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Thursday, 3 December, 2020

Hidden Valley - Sound Relationships Ensure Growth

Hidden Valley estate is situated against the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains and is known for its approach of close collaboration with nature. This philosophy of close collaboration is not limited to the vineyards but is also implemented in the cellar where sound relations ensure successful transfer of knowledge to the cellar team.
Santi Basson

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Friday, 20 November, 2020

Making money in the wine industry is really tough

There are significant costs to producing, storing and marketing wine. It is important that everyone in the value chain understands these costs. Winetech's study groups and workshops certainly make a difference in empowering cellar staff with their educational workshops, the most recent of which covered the difficult topic of profitability
Judy Brower | wine.co.za

FEATURED ARTICLE
Wednesday, 11 November, 2020

Alvi’s Drift in Top Gear

Alvi’s Drift is situated on the shores of the Breede River near Worcester and the colourful name is derived from the nearby low water bridge, which gives secure access over the river. The farm was established in 1928 and the first owner, Albertus Viljoen van der Merwe, known as Alvi amongst friends and family, was actively involved in the decision to build the bridge over the drift.
Santi Basson

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Thursday, 15 October, 2020

Lutzville Vineyards – Enrichment and Development of Knowledge

Lutzville, which is situated close to the Olifantsriver, was previously known as Vleermuijsklip after a rock formation outside the village.
Santi Basson

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Thursday, 6 August, 2020

Botha Cellar – Exposure and Continuous Transfer of Knowledge Make a Difference

Botha Cellar is situated near the Waaihoek Mountains on the Ceres road, approximately twenty minutes from Worcester. This cellar processes annually large volumes of wine with the assistance of twelve permanently employed cellar assistants. During the annual harvest, they act as team leaders to approximately forty temporarily employed assistants.
Santi Basson

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Friday, 3 July, 2020

Riebeek Valley Wine Company – A Firm Commitment to Mentorship

Riebeek Valley Wine Company is synonymous with quality wines, with a firm commitment to the development of cellar assistants’ knowledge.
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Thursday, 4 June, 2020

Fairview - A Holistic Approach to Individual Development

Fairview Estate, well-known estate in Suider-Paarl, follows a holistic approach to ensure employees’ well-being, with a focus on the advancement of good, sustainable practices.
Santi Basson

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Thursday, 14 May, 2020

Roodezandt Winery - Involvement and Interest a Solid Foundation for Healthy Relationships

Robertson was established during the 19th century, with the first plots allocated and laid out on the farm Over Roodezandt. Today, the name of the farm is reflected in Roodezandt Winery, which is prominently situated in Voortrekker Street.
Santi Basson

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Friday, 8 May, 2020

Backsberg - A Commitment to Continuous Transfer of Knowledge

Backsberg Estate, one of the oldest cellars in the Paarl area, is a regular participant of the Winetech study groups since 2007. The estate believes in the development of cellar assistants’ knowledge with relevant training and skills development programmes. Alicia Rechner, winemaker of Backsberg, believes it is important to follow a holistic approach to develop the cellar team’s knowledge.
Santi Basson

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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

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Wednesday, 11 March, 2020

Morgenster Shining Brightly

Morgenster, outside Somerset West, is a family business with a commitment to quality and a passion to inspire people. This estate has been a regular participant of the Winetech study groups and Winetech workshops for senior cellar assistants over the past few years.
Santi Basson

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Wednesday, 4 March, 2020

Winetech Transition into the new decade

Winetech (Wine Industry Network of Expertise and Technology) has been the South African Wine industry’s research partner since 1999. Our main objective is to identify, prioritise, coordinate and fund relevant solution-driven research, development and innovation projects or initiatives that will directly contribute to strengthening the profitability and competitiveness of the industry.
Winetech

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Thursday, 20 February, 2020

Winetech Study groups and Workshops for Senior Cellar Assistants Address Relevant Aspects in 2020

There is a serious need for transfer of knowledge and technology to all cellar assistants in the wine industry, as many cellar assistants have a lack of general knowledge regarding winemaking processes. The solution to these challenges might be found in participating in the Winetech study groups and senior cellar assistant workshops.
Santi Basson

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Wednesday, 2 October, 2019

Winetech Study Groups Top Achievers for 2019

A short evaluation took place after each of the study groups and the participants’ average marks achieved determined the top ten achievers for 2019. The highest average score achieved for 2019 was 98%.
Santi Basson

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

SA Innovation Summit – 2019 Winetech Pitching Den Winners

The top 15 Winetech Pitching Den finalists delivered their pitches at the 2019 SA Innovation Summit on Thursday 12 September. Attracting entrepreneurs from Africa, the U.S. and Europe, the competition presented an exciting level of agritech innovation holding potential for application to the South African wine industry.
Winetech

