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.
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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!
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Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Stepping lightly, treading with care - a Backsberg ethos

In the words of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg “We have to start treating the crisis like a crisis – and act even if we don’t have all the solutions.” #steppinglightly
Judy Brower

Monday, 22 July, 2019

TeamSA2019 for South African Tasting Champs announced!

There was much tension in the air at the start of the tough finals the South African Wine Tasting Championships at the Taj Hotel on Sunday 21 July, which, in fact continued right throughout the day until the very last minute of the announcement of TeamSA!
Judy Brower

Monday, 15 July, 2019

Heidi Kritzinger makes it to the finals of the 2019 SAWTC

The last seat to the National finals of the South African Wine Tasting Championships has been won at the Tops@Spar Wine Show held on Sat 13th July.
Jean Vincent Ridon - SAWTC

Monday, 24 June, 2019

What is a Spotlight?

Time is our most precious commodity, so to ensure we save you time, and make life easier for you, we have created Spotlight pages on A super-efficient way for organisations to showcase their awards, wines, wineries, stories, photos, events and even videos
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Friday, 7 June, 2019

Welcome to our new Content Marketer at

With the digital world being an ever-evolving one, change is our only constant. We are no stranger to change, and so have morphed our News Editor role into a Content Marketer role - which extends into all areas of content, not limited to News alone.
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Monday, 3 June, 2019

Tragic news of Stefan Smit from Louisenhof

We are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Louisenhof's owner Stefan Smit
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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

Monday, 18 March, 2019

We don't drink coffee at 5 o'clock!

How did a chance refusal of coffee at a small town in Uruguay lead to the unusual Spanish cultivar, Albarino, making its way to the bottle at Springfield Wine Estate in Robertson?
Judy Brower

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
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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

SASA new board elected at AGM

The South African Sommelier Association (SASA) had a record number of nominations for their new board, which is very encouraging.
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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Awards for Breedekloof / Worcester wines

Breedekloof and Worcester celebrate their top wines
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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
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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
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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!
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Friday, 28 September, 2018

Getting the world to taste the sunshine in our wines #tastesunshine

With South African Wines taking the world by storm, it is the perfect time for the annual #tastesunshine event, when we celebrate our Heritage Day and create more opportunities to share the sunshine in our wine.
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Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Cape Wine makes me proud to be in the South African Wine industry

The South African Wine industry has pulled out all the stops for Cape Wine 2018
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Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Conversation focus for WWF Champions in the South African Winelands

There are a number of wine farms who take conservation really seriously, some of whom are World Wildlife (WWF) Conservation Champions
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Wednesday, 5 September, 2018

#changinglives, one pebble at a time

Attending AGMs is usually not on anyone's bucket list, but the annual gathering to get feedback on The Pebbles Project is really one of the highlights of the year for me.
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