comments from the South African winelands

23 Mar 2017 - Dave    -    posted on: news   How Pinotage got its name
Great article, thank you! I found the information I once got from Pieter de Waal of Uiterwyk (De Waal Wines) also fascinating when it comes to the name Pinotage. His Grandfather, CT de Waal, worked with Perold on the project and the anecdotes and stories make for a truly authentic South African story. Made me look at, and appreciate Pinotage from a total different angle.
Really a sense of place...
22 Mar 2017 - Amanda    -    posted on: news   Peter Falke Pinot Noir 2015 & Justine Wall's Beef Broth Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes
Enjoying the beauty that is Peter Falke Wines, is soothing for one's soul!
eben awarded
22 Mar 2017 - peter bishop    -    posted on: news   South African Winemaker Eben Sadie’s Greatness is Recognized Internationally at Prowein…
Eben has that ability to create wines that take one to new quantum level. I saw that with recent Palladius and 2013 cineast.
Cape Wine Lovers' Society
15 Mar 2017 - Peter    -    posted on: news   Learning to Judge Wine
Hi, I started a wine-tasting club where we meet up in Cape Town during evenings for tasting, fun and learning. Unlike the vineyards, wine merchants and hotels, I am not tied to any wine type, region, country or vineyard. Please see the blog (also on FaceBook) here: Thanks for reading :)
Truly RECOMMENDED sociable wine - Arniston Bay Infusion
12 Mar 2017 - Keith Malander    -    posted on: news   Arniston Bay wine-based taste infusions now widely available nationally
To commend the winery for this absolutely refreshing taste and sociable wine to compliment any occasion.
Well deserved
8 Mar 2017 - Robin von Holdt    -    posted on: news   La Motte Millennium: Best SA Red on Mundus Vini
Year in year out, a Cape thoroughbred.
2 Mar 2017 - Dorothy Arendse    -    posted on: news   Esona's hands-on approach
Well done!!!
Cabernet Franc Announcement
2 Mar 2017 - Michael Olivier    -    posted on: news   Cab Franc Challenge 2017 Winners announced
Michael Bampfield Duggan
1 Mar 2017 - Dalene    -    posted on: news   Congratulations to the newest SASA Certified Sommeliers
To all of you - many congratulations on your achievement.
28 Feb 2017 - Annamari Botha    -    posted on: news   Striking new restaurant with menu by Pete Goffe-Wood to open in the Winelands
I would like to see your menu please
27 Feb 2017 -    -    posted on: news   Wine Listing Fees: An Example of a Letter to Producers
Email the municipality and register your opposition
22 Feb 2017 - Cathy    -    posted on: news   Protect the Paardeberg!
I've just emailed the municipality and registered my opposition to the plan. The more people who do so, the better. If you want the relevant email addresses, get me on
incorrect statement
22 Feb 2017 - Karien O'Kennedy    -    posted on: news   Petrol tainted Riesling and some South African responses
The statement that yeast and enzymes destroy Riesling is bizarre. Many winemakers use commercial yeasts and enzymes and produce stunning wines that age beautifully. Commercial enzymes often contain glycosidase enzymatic side activities that ENHANCE Riesling's fruity aroma. Wine yeasts can also have glucosidase activity that further enhance the fruity character of Riesling.
20 Feb 2017 - Mike    -    posted on: news   New liquor license laws driving you to drink?
Once you bought a bottle on to a on consumption property and opened it you may not remove it from the property
Own Wine
20 Feb 2017 - Chris Venter    -    posted on: news   Don’t let a ‘Take-Away’ take away your liquor licence
What happens if you bring your own wine and pay corkage? May you take the unfinished bottle home?
Link to petition
19 Feb 2017 - Renee    -    posted on: news   A sad day for Swartland wine
Dear Dieter, The link is working but just in case here it is.
