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Oak Valley hosts FNB Wines 2 Whales

Oak Valley will host the FNB Wines 2 Whales Mountain Biking Event for the 3rd consecutive year starting today, 31st Oct and ending on 9th Nov.
31 October 2014
Oak Valley
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Summer picnics with French flair at Grande Provence

Embrace lazy summer days with a rustic French-style picnic under the oaks in the beautifully landscaped garden overlooking the vineyards of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. With scrumptious morsels and a bottle of Angels Tears wine, you’re set for a tranquil afternoon on this fabulous wine estate.
31 October 2014
Grande Provence
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A 5 star Platter for Boplaas Cape Tawny after 4 super awards.

The stellar Boplaas Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve N/V, managed to scoop one of only two 5 Star Platter’s awarded to fortified Port-styled wines in the upcoming edition of this longstanding guide to South African wine.
31 October 2014
Boplaas Family Vineyards
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Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014 finalists announced

The finalists of the prestigious Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2014 are Jacques Erasmus (Spier Wines), Alicia Rechner (Backsberg Estate Cellars), Alvi van der Merwe (Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar) and Bryan MacRobert (The Hughes Family Wines).
31 October 2014
Diners Club Winemaker of the Year
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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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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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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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