comments from the South African winelands

6500 richeliue bottles
18 Sep 2017 - Wimpie    -    posted on: news   Distell's new glass saving project to augment light-weighting campaign
I just heard that distell is going to stop taking empty bottles is that true because I still have a lot of bottles
Herlderberg rocks !
13 Sep 2017 - jasper Raats    -    posted on: news   Eikendal Vineyards scores big with Tim Atkin
Mooi Nico en span, die Helderberg rock!
Buy cat wine in SA
12 Sep 2017 - Erika    -    posted on: news   Non-alcoholic wine for cats launched
Where can I buy cat wine in SA
Nederberg Auction - De Krans CVR 2006
A gem indeed, a must-have!
Congratulations!!
10 Sep 2017 - Gavin Dittmar    -    posted on: news   Petrus grants Great Domaines distribution rights in South Africa
Well done on this amazing achievement. Regards Gavin
Thank you.
6 Sep 2017 - Catea    -    posted on: news   40 Under 40: Chris & Andrea Mullineux
For clearing that up. Error on my side.
Not Wine Spectator Magazine
6 Sep 2017 - Stone Cold Somm    -    posted on: news   40 Under 40: Chris & Andrea Mullineux
The award for best winemaker 2016 was from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Justin Corrans...
... is also CEO of Mountain Ridge in South Africa. Congratulations on his win in the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge.
Bravo!!
4 Sep 2017 - Tinus van Niekerk    -    posted on: news   Petrus grants Great Domaines distribution rights in South Africa
Pétrus absolutely needs and deserves an address in SA
Happy birthday!
1 Sep 2017 - Lesley Beake    -    posted on: news   wine.co.za comes of age! Join us on Braai day to #tastesunshine and celebrate #winecoza21
Wine.co.za will now be able to drink legally in most American states! Well done! I am very proud to have been there at the beginning (when people in the industry were asking themselves: 'what do we need this internet thing for anyway?') It took real determination to keep at it for all these years. Congratulations Kevin, Judy and the wine.co.za team!
My favourite vernacular wine
31 Aug 2017 - Corne Brink    -    posted on: news   Proudly Afrikaans: The Linguistics Of Wine Labels
Have you tried Lobola? It is truly a celebration of different people coming together to share a bottle, or even a bigger goal in future!
The Wines Can Be Purchased
30 Aug 2017 - Callan    -    posted on: news   40 Under 40: Callan Williams
Online www.thegarajeest.co.za And boutique bottle stores in Cape Town as well as Johannesburg. High end and Exclusive Restaurants. As well as trendy wine bars. Contact us on: callan@thegarajeest.co.za For a full list. And follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter
Legal age
30 Aug 2017 - Kevin Kidson    -    posted on: news   Liquor licences for online wine sales
It would be 18
Congratulations
29 Aug 2017 - Su Birch    -    posted on: news   wine.co.za comes of age! Join us on Braai day to #tastesunshine and celebrate #winecoza21
Congrats on reaching 21 and cheers to many more years!
Where?
29 Aug 2017 - Misterv    -    posted on: news   40 Under 40: Callan Williams
Where can your wines be purchased?
Leafroll
28 Aug 2017 - Jaco Engelbrecht    -    posted on: news   Ever-growing concerns around Leafroll
Hi Reni. I understand your viewpoint, but the reality is just the opposite. Controlling leafroll doesn't have to cost millions, you just have to start somewhere. Be it with a control strategy (controlling ants and mealy bug) or be it a replacement strategy on younger vines. (you can even start with 50 vines/hectare a year - it depends on what you can afford) The idea of the Leafroll Eradication Program is not to rip everything displaying slightly red out of the ground (although that would be awesome if you could manage it financially). The program is a means to create awareness and to start measuring our progress. This is not just about ripping vines out and replacing with virus free vines, it's about a culture change. Imagine if 200 producers replaced just 100 infected vines per hectare yearly, and have a proper control strategy in place. That's what it is about. Sometimes big change comes from doing the small things right.
