is futile

Should the wine industry work harder to position wine as a lifestyle beverage rather than the special interest preserve of a few elites? Silwervis Wines was started in the spirit of “healthy rebellion” that the now defunct Swartland Revolution epitomized by winemaker Ryan Mostert and partner Samantha Suddons, financial whizz Michael Roets and wine retailer […]

May 24, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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