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The gateway to fine wines in South Africa's, Western Cape.

The gateway to fine wines in South Africa’s, Western Cape.

 

As European winemakers brave freezing temperatures to finish their winter pruning, more than 12,000 kilometers away South African vineyard workers are battling the heat as they prepare for this year’s harvest.

With temperatures rising to as high as 35 degrees Celsius, the first grapes to ripen are the Sauvignon Blanc, then Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, followed by Pinotage, Chenin Blanc and Merlot. The next sweep through the vineyards includes Syrah, Cabernet Franc and finally, as we move into March, Cabernet Sauvignon.

This trio of bold red grape varieties may be last into the cellar, but any aficionado who appreciates brooding, dark oak-aged red wine will tell you, these are definitely worth the wait. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah may make up only 22% of South Africa’s vineyard plantings but together could represent an entree into the higher echelons of the world’s fine-wine market.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Stellenbosch, South Africa.

 

 

Tradition snubbed. New picks from U.S.-based wine mag dominated by offbeat wine regions around the world

Bordeaux’s not on the list, and that’s one reason it’s interesting.

New York-based Wine Enthusiast Magazine has released its picks for best wine travel destinations for 2013.

The selections are notable for including offbeat wine regions around the world, from a castle in Puglia, Italy, to a university town in South Africa.

Other picks include: Danube, Austria; Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil; Monterey County, California; North and South Forks of Long Island New York; and Willamette Valley, Oregon.

For each destination, the magazine recommends… read on

Ntsiki Biyela.

Ntsiki Biyela.

 

Having rounded up our top 50 most powerful women in wine over the past few weeks, we wanted to alert you to our women to watch in 2013.

Hot on the heels of our top 50 are a slew of energetic go-getters hungry for their time in the wine spotlight.

Among them is Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female winemaker.

Based at Stellenbosch estate Stellekaya since 2005, though cautious of the pioneer tag, the dynamic young winemaker hopes to have helped pave the way for future black female winemakers to emerge in the region.

In 2009, she was named South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year.

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Enotria has signed a deal with South African producer The Company of Wine People, which will see the UK supplier take on distribution of Arniston Bay, along with a portfolio of other wine brands.

 

Arniston Bay Wines.

Arniston Bay Wines.

 

With 80% of its wine sold abroad, The Company of Wine People claims to be South Africa’s fifth largest packaged wine exporter.

Effective from February 2013, the deal with Enotria includes Arniston Bay, one of the UK’s biggest wine brands, as well as Kumkani, which was restructured at the start of 2012 to give joint ownership to winemaker Allison S Adams-Witbooi as part of South Africa’s black ownership scheme.

The two other brands are traditional Stellenbosch producer Welmoed and the less conventional Versus brand.

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Three Stellenbosch wine farms that form part of the Lusan Premium Wines portfolio have been accredited by the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).

 

Following a rigorous assessment, Uitkyk, Neethlingshof and Stellenzicht have been declared compliant with the WIETA fair labour code.

The WIETA code is premised on the base code of the International Labour Conventions Ethical Trading Initiative and also incorporates South African labour legislation. It precludes the use of… read on