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Tough times, but SA wine industry is tougher

The South African wine industry is going through some tough times, but sustainable growth is on the cards. What’s needed is a clear game plan, a stronger domestic market focus, ingenious marketing and a collective drive towards higher price points.

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VinPro talks wine value

How can cellars get more value for their wines, while increasing sales? How do the South African industry’s current economic realities relate to the bigger picture? Unlocking value for sustainable wine industry growth will be the focus of the Nedbank VinPro Information Day.

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2016 Absa Pinotage Awards

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Legendary Stellenbosch wine estate Kanonkop and Rijk’s Cellars from Tulbagh have furthered their dominance of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards by each raking in an unprecedented 11th Absa Top 10 Trophy. At this year’s awards function, held on 26 August at the Cavalli Estate outside Stellenbosch, the Kanonkop Pinotage 2010 and Rijk’s Reserve Pinotage 2013 won two of the Absa Top 10 trophies handed to the winning wines in the 2016 competition. The 10 winners topped a total of 144 wines entered for the event, which was the 20th time South Africa’s leading cultivar-focussed wine competition was held.

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Western Cape wine companies to expand to Mozambique

Three Western Cape wine companies are on a mission to increase the volumes of the South African wine exports to Mozambique. Thandi Wines, La Rid Mal and Bayede Marketing are part of the 25 businesses that will be showcasing their products and services at the the Maputo International Trade Fair, commonly known as FACIM, which is currently taking place (from 29 August - 4 September 2016.)

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Wesgro assists Cape companies do business in Angola

This week Wesgro is hosting a senior delegation from the Angolan Economic Ministry’s task team to revive the Lusophone nation’s economy. Wesgro is arranging meetings for the delegation with key Cape companies invested in Angola such as Shoprite, Oceana and Fruit & Veg City. They are also meeting with potential new investors whose entrance to the market will be facilitated by Wesgro.

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Kanonkop and Rijk’s make history with 11th Absa Top 10 Award Win

Legendary Stellenbosch wine estate Kanonkop and Rijk’s Cellars from Tulbagh have furthered their dominance of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards by each raking in an unprecedented 11th Absa Top 10 Trophy. At this year’s awards function, held on 26 August at the Cavalli Estate outside Stellenbosch, the Kanonkop Pinotage 2010 and Rijk’s Reserve Pinotage 2013 won two of the Absa Top 10 trophies handed to the winning wines in the 2016 competition. The 10 winners topped a total of 144 wines entered for the event, which was the 20th time South Africa’s leading cultivar-focussed wine competition was held.

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Wine grape harvest 2016 nearing its end

More than half the 2016 South African wine grape harvest is already in tanks or barrels, after what will be remembered as one of the hottest, driest seasons in the past decade.

The 2016 harvest is significantly smaller than the past three years, which were characterised by record harvests. While regions such as Stellenbosch and Swartland are nearing the end of their harvest season, there are still quite a lot of wine grapes to be harvested particularly in Worcester and Klein Karoo.

According to the head of VinPro’s viticultural consultation service, Francois Viljoen, this vintage has tested winemakers’ skills. “In general, the acidity and alcohol levels were quite low and winemakers need to work smart to obtain good quality wines. However, smaller berries that resulted from the dry conditions could lead to concentrated flavours, while low alcohol wines will be received well by the market,” explained Viljoen.

He emphasised that regions where the grapes had already been harvested will benefit from rainfall in the next few months – especially restoring water resources for the 2017 season.

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It’s a seller’s market for Cape wine farmers

Cape wine farmers are expecting a much lower yield this year due to the extremely hot and dry conditions in the region, Francois Viljoen of VinPro told industry stakeholders on Thursday at the Nedbank VinPro information day held at the CTICC. However, the smaller, more concentrated grapes do promise excellent quality wines.

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