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Nedbank Vinpro Information Day 2022

The South African wine industry was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and will still take a few years to fully recover. However, through a necessity to revive, recover and rebuild, wine businesses are undergoing a mind shift in the way they do business and the industry has fast-tracked tools and initiatives aimed at becoming more robust, adaptable, competitive and sustainable. This was the message at the 16th annual Nedbank Vinpro Information Day, which was attended by close to 450 virtual and in-person delegates at Allée Bleue Wine Estate, Franschhoek, on 20 January 2022. The event was sponsored by Nedbank Business [...]

Celebrate 363 years of the triumphant South African wine industry

Raise a glass and celebrate 363 years of South African wine heritage on 2 February 2022 at 20:00. This momentous day marks the start of our winemaking industry, and calls for all with a passion for South African wine to come together, wherever they are in the world, and join in the celebratory online event.   This annual Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is free and open for all to attend and can be accessed on the day through a virtual link at   South Africa is the only country in the world that can accurately pinpoint the date of origin of [...]

Pete Goffe-Wood and the battle of the Braaibroodjie

This heritage month we challenged our winemaking family and wine adventurers around the world to join #theultimatebraaibroodjiechallenge, follow us on instagram to see more. Thanks to Pete Goffe-Wood, judge on Ultimate Braaimaster for sharing his recipe with us. Tune in to Season 7 of UBM, it starts this Saturday 25 September 2021 on E-TV @18:00. Umami Braaibroodjie Recipe …may the sauce be with you PGW eat© INGREDIENTS: 4 slices       Pain de Mie 80g            butter, melted 20g            Rosemary 100g          Onion marmalade or chutney 150g          Dalewood Huguenot, grated 4               Tomatoes 8 slices       Pancetta 1 btl           Bruce Jack Reserve Pinotage Open the Pinotage [...]

Old Mutual Wine Trophy Show 2021 – a trophy, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal

The results of the 2021 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced on a special edition of Dan Really Likes Wine at midday on 30th June. Broadcast from The Houghton in Johannesburg. In total there were 673 wines entered. There were 32 gold medals – of which 16 won trophies - 111 took home silver and 355 won bronze. Bruce Jack Heritage Collection wines, Boer maak 'n Plan Chenin Blanc 2020 and Hard Day Chardonnay 2020 (pre-release) achieved Silver and Bronze medals respectively. A shiraz from our new range Ghost in the Machine - set to launch in September 2021 [...]

New Collaboration with Mother City Fish

Capetonians have been loving the fresh, ethically caught fish that Mother City Fish delivers. Liz and Ren are passionate about sustainability and local supply.  They bring the freshest fish straight off the boats to fellow fish lovers, eliminating as much of the supply chain as possible. They started out in 2019, selling to family and friends via their area-wide WhatsApp groups, which grew quickly by word-of-mouth.  They were overwhelmed by the support from those who were tired of the poor quality of seafood in supermarkets.  During lockdown their business expanded and they added a large selection of other locally, sustainably [...]

The Berrio

21 years ago, The Berrio wine project was launched by viticulturalist and winegrape farmer, Francis Pratt and winemaker, Bruce Jack. Because Bruce spent many formative years as a boy in the Agulhas region, he chose to analyse the Elim wine ward for a university viticultural project in the mid-1990s. Coincidentally his old friend, Francis, was planning (with neighbours Dirk Human of Black Oystercatcher and Johan de Kock of Zoetendal), a pioneering winemaking joint venture. By 2000 there were extra grapes available from Francis’ farm and The Berrio was born. Named after a remarkable little ship with a fascinating history that led [...]