17 Feb 2017 - Dieter Gugelmann Wein & Kap Switzerland    -    posted on: news   A sad day for Swartland wine
Editors Note: Please click here to add your name to the online petition. When you click on here, nothing happens. The Website does not open
Gentleman v Lady
17 Feb 2017 - Gerrit    -    posted on: news   Where have all the gentleman gone?
The report is unbalanced on a perplexed issue. It is difficult to be the man, the head, the gentleman, the chivalier when women are pushed not just alongside men, but also ahead of men. Most men dislike overpowering and overbearing women. it is difficult to treat a woman as a woman in a world where they are brought up thinking that they are not to be better women, but that they are to better/stronger/smarter than men too. inreconcilable aspects.
14 Feb 2017 - Dave March    -    posted on: news   Petrol tainted Riesling and some South African responses
I did in fact contact at least 10 other relevant winemakers, some with exceptional track records with Riesling - but it is harvest time and they did not want to comment or did not reply. I like your idea that less opinionated winemakers exist!
South African Winemakers?
14 Feb 2017 - Kallie de Wet    -    posted on: news   Petrol tainted Riesling and some South African responses
Good follow up on first article, but shouldn't you have questioned more experienced and non-opinionated winemakers. Only guys that actually makes sense is Lukas and Gary. If you also look at those 2 guys' track record vs. the other you would understand view.
12 Feb 2017 - jony    -    posted on: news   Flower Power & Lucky Horseshoes the Brave New World of Wine Brands
great,thanks for sharing this.
bonnie wine
12 Feb 2017 - Dylan    -    posted on: news   KWV launches Bonne Esperance to the public
This is an amazing wine, subtle flavour and delivers all u want, i think goes with anything, its just right for every moment. im enjoying it ! Did a quick google search and found out its a KWV wine. As i had a closer look at the bottle after tasting. Thumbs up
One of the Best
10 Feb 2017 - Andy Anderson    -    posted on: news   Charles Back becomes the most awarded winemaker in South Africa!
Indeed one of the best in the industry. Congrats!!
Liquor board should be easing their policies.
9 Feb 2017 - Linnet de Klerk    -    posted on: news   North West Province draft liquor policy
With so many illegal shabeens, taverns, etc it would be wiser to ease up the liquor law legislation. People will always fight for their right to make choices for themselves. Tightening up on laws only causes more law breaking in order to make a free will statement. What these decision makers forget is that they are there to ensure good practises, not dictate when people are allowed and not allowed to make a living, relax by consuming drinks with their friends or working odd hours where their only time out is restricted by laws. If a new business owner purchase a property where a liquor license has been granted, the liquor board should allow trade as before. If a business owner sells a restaurant or pub, surely the liquor license makes up a big part of the business they are purchasing. If the liquor board changes this legislation, it will hurt our economy. What they should change is that if somebody purchase a property where a liquor license was held before, then the new owner should automatically obtain the liquor license. Liquor should be available for purchase on sundays as well. This will help a lot in eredicating illegally trading shabeens. The laws are supposed to protect business owners, not hurt them by placing restrictions on their ability to trade and then opening up the oportunity for unlicensed operators to benefit from trade when licensed operators are restricted from trading. Decision makers should identify problems and find solutions, not create more by forcing licensed operators out of business to benefit unlicenced trade. Become the solution, not the problem. Process paperwork immediately. Ease up on silly bylaws. Enable law abiding business owners to put illegal operators out of business. It will cut down on corruption, crime and a ton of other related problems at the same time.
where to buy gik
8 Feb 2017 - kamo    -    posted on: news   Blue Wine Is Now a Thing You Can Drink
Hi where can i find gik in south Africa?
At last a quality South African rose'...!
8 Feb 2017 - Alastair BOND    -    posted on: news   Boschendal celebrates Summer with a vibrant new Chardonnay Pinot Noir
As a regular visitor to Cape Town we have searched high and low for a quality rose' that can compete with those produced with such ease in the South of France. Actually if you look hard there is a South African wine maker that makes excellent rose' - but from their property in France! However at last Boschendal have produced something very special - even if it was unavailable on the picnic lawn the day we visited! As an aside I wonder why little use is made of the Grenacke/Syrah grape varieties in SA. These are the basis of most good French rose' wines. Would be interested to have feedback from Lizelle Gerber!
