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, 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., 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. 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., 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., 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 |

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..., 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 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. , 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 -

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 -

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. - 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 - 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... - 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.

Friday, 19 April, 2019

All about the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge

“When you get into a hotel room, you lock the door, and you know there is a secrecy, there is a luxury, there is fantasy. There is comfort. There is reassurance.” These words by Belgian fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, who rose to fame and became Princess Diane of Fürstenberg when she married Prince Egon von Fürstenberg, are often used to describe the unique allure of hotels.

Thursday, 18 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Saving African Wild Dogs, one bottle of wine at a time

The Painted Wolf Wine Company was founded in mid 2007 by Jeremy and Emma Borg. Jeremy, who was the driving force behind the creation of Fairview's Goats Do Roam, has broad experience with wine companies and brands in the USA, UK and South Africa.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Sips for Sight - The Blind Tasting wine in support of Innovation for the Blind

Imagine having a glass of wine with no idea what wine it is because you’re visually impaired? A whole new meaning to a blind wine tasting. Innovation for the Blind’s 'The Blind Tasting' wine encourages wine lovers to close their eyes and open their minds to experience it as the blind would.
Innovation for the Blind

Tuesday, 16 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Spier, Woolworths and Sustainability Institute Launch Community Learning Farm

Spier has partnered with the Woolworths Trust, Sustainability Institute and AgroEcology Academy to launch the Living Soils Community Learning Farm at Lynedoch. The partners have agreed to a three-year pilot project that aims to establish a learning farm that demonstrates ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods to improve community food security.

Monday, 15 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Stellenbosch Change in Action - Renowned Chefs unite for Social Development

Driven by a mandate to affect real change, Stellenbosch Wine Routes introduced Tasting Stellenbosch, which will be upskilling the community by providing hospitality training. This member organisation is chaired by well-known Stellenbosch chefs, Chef George Jardine and Deputy Chairman Chef Bertus Basson.
Stellenbosch Wine Routes

Friday, 12 April, 2019

#wineforgood: PIWOSA Women In Wine Initiative

In October 2012, Kathy Jordan from Jordan Wine Estate (a member of PIWOSA - Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) launched the empowering Women in Wine Initiative. A wine mentoring programme aimed at women working in the wine industry, this very successful initiative has since become the PIWOSA Women in Wine Initiative to maximise its reach and uplift more women.

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

#wineforgood: The Thunderchild Project - a community pulling together in aid of humanity

It has always been said that one can judge a community by how it pulls together at times of peril. History tells, over and over again, how during natural disasters, threats of war, times of sickness or disease, communities and even nations have either pulled together and helped their fellow man, or turned against one another, and fended only for themselves.

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

Recognizing hidden talents : Sanna Hendricks from De Waal Wines and Salomé Maasdorp from Kaapzicht #wineforgood

We enter tasting rooms and rarely think of the faces we find in them, curating the perfect wine tasting experience for us. Some have walked a long road with the wineries, relationships have been cemented and bonds formed and through that new skills are revealed and sometimes appreciated and developed.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2019

#wineforgood: A little mentorship goes a long way - Siwela Wines and Denzel Swarts

Siwela Wines is a South African black female owned brand producing premium quality wine and a symbol of transformation in the South African wine industry. Owner, Siwela Masoga, came to the Western Cape from Limpopo showing courage in pursuing her dreams of being part of the wine world. With some help from within the industry, she is now living her dream. - Trudie Webb (Editor)

Tuesday, 9 April, 2019

#wineforgood: The Cape Wine Auction Trustees, wineland superheroes

What do real life superheroes do? Make wine, of course. The South African wine industry has a shadowed past, but great efforts are being made to right the wrongs and uplift the lives of the individuals working in our winelands. One of the biggest success stories has been the Cape Wine Auction, which has to date raised a massive R90 million, transforming education in the winelands.

Monday, 8 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Nederburg helps 70 household vegetable gardeners get to market with Qhubeka bicycles

Katy Rhode (74) of Groenheuwel in Paarl East is thrilled to be feeding her friends and family freshly picked vegetables, thanks to the Impilo Household Vegetable Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Great Commission Networks (GCN) NPC.

