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Top Wine SA Hall of Fame champions announced

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame champions announced

25/01/2017 - 08:05
SA Wine & Cellar Classifications have announced the 82 wines that form part of the Top Wine SA Hall of Fame. The wines were selected based on their consistent track records in 29 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value over the past 10 years.
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2016 update of the South African Wine Ranking List

2016 update of the South African Wine Ranking List

15/12/2016 - 12:03
The South African Wine Index is proud to present a biannual update to the first SAWi South African Wine Ranking List, previously published in June 2016. The South African Wine Ranking List identifies South Africa’s top performing wines using the SAWi multi-vintage ‘Algorithm of Excellence’, and these top wines are presented as a collective referred to as the South African Grand Wines Collection (GWC).
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Winners of Green Wine Awards announced

Winners of Green Wine Awards announced

16/11/2016 - 07:55
Organic is mainstream and this is no more obvious than on the retail shelves, with consumers happy to pay a premium for sustainably produced products. Now in their eighth year, the Green Wine Awards honours wine producers who continue to play an integral role in the provision of eco-friendly wines which embody 'farming for the future' practices.
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Distell triumphs at Veritas Awards

Distell triumphs at Veritas Awards

19/10/2016 - 08:05
Distell stole the show at the 2016 Veritas Awards, South Africa’s foremost wine and brandy competition, tonight (Friday 07 October). The mega-producer’s winning wines reaped 2 Double Gold and 12 Gold medals.
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Record prices for SA wine

Record prices for SA wine

21/09/2016 - 08:15
Cape Town - Record prices were achieved at the 42nd annual Nederburg Auction at the weekend, with total sales amounting to R7 593 200.
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J.C. Le Roux hailed SA ICON Brand for 3rd consecutive year

J.C. Le Roux hailed SA ICON Brand for 3rd consecutive year

24/08/2016 - 08:23
South African consumers have declared J.C. Le Roux a true ICON brand for the third consecutive year topping its sixth triumph as a category winner in the Ask Afrika ICON Brands Survey.
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SA wine industry could add 100 000 jobs by 2025

SA wine industry could add 100 000 jobs by 2025

19/07/2016 - 09:09
South Africa’s wine industry could add a further 100 000 jobs by 2025, mostly in the Western Cape, following the signing this month of the Economic Partnerships Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) countries", Says Michael Mokhoro, stakeholder relationship manager for South Africa’s wine and brandy industries.
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Vasari has big ambitions for KWV

Vasari has big ambitions for KWV

22/06/2016 - 08:06
Last month, Vivian Imerman’s Vasari proposed a more than R1.1bn deal to buy out the operating assets of KWV, which is controlled by Hosken Consolidated Investments-aligned Niveus Investments.
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2016 Shiraz Challenge winners announced

2016 Shiraz Challenge winners announced

25/05/2016 - 12:06
Twelve top Shiraz wines were crowned as victors during the award ceremony of the 4th Shiraz Challenge held at Rhebokskloof in Paarl.
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New marketing metrics needed for the age of the customer

New marketing metrics needed for the age of the customer

22/04/2016 - 09:53
The way that most brands measure their investment returns from marketing and advertising is still largely based on traditional media thinking, and it is falling out of step with the demands of a new era of digital media and empowered customers.
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Differential excise tariff for brandy, a positive step says industry

Differential excise tariff for brandy, a positive step says industry

17/03/2016 - 09:00
The South African brandy industry has welcomed Government's decision to introduce a differential excise tariff for potstill and vintage brandy. To be phased in over two years, the excise rate will be lowered by a 10% differential to the spirits excise tariff.
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A case for diversity in the boardroom

A case for diversity in the boardroom

17/02/2016 - 10:58
With board diversity currently a hot topic in the corporate world, traditional boards made up of homogenous groups of individuals are having to take an honest, hard look at themselves and consider the advantages offered by heterogeneity in the boardroom.
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Disappearing brands

Disappearing brands

27/01/2016 - 11:23
The world does not long for more advertising. Recently, Instagram tested its first advert in the app’s photo feed. Reading the comments that followed was entertaining. They ranged from “I’m leaving Instagram” to “there goes the neighbourhood”.
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How to select the finest pint with a guide to beer swilling and sniffing

How to select the finest pint with a guide to beer swilling and sniffing

15/12/2015 - 11:29
With more than 2 000 accredited beer tasters at its operations around the world, it is fair to say that perfection is a key component in the making of beer at SABMiller.
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Africa: Beer’s Final Frontier

