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…


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…