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Friday, 6 September, 2019

Feeling lonely? Imagine what it was like 300 years ago

I was delighted when Janno Briers-Louw invited me to visit Eenzaamheid farm. I must say I knew virtually nothing about the farm - apart from the fact that Janno's aunt was the head-girl of the boarding house at Rustenberg High School for Girls which I attended for 5 dreadful years!
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

FEATURED ARTICLE
Thursday, 1 August, 2019

Opstal Estate – Mentorship adds value

Since 2014 Franco Magerman of Opstal Estate in the Slanghoek Valley has been a regular participant of the Winetech study groups. He was also one of the Top-Ten achievers for the Winetech study groups in 2017 and 2018.
Santi Basson

Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Winetech Workshop for Breedekloof Senior Cellar Assistants

The first Winetech workshop for senior cellar assistants recently took place at Opstal Estate in the Breedekloof.
Santi Basson

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Friday, 5 July, 2019

Orange River Cellars Cellar Assistants Excel

Orange River Cellars, also known as ORC, is situated almost 1000 kilometres north from the Cape Winelands, but distance certainly did not prevent ORC cellar assistants from achieving excellent results in the 2018 Winetech study groups.
Santi Basson

Wednesday, 12 June, 2019

Protect and Prepare Vines for 2020

With the 2019 wine grape harvesting season firmly behind them, South African wine grape producers are already equipping themselves with research findings, technology and best practices to protect and prepare their vines in the run-up to the 2020 harvest, as was evident from a series of viticultural information days in May.
Vinpro

FEATURED ARTICLE
Monday, 3 June, 2019

Star of Stellar Winery

Eunicè Brink participated in the 2018 Winetech study groups and was one of the top ten achievers for 2018.
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
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

FEATURED ARTICLE
Wednesday, 1 May, 2019

The Eenzaamheid Philosophy

Danwill Arries of Eenzaamheid, better known as Danny, has been a regular participant of the Winetech study groups since 2013. In 2018 he participated in the Winetech workshops for senior cellar assistants. Danny was one of the top-ten achievers of the 2018 Winetech study groups.
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
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

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Tuesday, 5 March, 2019

De Doorns Wine Cellar – Could transfer of knowledge ever be sufficient?

Markquin Windvogel, senior cellar assistant at De Doorns Wine Cellar, is a regular participant of the Winetech study groups and in 2018 he attended the Winetech pilot workshops for senior cellar assistants. In 2018 Markquin was one of the top ten achievers of the Winetech study groups.
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Monday, 11 February, 2019

Winetech 2019 Study Groups & Senior Cellar Assistants Workshops

The Winetech study groups and senior cellar assistants workshops make a considerable contribution in the transfer of knowledge to cellar assistants in the South African wine industry.
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Monday, 4 February, 2019

La Motte develops successful cellar assistants

Godfrey Josiah of La Motte Estate, Franschhoek, has been a regular participant of the Winetech study groups since 2011. He has been also one of the top achievers of the Winetech study groups in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 Godfrey also attended the Winetech pilot programme for senior cellar assistants.
Santi Basson

Friday, 2 November, 2018

Mentorship - How to know if someone qualifies as mentor?

We all get advice from time to time from colleagues, friends and relatives. Even our children often have something to say about what we should do or not do!
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Winetech Pilot Programme: Tasting Workshop for Senior Cellar Assistants

The influence of terroir on the quality of wine ...
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Winetech Study Groups Top Achievers for 2018

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution in the transfer of knowledge to cellar assistants in the South African wine industry. The Winetech study groups are endorsed by industry organisations such as the Cape Winemakers Guild and Shiraz SA and aim to address development and the transfer of knowledge in a holistic and practical manner through closer collaboration with cellars.
Winetech, Santi Basson

Thursday, 23 August, 2018

Winetech 2018 Study Group 2

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution in transferring knowledge and technology to cellar assistants. Three Afrikaans and Xhosa study groups are presented in participating regions at central venues.
Winetech, Santi Basson

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

Winetech 2018 Study Group 1

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution in transferring knowledge and technology to cellar assistants. Three Afrikaans and Xhosa study groups are presented in participating regions at central venues.
Winetech, Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Monday, 4 June, 2018

Education, as ever, is key to promoting and selling wine

The Sommelier Association of South Africa (SASA) is slowly but surely making inroads in the education and hospitality sector
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

FEATURED ARTICLE
Friday, 23 February, 2018

Winetech 2018 Study Groups and Workshops for Senior Cellar Assistants

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution in the transfer of knowledge to cellar assistants in the South African wine industry.
Winetech, Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Thursday, 8 February, 2018

Positive influence on quality of work in cellars

It is increasingly clear that there is a serious need for the transfer of practical, general knowledge to cellar assistants. The Winetech study groups aim to transfer knowledge in a holistic manner and to increase productivity amongst cellar assistants.
Santi Basson

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Tuesday, 5 December, 2017

Continuous growth for the 2017 Winetech study groups

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution through the transfer of knowledge to cellar workers in the South African wine industry. During 2017 more than 400 cellar workers were reached in the study groups in the different participating regions.
Santi Basson

FEATURED ARTICLE
Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Can you do the 'à la volée'?

