Monday, 29 November, 2021

The Wine Arc – The Start of a New Beginning

The launch of The Wine Arc on 11 November 2021 signifies the start of a new beginning and growth prospects for black-owned brands.
SA Wine Industry and Transformation Unit

Friday, 26 November, 2021

WFTO Africa and M.E hosts a conversation on sustainable choices in the kitchens at Nederburg Wines in Paarl

The conversation of how each of us can positively impact the environment around us is one that needs to become everyone’s responsibility. Adopting sustainable lifestyles is something that is possible in every aspect of our lives from the clothes we wear and the food we eat.
WFTO Africa and Middle East

Tuesday, 2 November, 2021

The Wine Arc built on strong character and values

The recently announced brand home for black-owned wine brands, which will be hosted in the Tasting Room and Cellar Complex at the Agricultural Research Council’s Nietvoorbij Campus in Stellenbosch, will be called The Wine Arc.
South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit

Tuesday, 2 November, 2021

Pebbles Project launches new online store

Pebbles project has yet again made it easier to change lives for the better with an online store.

Wednesday, 27 October, 2021

Dr Erna Blancquaert on winning Golden Vines MW Scholarship

This month has marked a breakthrough moment in the wine industry’s challenge to drive more inclusion and diversity in the sector with the first Golden Vines events, set up in memory of the late Gerard Basset MW MS. The first Golden Vines Awards ceremony and auction helped raise a vital £1.2m to invest in future diversity projects.
The Buyer, Richard Siddle

Thursday, 14 October, 2021

WWF Honours De Wetshof Wine Estate with first Conservation Pioneer Award

De Wetshof Estate in Robertson is the first recipient of the WWF Conservation Pioneer Award, one of the accolades under the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism and Wine Tourism Ambassador Awards. These awards, for 2022, were announced this week at Creation Winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
De Wetshof Estate

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021

Chefs for charity: Idiom supports Clash of the Chefs in aid of the Isabelo charity founded by Margot Janse

8 chefs, standing together, to support feeding programs in the Cape Winelands in a clash of cooking skills.

Tuesday, 5 October, 2021

2021 Fleur du Cap Awards Choose To Identify Talent Of Tomorrow

The annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, which have been honouring theatre excellence, originality and the vibrancy of our many cultures since 1965, will be one of the biggest highlights on the Cape’s entertainment calendar in October.
Fleur du Cap

Thursday, 30 September, 2021

See why Pebbles is ALWAYS making a difference

South Africans are a resilient bunch, and the team at Pebbles are no different. During the last 18 months they have actively continued their work in the Western Cape and are increasing their footprint all the time.
Judy Brower | wine.co.za

Wednesday, 29 September, 2021

New brand home for wine industry has an integrated empowerment approach

The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) recently announced the development of a brand home for black-owned wine brands, which will be hosted in the Tasting Room and Cellar Complex at the Agricultural Research Council’s Nietvoorbij Campus in Stellenbosch.

Monday, 20 September, 2021

Wine industry and key stakeholders join forces to define sustainability

For the first time, more than 40 key actors in the production and marketing of wine around the world have joined forces to accelerate action as sustainability challenges mount.
Sustainable Wine Roundtable (SWR)

Friday, 27 August, 2021

Collaboration boosts business growth for black-owned enterprises

The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) took the first step in securing a sustainable future for black-owned enterprises.

Wednesday, 25 August, 2021

Work placements needed for PYDA Wine and Marketing Students

The PYDA Wine and Marketing students are ready for their 5 week work placement and experiential learning from 11 September to 17 October 2021.
Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA)

Tuesday, 24 August, 2021

StreetSmart SA: Stationery Drive

If the cost of new stationery is making you raise an eyebrow at the start of each new school year, you're not alone.
StreetSmart SA

Tuesday, 17 August, 2021

2021 Nedbank CWG Auction salutes new and adjourning members

After entering an unprecedented chapter for wine auctions in 2020, the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction returns live and online on 2 October 2021, preceded by a compelling 2-week online charity auction offering rare and unique wine collections to raise funds for the Guild’s Protégé Programme.
The Cape Winemakers Guild

Friday, 13 August, 2021

#25YEARSYOUNG: Sharing our Top 10 best read stories EVER

In celebration of our 25th birthday, we look at what our readers have enjoyed most over the years. Since joining wine.co.za in 2016, I've had a little chuckle every time I see some of the titles on our Top 10 list of news stories (forgive me, but like a teenager, I find it hard not to giggle at the word Viagra almost every time). Take a trip down memory lane with our Top 10 best read articles.
wine.co.za, Trudie Webb

Monday, 9 August, 2021

Painted Wolves (African wild dogs) return to Malawi

On 27 July, 14 African wild dogs were successfully translocated from South Africa and Mozambique to Malawi, through a collaboration between the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and African Parks.
Painted Wolf Wines

Thursday, 5 August, 2021

Sophia Warner: Founder of Pebbles

Pebbles or The Pebbles Project is a well-known and admired NPO in the Cape Winelands and way beyond. Possibly less widely known is Sophia Warner, founder of the project in 2004.
Wines of South Africa, Angela Lloyd

