UCT and industry commit to widening access to business of wine

21 March 2018  – The UCT Graduate School of Business, VinPro Foundation and Graham Beck are offering a record 15 bursaries to enable previously disadvantaged South Africans to enrol on the popular Business of Wine short course – the only programme of its kind in South Africa to tackle the business aspects of wine. Read more…


Creating a sustainable wine future

20 March 2018 – South African wine producers are readying themselves for CapeWine 2018 taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 12 – 14 September, under the theme \Hannuwa – encapsulating the philosophy of the South African wine industry as a pledge to farming sustainably and be a custodian of the land and preserve it for future generations. Read more…


Future prospects for international wine markets

19 March 2018 – International wine markets undergo constant change. Traditional European wine markets decrease in importance and producers compete to enter new markets. Read more…


Organic wine growth outstripping rest of market in France and UK

28 February 2018 – Europe is the world’s biggest producer of organic wines by far, accounting for 90% of total global organic vineyards, and three quarters of this is concentrated in just three countries – Spain, Italy and France, with Spain emerging as the biggest producer with 106,719 ha of organically cultivated vineyards. Read more…


French winemakers up in arms over plan that could lead to health warnings on bottles

22 February 2018 – French winemakers are up in arms over the French government’s plan to curb excessive alcohol consumption, which may lead to health warnings on wine bottles. Read more…


How looming wine shortages could shape the market

29 January 2018 – Taken collectively, climatically-driven shortages have made for the smallest 2017 harvest in 36 years and the dearth will be most keenly felt this year. Read more…


Five wine trends to watch for in 2018

16 January 2018 – The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. Overall wine quality has increased dramatically over the last five years, international recognition is at an all-time high and the consumer is now spoilt for choice, with a wealth of new producers, varieties and styles. Read more…


Why it’s a good time to be in wine – five reasons to be optimistic about in 2018

30 November 2017 – by Michael Fridjhon in Opinion & Analysis. Read more…


The changing nature of the international bulk wine market

23 November 2017 – It’s estimated that roughly 25 percent of the world’s wine production is sold as bulk wine, a segment that’s described by one broker as the industry’s “soft underbelly” and exists for most consumers in the form of virtual brands. Read more…