'Cape Town', new Wine of Origin District

Holly Motion - 12 Jun 2017

South African wine is on track to attract greater international attention after a ‘ground-breaking’ move by the South African Wine and Spirit Board. A Wine of Origin District named after Cape Town, has been approved and those in the know think it’ll elevate the profile of South African wine.

Ghost vines re-emerge in SA drought

Drinks Business - 26 May 2017

The worst drought in a century in the Western Cape has led to a large field of ‘ghost vines’ reappearing as the dam water that once covered them recedes.

Image: Jaco Engelbrecht

SA making strides in leafroll virus management

Bizcommunity - 19 May 2017

Through focused research, trial sites and a formalised Leafroll Control Protocol, the South African wine industry has made great strides to halt the spread of leafroll virus which poses a major threat to wine grape producers as it can shorten the lifespan of vineyards and deteriorate grape and wine quality.

2017 SA Harvest one of the best in many years

Lauren Eads - 15 May 2017

South Africa’s 2017 grape harvest was slightly larger than the previous year, wine industry body VinPro has confirmed, with dry conditions offset by cool nights resulting in healthy vineyards and good grape concentration.

Cape vineyards hit by 'devastating' black frost

eNCA - 21 Oct 2016

A week of unexpectedly cold spring weather resulted in black frost descending on several pockets of vineyards in the Western Cape.

Image: ANA/Breedekloof Wine Valley


VinPro press release: 10 May 2016 - 10 May 2016

Challenging conditions led to a reduced wine grape crop for South African producers in 2016, but grapes were healthy and concentrated flavours promise good wines. This according to the viticultural consultants of VinPro, the representative organisation for close to 3500 South African wine producers and cellars.



- 28 Apr 2016

Marli Louw, a PhD student at the Dept. of Viticulture and Oenology has entered the FameLab competition and was selected as one of the top 10 Finalists for the FameLab South Africa. Marli will present her talk on the 4th May at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

FameLab is an international competition which aims to nurture engagement between science and society by creating spaces for young people to find their voices and talk about their science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The project started in 2005 at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom and quickly became an international initiative, currently present in 26 countries worldwide thanks to a partnership with the British Council. FameLab is designed to inspire and motivate people working in science and technology to play an active role in communicating their fields to the public through the medium of a talk given before an audience in 3min. The British Council and local implementing partner Jive Media Africa are running FameLab in South Africa in partnership with the South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation. 

The semi-finals videos was uploaded to the SAASTA website (and also YouTube). There is a voting poll on the website and we were hoping for your everyone's support and votes.



www.themediaonline.co.za - 22 Apr 2016

A South African team of neuromarketers and neuroscientists have announced the launch of the world’s first ever NeuroWine, a wine that was developed by taking the tools and technologies that are traditionally used in neuroscience and applying them to the art of wine-making.

Image: www.themediaonline.co.za


Potato protein now legal for use in South African wine production

Karien O'Kennedy - 05 Apr 2016

On 21 August 2015 the Wine and Spirit Board published that specific potato and pea proteins are now legal for use in juice and wine fining

Stellenbosch University Oenology lecturer recognised for excellence in teaching

by Engela Duvenage, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University - 05 Apr 2016

Marianne McKay, who teaches Oenology at Stellenbosch University (SU), has been recognised for her engaged teaching strategies. This lecturer, who works in the Department of Viticulture and Oenology (DVO), is to receive the 2015 National Excellence in Teaching Award. It is awarded annually by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) in recognition of excellent teaching at South African universities.

January 2016 Newsletter

Karien O'Kennedy - 25 Jan 2016

This January newsletter provides information and resources on handling smoke tainted grapes and wines.

South African wine board approves regulatory reforms

by Darren Smith in the Drinks Business - 03 Oct 2015

The South African Wine and Spirit Board (WSB) made amendments to its wine regulations last month following extensive lobbying from the Swartland Independent group of winemakers. 

The regulatory amendments include the introduction of six new classes of wine – “skin-macerated white”, “extended barrel-aged white/gris”, “natural pale/non-fortified pale”, “methode ancestrale”, “alternative white/red” and “sun wine”.

Image: www.thedrinksbusiness.com

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