Tuesday, 3 August, 2021

Introducing Robertson Winery's REALLY GOOD Wine

Robertson Winery has established a long-standing reputation as a producer of Good wines both on your palate and your pocket and is now doing Good by dedicating their most loved and award-winning cultivars to become part of a special Really Good Wine range.
Robertson Winery

Monday, 2 August, 2021

25 Years of memories at wine.co.za

Founded by Kevin Kidson and Judy Brower, wine.co.za is turning 25 on the 28th August. Join us for a walk down memory lane.
Judy Brower | wine.co.za

Wednesday, 14 July, 2021

Khumbuzile Mosoma adds huge value to wine industry transformation unit

Khumbuzile Mosoma has been appointed as the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) representative board member for the South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) from July 2021.
South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit

Wednesday, 14 July, 2021

Franschhoek restaurant recovery initiative aims to help local restaurants

Following on the huge success of the Support Stellenbosch Restaurant Campaign initiative, which raised just over R1.7 million for restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism organization has jump started something similar.
Franschhoek Wine Valley

Wednesday, 7 July, 2021

Painted Wolf Wines Launches Range Expansion Dog Box Competition

Painted Wolf Wines has released a limited edition case of wine to celebrate ten years of supporting the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). The Range Expansion Dog Box will raise funds for the EWT’s African Wild Dog Range Expansion Project. Every purchase includes an entry into a prize draw to win one of a fantastic selection of African wild dog-themed prizes.
Painted Wolf Wines

Tuesday, 29 June, 2021

SA buyers dominate sales at CWG Charity Auction, raising nearly half a million rand in support of South African Wine Industry

The support of South African wine collectors came out tops in the first CWG Protégé Programme Auction this year, with bidding concluding at a generous total of R455 700.
Cape Winemakers Guild

Monday, 28 June, 2021

#VinoPeople: Denzel Swarts

When you see Simonsig Brand Ambassador, Denzel Swarts, out and about in the winelands, you're immediately aware of the love and respect he has earned from his peers. Denzel has been making waves in the industry for many years and most recently again with the launch of his own wine label.

Wednesday, 23 June, 2021

The Indaba Foundation tackles the critical need for ECD in the wine industry

Andre Shearer has been in the wine industry for a very long time, having bravely started the US based wine business Cape Classics with his brother Gary in 1991 when SA wines were unknown in the US, and SA’s reputation was still languishing under the ravages of anti-apartheid sanctions. Yet the brothers prevailed and built up their company into the largest importer of SA wines into the US.
Wines of South Africa, Julia Moore

Friday, 18 June, 2021

Two-day hike in the Swartland in aid of StreetSmart SA

Put on your hiking boots and join Cape Camino on a two-day hike through the Swartland in aid of StreetSmart SA from Friday, 16 to Sunday, 18 July.
StreetSmart SA

Monday, 14 June, 2021

Wine Industry celebrates the achievements of 40 rural change agents appointed by the Evergrow Foundation in partnership with Aware.org.

EverGrow Foundation, previously known as Vinpro Foundation, was established in 2013 by Vinpro, the wine industry body for wine producers, to curb the harmful effects of alcohol harm, amongst other social challenges. Since then, the foundation has grown in order to support more agri-business and more agri-communities and recently changed its name to EverGrow Foundation.
Evergrow Foundation

Friday, 11 June, 2021

The Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project strengthens community involvement by hosting a Farmer’s Open Day

On the 8th of June The Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project hosted a Farmer’s Open Day at their facility near Hermanus in the Overberg region to strengthen community involvement.
Pebbles Project

Thursday, 10 June, 2021

Versus Socks adds Anna Foundation as an official charity partner - Setting the pace for social responsibility through sport

The Anna Foundation announces a new partnership with homegrown company Versus Socks. The Stellenbosch-based charity, which focuses on sport as one of three pillars for childhood development, is proud to team up with a local business using sport to bring together people from all walks of life.
Anna Foundation

Friday, 4 June, 2021

Introducing Pardus - a new cub in the Leopard's Leap Litter

Pardus is the Latin for panther or leopard and of course a fitting name for a new addition to the Leopard’s Leap collection of wines.
Hein Koegelenberg

Friday, 28 May, 2021

Mobile health service for remote rooibos tea farm workers launched

We are so excited and proud to announce the launch of our new partnership with Twinings, an international tea company based in the UK. The partnership forms part of ‘Sourced with Care’, Twinings’ responsible sourcing programme, which aims to improve the lives of communities from which they source and this is Twinings’ first project in South Africa.
Pebbles Project

Friday, 21 May, 2021

Rehabilitation of eroded watercourses at Vergelegen wine estate

Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West, which is renowned for its biodiversity and commitment to environmental sustainability, has just completed an extensive programme to rehabilitate eroded watercourses.

Friday, 30 April, 2021

The story of when you win but someone else gets the prize

When South African winemakers earn a coveted place in the annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge line-up, there is certainly satisfaction for the achievement and the acclaim it brings.
Chenin Blanc Association

Wednesday, 28 April, 2021

Fairtrade Africa: A Guide to Ethical Cape Wineries

Fairtrade Africa is a sustainable development initiative that draws attention to the story behind the products on our shelves, and commits to sustaining the livelihoods of the frontline workers: the people behind the label.
What's On In Cape Town

Thursday, 22 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD: The age of the social entrepreneur enters the South African wine industry

South Africa’s Aware Ambassadors practice daily acts of kindness in their communities effecting change while also empowering themselves
Malu Lambert

Monday, 19 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD: Old Vines, Liquid History

Conserving old vines keeps alive the history and cultural landscape of South African wine
Graham Howe

Thursday, 15 April, 2021

From the heart ...

