Agri’s Got Talent releases album
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by SA Wine Industry
3d ago
AGT alumni and sponsors gathered for the launch of the album “A Decade of Music – Celebrating 10 Years of Agri’s Got Talent” in Paarl, on 5 July 2024. The album’s release marked a significant milestone in the Agri’s Got Talent (AGT) project, a unique initiative that has showcased and uplifted the incredible talent of agricultural workers across the country for more than a decade. The live recordings from the AGT 10 Year Reunion Show, hosted in November 2023, was captured on the album. The Reunion Show brought together a diverse array of past winners and standout performers to honour ten years ..read more
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The Standard Bank WineX Mpumalanga Wine Show is back!
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by SA Wine Industry
4d ago
South Africa’s much-loved regional wine show returns, adorned in the vibrant colours of the new season. Standard Bank Private, Africa’s Best Private Bank, continues its sponsorship of WineX and is excited to support South Africa’s premier consumer wine event. The sponsorship aims to attract the bank’s audience to South Africa’s finest wine festival, bringing together the most ambitious people to experience the finest of the Cape’s wine culture. This year, we are thrilled to introduce the show to one of the original wine and tourist hubs, the Lowveld. Situated in Mpumalanga, in the north-easter ..read more
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Research update: The quest for new Pinotage clones
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by Melané Vivier
1w ago
South Africa Wine research projects P04000060 and P04000060-2019: Evaluation of induced mutation methods to increase the genetic variability of Pinotage and testing Pinotage mutation plants. P04000060-2024: Analysing induced diversity in a collection of Pinotage plants after gamma irradiance. Project leaders Melané Vivier and Phyllis Burger.   Pinotage was developed in South Africa in 1924/1925 and planted commercially since the 1950s. Few commercial clones of Pinotage are available for planting, and their viticultural and oenological properties are quite similar. Given the importance of ..read more
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Vine and wine innovation watch: Electronic noses
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by Karien O'Kennedy
1w ago
Introduction Recent research has revealed the profound significance of our olfactory abilities, challenging the long-held notion that humans have a poor sense of smell. Contrary to popular belief, humans possess remarkable olfactory skills, capable of discerning various odours with precision and nuance. When we encounter a scent, whether the aroma of a freshly baked loaf of bread or the delicate bouquet of fine wine, a cascade of events unfolds within our nasal passages. Odorant molecules are captured by olfactory receptors, setting off chemical reactions and electrical signals that eventually ..read more
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The Confronting Climate Change initiative
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by Chantelle Smit
1w ago
A tool for sustainable fruit and wine production   In an era where climate change is no longer just a looming threat, but a pressing reality, industries worldwide seek ways to mitigate their carbon footprint. Among these sectors, the fruit and wine industries stand out for their significant environmental impact. However, with the introduction of the Confronting Climate Change (CCC) initiative, organisations within this sector have a powerful tool to measure, manage and ultimately reduce their carbon emissions. The CCC initiative is a carbon footprinting program specifically designed to as ..read more
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Treated municipal wastewater for irrigation (Part 5): Soil hydraulic conductivity
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by Carolyn Howell, Karla Hoogendijk, Philip Myburgh, Vink Lategan & Eduard Hoffman
1w ago
Abstract A long-term trial was conducted in commercial vineyards in the Coastal region of South Africa to assess the impact of irrigation with treated municipal wastewater (TMW) on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc vineyards. Grapevines were irrigated using TMW for 11 years and were either rainfed (RF), irrigated with TMW via a single dripper line (SLD) or received twice the volume of wastewater via a double dripper line (DLD). The near-saturation hydraulic conductivity (Kns) for the DLD treatments was lowest. The Kns at the surface of the soil could also be related to the electrical cond ..read more
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Facts tell, stories sell
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by SA Wine Industry
1w ago
Storytelling is a way of thinking that everybody in the wine value chain should be familiar with. Stories can weave the tapestry of a winery’s people, history, vineyards and craftsmanship into an engaging narrative that connects them with consumers, transforming a simple bottle of wine into an unforgettable experience. If we want consumers to arrive at our doorstep, we must guide them on the journey. This journey starts the moment a customer picks up a bottle from the shelf or steps through the door to ask the way to the bathroom. Make sure it doesn’t end there. Consumers are already overwhelm ..read more
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Q&A with Lientjie Lodder
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by SA Wine Industry
1w ago
Lientjie Lodder grew up on a farm just outside Worcester. She obtained her winemaking degree from Elsenburg in 2007, followed by a B.Com in Marketing and Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch in 2010. She spent most of her career working in domestic sales, exports and marketing for Distell and other wine companies, and in 2021 moved on to wine-buying at OneDayOnly.co.za. Last year, she started at Shoprite Checkers as a Wine and Liquor buyer.* Lientjie Lodder, wine buyer for Shoprite Checkers.   How do you evaluate the potential of a new wine product in your catalogue?  With any li ..read more
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Meerendal and more
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by SA Wine Industry
1w ago
It’s hard to believe Meerendal’s current proprietors, Herman and Aletta Coertze, are only its sixth owners since 1702, when Cape governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel granted a plot of land to one Jan Meerland and his wife Christina Stans. The couple named their new farm Meerdal. In 1706, Jan Meerland and four others defended a case against Governor Van der Stel before the Lords Seventeen in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Jan Meerland died on the return voyage in 1707. By then, the farm was already prized for its wine production. It was always believed his widow Christina had planted 60 000 vin ..read more
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The Trophy Spirits Show brought to you by Investec: The big brand sound
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by SA Wine Industry
2w ago
The Trophy Spirits Show – brought to you by Investec is the only competition in South Africa which assesses a representative array of international and local high-end spirits, liqueurs and aperitifs available to consumers in this country. Its judging methodology is based on the tried and tested system developed over many years by the Trophy Wine Show. Amongst its key features are three person judging panels, at least one of whose members is an international specialist invited to South Africa specifically to judge the competition. The 2024 iteration of the show saw considerable breadth and dept ..read more
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