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South African wine: Latest News
Julia Austin, 4:13 pm AFKI Original
A South African wine just won the Platinum Best In Show Award at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in the U.K. DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 (Stellenbosch) is officially one of the best in the world, beating out 16,000 others from France, the U.S. and Australia. South Africa may be staring down a recession, but its wine industry didn’t get the memo. The country’s wine industry had a 5 percent increase in wine exports in 2015. Here are 8 other award-winning South African wines to drink in 2016.
Julia Austin, 11:04 am AFKI Original
Made on the historic Vergelegen wine estate in the Western Cape, the Vergelegen V Red has something of a cult-like following. It has been considered the most expensive South African wine and scored 5 out of 5 in the John Platter Wine Guide, aka the South African Wine Bible. Vergelegen’s Cape Dutch-style house, gardens and iconic camphor trees are also a big draw for locals and tourists. Price-wise, South African wine is known for being competitive. Here are 8 of the most expensive wines from South Africa.
Julia Austin, 11:58 am AFKI Original
Cape Ardor, the largest retailer of South African wines produced around Cape Town, uses nearly 99 percent recycled paper products in its direct-to-consumer shipments. That’s significant for a company that offers wine club memberships and sends out bottles every month or two. Every industry has a responsibility to be conscious of its effects on the environment, but the South African wine industry may have a special obligation. South Africa is the only country that has one of the world’s six floral kingdoms entirely within its borders.
Dana Sanchez, 12:02 pm
Despite the drought, 2015 was an excellent year for South African wine, but global forces are changing South Africa’s wine industry. Africa and Asia replaced North America and the E.U. as the two geographical areas most important for growth in South African wine exports, business leaders said, according to PwC. There’s growth in new and existing markets locally and internationally.
Staff, 2:23 am
On December 15, Seven Sisters will open the doors of the first—and only—black-owned and woman-owned tasting room in more than 350 years of South African winemaking. It is a dream come true for seven siblings, who grew up without electricity or a bathroom in a two-bedroom cottage shared between a family of 10.
Dana Sanchez, 5:12 pm
Just generally, 2015 has been an exceptional year for South African wine. The number of wine producers is shrinking in South Africa, but they’re making better quality wines. The grape harvest was early and the quality excellent. SA wine doubled market share in China by mid year. SA wines are the surprise of the year, critics say.
Staff, 6:26 am
Wine lovers might have boycotted many South African wines on grounds of taste as well as politics back then. With statutory power to control production areas, prices and yields, the KWV (Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Suid-Afrika) imposed regulations favouring bulk wine growers, effectively strangling the initiative of all but the most determined small producer.
Staff, 8:23 am
Gnarled and gnomish, the vines that produced the best white in one of the world’s top wine competitions crouch low and untrellised amid more traditional vineyards in South Africa’s scenic Cape winelands. The Chenin Blanc made from these 40-year-old “bush vines” beat global competition across the full range of white wines to take the top spot in this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
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