An Iconic South African Champagne

Friday, 12 January 2018

Yes, you read that right - a South African labelled Champagne! Approved by the committee of Champagne.

The Carol Boyes homeware brand has released a limited edition, South African branded Champagne that is made in France but released under a local label. The 1 000 bottle range is made in partnership with Charbaut, a three-generations old French family vineyard which was established in 1936 on the hillsides of Champagne country.

2018 Harvest set to be lower due to drought

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Drought. The one word on everyone’s lips this year. With the Cape winelands declared a disaster area in May last year due to the severe drought, the world’s seventh biggest wine producer is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade.

The 2018 South African harvest is going to be much smaller than the 1.4 million tonnes produced in 2017 according to a survey conducted by the South African Wine Industry Information and Systems (Sawis).

Distell's new wine blend

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Our friends over at Cape Business News report that liquor conglomerate Distell looks determined to reinforce a profitable position for its wine division in a tough consumer market by reducing the number of brands.

In its recently released interim results, Distell noted heavy discounting and acceleration in consumer trading down trends in South Africa – where the company is the largest wine player with a sprawling portfolio of brands that include iconic brands Drostdy Hof, Nederburg, Fleur du Cap, Zonnebloem, Durbanville Hills, Allesverloren, Plaiser de Merle, Autumn Harvest, JC le Roux, Neethlingshof, Cellar Cask, Paarl Perle and Alto.

2017 SA Wine grape harvest excels despite drought

At 1 425 283 tonnes, the 2017 wine grape harvest is bigger than what was anticipated and also larger than the 2016 harvest by 1.4%.

Expected to be smaller than the 2016 harvest because of the crippling drought, the 2017 harvest has turned out to be 1.4% bigger. Cooler nights throughout the season and the absence of significant heat waves during harvest time buffered the effect of the drought to some extent according to Francois Viljoen, manager of VINPRO’s viticulture consultation service.

Cape Town gets its own Wine of Origin

After three and a half centuries of winemaking, Cape Town is finally getting its own Wine of Origin district. The South African Wine and Spirit Board has declared a the new district which many say will attract greater international attention.

The new district will include a total of 30 wineries including some of South Africa’s leading brands such as Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal, Buitenverwachting and Cape Point Vineyards. The existing wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay will be incorporated into the new district as well.