New irrigation book – valuable resource for wine grape growers

Lucinda Heyns - 24 Aug 2018

The book Handbook for Irrigation of Wine Grapes in South Africa, written by Dr Philip Myburgh, was launched on 15 August. Dr Philip Myburgh (Senior Researcher at ARC Nietvoorbij) has more than 40 years of experience as a researcher in irrigation of vineyards.

Smallest wine grape crop since 2005

Bizcommunity - 02 Apr 2018

As wine grape producers and cellars take in the last of the 2018 wine grape harvest, viticulturists and cellars estimate that it will be the smallest crop since 2005, according to SAWIS (SA Wine Industry Information & Systems).

Image: Vinpro

SA making strides in leafroll virus management

Bizcommunity - 31 Jan 2018

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.

Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences celebrates successes of its first five years

Engela Duvenhage - 31 Jan 2018

To celebrate the IGWS’s fifth anniversary, important role players in the local wine and viticulture industries recently gathered on the wine estate L’Omarins of business leader and Stellenbosch University (SU) chancellor Dr Johann Rupert. The host of the evening, Dr Johann Rupert, and other industry leaders were among the driving forces behind the IGWS’s establishment. These are some of the success stories of Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences (IGWS). It was founded in 2013 thanks to funding received from the Reinet Foundation, VinPro and Sanlam.

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.



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.



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.

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”.


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