The Complete Guide to Ice Wine

6 December 2017 – Given the climate and weather requirements, the top countries for natural ice wine production are Canada, Germany and Austria. Read more…


Making Waves: The Meteoric Rise Of MCC

30 October 2017 – The number of MCC producers in South Africa has grown from around 50 in the inaugural MCC Challenge in 2002 to 220 MCC producers today with some 300 MCC labels on the market. Read more…


Cognac versus South African brandy: what’s the difference?

26 October 2017 – If you didn’t know this already, cognac is a type of brandy. So what’s with the name? Well, cognac has to be made in a very particular way, as outlined by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac.South African brandy also follows strict criteria, in this case determined by the Liquor Products Act. The growth and integrity of SA brandy is facilitated and preserved by the South African Brandy Foundation, a local NPO. Read more…


What’s the role of emotion in the perception of wine?

20 September 2017 – We see emotion in tasting notes. A wine can be joyful. How? It’s an emotion. From reading tasting notes, there is ample evidence that emotion is an integral part of the perception that the writer is trying to capture verbally. Do colours have emotional content? I think so. Wines have colour. Read more…


The life cycle of a vine

14 September 2017 – See this simple guide to the life cycle of a vine. Read more…


Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty

19 July 2017 – South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal. READ


A New Generation Of ‘Rebel’ Wines From South Africa

24 May 2017 – South Africa is bubbling with activity and pioneering spirit. Read more…


Researchers map out world´s winegrape varieties

University of Adelaide researchers have compiled statistics from 44 countries to develop the first database of the world’s winegrape varieties and regions.

The new database, funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), provides an in-depth analysis of the world’s wine varieties and winegrape growing nations that account for 99% of global wine production.

The database is available online at: www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ/databases/winegrapes and an e-book can be freely downloaded at: www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/winegrape.

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Understanding Alcohol Units

Is an alcohol unit the same in the UK as it is in the US or Europe, and what is the difference between a unit of wine and a unit of spirits? Read more…

Winegrape powdery mildew app goes global

AN Australian-made winegrape app designed to help growers deal with powdery mildew has hit the world stage. Read more…