The Burgundy Report

18 October 2017 – Burgundy today represents a conflict in conceptual terms. For some, it is the Holy Grail of wine, the source of several of the most brilliant white and red wines in existence. Yet to others, the region symbolizes inconsistency as well as lofty, perhaps even outlandish pricing. Read more…


Media Update: Wildfires in Northern California

18 October 2017 – Steady progress is being made to bring the fires under control, evacuations are being lifted and cooler weather and rain are forecast this week. Of the approximately 1,200 wineries in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties, the regions most impacted, it is reported that less than ten have been destroyed or heavily damaged. Read more…


An illustrated guide to wine soils

12 October 2017 – Soil directly and indisputably affects the wine that is produced in a given region. In addition to climate and aspect, soil is part of what makes a region’s terroir and can separate mediocre winemaking areas from superior ones. Read more…


EU: wine harvest set for 36-year low

6 October 2017 – Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historic low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed. Read more…


2017 South Africa Special Report on Cape wine

19 September 2017 – Award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin has released his 2017 South Africa Special Report and notes that the Cape is making the best wines in its 358-year history and that its industry is “dynamic, exciting and still evolving.” Read more…


The Future of the Global Wine Industry

14 September 2017 – Boxes, Bulk and Blends. Read more…


Italy faces ‘one of smallest wine harvests for 60 years’

30 August 2017 – Italian wine body Assoenologi estimated that Italy would see one of its smallest wine harvests for 60 years in 2017, down by 25% on last year and coming in at 41.1 million hectolitres. Read more…


The Biodynamic and Organic Wines of South Africa

15 August 2017 – The association was created to form a platform for bringing together certified Biodynamic and Organic wine producers to help consumers and media to easily see which wine producers are certified Biodynamic and organic in South Africa.  Read more…


SA brandies praised at London’s International Wine and Spirits Competition

3 August 2017 – This year, the challenge saw increased competition with more entries in the World Brandy class, including more countries represented as well. Nonetheless, double the number of Gold and Gold Outstanding medals were awarded to the South Africans, more than the entire category of Cognac, with the latter having far more entries than South Africa. Read more…


Moldova gets first ‘wine airport’

3 July 2017 – Wines of Moldova hope this will send the message to tourists and visitors that Moldova is a ‘country of wine.’ Read more…