Wine´s Green Efforts Aim at Wrong Targets

3 December 2021. Is the future the past?  Read more…

How the world aided South Africa’s wine trade

28 October 2021. South Africa has suffered greater than most countries during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has reported three times as many cases as any other African country, and many of the government’s attempts to curb the virus – closing borders, prohibiting or restricting the domestic sale of alcohol, and banning the transport of goods to the country’s ports – have had a damaging impact on the wine industry. Read more…

Govt’s reliance on alcohol restrictions “immensely damaging”

26 October 2021. Speaking at the announcement of Pick n Pay’s financial results on Wednesday, chairman Gareth Ackerman said the retailer is concerned that the Covid-19-related state of disaster is being “used by elements of government to address liquor policy issues without resorting to the constitutional processes”. Read more…

SA Wine Industry News

14 October 2021. Share your views on the future of SA Wine: 3 & 4 November 2021.

As the South African wine industry is reviving, recovering and rebuilding from the pandemic, we continuously align our actions with the WISE strategic goals towards 2025. Join the discussion and share your views when the wine industry bodies talk about the way forward, and the solutions and best practices that will get us there.

3 November 2021: Aan De Doorns Cellar, Worcester
4 November 2021: Joostenberg Vlakte, Stellenbosch
TIME: 09:00 – 13:00
COST: R300 per person


  • The WISE roadmap towards 2025
  • SA wine industry scenarios going forward
  • Expand SA wine’s global footprint
  • Cultivate a loyal (and growing) local market
  • Shift towards an inclusive, transformed and responsible wine value-chain

Representatives of Vinpro, SAWIS, WoSA, SAWITU, Winetech, WIETA and the SA Brandy Foundation will join the discussion.


Deadline for registrations: 27 October 2021.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a limited number of persons (120) can be accommodated.
Registration is compulsory and on a first come, first served basis.

Kim Scholtz
Tel: 021 276 0429

Did Wine Consumption Change During the COVID-19 Lockdown in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal?

4 October 2021. . The number of people who maintained their wine
consumption frequency is significantly higher than those who increased or decreased their consumption. Read more…

South African wine industry eyes more exports to China

27 September 2021. With traditional markets in Europe, the South African wine industry is now seeking to export more of its products to a developing market — China, which has already become a focus market of South Africa. Read more…

Hard lessons learned during SA’s alcohol prohibition

16 August 2021. It has been almost 18 months since we were thrust into the initial hard lockdown. The impact of this indefinite lockdown, and the four alcohol bans that came with it, have been tough. This is true for the entire alcohol industry and its broader value chain at large, which supports over one million livelihoods. Read more…

The cost of SA’s alcohol bans and their impact on consumer behaviour

29 July 2021. According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa’s latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R37,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales – 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week). Read more…

The Wine Economist: Global Wine Trade: Headwinds, Obstacles, Distortions

28 July 2021. Read more…

IWSC Market Insight: the Chinese wine market

20 July 2021. There is one thing that is clear about China’s wine market: its boundless promise is matched with equally boundless uncertainty.  Read more…