“The heart is a pump,” cardiac surgeon Professor Chris Barnard famously said. In December it will be 54 years since he conducted the world’s first ever historic heart transplant at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town.
Wines of South Africa, Fiona McDonald

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021

#WINEFORGOOD - Essential Leadership Characteristics During Times of Change

The world and workplace have permanently changed with the Corona virus pandemic and uncertainty will remain with us for a long time, as threats of renewed waves of the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19-variants persists.
Santi Basson

Tuesday, 13 April, 2021

Seasoned hospitality professional takes the helm at StreetSmart SA

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable children rebuild their lives, welcomes Zaid Adams, a seasoned professional with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, as its new chairman.
Streetsmart SA

Monday, 12 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD - Distell, taxi industry and liquor traders join hands to tackle social challenges

The partnership will see the two largest black-owned industries in the country and the largest locally owned liquor company work together to enhance COVID-19 compliance, reduce road traffic accidents, combat gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF), promote black entrepreneurship and drive the responsible consumption of alcohol.
National Liquor Traders

Monday, 12 April, 2021

Partnerships key to business’s success!

Despite the challenges facing the South African alcohol industry at the moment, there are good news stories. Bayede! Marketing, a level two BBBEE company based in Paarl, is one such example.
South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit

Friday, 9 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD - StreetSmart defies relentless challenges in support of vulnerable children

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to changing street children’s lives by supporting intervention programmes through donations from hospitality venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has managed to forge ahead in spite of the nationwide lockdown freezing the bulk of its income during 2020.
StreetSmart SA

Thursday, 8 April, 2021

Elethu: A Stellar Achievement

To the average tourist, Bonnievale is a quaint village true to its name where picturesque farm cottages are surrounded by orchards and vineyards, bordered by beautiful, towering mountains.
Wines of South Africa, Julia Moore

Tuesday, 6 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD - Transformation programmes advances black-owned wine businesses

The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) was established to enable meaningful participation of black-owned wine businesses and is at the forefront of transformation in the wine industry. SAWITU represents transformation on various forums, work groups and industry bodies. Its strategic priorities are Enterprise Development, Skills Development, Ownership and Social Development.
South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit

Tuesday, 6 April, 2021

Turning Water into Wine - A wine farm in the water-scarce Karoo is working towards conservation

Water is fundamental for the production of wine, but it is critical for the preservation of life.
Wines of South Africa, Tshepang Molisana

Friday, 2 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD - Nuy Winery invests in the future with a first bursary

Louis Martin from Paarl was the first recipient of a Nuy Winery bursary in 2019. Martin, who had begun work as press assistant in 2017 and later as intern at Nuy Winery, has since completed his studies at Boland College in Worcester in farm management.
Nuy Winery

Thursday, 1 April, 2021

WINEFORGOOD - Wines you can buy to help make a difference

In 2019, wine.co.za started dedicating the month of April to showcase all the good being done by the wine industry. Over the past two years, we have published a story a day during April, stories of change, transformation, conservation and upliftment. South African wineries are changing lives in the winelands and you can support their efforts by drinking these wines.
wine.co.za, Trudie Webb

Thursday, 25 March, 2021

Anna Foundation Rides to Support Absa Cape Epic 2021 and Farm Education

Fans of the Absa Cape Epic may be familiar with the sea of bright yellow t-shirts belonging to learners of the Anna Foundation, one of the event’s official charities.
Anna Foundation

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

Building A Body Of Evidence To Combat GBV

South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence inflicted on women and girls in the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Crime statistics by the South African Police Service (SAPS) show that in 2019/20, a total of 2 695 women were murdered in South Africa – that’s one woman every three hours.

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021

Cape Winemakers Guild and Nedbank transformation projects take momentum post prohibition

The South African wine industry has suffered immense losses amidst a world pandemic and the Government's drastic measures to curb the virus's spread. Finally, the plea to lift the third alcohol ban has been hearkened to, and the camaraderie between wine industry bodies and financial and educational institutions can once again reach full momentum.
Cape Winemakers Guild

Tuesday, 16 February, 2021

Germany champions Imvini Wethu project to save our vines and protect our future

Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much. This is the slogan with which friends of South African wine in Germany have sent a new premium wine into the German market on 15 February 2021, pledging allegiance with the exceptional quality born from our vines.
Cape Winemakers Guild

Wednesday, 10 February, 2021

Delheim gives graduates their first taste of the wine business

Renowned Stellenbosch winery Delheim is partnering to create a milestone for graduates – some from previously under resourced areas - creating their own wine product, start to finish.
Delheim Wine Estate

Friday, 15 January, 2021

The South African wine industry is an engine of transformation, don't switch it off