Africa: Beer’s Final Frontier

25/11/2015 - 08:10
Africa is the final frontier for beer, according to Euromonitor International’s latest global briefing Africa: The Final Frontier for Beer. It is a relatively untapped territory, despite the noteworthy presence of SABMiller Plc and Heineken NV in key African markets and in upcoming dynamic ones.
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Cape Wine 2015 reflects new era for industry

Cape Wine 2015 reflects new era for industry

21/10/2015 - 00:00
Cape Wine 2015, September's three-day showcase to the international wine fraternity has proved the most successful exhibition of its kind to date, with the number of visitors rising by 27% on the previous show.
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Thought you knew everything there was to know about whisky?

Thought you knew everything there was to know about whisky?

23/09/2015 - 00:00
One of the single biggest misconceptions is that a Single Malt is better than a blended whisky. Blends are in fact the number one selling type of whisky in the world, not Single Malts, due to not only price, but also its flavour accessibility.
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Distell's SA results defy market as new strategy takes effect

Distell's SA results defy market as new strategy takes effect

18/08/2015 - 00:00
The Distell Group is reaping the benefits of its revised corporate strategy under MD Richard Rushton, making impressive headway at home and encouraging progress in Africa to deliver volume and value growth ahead of many of its global peers.
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Do you really know what is in your beer? Maybe it’s time to find out.

Do you really know what is in your beer? Maybe it’s time to find out.

18/07/2015 - 08:38
Answered by master brewer, Helmut Grasreiner and independent beer expert, Lynnae Endersby - founder of Beer Lab in Cape Town
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Africa: the new luxury frontier

Africa: the new luxury frontier

20/06/2015 - 08:41
Hennessy, the world’s best selling cognac, has proven that with a sustainable business approach an international luxury brand can establish itself firmly in the hearts and minds of African consumers.
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Distell has major influence on SA's ethical wine production

Distell has major influence on SA's ethical wine production

27/05/2015 - 00:00
Distell was having the biggest impact in the drive to ensure ethical accreditation amongst South African grape and wine producers, said the company's general manager for grape and wine supply, Erhard Wolf.
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Lush reds the key to SA wine success in the USA

Lush reds the key to SA wine success in the USA

23/04/2015 - 09:42
Fully ripe and generous red wines are the key to unlocking the burgeoning US market where South African sales are failing to match those of their rivals, says Rob Bradshaw, President of New York wine importer and marketer Cape Classics.
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Final Report - Macro-economic Impact of the Wine Industry on the South African Economy

Final Report - Macro-economic Impact of the Wine Industry on the South African Economy

25/03/2015 - 07:36
The South African wine industry is gearing up to export more packaged vintages rather than bulk wine, to take advantage of the windfall of 60 million litres it has been granted to export to the European market annually.
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Distell crowned distiller of the year in international contest

Distell crowned distiller of the year in international contest

25/02/2015 - 09:36
A South African distiller has taken the title of Distiller of the Year in an internationally run whisky competition, muscling out a Japanese contender for first place.
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Amorim Cork boosts Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme

Amorim Cork boosts Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme

28/01/2015 - 09:12
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, a celebrated mentorship scheme for aspiring young winemakers, has started 2015 on a high note with the announcement of a major sponsorship by Amorim Cork. Click here to view the newsletter read more
BMi Research 2014 Annual Quantification Report: Malt Beer in South Africa

BMi Research 2014 Annual Quantification Report: Malt Beer in South Africa

15/12/2014 - 09:31
Craft beer, though a small proportion of the total market, has been the major trend in 2013. read more
 Wines of South Africa’s cape wine 2015 in partnership with DHL Express set to display South Africa’s best to the world

Wines of South Africa’s cape wine 2015 in partnership with DHL Express set to display South Africa’s best to the world

26/11/2014 - 09:12
"Rule-breaking", "trailblazing", "daring", "superb" and "exciting" are the adjectives increasingly linked to South African wines. Influential critics and sommeliers are currently singling out the country as the source of what they consider the worlds most original and captivating wines, many of which will come under the spotlight at next year's industry showcase, Cape Wine 2015.  read more
SAB launches business-training programme for tavern owners

SAB launches business-training programme for tavern owners

22/10/2014 - 09:16
Johannesburg - The South African Breweries (SAB) has launched a national retailer business-training programme aimed at improving tavern owners’ business skills and educating them on how to run a profitable and sustainable business in a socially responsible manner.  read more
Distell strengthens business to accelerate history of good growth

