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SA Champions hailed in inaugral Standard Bank Chenin Blank Top 10 Challenge

The winners of the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge have been revealed. The announcement made in Stellenbosch this past week has again highlighted the excellence of these South African white wines.
28 August 2014
Standard Bank Chenin Blank Top 10 Challenge
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A cut above the rest - Bellingham wines scores double!

A first for a South African producer, Bellingham has been announced as one of the winners of the 2014 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition, as well as a victor at the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, respectively.
28 August 2014
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Lourensford’s River Garden achieves Gold

Our River Garden Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2013 has been awarded a Gold medal at the 2014 Gold Wine Awards!
28 August 2014
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2014 Gold Wine Awards

This year saw the first year of the Gold Wine Awards and there was a surprisingly large number of entries.
28 August 2014
Gold Wine Awards
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Simonsig Cracks Second Top 10 Award, This Time It’s Chenin

The 2nd top 10 award in under two weeks. At the inaugural Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge held on 27 August, pioneering Stellenbosch wine estate won one of the 10 awards handed to South Africa’s best Chenin Blanc wines – just a few days after Simonsig once again secured an Absa Top 10 Pinotage Trophy.
28 August 2014
Simonsig Wine Estate
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Nederburg shows real passion with real people

Nederburg's most important ingredient is passion. That's the message the brand is giving wine lovers in a new national marketing campaign.
28 August 2014
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Celebrate Spring with lavish J.C. Le Roux candy carnival & Cap Classiques

Make Spring a dazzling celebration with a sparkling candy carnival at The House of J.C. Le Roux, the world-class Méthode Cap Classique destination in Stellenbosch.
28 August 2014
JC Le Roux
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Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge Winner – Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014

Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014 has been selected as one of South Africa’s top 10 Chenin Blancs in the annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge.
28 August 2014
Villiera Wines
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De Krans, SAs 2014 Champion Port

De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp has been awarded the sought after SA Champion Port Trophy, for a vintage port at the 2014 SA Young Wine Show. The awards ceremony took place at a gala event in Cape Town on Friday, 22 August. A total of 1972 wines from the 2014 vintage competed side by side, with only 17 wines earning the title of champion wine.
28 August 2014
De Krans
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A great performance by KWV at the South African Young Wine Show

KWV reinforced its reputation as a leading South African producer of world-class wines last week when it was awarded the SA champion Red blend Trophy (Shiraz/ Cabernet Sauvignon), clinched another 3 National Class Winners and won 10 Gold medals at the South African National Young Wine Show.
28 August 2014
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Cape Wine Academy presents the Certificate Wine Course Level 2

Take an in-depth journey into SOUTH AFRICAN WINE with the CERTIFICATE WINE COURSE. Broaden your viticulture and wine-making knowledge, whilst learning about the industry, sparkling, sweet and dessert style wines, along with fortified wines and brandies.
28 August 2014
Cape Wine Academy
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South Africa's got talent

The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2014 celebrated the 20 best national tasters in Cape Town on the evening of the 25th of August.
27 August 2014
Jean-Vincent Ridon
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Calling all Sauvignon stars

The Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG) invites producers of this noble grape variety to enter their finest wines for the 2014 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10. Entries close on 3 September. Late entries will be accepted until 10 September.
27 August 2014
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Raising the bubbly bar

If anybody can lay claim to having bubbles in their blood, then Graham Beck’s cellarmaster Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira is walking proof! It’s a clear sign that this man was born to create world-class sparkling wines.
27 August 2014
Graham Beck
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Taste fest of waterblommetjies and wine

Taste fest of waterblommetjies and wine. The sixth Waterblommetjie festival presented by Windmeul Cellar and Rhebokskloof Estate in Paarl takes place on Saturday 6 September, with waterblommetjie dishes and wine pairing as one of its main themes.
27 August 2014
Marius Labuschagne
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RIP CURL Surfers Vintners 2014 Classic held

Forty-five of the Cape’s best wine makers showed off their surfing skills on some small but clean surf at the Jongensfontein Point on Friday 15th August at the Rip Curl Vintners Surf Classic 2014.
27 August 2014
Jessica Faircliff
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Women's passion for wine fuelled

In 2012, Kathy Jordan launched the Jordan Women in Wine initiative to help train and develop young women in the wine industry.
26 August 2014
Elona Hesseling
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Chenin Blanc capped as SA Champion Young Wine

Chenin Blanc from Boland Cellar clinched the title of 2014 SA Champion Young Wine today (Friday 22 August).
26 August 2014
SA Young Wine Show
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