The South African wine industry has registered a quick and exciting period of transformation. However, winemakers are more worried about day-to-day issues and forget the key strategic ones. And some challenges are huge, among others climate change impact and changes in consumer trends.
Champagne may be the most frivolous of beverages but it`s also one of the most expensive, the most highly regulated in terms of its production, and the most difficult wine to make.
The world of wine is split into two. The ‘Old’ and the ‘New’. Basically the Old World is Europe where grapes have been continuously cultivated for hundreds, even thousands of years. The New World has a shorter wine history and has relied on inspiration from the Old World to establish their wine industries.
Internet: a powerful tool to manage your brand and a potentially rewarding one for those wineries that know how to properly handle it. But there are some risks one must be conscious of.
The great piece of theatre in a traditional European restaurant sees a white gloved, bow-tied Sommelier carefully prising a cork out of a precious wine bottle then painstakingly pours the wine from the bottle into another vessel with the precision of a micro-surgeon. This is an example of decanting. Is this procedure necessary and should it be restricted to the confines of the restaurant and its wine professional team?