Distell strengthens business to accelerate history of good growth

23/09/2014 - 09:10
The Distell Group is strengthening its capabilities to compete effectively in a rapidly changing global trading environment, and is growing its profile in Africa and other key regions with enhanced routes to market and an optimised portfolio of well-differentiated brands, according to MD Richard Rushton.  read more
Local brandy producers lift their game with strict new production laws

Local brandy producers lift their game with strict new production laws

27/08/2014 - 08:46
South African drinkers can raise their glasses in appreciation of quality after The Wine and Spirits Board recently legislated revisions to the definitions of premium brandy.  read more
Distell’s stake in Kenyan business signals accelerated path in Africa

Distell’s stake in Kenyan business signals accelerated path in Africa

23/07/2014 - 08:03
As the Distell Group ramps up its investment on the African continent, the company has agreed to acquire a 26% stake in KWA Holding East Africa Limited (KHEAL), Kenya’s foremost spirits manufacturer, bottler, and distributor. read more
South African Wines Fly High

South African Wines Fly High

25/06/2014 - 09:21
Finally, South African wines have taken a starring role on the international stage and with the sangfroid one would expect from a nation of maverick winemakers.  read more
Re-thinking your wine marketing strategies

Re-thinking your wine marketing strategies

28/05/2014 - 12:18
There is almost no such thing as a global wine brand that is not fortified and does not have bubbles, claims high-profile UK wine authority, consultant and educator, Robert Joseph. Apart from the top-selling champagnes, ports and Sherries, and a few illustrious collectibles that are often found at auctions instead of an average store, it is hard to think of a wine brand that would sell in duty free shops in the same way as a spirit like Absolut vodka or Gordon’s Gin, in his view. read more
Bird's eye view of top trends in wine: Distell's Carina Gous

Bird's eye view of top trends in wine: Distell's Carina Gous

23/04/2014 - 08:55
Carina Gous, business director: wine for Distell, South Africa's biggest producer of wines, spirits and ready-to-drinks, gives a bird's eye of several key trends impacting on wine and wine marketing. read more
For effective tavern activations, know your environment

For effective tavern activations, know your environment

26/03/2014 - 08:16
This seems like an obvious statement, but certainly one to be reiterated if brands are to effectively reach their desired consumer.  read more
South Africa develops A thirst For investment wine

South Africa develops A thirst For investment wine

26/02/2014 - 08:23
With wines like the 2009 Bordeaux from Chateau Margaux selling for a cool R2 million, it is clear that purchasing wines for investment is on the rise, even in South Africa. Indeed, there’s no better time for buying and storing good wines. read more
South African wine exports reach new records

South African wine exports reach new records

29/01/2014 - 07:54
The South African wine industry has topped its previous export record, with volumes sold in 2013 reaching 525,7 million litres, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012. read more
Time for SA wineries to capitalise on growth in travel from China

Time for SA wineries to capitalise on growth in travel from China

11/12/2013 - 08:08
With China now the fourth biggest source of foreign tourists to South Africa, domestic wineries should not be underestimating their buying power, according to Bradley Brouwer, South African Tourism regional manager for Asia Pacific. read more
Market trends for malt beer in South Africa

Market trends for malt beer in South Africa

27/11/2013 - 10:34
Malt beer saw conservative growth in 2012 compared to previous years, though it is still seen as a very popular product amongst the adult population of South Africa. In recent years effort has been put into limiting the consumption of this product through laws and prohibiting the sale of alcohol during certain hours. read more
Drink loosens tongues: of freedom of expression

Drink loosens tongues: of freedom of expression

23/10/2013 - 08:00
The Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 18 September 2013 records that Cabinet had "approved the publication of the Control of Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages Bill, 2013 in the Government Gazette for public comment". read more
Authenticity and exclusivity underpin 2013 Nederburg Auction

Authenticity and exclusivity underpin 2013 Nederburg Auction

25/09/2013 - 09:38
An unprecedented 91% increase in price per litre paid at the 2013 Nederburg Auction, held at Nederburg in Paarl , 60 km outside Cape Town, earlier this month is excellent news for South African producers, and an affirmation that the event’s increased focus on quality is paying off. read more
Distell defies tough market to post revenue rise of 12%

Distell defies tough market to post revenue rise of 12%

28/08/2013 - 07:51
The Distell Group succeeded in raising revenue 11,9% to R15,9bn on a sales volume increase of 7,2% for the year to June 2013. read more
Consumers shop to save

