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wine: Latest News
Kurt Davis Jr., 1:07 pm AFKI Original
After-work teas are becoming after-work beers and glasses of wine in Africa. As incomes grow in sub-Saharan Africa, consumers are demanding better quality wine and spirits – both imported and locally made. “Drink more please” — it’s not the best parenting line but it is the thinking of many top executives at wine and spirit companies. Sub-Saharan Africans drink 10-to-11 liters of beer per person per year. Comparatively, Asians drink about 19-to-20 liters and Americans drink about 73-to-74. Only South Africans drink more than the global average — around 46 liters.
Stuart Butler, 8:54 am
Ethiopia has been producing home-grown wine for years, but it’s generally been of such a poor quality that locals have grown accustomed to drinking it mixed with Coca-Cola. The Rift Valley Winery, which produced its first harvest in 2015, is something a little different though. Owned by French brewery giant, Castel, the Rift Valley Winery has brought the latest wine-producing technology to northeast Africa and the results have so far been encouraging.
Kate Els, 7:00 am
While you may not travel all the way to South Africa just to attend one of these festivals, any of them would be a great add-on to a trip. After all, who would turn down a chance to imbibe in a little tipple while soaking up some authentic South African culture? This selection of booze-based festivals are mostly located in the Western Cape and its Winelands. However, don’t discount the Johannesburg-based festivals or even the one in rural Clarens — it’s totally worth the drive!
Dana Sanchez, 1:46 pm
South African wine now offers great value in export markets. South Africa’s wine quality has increased dramatically over the last five years, and the battered rand has pushed many struggling wineries into a profitable position. Winery costs have risen, but profits have allowed for more investment and you can expect the quality to keep improving, an SA wine expert says. As SA wines get more attention and higher prices, there is increased interest great vintage wines. Rare wines from the ’60s and ’70s are getting rave reviews.
Kate Liquorish, 7:00 pm
Fifteen years ago, people laughed when a couple planted a vineyard along the Garden Route. Today, Plettenberg Bay is home to 20 wine-producing vineyards along with scenic beaches and a coastline of forests, valleys and mountain passes. At the area’s Wine and Bubbly Festival, all the people who shaped this success story got together in one room, giving me the unique opportunity to learn every side of its fascinating history.
Dana Sanchez, 3:39 pm
Negotiations concluded Wednesday between South Africa and the U.S. over health issues related to meat imports. SA says it should still be part of AGOA if the U.S. “does the right thing.” If the issues are resolved, that’s good news for South Africa’s wine industry. Africa needs more free trade, a South African wine stakeholder said. “Ideally we would like to trade freely within Africa, but also with Europe and China.” Almost 80% of South Africa’s agricultural exports to the U.S under AGOA come from the Western Cape.
Heather Mason, 6:00 pm
When I moved to Johannesburg in 2010, Soweto’s famous Vilakazi Street was the first tourist attraction I visited. I’ve been back to Soweto many times since then, for walking and cycling tours, photo walks, museum visits, and traditional South African meals. But until a few weeks ago, I never would have thought to visit Soweto for the wine.
Dana Sanchez, 11:39 am
Negotiators have reached settlements on issues including bird flu certificates and pork safety. Outstanding issues involve salmonella and cattle not born in the U.S. If South Africa’s AGOA access is suspended, duties are expected to take effect immediately upon the announcement. That means South African goods in transit to the U.S. could face tariffs on arrival. Talks are continuing between the two countries.
Richard Holmes, 6:00 pm
While South Africa may be part of the New World of winemaking, alongside the likes of California, Argentina and Australia, its wine heritage stretches back over 350 years. The Cape’s vineyards have come a long way since then though, and are today a major player in the globalised world of wine. The winelands, a short drive from the centre of Cape Town, offer an exciting look back at the area’s rich and varied history.
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.
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