Alert Level 3 in South Africa has been indefinitely extended, which continues to prohibit the domestic sale of any alcoholic drink for on- and off-consumption. This means our wine region is effectively shuttered, with wide-ranging consequences not only for producers but also for the tourism and hospitality industries as a whole.
Wines of South Africa, Malu Lambert

Wednesday, 13 January, 2021

Kunye - wine that makes a difference

Kunye, meaning “together” in Xhosa, is a nonprofit wine brand that celebrates the diversity of the South African landscape. All profits generated from the Kunye wine sales will be put into a scholarship fund to help people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa to further their knowledge in any aspect of wine education. 
Cassidy Dart

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020

#SaveSAWine creates a buzz with mural project

The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) participated in the #SaveSAWine campaign, run by Erica Taylor of Uncorkified.
South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit

Wednesday, 4 November, 2020

Over 1 million meals served by the Pebbles Kitchen in winelands

The Pebbles Kitchen, a division of the Pebbles Project, which works to improve the lives of children in the Western Cape farming communities, reached a milestone this week of one million meals served in eight months of lockdown by their emergency feeding scheme.
Pebbles Kitchen

Thursday, 8 October, 2020

Some Thunder Clouds Have a Silver Lining

2020 has been a year of proverbial dark skies and thunderclouds rumbling on the horizon. A challenging year in terms of business, across every sector, and a year where victims of violence and abuse have been even more at risk than ever before. Yet, even the darkest clouds have silver linings, and this year has been no exception.

Thursday, 1 October, 2020

Pebbles does it virtually

The challenges of 2020 and Covid will not keep Pebbles down...
Pebbles Project

Thursday, 3 September, 2020

The Bouchard Finlayson WSET Scholarship Candidate is Announced

Bouchard Finlayson, one of South Africa’s leading wine farms, is delighted to announce the first recipient of the Bouchard Finlayson WSET Scholarship.
Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard

Wednesday, 2 September, 2020

Journey’s End Foundation Launched

Journey’s End Vineyards has launched The Journey’s End Foundation, the latest community project from the Stellenbosch based winery. Set up as an NGO, Rollo Gabb, MD, and his team have established the Foundation to tackle hunger and extreme poverty in the Helderberg Region of Stellenbosch – largely as a result of Covid-19.
Journey’s End Foundation NGO

Thursday, 27 August, 2020

South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit ploughs efforts into assisting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ever mindful of the economic hardship occasioned by the drawn-out Covid-19 Pandemic, the South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) has provided a raft of support measures to the wine industry, in which it operates.
South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (S

Wednesday, 26 August, 2020

How your IWC entry helps disadvantaged youths like Shannon

She’s one of 80 youngsters from townships in South Africa who have been "lifted out of poverty" through an IWC-sponsored WSET course. Shannon is now working on a wine estate in South Africa and has been given a bursary to help fund her WSET Level 4 Diploma. She thanks you all for “investing in me when I didn’t even believe in myself”.
Canopy, Chris Boiling

Friday, 14 August, 2020

Elgin Wine Producers Join Forces To Rescue Restaurants

An independent initiative spearheaded by Alex Dale of Radford Dale, The Restaurant Rescue Project (#RestaurantRescueProject) to preserve and save the restaurant industry of Cape Town, which has been crippled by the pandemic in recent months.
Elgin Ridge Wine Estate

Friday, 14 August, 2020

Perdeberg launches #SACalling fundraising campaign to make a difference to the needy

Perdeberg is pleased to announce it will donate R5 of its proceeds for every bottle of wine sold online during the local alcohol ban in South Africa, up to 30 September 2020, to buy food products for families in need.
Perdeberg Wines

Tuesday, 11 August, 2020

The Cape’s Restaurants Receive Life Line From Top Winery Producers

Launched on July 20th by wine producer Alex Dale and Chef Matt Manning, the Restaurant Rescue Project (RRP) has already saved five (5) Cape restaurants from permanent or at least temporary closure and hence securing the livelihoods of many employees.
Restaurant Rescue Project (RRP)

Friday, 3 July, 2020

Jordan Winter Clothing Collection: 6 July - 31 August

This is the 12th year that Jordan Wine Estate will be pro-active in assisting our local charities with the donation of your second-hand clothing.
Jordan Wine Estate

Friday, 19 June, 2020

Support our sommeliers - they’re still the best wine brand ambassadors

Very few sommeliers have been able to work since lockdown began on 26th of March 2020. More than anyone, the wineries understand how deeply damaging this period has been for them. Sommeliers will still be the best ambassadors for the industry, however, when restaurants, wine farms and wine bars resume full operations.
Sommeliers Academy

Friday, 12 June, 2020

Painted Wolf Wines donates R20,000 to conservation during lock down: June 2020

We received enormous support from the public during the phase 4 lock down period, with a significant number of orders being placed for delivery in June.
Painted Wolf WInes

Monday, 18 May, 2020

Boschendal partners with Pebbles Project to feed local Dwarsrivier community

Boschendal Wine Estate has partnered with a local non-profit organisation to help feed vulnerable communities within the Dwarsrivier Valley. The partnership between Boschendal and Pebbles Project commenced on 6 April, and involves Boschendal donating fresh produce to the Pebbles Kitchen, said Wilmien Wicomb, in-house counsel and community organiser at Boschendal.
Matie Media, Tyler Setzer

