E-BOOKS AND ARTICLES




E-BOOKS

         
Cape Wine e-book
 
Aspect e-book
 
Rosé & Tapas e-book
         
Itemba e-book
         


Braai e-book

 

Brand File

 
Beyond our Vineyards
   

ARTICLES

 

Cape Wine 2015: Siobhan Thompson Opening Seminar presentation
Cape Wine 2015 Opening Seminar:  Siobhan Thompson:  A new era for South African wine.                                                                                                                                                     

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WOSA Brand File
The mission of wines of South Africa is to contribute to the global sucess of the SouthAfrican wine industry through building brand South Africa. Wosa's vision is to ensure that South Africa is recognosed worldwide as producing premium quality, interesting and distinctive wines in the worlds most beautiful, biodiverse winelands in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.

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Cape Wine 2015 Ebook
Cape Wine is the flagship business showcase of the South African wine industry. South African wine has come a long way since the country became a democracy over 20 years ago. Around the world our wines attract more interest, higher demand and a greater respect than ever. Each year has seen the increase in exciting new wineries, more innovative young winemakers and rising wine quality. Cape Wine is the opportunity for us to share this with you.

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Aspect- The Winelands of South Africa
In the South African Winelands, the constant interplay between ancient geology, valley slopes, soaring mountains and coastal breezes results in an extraordinary biodiversity, which is reflectd in our indigenous flora. With more than 10000 plant species, 70% of which are endemic, the Western Cape is recognised as the smallest and richest of the worlds six great floral kingdoms. The same conditions which support this remarkable biodiversity can in turn support a large spectrum of wine varieties and styles.

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INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
The Cape winegrowing areas, situated in the narrow viticultural zone of the southern hemisphere, mainly have a Mediterranean climate and the mountain slopes and valleys form the ideal habitat for the wine grape Vitis vinifera, the products of which have given pleasure to man for many centuries. Long, sun-drenched summers and mild, wet winters contribute to the ideal conditions for viticulture at the Cape.

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Harvest 2015 Update (Part 2)
From the coast to further inland. Do things change? Happily, no. Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in the Swartland kindly took off a few minutes from late-night pressing and filling of barrels to confirm that the harvest is fast and furious. The harvests not just early, its compact, she explains.We started two weeks early but will finish three to four weeks early too! The last grapes came in on 12 February. The fruit is concentrated, healthy and ripe at lower Balling levels. Skins of white varieties are slightly more phenolic; reds have thick skins and big tannins. Juice recovery is lower. She attributes all to a dry spring.

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Harvest 2015 update (part one)
Extraordinary. Its a word that even mid-harvest may be applied with some confidence, especially in relation to the early start. Hardly had winemakers returned from Christmas and New Year holidays than they had to don their winemaking gear, ready to receive the first grapes.

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