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The industry is progressing and changing at speed, as South Africa is increasingly recognised for premium wines and world-class wine tourism. Read all the latest news from Wines of South Africa...

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Planning to visit Cape Town and the Western Cape? Come and enjoy, but be mindful of the drought

By Admin | 29 January 2018

Come and enjoy…. Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business in spite of the current drought. 

Visitors are arriving in a place with a significant breadth and depth of experiences, and exceptional beauty. However, as beautiful as it is, the Western Cape is a water-scarce part of the world (much like other successful tourist regions like Southern California and Western Australia) and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and susceptible to periodic droughts. 

At present the Western Cape is experiencing a significant drought. This is a one in 1000-year occurrence. To counter the short-term effects of the drought, the City has put in place a number of initiatives to increase the supply of water and make provision for extreme water shortages. There are still many places across the Western Cape that are not as severely affected by the drought such as the nearby Garden Route and the Cape Overberg. …but be mindful.

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South African wine specialist launched

By Admin | 5 December 2017

A new online retailer, Vino Pronto, has launched to offer an exclusively South African range of wines, delivered directly to your doorstep. 

Vino Pronto is the brainchild of Richard Kilian who runs the UK side of the business and Luke Hirst who has his eyes and ears in Cape Town, working directly with many of the wine-makers they represent.

With many wines listed on their website exclusive to Vino Pronto in the UK, their range is focused whilst offering something for everyone. We highly recommend signing up to their newsletter to find out more and keep an eye on their website for details of wine tastings and events

Visit Vino Pronto at http://www.vinopronto.co.uk/

 

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Nederburg, #DoYourPart, Qhubeka, Team Dimension Data

On your bike!

By Admin | 31 October 2017

Now is the time to get active and beat those winter blues by joining one of our award-winning premium wine brands, Nederburg, as they encourage you to #DoYourPart by riding your bike and raising money to get communities across Africa mobilised and moving forward. 

 

Nederburg believe that cycling, like wine, is complex, intense, requires passion, discipline and evokes real emotion. And so, the partnership with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was born. 

 

Qhubeka, named after a Nguni word that means “to carry on,” “to progress,” “to move forward”, believes that mobilising people with bicycles can change lives by creating access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities. Today the majority of Africa’s rural population suffers from limited means of transportation, having to walk long distances to get to these basic amenities. By providing bicycles to these communities, Nederburg and Qhubeka’s continued partnership enhances lives by simply cutting travel time. This leads to societies having a better quality of life and being able to achieve what would not have been possible before.   

  

So how can you #DoYourPart?

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It's hard to travel to Italy and not to fall in love with it. There's something unique about the country, and this extends to its wine regions. One of the appealing factors, I guess, is that Italian wines aren't all that easy to 'get'. They are an acquired taste, and these often end up being the most enduring tastes. The first time you try a Barolo, made from the Nebbiolo grape, you wonder what the appeal is: these wines are often pale in colour, with fierce tannins, and a beguiling mix of savoury flavours as well as some fruit character. And Sangiovese, the grape of Chianti, can be angular and firm in its youth, sometimes verging on rustic. Yet these tastes, initially challenging, can be quite addictive. Italy also has a fabulous range of unique varieties, and from top to toe of this long thin country there's an almost bewildering array of wine regions, each with its own personality. I've mentioned Tuscany and its Sangiovese, and Piedmont and its Nebbiolo. But Piedmont also has Dolcetto, Freisa and Barbera, and then there's the Veneto with Corvina and Rondinella, and Campania with Fiano and Aglianico, Sicily with Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avolo and Frappato, and Puglia with its Primitivo (aka Zinfandel). This is just scratching at the surface.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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