PMA Fresh Talks: Southern Africa

3 July 2020. Our 6th PMA Fresh Talks: Southern Africa will be focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the fresh produce markets and sellers in South Africa.


29 Junie 2020. Tafel- & Droogdruif Inligtingsdae 2020 word vanjaar virtueel aangebied.

Twee dae word aangebied:

  • Maandag 17 Augustus 2020 – Noord- & Wes-Kaap Program
  • Dinsdag 18 Augustus 2020 – Mpumalanga Program

Die sluitingsdatum vir inskrywings is:    7 Augustus 2020
Stuur die voltooide registrasievorm voor of op 7 Augustus na

Agri-Expo Livestock and the Groot Plaasproe virtual this year

5 May 2020. The seventh annual Agri-Expo Livestock and the Groot Plaasproe will be presented virtually this year. The South African livestock industry would have gathered for this event from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 October 2020 at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch, but now they will be able to attend it online anywhere in the country.

In light of the current economic climate, uncertainties about the resumption of events and especially the impact that the coronavirus pandemic will have on companies for a long time to come, Agri-Expo has decided to present all planned events for 2020 virtually. This according to Johan Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of the agricultural society.

“We have a responsibility to our participants, exhibitors, partners and the public not to contribute to any further uncertainties, therefore we announce this decision early,” says Ehlers. “Following the success of Agri-Expo’s first ever virtual presentation of the South African Cheese Festival from 25 to 27 April 2020, we believe that we can add a lot of value this year by adding yet more new virtual platforms to entrepreneurs, businesses and agricultural organisations such as breeders’ societies.”

According to Ehlers, Agri-Expo is planning an exciting three-day virtual gathering from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 October 2020 with lots of information and entertainment. “The goal of Agri-Expo Livestock is to provide South Africa’s top breeders with a world-standard platform to showcase their animals and market the breeds, but also to engage the youth in various aspects of the agricultural sector. Training and knowledge transfer form an integral part of the expo, which can virtually also have a big impact.”

The full programme will be announced on and For more information, contact Agri-Expo on 021 975 4440 or


Isabeau Botha

Corporate Communication Manager


021 975 4440/072 247 5868

SA Wine Harvest Report 2020

5 May 2020. GREAT SEASON, REMARKABLE WINES. South Africa’s 2020 wine grape crop will bring exceptional wines to consumers, following favourable conditions throughout the season. This according to the South African wine industry’s annual Wine Harvest Report 2020.

The South African Cheese Festival News

22 April 2020.

Enjoy a #homebound #SACheeseFest

With cheese, no day – or even days of lockdown – can ever be too blue! That’s why the South African Cheese Festival invites all festival friends to join them over the Freedom Day long weekend from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 April for a free virtual #homebound #SACheeseFest on their Facebook page @SACheeseFestival.

On the daily program from 10:00 to 18:00 there are competitions, food demos (11:00) and home concerts (16:00) with well-known artists such as Sunset Sweatshop, Danie du Toit of Spoegwolf, and Jimm Harisson Project. Festival friends are encouraged to post a #SACheeseFest #festivalfriends photo of a previous festival for a chance to win 20 tickets to next year’s 20th SA Cheese Festival, as well as 20 cheeses and a night’s stay for four festival friends at Hawksmoor House.

Guests can look forward to a Chenin Blanc and cheese pairing on Saturday by Alvi and Junel van der Merwe of Alvi’s Drift while cheese lovers can join a #cheeseboard #challenge on Sunday with well-known celebrity chefs Jenny Morris and Pete Goffe-Wood. Drummer chef Moskou du Toit (of Spoegwolf and Drum Restaurant fame) makes a #BotterVuur appearance on Freedom Day, dubbed #lightyellowMonday. On this day there also is a special #lightyellow performance by musician Amy Jones at 10:00, a visit to Kasselshoop Cheese outside Stilbaai at 14:00, and a chance to win cheese and festival tickets for the best yellow #stayhome outfits!

For more information, visit



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Wine news: SAWi launch 1st Edition of the ‘The Definitive Fine Wine Guide’

15 April 2020.

SAWi (South African Wine Index), an independent wine quality monitoring authority has launched the 1st Edition of the ‘The Definitive Fine Wine Guide’. This follows on their announcement of the ‘Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC) which is featured in the guide, offering an objective response to the elusive concept ‘how to know what a high quality wine represents’.

That means that wine lovers now have an objective tool to assist them in making informed decisions about which top South African wines to collect and enjoy.

The guide represents a classification of outstanding wines which scored 93+ points over a 10 year multi-vintage window, compiled from blind tasting wine competition results. The outcome is a perfect example of the best of the best wines currently produced in South Africa.

The collection currently includes just over 400 wines or 5.3% of all bottled wines, from 140 wineries. However, the outcome also shows that 50% of GWC wines come from only 50 wineries (including the Distell, KWV and DGB Portfolios – each taken as one), with the majority of these having 5 or more wines represented.

 Also included is what is referred to as the ‘SAWi Ambassadors Club’ which consists of the first 50 wines in the collection with the highest scores.

This group of wines have stood the test of time and represent the best in winemaking over multi-vintages, showing a degree of excellence right through. Given this outcome, it is clear that wine quality in SA has increased dramatically making for a plethora of fine wines and styles.

Both amateur wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs will find much pertinent information in this guide to enhance their personal tasting experience by also discovering wines with which they are not yet acquainted to.

The GWC could revolutionise the way in which the wine industry promotes its top brands going forward. The Platinum and Grand Gold SAWi bottle stickers are already pursued by everyone looking to add to their enjoyment of such highly regarded fine wine.

This announcement comes with a reworked SAWi website [], where the guide can be downloaded too.