I learnt this new term last week at Graham Beck, as I joined the #CircleofExcellence group for their MCC workshop with Mr Bubbles himself.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

FEATURED ARTICLE
Thursday, 28 September, 2017

Winetech gives recognition to cellar workers

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution in the transfer of knowledge to cellar workers in the South African wine industry.
SA Cellar Worker Program

Friday, 9 June, 2017

Delheim's Assistant Winemaker: Nelson Buthelezi

Nelson Buthelezi, assistant winemaker of Delheim, Stellenbosch, father worked on the mines but the 8 Buthelezi children spend their childhood and youth in Ulundi, KZN.
Delheim Wines

FEATURED ARTICLE
Thursday, 8 June, 2017

Education and empowerment in the cellar - the way to go!

Excellence. It is simple, it is what we all strive for, in the vineyard, in the bottle and in the cellar.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Monday, 29 May, 2017

#Winederland: Transformation in the wine industry bears fruit

He knew from the moment that he tasted his first communion wine that wine was his calling, his passion and his future.
iol.co.za, Elriza Theron

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

Circle of Excellence makes a difference

Empowerment, mentorship and encouragement go hand in hand in the Circle of Excellence project.
Santi Basson

Monday, 6 February, 2017

SA Cellar worker: from Winetech study groups to Circle of Excellence

Discussions were recently held with 3 winemakers and 4 cellar workers to determine the value of the Winetech study groups and whether they make a difference.
Santi Basson

Saturday, 29 October, 2016

Ivan Xelelo - excels as top SA Cellar Worker

Driven and committed to succeed, Ivan Xelelo had one goal this year – to be South Africa’s top cellar worker.
VinPro Foundation

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Cellar workers excel

The top participants in the Winetech Study Groups for cellar workers were just announced, and stand the chance to be honoured as the 2016 SA Cellar Worker of the Year.
VinPro

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

2016 South African Wine Tasting Championships – More than just swirl, smell and sip!

Tasting wine has long been considered an art, as well as a particular science. It is much more than the swishing and swashing of a wine in one’s glass or the discreet gargling action before spitting or swallowing.
Elsenburg, Kelly-Marie Jacobs

Saturday, 23 July, 2016

Dream Big

Joseph Phiri from De Grendel is a good example of the South African wine industry's commitment to the empowerment and training of cellar workers. By Lee-Anne Davidson
VinPro Foundation, Lee-Anne Davidson

Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

SA cellar workers eager for knowledge

Cellar workers in the South African wine industry have a greater thirst for knowledge than ever before and continuously empower themselves with information about the latest technology and best practices.
VinPro

Friday, 27 May, 2016

Background to Winetech studygroups and SA Cellar worker Programme

The Winetech study groups and SA Cellar worker Programme make a considerable contribution in the transfer of technology to cellar workers in the South African wine industry.
Santi Basson

Thursday, 5 November, 2015

Robertson cellar worker reigns supreme

Riaan Fielies from Windfall wine farm outside Robertson is South Africa's top cellar worker.
SA Cellar Worker Programme

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Wine industry honours cellar workers

The South African wine industry will honour its top cellar workers at an informative information day at the end of October.
VinPro

Wednesday, 5 November, 2014

Top cellar worker from Roodezandt Wines

Gerrie Grootboom of Roodezandt Wines, Robertson, was announced as the winner of this year's SA Cellar Worker Program during an Information Day which was held at Goudini Spa, Rawsonville. This prestigious function was sponsored for the first time by Nedbank and Old Mutual.
Roodezandt

Friday, 3 October, 2014

SA Cellar Worker Program finalists announced

The top three finalists for the 2014 SA Cellar Worker of the Year Award, which is jointly funded by VinPro and Winetech, was announced recently. The finalists, all three from Robertson, are Petrus Prins from Robertson Coöp, Marius Stevens from Graham Beck Wines and Gerrie Grootboom from Roodezandt Wines.
VinPro

Wednesday, 15 January, 2014

2013 South African Cellar Worker of the Year and Franschhoek Farmworker of the Year Award

Justin Jacobs, Assistant Winemaker at GlenWood, has been awarded the SA Cellar Worker of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the wine industry.
GlenWood

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012

Cellar Worker of the Year the pride of Durbanville Wine Valley

“I competed against the best cellar workers in South Africa, worked hard and studied even harder. All these things make me proud of this award,” says De Grendel Wine Estate’s Joseph Phiri, South Africa’s Cellar Worker of the Year.
Durbanville Wine Valley Association

Friday, 9 September, 2011

Franschhoek cellar worker comes out tops!

Baron Willemse, cellar worker at Vrede en Lust Wines in Franschhoek, has clinched the title of SA Wine Industry Cellar Worker of the Year 2011.
Franschhoek Wine Valley