LEAFROLL
26 Aug 2017 - Reni Hildenbrand    -    posted on: news   Ever-growing concerns around Leafroll
Jaco sorry to say your 5 wine producers have lots of money and is not a problem for them to follow your instructions. The bulk of farms struggle to stay in business. Leafroll is a problem I accept, but most of the farmers need financial help
Legal age to sell liquor or do liquor promotions
19 Aug 2017 - salmon potgieter    -    posted on: news   Liquor licences for online wine sales
Wkat is the Legal age to sell liquor or do liquor promotions in Gauteng
A Pleasure
16 Aug 2017 - Ray Krause    -    posted on: news   40 Under 40: Derek Kilpin
Enjoyable, insightful and humorous. THanks for sharing.
Thank you
11 Aug 2017 - Ilse Ruthford    -    posted on: news   Recognising the Strength of Women at Compagniesdrift
Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated
Gold Medals?
11 Aug 2017 - Peter F May    -    posted on: news   PIWIs – The Grape Varieties of the Future?
"proof that even PIWI wines can achieve gold medals" -- when competing in a PIWI only contest!! How many gold medals have been won when competing in an open contest? (sorry - couldn't resist)
It's the taste!
11 Aug 2017 - Peter F May    -    posted on: news   PIWIs – The Grape Varieties of the Future?
It's true consumers are hesitant about venturing far from the classic varieties. MF has existed for 100+ years and was in commercial production in 1921 and its grown in places such as Northern America that can't grow better vines. And if the writer is proposing Marechal Foch is suitable for Germany he'll find the EU has different ideas as MF *is* a French American hybrid. The best thing that can be said about MF is that the very best of them manage to minimise the hybrid taste. As for Dornfelder and Regent; the main reason Germany grows them is to get a dark red wine, the wine is unfortunately indifferent at best. According to Wikipedia and as far as I can understand it, PIWI isn't an 'affectionate' term but a technical reference to certain proteins in RNA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piwi
A Very Inspring Story ...
11 Aug 2017 - Ralph    -    posted on: news   Recognising the Strength of Women at Compagniesdrift
A truly remarkable and inspiring story. Your a people's champion Ilse! Keep on changing the economic, social and educational landscape.
Great message, and a very nice wine
9 Aug 2017 - Dave March CWM    -    posted on: news   Recognising the Strength of Women at Compagniesdrift
Wonderful story, Ilse, and an an elegant, layered Cabernet/Merlot blend under your own label, which really got my attention!
Why PIWIs
9 Aug 2017 - Stephen Flesch    -    posted on: news   PIWIs – The Grape Varieties of the Future?
Whay are they called PIWIs ? Is it an acronym ?
An essential first step, but now waiting for phase 2
9 Aug 2017 - MG    -    posted on: news   South African Wine Tourism Goes Digital
Firstly congratulations are due on this essential first step to having a consolidated approach to wine tourism in SA instead of each region doing its own thing. However, it still has a long way to go before being really useful. The new site is really just an electronic tourism brochure and winery directory which points users to individual regional and winery URLs. What is needed is to be able to search by combined filter criteria (e.g. region, grape varieties, leisure actitivities, events, etc) and get a list of candidate wineries to visit. In short, it should provide immediate answers, because few people are going to spend time trawling through the 500-1000 or more website links provided. So congrats on phase 1, but fingers crossed that filtered search criteria will be part of phase 2 to come.
70 over 70
8 Aug 2017 - Ray Krause    -    posted on: news   40 Under 40: Berene Sauls
Why not do a piece on 70 over 70, if there are that many of us left?
Daan
7 Aug 2017 - Izak    -    posted on: news   2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards
We can present you with the lists if you could let me have your email. For what purpose do are you interested as I should explain how it all culminated into a ranking of SA wines.
Daan
7 Aug 2017 - Izak    -    posted on: news   2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards
We can present you with the lists if you could let me have your email. For what purpose do are you interested as I should explain how it all culminated into a ranking of SA wines.
My eerste wyn-proe
4 Aug 2017 - J.P. WOLHUTER    -    posted on: news   SA's Oupa of red wines, Chateau Libertas, now 80
As 'n student op die trein vanaf Johannesburg na Stellenbosch in 1950 proe ek in die eetwa my eerste rooi wyn in 'n klein bottel wat een sjieling ( tien sent ) kos ! Dit was 'n belewenes wat ek vandag nog onthou , 2017 .