Friday, 5 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Making a Difference at The Headstart Trust

The late Elspeth Jack first moved from Cape Town to the Napier district twenty years ago. Elspeth’s keen interest in the local community and her desire to stimulate social upliftment left an indelible mark on her son Bruce Jack from The Drift wines, who continues her work through the Headstart Trust.
The Drift Estate

Thursday, 4 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Positive Contribution to Transfer of Knowledge

South African cellars are increasingly motivated and encouraged to develop the skills and knowledge of cellar assistants. Although this might appear not to be problematic, transfer of knowledge and the development of skills are far more challenging than many in the industry believe.
Santi Basson

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Bottled Education at Du Toitskloof Wines

Wifi in every classroom? Yes. Data projector in every classroom? Yes. Massive computer lab with internet access and educational software? Yes. Free, nutritious meals every day? Yes. On-site medical facility? Yes. Library? Yes. Two of them. Low teacher-pupil ratio? Yes. Stunning mountain views in between the rural vineyards? Yes. Keen to send your child? No, you cannot really.
Izak de Vries

Tuesday, 2 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Pebbles Project Changing Lives

Sophia Warner, founder of the Pebbles Project, dropped a pebble into the South African Winelands in 2004, and the ripples are reaching right across the Western Cape from Citrusdal to Wellington, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Hermanus (Hemel en Aarde) and there seems to be no stopping it.

Monday, 1 April, 2019

#wineforgood Compagniesdrift - Empowering women and the next generation in Stellenbosch

As a black empowerment business funded by the Myburgh Family Trust of Meerlust Estate, beneficiary Compagniesdrift Bottling and Storage Facility outside Stellenbosch is a full-circle empowerment story. Changing social dynamics and empowering the next generation is part of their game.

Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Celebrating Human Rights Day: The Story of the "Miracle School"

Disrupting a vicious cycle, Bonnievale builds a "Miracle school'
WOSA Blog, Julia Moore

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

Balance launches exciting new online game in support of elephant conservation

Balance, the quirky range of everyday wines synonymous with life’s lighter moments, has released an exciting new online game that has perfected the fine balancing act of having loads of fun while caring for the environment.
Overhex Wines International

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019

Something's cooking in the Pebbles Project kitchen - #wineforgood

The new Pebbles kitchen has the capacity to cook up to 5000 meals per day!
Pebbles Project

Friday, 8 March, 2019

Out & About with - Robertson Day Tripping ++

We've kicked up a gear and been on the road a lot, visiting the Robertson Wine Valley, Darling and getting out on the wine circuit with the Old Road launch in Franschhoek, the launch of a custom crush facility by Jackson Family Wines and experiencing the great match of Shiraz and venison with Bertus Basson and Edmund Terblanche. Keep up with our time in the winelands through our photos.

Sunday, 3 March, 2019

#wineforgood: The 2019 Cape Wine Auction raises nearly R15-million as Raymond Ndlovu is appointed new Trust chairperson

The 2019 Cape Wine Auction has raised R14 625 million and has now amassed nearly R88 million since the first auction was held in 2014.
Cape Wine Auction

Saturday, 2 March, 2019

Why is April #wineforgood month?

This year we celebrate 25 years of democracy in South Africa and would like to recognise the significant changes and all the good work that is being done in the Cape winelands
Judy Brower -

Thursday, 28 February, 2019

Quick fire questions for Dan Nicholl ahead of his role as auctioneer at this year's Cape Wine Auction

Ahead of his role as auctioneer at this year's Cape Wine Auction, due to take place at Buitenverwachting on Saturday, March 2, we asked the multi-talented and multi-hyphenate Dan Nicholl some quick-fire questions. Herewith his equally quick-fire answers ...
Cape Wine Auction

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019

Stellenbosch School Benefits from Cape Wine Auction

Thanks to the monies raised at the annual Cape Wine Auction (CWA), 156 learners attending SPARK Lynedoch near Stellenbosch do so on full or partial bursaries.
Cape Wine Auction

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Once in a lifetime lots at the American Express Cape Wine Barrel Auction

...including a last vintage from Alheit Vineyards; DeToren's highly acclaimed Fusion series; the Finlayson's Crystallum Collection and Creation's Art of Creation Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.
Cape Wine Auction

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019

This Sporting Lot! ... a sports fan's wildest dreams at The Cape Wine Auction

Some of the lots at this year's Cape Wine Auction on Saturday, March 2 – sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth - will offer bidders the opportunity to be a VIP guest at some incredible, once-in-a-lifetime sporting events being held locally and abroad including the Monaco Grand Prix and the Tour de France.
Cape Wine Auction

Monday, 11 February, 2019

Thunderchild - Drinking wine for a good cause

It is a new year with new resolutions, and we wouldn't be the only ones to say that our goal for 2019 is to do more good - be better, help others, be more selfless.