Consumers shop to save

24/07/2013 - 08:30
A new breed of consumer is challenging the way that retailers package, price and distribute their products, says Gareth Pearson, CEO of BMi Research. read more
International wine specialist "dazzled by revolution in SA wine"

International wine specialist "dazzled by revolution in SA wine"

26/06/2013 - 08:03
One of the most respected observers of the global wine industry and a frequent speaker at major international wine events, has called South Africa "amongst the most exciting wine countries in the world" and says he is "dazzled by the complete revolution in wine and wine tourism" that has been taking place in the country over the past 25 years. read more
Wine tourism can accelerate SA's economic growth say Cape mayors

Wine tourism can accelerate SA's economic growth say Cape mayors

22/05/2013 - 08:22
Cape wine tourism can help boost the overall economic growth generated by tourism, a sector that has been flagged by national government as a priority contributor to GDP. This is according to Alderman Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town and Alderman Cornelius de Bruyn, Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality. read more
Great vintage, says Distell, with grapes ripening at lower sugars

Great vintage, says Distell, with grapes ripening at lower sugars

24/04/2013 - 08:38
Ongoing advances in vineyard management together with very favourable climatic conditions in the lead-up to the 2013 harvest had produced an absolutely outstanding vintage for the Cape, according to Callie van Niekerk, who heads Distell's winery operations.  read more
High-powered Swedish group 'very impressed' with work done in SA wine industry

High-powered Swedish group 'very impressed' with work done in SA wine industry

27/03/2013 - 08:09
The heads of one of the biggest buyers of South African wine in Europe said at a media briefing in Cape Town on Wednesday (6 March) that they were “very impressed” with the work being done in the local wine industry in the area of social responsibility. At the same time South Africa remained “fairly high up” on the organisation’s list of risk countries which also include Chile and California.  read more
Nampak Invests R1.6 billion in Beverage Packaging

Nampak Invests R1.6 billion in Beverage Packaging

27/02/2013 - 08:28
At its annual general meeting earlier this month Nampak, Africa’s largest packaging company, announced that it is investing R1.6 billion in two of its core businesses which produce bottles and cans for the growing beverage market. read more
SA wine industry optimistic, says WOSA

SA wine industry optimistic, says WOSA

30/01/2013 - 07:41
Following a few very tough years, the South African wine industry is being buoyed by a new sense of optimism on the back of record export levels, the likelihood of one of the best harvests this year, the penetration of new markets and growing praise from some of the wine world's most influential opinion formers. read more
How liquor stores can break into the digital space

How liquor stores can break into the digital space

12/12/2012 - 08:38
A quick Google search of the phrase “buy liquor online South Africa” reveals a number of co.za websites selling alcoholic beverages. While they make an interesting comparison to brick and mortar liquor stores in terms of compliance, they also provide a crisp layer of competition. read more
The can versus the bottle debate: which is better?

The can versus the bottle debate: which is better?

21/11/2012 - 08:00
There is an age old debate on whether drinks are better in a can or in a bottle.  read more
Makro rolls out Pricer electronic shelf labels to all liquor stores

Makro rolls out Pricer electronic shelf labels to all liquor stores

24/10/2012 - 08:01
Multinational warehouse chain Makro, a subsidiary of Massmart, itself a subsidiary of international retail giant Walmart, is rolling out upwards of 80 000 of Pricer's electronic shelf labels (ESLs), supplied by Skydirect, an XON company, to the liquor departments in all 16 stores across South Africa.  read more
200 Years of history to be auctioned for charity

200 Years of history to be auctioned for charity

18/09/2012 - 13:32
A discussion around the last 187 years of history would make for some lively dinner conversation, and would probably only be eclipsed by drinking a dessert wine that is as old as the stories going round the table. What would such a vintage taste like that has survived arguably the most dynamic period in mankind’s history? read more
2012: Impressions of the Vintage from Boschendal's Viticulturist

2012: Impressions of the Vintage from Boschendal's Viticulturist

22/08/2012 - 08:27
2012 is without a doubt, a standout vintage – especially for the red wines.” Stephan Joubert, DGB Viticulturist read more
Top US author to speak at 2012 Nederburg Auction

Top US author to speak at 2012 Nederburg Auction

25/07/2012 - 07:53
Guests at this year's prestigious Nederburg Auction won't want to miss the keynote address by best-selling US author and wine expert Mike Veseth on Saturday 29 September at Nederburg in Paarl. read more
New Leadership - New era for wine industry

