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 www.sawineharvest.co.za.   South Africa is the only country in the world that can accurately pinpoint the date of origin of [...]

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 [...]

Drinks International: The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 Revealed

Drinks International has unveiled its eagerly anticipated list of The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021. The brands were chosen by an academy made up of the world’s leading wine experts, including buyers, sommeliers, wholesalers, bar owners, Masters of Wine, writers and educators from 48 different countries. Familia Torres from Spain surged to the number 1 spot in the rankings after impressing our academy with the quality and consistency of its wines. It also was awarded the Most Admired Wine Brand in Europe. Catena, a family-owned winery in Mendoza with a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest Malbec, [...]