Winemaker Bartho Eksteen and Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) did it again! After being crowned Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 2010 for his 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, the Platter Wine Guide now awarded Eksteen 5 stars for his 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. Two top achievements in less than two years – not bad. [Read on]
It’s been a good few weeks for the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley wine estate Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF). First the news that one of its wines got a 5-star rating in the latest Platter Guide and then the news that its winemaker (and co-shareholder) Bartho Eksteen had been named 2010 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year. [Read on]
The London International Wine Fair is underway (yes, in London) and a few very interesting tit-bits have already emerged concerning South African wines and especially ex-Rustenburg winemaker Adi Badenhorst.
Check out what UK wine blogger Jamie Goode had to say. Also check out the comments below the post. And then click here for more about Adi’s current project.
World football body FIFA has named Stellenbosch-based drinks group Distell official supplier of wine to the 2010 World Cup, reported Just-drinks.com.
The publication did not mention how much Distell coughed up for the privilege. As part of the deal, Distell will release a limited edition range of Nederburg-branded wines in the UK and other countries already in July this year.
The range of three single varietals will consist of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé and will be available from July to the end of 2010, with a recommended retail price of 6.99 pound sterling (about R93 at today’s astoundingly strong exchange rate).
Sarah Gandy, marketing manager for Distell Europe, said: “As Nederburg is the leading South African wine in so many international markets, and with our intention to build our profile in the UK, it is a great opportunity to work with FIFA as an official supplier and leverage the relationship.”
The FIFA World Cup takes places in South Africa next year, with England on-course to qualify and Scotland and Northern Ireland also in with a chance of making the finals.
The limited edition Nederburg wines will also be distributed in Ireland, Germany, Canada, Sweden, South Africa and selected countries throughout Africa, Asia and South America, Distell said.
Hein Koegelenberg, co-owner of the brand Leopard’s Leap with his wife Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg of La Motte, responded to my article headlined About USAPA, Leopard’s Leap and Hein (below), in which I suggested USAPA should opt for “cooperative marketing” and call in the help of colleagues in the wine industry with proven success records on foreign markets.
This is what Koegelenberg said: [Read on]
I’ve been pushing the idea of “cooperative marketing” for the wine industry as a way of being more successful on the export markets. Read here.
With the recent establishment of USAPA, a body tasked to market Cape wine in the US, by about 100 wine farmers, the debate how to get the most marketing bang out of USAPA’s (rather limited) budget must be raging in the industry presently (hopefully!) [Read on]
Johann Krige, co-owner of Kanonkop, the successful red wine farm outside Stellenbosch, was elected chairman of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the organisation tasked to grow SA’s wine exports, recently. [Read on]
I’m a happy chappy. I just discovered a wine I drank on Xmas Eve in Cape Town (and thought at the time was the best wine I’ve ever had) has been voted (by a 28-head jury of some distinction) as the third most successful wine in Germany in 2008. [Read on]