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Do not miss out on the last night of WineX

Friday night is the last night of WineX. The father and daughter team Piet and Jorika Dreyer had a great WineX so far and are inviting you to visit stand I1 in the Sandton Convention Centre tonight.
30 October 2014
Raka Wine
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Q&A with self-taught Pieter de Waal on infidels and making freaky-geeky wines.

Self-taught winemaker Pieter de Waal loves SA sauvignon blanc but says now it’s time to make something else. Kim Maxwell chats with him about infidels, oversleeping and making freaky-geeky wines.
30 October 2014
Kim Maxwell
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Buitenverwachting wins Five Stars Platter Award

Buitenverwachting is proud to announce that the Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has been awarded five stars by Platters Wine Guide 2015. The John Platter South African Wine Guide is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and authoritative chronicle of who's who and what's what in South African wine country.
30 October 2014
Buitenverwachting
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Star performers at annual Nederburg Picnic Concert

On Saturday 29 November, Brandon October and a host of South Africa’s brightest young musical stars are set to light up the Nederburg Picnic Concert stage.
30 October 2014
Nederburg
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Fashionistas and flutes of Pongrácz at Cintron Pink Polo

Social Butterflies for a good cause
30 October 2014
Pongrácz
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Unique Biologic method produces elegant, hand-crafted, "Slow" Wines

On Avondale near Paarl, it’s an extraordinary combination of modern science and the wisdom of ages that creates its unique wines. The success of this holistic method is thanks to the open-minded and creative approach of proprietor Johnathan Grieve, whose thirst for knowledge is unquenchable even by the classic, naturally made “slow” wines his hard work produces.
30 October 2014
Avondale
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Platter Five Stars & Red Wine of the year

Something of a David vs. Goliath story as our Blueprint Syrah 2012 received the award for the Platter Red Wine of the Year. Being the most affordable wine on our list, this offers super value for money.
30 October 2014
De Trafford Wines
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Platters high fives for three stellar wines from the Elgin Valley

It was joy and celebration for the Elgin Valley at the annual launch of the Platter’s South African Wine Guide when they scooped three 5-Star wine ratings in the 2015 edition of the authoritative and internationally recognized Platter’s wine journal.
30 October 2014
The Elgin Valley Wine Guild
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Delheim Edelspatz strikes a sweet 5 star rating in Platter

Delheim Estate, the pride of wine pioneer ‘Spatz’ Sperling and his family, situated in the Simonsberg ward in Stellenbosch, scooped a 5 star rating for its eminent Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2013 in the 2015 Platter’s South African Wine Guide.
30 October 2014
Delheim Estate
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10th Consecutive 5-Star Platter Rating for De Krans!

De Krans Wine Cellar, situated in Calitzdorp, has received a 5 star rating for its Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2012 in the latest edition of the authoritative and internationally recognized Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2015, due for release mid-November.
30 October 2014
De krans
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New Vintages from Raka

Raka Wine will be exhibiting at WineX in Sandton from 29 - 31 October and will use the opportunity to introduce new vintages to the Gauteng market. Raka Biography Shiraz 2011 has just been released and it will be the first time that the 2011 vintage will be presented at a public tasting. The Raka Biography 2011 was selected as one of South Africa's Top 100 wines.
29 October 2014
Raka Wine
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Stellar performances at Veritas

Three cellars dominated the 24th Veritas Awards stage on October 4 when international and local judges crowned them with a host of Double Gold and Gold medals, marking their wines with the seal of quality distinction. They are KWV, Spier and Nederburg.
28 October 2014
Veritas Awards
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Direct Sales now more than Half of Revenue for Small to Medium sized Wineries

One of the key findings in Wine Business Solutions’ direct to consumer benchmarking study ‘Taking the Direct Route 2014’ is that for wineries producing less than 50,000 cases, more than half of revenue now comes from direct sales.
28 October 2014
Wine Business Solutions
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Spreading the wine message

Although consumers seemingly know what they want – Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot according to retailers – it is often no more than an uninformed and 'safe' choice. How is the average wine shopper supposed to know how Verheldo will taste or if Petit Verdot will complement a steak? Thus argues KWV winemaker Izele van Blerk who knows the importance of teaching consumers more about wine.
27 October 2014
Elona Hesseling, WineLand
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