Friday, 8 May, 2020

We Rise Together: All the good from #wineforgood 2020

Bragging about wine awards is a skill the wine industry has learned, although it probably took more convincing for some. Bragging about good deeds doesn't come quite so easy. But DOING good deeds does. wine.co.za is happy to do the bragging about all the good work being done in the winelands and dedicated April to our second #wineforgood campaign, sharing a positive wine story every day.
wine.co.za, Trudie Webb

Thursday, 30 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Cutting-edge upgrade to historic farm school boosts rural education in the winelands

A state-of-the-art school for farm community children has opened its doors on the outskirts of Worcester. The new Botha's Halte Primary School is the result of a private-public partnership that harnessed top level educational, commercial and design skills and experience, to make the much-needed rural facility a reality.

Thursday, 30 April, 2020

Join Avondale & FABER and be part of this special initiative to support HEART NPO in Paarl

The FABER team have opened up their kitchen and their hearts to cook for the HEART Community in Paarl.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Pinotage Youth Development Academy - Launching Talent

PYDA was founded in 2012 as the Pinotage Youth Development Academy with the goal of developing talented youth with historically disadvantaged backgrounds for employment in the wine sector and related industries.
Pinotage Youth Development Academy

Monday, 27 April, 2020

Sustainable Packaging

South Africa’s Integrity and Sustainability seal was introduced in 2010. Among the requirements to qualify is that the wine has been produced sustainably, in an earth-friendly manner. Most people probably view this as what goes on in the vineyards and cellar. Sustainability is just as important with packaging. Containers, closures, labels, boxes - all require a similar, sustainable approach.
WOSA, Angela Lloyd

Monday, 27 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Freedom Day - we celebrate how far we've come

Today South Africa celebrates Freedom Day, commemorating the first democratic elections held in 1994. It's been 26 post-apartheid years. Change and transformation might not always seem to be happening fast enough, but in a country that has become almost indifferent to bad and negative news, we hope to rather inspire by all the positive changes that have taken place in the winelands.
wine.co.za, Trudie Webb

Friday, 24 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Raising Thunderchildren

None of the children in Herberg Children's Home in Robertson originate from homes and communities where the sun proverbially always shines and where there is always lovely weather. The background of our children is characterised by dark and threatening clouds that sometimes creates the feeling of being pushed into the ground.

Friday, 24 April, 2020

South Africa’s wine trade rallies support for the vulnerable

At a time when we are looking to help others not only in our own communities but around the country and the world, our minds turn to the situation in South Africa where the impact on the country’s on-going lockdown is having a dire impact on already vulnerable communities who are now running out of food and supplies and desperately need help.
The Buyer, Richard Siddle

Thursday, 23 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Oak Valley - growing together

People have always been at the very heart of our story. What we are doing on Oak Valley is not only for this generation, but also for the generations to come. This is us. Growing together.
Oak Valley

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Strandveld Vineyards’ Little Friends

Strandveld Vineyards is a small winery situated in the Elim wine ward near Africa’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas. At Strandveld, we believe that South Africa is a country with great potential and that education is one of the key areas which need to be addressed to realise our potential and to build a brighter future for our people.
Strandveld Vineyards

Tuesday, 21 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Pebbles Project and local partners continue to change lives in Hemel en Aarde

In 2015, Carolyn Martin, co-owner of Creation Wines, approached the Pebbles Project to develop an education facility for farming communities in Hemel-en-Aarde valley situated on the R320 in the Overberg.
Pebbles Project

Tuesday, 21 April, 2020

Oldenburg Vineyards, cooler than Stellenbosch, and with a lot of heart: CL° & Aitsa!

The family behind boutique Banghoek wine farm, Oldenburg Vineyards, have a close connection to the area and community around the estate. Owner Adrian Vanderspuy spent much of his childhood in the valley, and he and his wife Vanessa are dedicated to making meaningful contributions to those in the local community who need it most.
Oldenburg Vineyards

Monday, 20 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Barrels & Beards - one of the best parties of the year (with a conscience)

The tale of how an infuriating stubble became a ten-year tradition all started one night (after a few bottles of quality Bot River wine...) when our wonderfully eclectic, handsome bunch of very talented Bot River Winemakers challenged each other to grow the most luxuriant beard during harvest. This became known as The Great Bot River Beard-off.

Friday, 17 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Spier wins Biodiversity Award at the Drinks Business Green Award for indigenous replanting programme

South African wine farm, Spier, won the Amorim Biodiversity Award at the Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 at a ceremony at The Ivy in London.

