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Plaisir de Merle introduces its latest star Petit Plaisir 2013

PLAISIR DE MERLE, celebrated wine farm in the Franschhoek Wine Valley has announced the release of its latest creation, Petit Plaisir 2013.
2 October 2014
Plaisir de Merle
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Jason's Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Set in the heart of the Slanghoek Wine Valley, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is where you’ll find 5th generation family owned wine farm, Jason’s Hill Private Cellar. Renowned for its fertile soil and Mediterranean climate resulting in only the best grapes being produced for making award winning wines.
2 October 2014
Jason’s Hill Private Cellar
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A new taste extravaganza awaits at Blaauwklippen

Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that celebrates its 333rd anniversary next year, has unveiled the transformation of its current wine centre into a venue dedicated to sensory ecstasy. On October 1, Blaauwklippen opens the doors on among others a room for enjoying premium spirits, an exciting new bistro, as well as revitalised wine and food experiences.
2 October 2014
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Lourensford makes big investment in alternative energy and clean environment

Lourensford has reinforced its reputation for conservation of the beautiful natural environment of this well-known wine estate in Somerset West by investing in solar energy. More than R7 million has been spent on the installation of a modern 500 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the winery.
2 October 2014
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New link between research and winemakers

Information transfer is one of those key concepts increasingly being used in strategic wine discussions. And with good reason: research is pivotal to innovation, technology and quality.
2 October 2014
Edo Heyns, WineLand
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The Beautiful South 2014 - A post event break-down

This year I was a first time attendee of The Beautiful South held in the London Olympia a few weeks ago. Having done other shows with WOSA in the past, I went in thinking I knew what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.
2 October 2014
Lydia Coetzee
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Pebbles Project Reaches A Major Milestone

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pebbles Project who have established themselves firmly within the wine industry as an organisation which aims to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with special educational needs.
2 October 2014
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More bling for Longridge trophy cabinet

Longridge wine estate can add two more gold medals to their trophy cabinet after the recent Gold Wine Awards. The 2012 Longridge Rouge and the 2013 Longridge Blanc both walked off with gold medals in the inaugural edition of the competition.
2 October 2014
Longridge wine estate
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Vote Fleur du Cap for the 2014 Klink Awards

Wear your wine critic hat and make your vote count when you put the Fleur du Cap Wine & Salt tasting experience, offered daily at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch, to the test in the 2014 Klink Awards.
2 October 2014
Fleur du Cap
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Regional winner from Durbanville Hills Wines to compete in Farm Workers final 2014

Mervyn Davies of Durbanville Hills Wines is the Durbanville Region’s overall winner in the 2014 Farm Worker of the Year Competition. He achieved the highest score of the nine category winners in the regional competition. Mervyn will now compete against the winners of the other 14 regions for the Western Cape title.
1 October 2014
Durbanville Hills Wines
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Wine Vision 2014 announces programme focused on the wine and the consumer of the future

The programme for Wine Vision 2014 has been released with an international showcase of speakers focused on the future of wine - from emerging markets to evolving consumers.
29 September 2014
Margarete Baltay
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What’s in a Sticker?

Head into any bottle store, survey any shelf and you’re sure to be met with a flash of gold, silver, red and more metallic than in a US custom body shop. Stickers on wine bottles aren’t new but (and it might just be me) they seem to be more prevalent this year because, as research dictates, awards do sell.
29 September 2014
Shante Hutton
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You are what you drink; or is it in your stars ?

Could it be possible that our wine preferences are based on genetic dispositions?
29 September 2014
Dave March
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