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Where is South Africa’s Penfolds Grange?

Where is South Africa’s Penfolds Grange? Penfolds itself was founded in 1844 and Max Schubert became the Australian company’s first chief winemaker in 1948...

Tim James: On Ryan Mostert of Terracura and other labels

Last week, on the rainiest Cape Town day for a long time, Ryan Mostert was pouring his latest wines at a trade tasting in...

Tim James: Some observations on the Trophy Wine Show winners

There have already been some irritated comments on Winemag about the results of the Trophy Wine Show, pointing to some of the nonsenses that...

Michael Fridjhon: Why foreign investment in the winelands should be celebrated

The first foreign investment in the Cape wine industry was made by the Vereenigde Landsche Ge-Oktroyeerde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) shortly after Jan van Riebeeck...

Tim James: On Dragonridge

Johan and Diana Simons’s Fynbos Estate is in one of the sprawling Paardeberg’s many kloofs – across a few high ridges from more lushly...

Tim James: Ernie Els Wines approaches two decades

When golfer Ernie Els teamed up with Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede for the first wine to be produced under his eponymous label,...

How the Internet is set to change SA wine culture

However distasteful the practice of wine listing fees that restaurants attempt to extract from producers, we must conclude that the fact that it still...

Tim James: SA wine and German aristocrats

The contribution of Germans to Cape winemaking is extraordinarily large – really, it needs to be properly researched and written up sometime. It started...