Bravo Imbuko
3 Feb 2017 - Elsabe du Plessis    -    posted on: news   2017 Getaway Best Value Wine Awards
Imbuko we in the Wellington area are privileged to have such a great cellar on our veranda. Congratulations may many awards follow. Cheers
Not surprising at all
30 Jan 2017 - Tinus    -    posted on: news   50-year-old Chateau Libertas trio sells for R20 000
While living in London in the 90's Chateau Lib was always a sort after bottle to bring to the party. Through the years I have had my share of enjoyable times around a bottle of Chateau and will continue to do so. I have in my collection a 1985,88 and 1991. If there is anyone out there that could tell me more on the value of these it would be great
my notepad, my pen, my camera and an open palette
29 Jan 2017 - Peter Pedant    -    posted on: news   A message to all the wine novices!
Tip for a budding wine writer: Learn the meanings of palate, palette and pallet. Palate is in your mouth, refers to taste Palette is the board an artist mixes their paints on Pallet is used to stack goods on for forklifts to move
Unrealistic Wine Prices
27 Jan 2017 - Adv.Gerrit Coetzee    -    posted on: news   State of the South African Wine Industry
At Simonswy Wines in Stellenbosch opposite to Meerlust, we were forced six years ago to move from grape producers to Wine producers. Fortunately we yielded a good quality wine. But that is not the essence. The essence is the following: If wines are the (shocking to know) second largets agricultural exporter, then how on earth is that the producer and the labourer suffers to make a decent living from the second best exporter? then there is another problem. At R9,8b export and 450mL of wines, that equates to R26/L. However, supplying to the middlemen, the Distells of this world and like agencies, yield a "generous, be happy with what you get", R5-R7/L. On that basis we started marketing our own wines. In bottled version it gives you the time to market it and sell it at own leisure. But the majority of grape producers don't necessarily have this as an option. And the middlemen (and -women!) knows this. As grape producer, you have at harvest time a week or two to move your produce. After that you are dead in the water. So many take the "whopping" R5/L they are offered. Negotiating contracts beforehand is also the same farce. We tried playing two bulk grape buyers up against each other, but Koelenhof and the others tell you straight R2300/ton is what you'l get. But they themself knows that R6500/ton is below breadline, but still just won't accomodate you. It is with these middlemen and the Co-operatives that lies the problem. They are the quilty ones. They are the ones responsilble for the poor state of labour affairs and lower than 1% income yield. They are the ones forcing these low prices on the producer. Then the funny part is that the grape producer sits with the forced upon minimum wages which is unaffordable at R5 and R7/L. The real solution is that when there is a minimum wage law, the very same minimum levels should be imposed on the middlemen too, regulating the minimum that a grape producer and/or wine producer are allowed to be paid/compensated for their produce. Upselling of wine and or grapes should attract lesser mark-ups by the Distell and other middlemen, than that what is paid to producers. If wine is sold internationally at R26/L and the producer only gets R2300/ton or only R5/L, how can the difference of R21/L to the middle-agencies be justified? It cannot ! Selling and marketing cannot equate 400% of supplied cost. The pyramide is upside down. That is the problem. Producers should receive as bare minmimum 100% of direct costs plus at least 25%, which should bring an income in Stellenbosch of around R8150/ton or around R15/L. On top of that the 2 or 3 middleman agencies and cellars can add their respective 25% mark-up, to end at around R26/L on export levels. THEN you can with a smile pay your workers a decent living rate and employee people. But the Co-operatives etc. are at fault for the very bad shape our industry is in on grassroot level. At R9,8b exports, the money is there, but the distribution is twarted. It is keenly noted when Distell says that the higher prices for wine will eventually dwindel down to the producer. But we don't have to rely on this sugarcoating words, for a uncertain point in the future! The equity is there, in the hands of the Co-operatives etc. NOW. The wine industry pyramid can be turned on its feet within six months, when the middleman agencies stop to squeeze the live of everyone below them. I repeat it, they are to be faulted with the bad state of affairs in South Africa. The focus should be shifted away from the producer as the culprit, and onto the source of the income and the epicenter of our troubles. Minimum "wages" should be implimented for producers as well, and the brutal exploitation of producers should be stopped without delay. It is criminal the way they have manipulated the industry to this day!