Thursday, 16 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: The New Generation of Wine Ambassador

Wine education in South Africa is on the rise. Three hundred aspiring young adults across the country are embarking on a unique journey to become the next generation of wine ambassadors and sommeliers.
Sommeliers Academy, Roxan Waldeck

Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Meridian Adventure Sail raises R2.1million for education focused charitable causes in the Western Cape

Meridian Adventure Sail was the top-performing auction lot generating R2.1million in its winning bids, at the 2020 Cape Wine Auction, held in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Meridian Adventures

Tuesday, 14 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: High quality wine meets low environmental impact at Backsberg

Apart from being known for producing top quality wines with structure, finesse and a high level of drinkability, Backsberg is also well-known for our commitment to sustainable practices.
Backsberg Estate

Tuesday, 14 April, 2020

Tanagra's good deed benefits McGregor community

As locals in this village and valley know, Tanagra Winery & Distillery has always been in the forefront when it comes to responding to any charitable project or need. So it was little surprise that Robert and Anette Rosenbach announced that they were producing hand sanitiser free of charge to our community.
Myrna Robins

Monday, 13 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Using sport to create a brighter future

L’Avenir Wine Estate partnered with Sanzaar and Mitsubishi South Africa to raise funds and gear for sports development in Stellenbosch, through the Hands-on Sports Initiative at its Pebbles Project Afterschool Centre.
L'Avenir Wine Estate

Friday, 10 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: 2020 Brings Hope To Franschhoek’s Local Youth And The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy & Learning Centre

Living or spending time in the Cape Winelands comes with many wonderful perks that is available to most of us. However, amongst all of this beauty is a dire need for trained and skilled professionals to provide the services that keep the tourism industry alive and the Franschhoek Wine Valley top of mind when it comes to local and international visitors.
Franschhoek Wine Valley

Thursday, 9 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: The Power of Possibility at The HeadStart Trust

We chat to Dr WP Van Zyl, who is heading up The Drift Estate’s Headstart Trust
The Drift Estate

Thursday, 9 April, 2020

How can you help the Pebbles Kitchen feeding scheme?

So much change and so much good being done too. Hats off to the Pebbles team for using their kitchen to feed not only the children in need but also those families struggling during these trying times. But they need your help!
Judy Brower | wine.co.za

Wednesday, 8 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Saving the world through drinking wine: 5 wines you can buy to make a difference

What we've come to realise from our #wineforgood campaign is that us winedrinkers are everyday heroes really. Quietly helping conservation efforts and boosting education in the winelands simply by drinking wine. YOU, the wine drinker, can make a difference by buying these wines...
wine.co.za, Trudie Webb

Tuesday, 7 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Lives changed, R5 at a time

StreetSmart South Africa raises funds for street children projects through participating restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting centres. Launched in 2005, they have been changing the lives of children, R5 at a time, for fifteen years with many good news stories from beneficiaries to share.
StreetSmart SA

Tuesday, 7 April, 2020

COVID-19 Marianne Supports Gift of the Givers

The COVID-19 lockdown has created huge despair amongst the most vulnerable in our society.
Marianne Wine Estate

Monday, 6 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: The Benefits of Motivation in the Workplace

As the economy continues to struggle, employees and cellar assistants in the wine industry are challenged to remain motivated. They are often looking for inspiration which will address their needs and the need for real solutions is now at an all-time high.
Santi Basson, Winetech

Friday, 3 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: A dignified life at Iona Wine Farm

I’m not really in the business of blowing trumpets so I’ll get straight to my point. South African farmers* are at the receiving end of a lot of criticism with regard to working conditions, remuneration, and treatment of farm labourers. I am of the opinion that there is seldom smoke without fire, or the subject would not raise its ugly head quite so often.
Rozy Gunn, Iona Wine Farm

Thursday, 2 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Pebbles completes the circle

When The Pebbles Project opened its doors 15 years ago, Jamie-Lee Plaatjies was in primary school. She attended the Pebbles After School Club based on the farm where she lives.
Pebbles Project

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020

#WINEFORGOOD: Spier supports the launch of the wine industry's first black-owned, independent wine lab

Former Spier employee, Merecia Smith, has launched South Africa’s first black-owned wine analysis laboratory. With Spier’s support, Merecia launched her business, Wine Analytical Services (WASLab) in July 2019.

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

The Cape Wine Auction 2020 raises more than R17 million and brings total raised to date to R105 million!

The Cape Wine Auction 2020 raised more than R17 million at a spectacular event held over the weekend at the Boschendal Wine Estate.
The Cape Wine Auction

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

StreetSmart flies sky high with Very High Tea on Table Mountain

Get on top of the world with StreetSmart with a sparkling High Tea on Table Mountain, the world’s most iconic landmark, on Thursday, 27 February.
StreetSmart SA

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

One-of-a-kind winemaker experiences for Friday night auction ahead of Cape Wine Auction

In a departure from the traditional Friday Night Barrel Auction - the usual precursor to the main event, The Cape Wine Auction which is held the following day - this year will see the Friday evening take the form of 12 once-in-a-lifetime weekend winemaker/owner experiences with some of South Africa’s top wineries on offer to the highest bidder.
Cape Wine Auction

Friday, 7 February, 2020

StreetSmart celebrates 15 years of changing children’s lives R5 at a time

StreetSmartSA, an organisation dedicated to helping South Africa’s most vulnerable children, celebrates its 15th anniversary of changing children’s lives R5 at a time.
StreetSmart SA

Thursday, 6 February, 2020

A #wineforgood April: Raising the image of the South African wine industry

In 2019 wine.co.za dedicated the month of April to the #wineforgood campaign, sharing positive stories about the South African wine industry every day. With the support of producers and Wines of South Africa (WOSA), 27 good news stories were published and shared all over the world during April 2019.
wine.co.za , Trudie Webb (Editor)

Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

Boschendal to host 2020 Cape Wine Auction

South Africa’s second oldest wine farm, Boschendal, will play host to the 2020 Cape Wine Auction, regarded as the most significant wine charity auction ever conceived in this country, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education.
Cape Wine Auction

Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Karoo Calling: Fundraiser to raise funds in support of communities of the drought ravaged region

To help support communities that are continuing to experience some of the worst and prolonged drought conditions on record, a group effort between members of both the wine and rugby industry have joined hands to launch the Karoo Calling fundraiser.
Perdeberg Group

Friday, 6 December, 2019

Miracles through music

In the quiet little village of Napier in the Overberg Valley of the Southern Cape, some young people are making a big and joyful noise.
WOSA Blog, Julia Moore

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019

Climate crisis our pledge, your invitation

Please join us in the fight for climate health. Take the step with us and plant a spekboom. Boplaas has always been conservation-minded. Now we've stepped up our drive and pledged to establish one million plants of the Portulacaria afra succulent variety – commonly known as the spekboom - before 2025.
Boplaas Family Vineyards

Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Kayamandi student lands rare opportunity to fast-track her career in wine

Aphelele Mvamva from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch, has been chosen as the first Drostdy Hof Graduate in a novel skills accelerator programme that will see her spending 2020 learning from some of the best minds in South Africa’s wine industry.
Drostdy Hof

Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Pebbles Project cheers to a year of celebration and social innovation

Celebrating 15 years for any organisation in the non-profit sector in South Africa is no easy feat as recent Department of Social Development statistics put the number of NPOs in the country at 201,644 (Feb 2019).
Charmaine Gola

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Want to be inspired by our talented South African youth?

South Africans are brimming with pride at the fantastic win by our Springboks at the Rugby World Cup. If you are keen to continue feeling this pride, then please take the afternoon of Friday 15th Nov off and attend the 2019 PYDA Wine Tourism Graduation.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Building bicycles to change lives in Soweto

Nederburg Wines and Qhubeka Charity recently held a bicycle-building event at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, to spread a message of hope and highlight their ongoing commitment to help change lives in South Africa.
Nederburg Wines

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Stellenbosch is first Southern Hemisphere wine region to sign the Porto Protocol to combat climate change

Reaffirming the importance of sustainable environmental practices, Stellenbosch Wine Routes today signed the Porto Protocol, committing the leading wine route in South Africa to an accelerated contribution towards climate change mitigation.
Visit Stellenbosch

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019

Night of Wonders at Hazendal

Hazendal Wine Estate is celebrating 320 years since its establishment and 25 years of the Voloshin family ownership with the launch of an initiative to introduce the concept of education through play to children in disadvantaged communities.

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Nederburg & Qhubeka - giving us hope in difficult times

South Africa reached a tipping point recently, with gender-based violence taking centre-stage. Our beautiful country is in mourning. We live in this crazy juxtaposition of stunning beauty, diverse cultures and languages, abject poverty, unemployment and hopelessness, and so my heart was warmed by my recent positive experience in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town's biggest townships.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Linton Park & Hugo Rust support Rhino Conservation with R 180 079 in 2019

Linton Park Wine Estate near Wellington in co-operation with local Hugo Rust Primary School with their own fundraising initiatives - this year increased their joint annual donation for rhino conservation from a modest beginning of R55 000 in 2016 to the substantial amount of R180 000.
Linton Park Wines

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

Vriesenhof Vineyards raises a glass in the fight against rhino poaching

Vriesenhof Vineyards has joined forces with The Black Rhino Reserve Wildlife Trust to raise funds to fight rhino poaching and aid conservation efforts in and around the Pilanesberg National Park, which is under constant threat by poachers.
Vriesenhof Vineyards

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

Taking a leap and blazing a trail to make a difference

The decade-old story of Bosman Adama is well-known: a historic wine farm in Wellington where the workers own a 26% share in the farming operation, still the biggest transformation deal in the wine industry today.
WOSA Blog, Julia Moore

Monday, 9 September, 2019

SA's first black-owned winery wins Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Carmen Stevens is petite-sized. But this wine-making barrel-wielding dynamo does not let obstacles stop her. This past week she walked away with Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
IOL, Business Report

Monday, 26 August, 2019

Leopard's Leap announces #Words4Wine for 2019

Leopard's Leap Wines is delighted to announce the 2019 edition of its #Words4Wine campaign as part of its sponsorship of the annual Cape Town-based Open Book Festival.
Leopards Leap

Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

15 is the new...crystal!

On the back of a very successful masquerade ball held in October last year, we knew we had to come up with an event that's even more amazing this year.
Pebbles Project

Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Vinpro trains record number of vineyard workers

The wine industry organisation Vinpro helped more than a thousand people to sharpen their viticultural skills, and will continue to do so in the next few months.
wine.co.za - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

The Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award and The Living Tapestry Project - An art and history project in Hermanus

The Tollman family, owners of Bouchard Finlayson, have long been great supporters of the arts in South Africa and sponsor the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Competition every year as part of the Hermanus Fynarts Festival, with a first prize of R20 000, second prize of R10 000, and 2 merit prizes of R5 000 each
Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard

Tuesday, 9 July, 2019

Melanie Burke - Interview with wine.co.za - Camino de Santiago

We caught up with Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetsmartSA, who recently completed the 120km pilgrimage on the Camino Francés to raise awareness and R50 000 for homeless children in South Africa. This is what she had to say on the spectacular experience...
wine.co.za - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

In Loving Memory of Jolandi - Die Herberg Robertson

Jolandi Le Roux (de Villiers) tragically passed away 2 Dec 2018 on her 31st Birthday at Chapmans Peak View Point, falling to her death whilst jumping in the air for a photo to celebrate her 31st birthday. 