New Leadership - New era for wine industry

27/06/2012 - 07:58
The election of Charles Hopkins as chairperson of the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) during the recent Annual General Meeting of the Association heralds a new era not only for this extensive industry body, but also for the country’s two biggest and most influential wine competitions, the SA Young Wine Show and Veritas Awards. read more
Two Oceans engages consumers with a pair of flip-flops

Two Oceans engages consumers with a pair of flip-flops

23/05/2012 - 08:22
Capturing consumer interest and engagement is at the heart of an$y brand building campaign and in today’s marketing arena, there are countless ways of building brands from outdoor advertising to store activation and promotions. read more
Two-thirds of SA industry already on board for Cape Wine 2012

Two-thirds of SA industry already on board for Cape Wine 2012

25/04/2012 - 08:39
Cape Wine, hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), is back after four years with a significant commitment from producers keen to showcase the major advances in local winemaking to the international trade fraternity of wine buyers, restaurateurs, sommeliers and media. read more
Alcohol ad ban's effect on revenue, jobs significant

Alcohol ad ban's effect on revenue, jobs significant

22/03/2012 - 09:27
The total loss of revenue of the proposed alcohol advertising ban is expected to be around R2.6-billion, resulting in about 2500 jobs in the media industry being threatened – and this number is a “conservative estimation,” said Barry Sayer, CEO Continental Outdoor Media read more
Uniquely South African; from grape to glass

Uniquely South African; from grape to glass

22/02/2012 - 07:58
The Company Of Wine People recently announced exciting news that its Kumkani brand has entered into a BEE partnership with winemaker, Allison S Adams-Witbooi, at the helm. We speak to Allison about how this newly formed bond will develop Kumkani as a brand and what contribution it will make to the South African wine industry as a whole.  read more
An analysis of spirits in South Africa

An analysis of spirits in South Africa

25/01/2012 - 07:43
The volume of spirits consumed in South Africa has been relatively flat for a number of years, but value continues to show good growth.  read more
Engage consumers with on-pack QR codes

Engage consumers with on-pack QR codes

20/12/2011 - 08:20
Our newly launched QR code service makes it easier for consumers to engage with your liquor brands.  read more
Keeping consumers loyal

Keeping consumers loyal

23/11/2011 - 08:15
The festive season is soon upon on us, which means consumers will be stocking up on their favourite liquor beverages for the holidays. This is an important time for liquor retailers and they need to ensure that they capture their share of the spike in consumers spending.  read more
An analysis of malt beer in South Africa

An analysis of malt beer in South Africa

26/10/2011 - 08:20
Despite weaker consumer demand, SABMiller has sold 3% more beer globally in the first half of its 2012 financial year. Against this backdrop, we take a look at an analysis of malt beer in South Africa, presented by BMI Research read more
Alternatives to traditional liquor marketing

Alternatives to traditional liquor marketing

27/09/2011 - 08:37
Against a backdrop of pending restrictions on alcohol advertising, South African wine and alcoholic beverage producers may have to be even more creative in getting consumers to engage with their brands.  read more
Liquor update

Liquor update

30/08/2011 - 08:20
Wine producers on fastmoving.co.za have been winning prestigious awards of late read more
How much is a bottle of wine really worth?

How much is a bottle of wine really worth?

28/07/2011 - 12:30
The World’s most expensive bottle of white wine was recently purchased for £75,000 by a private collector by the name of Christian Vanneque. This rare bottle of white wine, an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem will be on display at Christian Vanneque’s restaurant, the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, Indonesia, when this establishment opens in September. read more
Resource Security

Resource Security

01/07/2011 - 12:11
In a world of non-renewable resources sustainability is essential. A commonly overlooked resource, water, has recently come under the spotlight again. Fresh water is a vital element in the alcohol production process and is used intensely throughout. Because of its perceived abundance it is often used with abandon, and now the cost is being seen. read more
Tourism driving the Wine Industry

Tourism driving the Wine Industry

31/05/2011 - 00:00
In a volatile market which is facing both domestic and foreign challenges, the wine industry is looking very hard for growth opportunities. Tourism provides ideal platform to sell and market South African wines, the industries share a symbiotic relationship and growth in one will result in growth in the other.  read more
The long arm of the advertising ban

The long arm of the advertising ban

10/05/2011 - 13:05
This month we’re running a short feature (read it here) which deals with the issue of reaching customers in the liquor environment, and on Monday morning I read an interesting article which dealt with the looming ban on alcohol advertising (read that here) and I could not help but connect the dots. read more