Friday, 8 February, 2019

Visit Benguela Cove for a cause this Saturday

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about dancing in the rain. This is the motto that the 13 gold medalist Riel dancers from Wupperthal live by.
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Festive Cheer for a local Creche

Neil Ellis Wines recently donated essential items and Christmas presents to the Nora Tyers Creche in Cloetesville. The team reached out to a local creche, inquired regarding essential items and spent the morning handing out gifts and donated items to the staff and children.
Neil Ellis Wines

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Vivat Bacchus’ own-wine labels help South African charities

Kaapzicht, Rustenberg and Meinert are all great South African wineries but what do these wineries have in common?, Caryn Edwards

Thursday, 6 December, 2018

2018: A year in reflection at

It is really important for us to take time to reflect and be grateful for the life we have
Judy Brower -

Tuesday, 4 December, 2018

American Express Barrel Auction 2019 Set to take place at Norval Foundation

The annual American Express Barrel Auction is an opportunity for serious oenophiles to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive yet-to-be-released vintages, as well as rare and sought-after lots and one-of-a-kind wines from the cellars of some of South Africa’s top winemakers.
Cape Wine Auction

Thursday, 29 November, 2018

Drostdy Hof wants to turbo-charge one young woman's wine career

Drostdy Hof is looking to jump-start the wine career of a promising young woman. The popular wine brand is collaborating with Stellenbosch-based Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA), an independent organisation that prepares disadvantaged young matriculants for jobs in the wine, tourism and allied sectors.
Drostdy Hof

Friday, 23 November, 2018

StreetSmart hands over R1 million in aid of Cape Town’s vulnerable children

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R1,05 million to their Cape Town beneficiaries for 2019.
StreetSmart SA

Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Get ready for the next PYDA graduates

Need some inspiration? Then join us at the The Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA) graduation ceremony - Fri 16th Nov at 2pm
Judy Brower -

Friday, 9 November, 2018

Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project: #wineforgood

It was in 2015 that Creation owner Carolyn Martin was challenged by Michael Lutzeyer from Grootbos Nature Reserve to start a community development initiative that would have a similar impact on the local community as the Grootbos Foundation has on the Gansbaai community.
Creation Wines

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018

Iain Banner appointed to Cape Wine Auction Trust Board

Iain Banner has been appointed to the board of the Cape Wine Auction Trust and joins the trust's five other members – Wendy Appelbaum, Paul Cluver, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Raymond Ndlovu and Mike Ratcliffe.
Cape Wine Auction Trust

Saturday, 3 November, 2018

Great auction items to support Allan Mullins

A group of Allan’s friends and family have put together an auction of Special Vintage Wines, Unique Experiences, Art and Accommodation to boost his Medical Fund.
Judith Bishop

Friday, 2 November, 2018

Sponsor a Child's Health in the Winelands

Access to quality health care services remains a major issue in South Africa, especially for rural children living in farming communities of the Western Cape.
The Pebbles Project

Friday, 2 November, 2018

Nederburg Helps 70 Household Vegetable Gardeners Get To Market With Qhubeka Bicycles

Katy Rhode (74) of Groenheuwel in Paarl East is thrilled to be feeding her friends and family freshly picked vegetables, thanks to the Impilo Household Vegetable Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Great Commission Networks (GCN) NPC.

Monday, 29 October, 2018

Massive leap in readership of during Sept

Cape Wine 2018 drew thousands of delegates from all over the world - and not only were they physically here and attending the best showcase of South African Wine ever witnessed, but saw the biggest spike in readership in recent history!
Judy Brower -

Friday, 19 October, 2018

SA Wine Industry Supports Hortfin to Speed up Transformation

The South African wine industry is proud to be part of Hortfin, the first ever blended finance scheme for the fruit and wine industries, aimed at fast-tracking the uptake of new entrants and supporting expansion of existing black-owned enterprises.

Thursday, 27 September, 2018

The Vinpro Foundation turns 5

The Vinpro Foundation turns 5 this year, and we thought what better way to celebrate than with our age mates! So the idea of supporting the Diemerskraal crèche and aftercare library was born.
Vinpro Foundation, Melissa Bailey

Thursday, 20 September, 2018