Wednesday, 12 June, 2019

Nomonde Kubheka shortlisted for ‘Future 50’ award

PYDA facilitator, Nomonde Kubheka was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Future 50’ award from more than 600 international nominations. The award, launched by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the International Wine and Spirit Competition, was created to offer a unique platform for showcasing global change makers in the wine industry.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019

Pilgrim with a purpose making a difference one step at a time

Melanie Burke, the Chairman of StreetSmart SA, is undertaking a 120 km pilgrimage on the Camino Francés in Northern Spain this month, in an effort to raise awareness and R50 000 for the upliftment of homeless children in South Africa.
StreetSmart SA

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

The New Generation of Wine Ambassador

Wine education in South Africa is on the rise. Three hundred aspiring young adults across the country are embarking on a unique journey to become the next generation of wine ambassadors and sommeliers.
Sommeliers Academy, Roxan Waldeck

Friday, 10 May, 2019

Franschhoek Academy is bringing hope to our communities

As many people know, living or spending time in the Cape Winelands comes with many wonderful perks that are available to us on our doorsteps, like sipping on some of South Africa’s finest wines and dining at award winning restaurants,all while gazing over the most eye-catching views of the mountains, vineyards and the beautiful sunsets that surround us.
Cape Wine Academy

Friday, 3 May, 2019

What good is #wineforgood? A wrap of good news stories for April 2019

'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world' - a well-known quote by Nelson Mandela is exactly right and education is of course a big focus of the #wineforgood campaign in the South African Winelands
Judy Brower

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

SA Wine Industry Invests in its People #wineforgood

Training and development have long been a priority of the South African wine industry, because of its ability to improve labour efficiencies, transform lives and boost industry competitiveness.
Vinpro, Glenneis Kriel

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

#wineforgood: True friendships - Mzokona Mvemve & Bruwer Raats and Black Elephant Vintners

Craft beer and spirit makers in South Africa are winning hearts and minds and ‘share of throat’ with authenticity and realism. More than one wine label is too, as Fiona McDonald writes.
Fiona McDonald

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

New CWA Trust chairperson Raymond Ndlovu on the state of the SA wine industry and the way forward for the CWA Auction

The Cape Wine Auction this year raised more than R15 million and its Trust has now amassed nearly R88 million since the first auction was held in 2014. It is regarded as one of the most significant international wine charity auctions ever conceived in South Africa, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education in the Cape winelands.
Cape Wine Auction

Monday, 29 April, 2019

#wineforgood: South African Wine Industry Invests in Black-owned Wine Businesses

The SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit has invested R1,5 million sending thirteen black-owned wine enterprises to ProWein, the world’s largest wine and spirits trade fair. The fair hosted more than 61 500 industry visitors and exhibitors across the supply chain from 142 countries from 17 to 19 March 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Wines of South Africa, Glenneis Kriel

Friday, 26 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Distell backs the arts

"I believe that creativity will be the currency of the 21st century."  - Gerald Gordon, economist and author. The creative and performing arts are often overlooked, deemed as a hobby with little support to young and upcoming individuals with a passion to make a career out of it. Distell is supporting this important category with sponsorships celebrating rising storytellers and theatre stars.

Thursday, 25 April, 2019

#wineforgood: StreetSmart, normalising the lives of vulnerable children, R5 at a time

What can you do with R5? Not much. It can't buy you a bread, a litre of petrol or even a cup of coffee. But R5 can change the life of a vulnerable child. Through donations of R5 at a time R1,695 million was raised in 2018 to support vulnerable children within the community where the donations were collected.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Thokozani, a story of sustainable economic empowerment

All too often, young BBBEE wine companies are left to sink or swim and as a result can quickly become isolated, with little capital or experience. Despite the view (however incorrect it is) that nothing is being done or achieved, an increasing number of wine farms are in fact engaging in transformation – and some very successfully so.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

An Investment in the Future #wineforgood

At Waterford Estate, we believe in nurturing and developing the children who grow up on the farm – a task that’s made possible with the help of social worker Nina Kleynhans.
Waterford Estate

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Kickstarting a quality education at the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pre-School

In 1996 Anthony Hamilton Russell built a daycare for the farm employees' children. This building has since become a safe haven for 47 children from the nearby communities, providing them with a solid foundation to their education.
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pre-School

Monday, 22 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Stellar Winery empowering a workforce

Since its founding in 1998, Stellar has won acclaim for its organic, fair trade, and vegan-friendly wine. Our wine has made footprints all over the globe, from Canada to Madagascar to Japan, but our heart remains back at home.
Stellar Winery

Friday, 19 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary. Many wine farms are making changes in their communities with small annual events organised to raise funds to support the causes they believe in.