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The South African wine industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach as well as its top notch wines and young, creative winemakers.

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

There's been a lot of talk of late about the potential of buying South Africa's fine wines as investments. This is a completely new development, and it's not without its sceptics. But many think the fact that it is being talked about suggests that South Africa's top wines have come of age.   Wine investment is nothing new. The classic well-to-do English wine connoisseur would typically buy more Bordeaux en primeur (the process by which the top wines are offered in the spring following the vintage as futures, before they are even bottled) than he or she needed. Typically, between buying the wines and drinking them, the value of the wines would have increased, so they would sell off some of their wine and, if they were lucky, drink for free.

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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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