The Speakers’ Corner is a small interactive space in the exhibition hall where South African wineries have given the opportunity to voice their opinions on topics which they feel are relevant today. This informal seminar area will run 12 slots each 30 minutes; seating is unreserved and limited to 20 people per seminar run in a school room style.


Tuesday 15 September
Stand: Cape Wine Hall

Franschhoek Semillon and the 110 year old vineyard
Time: 11:30 – 12:00pm
Presenter: Wynand Grobler, Winemaker
Franschhoek Semillon is something unique and intriguing, join Wynand Grobler and taste a selection of the best Semillons from the region made by some of the most exciting winemakers in South Africa, including 2 wines made from Basil Landau’s vineyard planted in 1907.

From the vine to the bottle, the role of the vineyard worker in quality
Time: 12:30 – 13:00pm
Presenter: Andrew Gunn, Proprietor Iona assisted by Kevin Watt, Consultant Viticulturist
The vineyard workers role in producing quality wines is largely unrecognised with most of the acclaim going to the winemaker. Werner Muller, the Iona winemaker and most modest of individuals, inevitably, when complimented on his wines gives credit to the vineyard and those who work it. Iona, Klein Constantia and Newton Johnson all make use of Kevin Watt as consultant viticulturist. The presentation will go through the important role of the vineyard worker including planting, training, suckering, leaf breaking, vineyard health, harvest, etc and the impact on quality will be demonstrated in the wines tasted.

The Future of organic wine in South Africa
Time: 13:30 – 14:00pm
Presenter: Francois van Zyl, Winemaker at Laibach organic vineyards
An interactive session about the current status of organic wine production in South Africa and potential for growth in this section. The speaker and representatives of the other producers present will discuss the advantages and the quality aspects of producing organic wines in South Africa. Six representative examples of organically produced wine currently available will be tasted and evaluated.

The Role Wind Plays in Shaping the Character and Concentration of South African Wines
Time: 14:30 – 15:00pm
Presenter: Bruce Jack, Winemaker and Flagstone Founder
Wind is a defining element of the South African winelands. We have more volume and higher wind speed than any other winegrowing region in the world. When embraced and understood this natural element makes our wines brilliantly different, here’s why.

Six decades of Pinotage
Time: 15:30 – 16:00pm
Presenter: Higgo Jacobs, Sommelier at Large
Pinotage is enjoying a revived new wave of interest, boasting versatility in a wider array of styles – from full and ripe to elegant and fresh.  Across these different styles ageability remains a hallmark of the variety.  We will taste expressions from six decades of Pinotage. 

Going for Gold - IWSC Gold Medal Winners' Tasting & Announcement
Time: 16:30 – 17:00

Presenter: International Wine & Spirit Competition Judges  
Join the IWSC to discover the results of the 2015 competition. Be the first to taste winners from the results announcement and find out what it takes to make a Gold Medal winning wine.

Wednesday 16 September
Stand: Cape Wine Hall

Chenin Blanc: Evolution and Regionality
Time: 11:00 – 11:30am
Presenter:Johan Joubert, Cellarmaster at Boland Cellars
Johan Joubert, renowned Chenin Blanc specialist, will showcase the “diversity” of South Africa’s Chenin Blancs in this unique presentation. With his captivating style Johan will illustrate how different soils (microclimate), winemaking techniques (fermentation and residual sugar) and aging (barrel and bottle) each contribute to the final result. Experience the rich diversity in South African wine styles, techniques and climatic regions in this collaborative approach to one of South Africa's leading varietals.

Under the Radar but Sparkling up a Storm – South African Cap Classique!
13:00 – 13:30pm
Presenter: Pieter Ferreira, Cellar master at Graham Beck
I have chosen a small selection of Cap Classiques (MCC’s) that will illustrate and at the same time create awareness for this vibrant category in our wine industry. These are considered as South Africa’s aspirational Cap Classiques’ that most of the time remain under the radar. They also represent different geographical areas of the Western Cape that will showcase diversity of style, quality and each to tell their own unique story.

What helps South African cool climate Pinot noirs reach their best potential: Mountains or oceans?
Time: 14:00 – 14:30pm
Presenter: James Downes, Co-owner and Viticulturist of Shannon Vineyards, Elgin
A tasting highlighting the geological features that help South African Pinot Noirs reach their best potential. The influence of the ocean on the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and the influence of the mountain ranges surrounding the Elgin area.

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cinsault blends: Fashion or Future?
Time: 15:00 – 15:30pm
Presenter: Christo le Riche, Le Riche winemaker
Blended or pure, Cabernet Sauvignon has for long been king in Stellenbosch.  Before 1990, Cinsaut was often used to increase volumes of the then scarce Cabernet and made blends of great poise and longevity, but has since lost favour to Merlot.  Does this blend still have a place in the South African story and should we not be placing more emphasis on it?

A perspective on Chardonnay: Climate and Soils
Time: 16:00 – 16:30pm
Presenter:Richard Kershaw MW, Kershaw Wines winemaker
The seminar will look at 3 of the most prominent Chardonnay-oriented areas, Elgin, Hemel-aan-Aarde and Robertson, and assess the influence that both climate and soils play in their flavour profiles.

Thursday 17 September
Stand: Cape Wine Hall

Grenache:Noir et Blanc
Time: 11:00 – 11:30am
Presenter: Winnie Bowman CWM
The Institute of Cape Wine Masters (ICWM) will be presenting a line-up of Grenache Noir and Blanc to show the unique profile of this variety which is more and more used as a single bottling, but has been around for quite a while already and used in blends.  Winnie Bowman CWM will lead the tasting.

Cool Cape Agulhas
Time: 13:00 – 13:30pm
Presenter: Conrad Vlok, Strandveld Vineyards winemaker
What makes Cool Cape Agulhas different? As the meeting place of the two oceans and most vineyards only 15 km from the ocean the predominant southerly summer winds blow cool air directly from the cold Atlantic ocean into the vineyards. The sparse gravel soils together with the constant wind limits vigorous growth and rather gives natural small yields with smaller berries with intense flavors. Indeed a very unique “southern triangle” with exceptional wines.

Swartland: The Dry Land Story
Time: 14:00 – 14:30pm
Presenter: Adi Badenhorst, winemaker and proprietor
The Swartland is synonymous with long, hot dry summers, often farmed as dry land farms with lower yields and so the scene is set for our tale not of woe but of epic adventure on the road less travelled. In the Swartland where there is a legacy of doing things differently, Southern Rhone varietals that are leading the charge towards sustainability and offer unique blends that testify to the expressive character of this wine region.