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Cinsault to have a break-through in South Africa?

We have always been fond of the southern French grape Cinsault. It has never belonged to the prestigious grapes and it has led quite an anonymous existence. It has either been used for rosé wines or brought elegance to Languedoc blends of Grenache and Syrah.  A few producers have however shown us how good Cinsault […]

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South African wines gaining ground in the US

Americans drink more and more South African wine and they drink higher quality South African wines. Sales of South African wines in the United States increased by 14% in the past 12 months and the value increased by 25%. There is an increasing interest in the US at the moment for small South African quality […]

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Favourite picks from the Altia wine range

Tasting wines at a wine show can be a challenge. BKWine’s reporter in Gothenburg, Mattias Schyberg, dived right in when the Finnish wine import and distribution giant Altia Corporation came to Gothenburg to present their full range of wines to the press and restaurant people. Here are his favourite picks with some added bonuses. I […]

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Next season’s wine tours launched

We have now published all the details on next season’s wine tours. It will be a virtual stand-off between the New World and the Old World. The first wine tour will take you to South Africa, one of the most dynamic new world wine countries today. The second tour goes to Bordeaux, the world’s most […]

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South Africa: Breedekloof Chenin Blanc Initiative

One of our favourite grapes among the whites is Chenin blanc and not least the one coming from South Africa. Of South Africa’s nearly 100 000 hectares of vineyards Chenin blanc is grown on more than 18 000 hectares. The Chenin plantings used to be larger but then, on the other hand, the quality was […]

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An old house in Stellenbosch

Early and excellent harvest in South Africa

The harvest in South Africa began early this year. The growing season was dry and the producers had very little problems with diseases and rot. They could harvest beautiful and healthy grapes. Most of them are pleased with both the quality and the quantity. There are even voices saying that this will be an exceptional […]

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Royal Riebeek Hotel in Swartland

You will get a royal welcome in South Africa in March

On the next wine tour to South Africa, scheduled for March, we will give you some special treats. For example, The Royal Riebeek Hotel in Swartland, where you (if you join us on the tour) will get a Royal welcome. The hotel is famous for, among other things, South Africa’s longest porch! (Perfect for a […]

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Book your autumn wine tour now: Bordeaux or Douro Valley

A short note on that it is high time to book your autumn tour, the wine tour that you really want to go on when days are getting shorter. We have two exciting tours on this autumn’s scheduled English language program: Bordeaux, classic of the classics Douro Valley, maybe the world’s most spectacular wine landscape […]

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Wild South African bleesbuck

South African rooibos plant used instead of sulphur

Rooibos is a South African plant that we have so far only been in contact with in the form of tea. Rooibos has a strong antioxidant capacity, preservative, like sulphur. Wine producers now realise that maybe this quality can be used for winemaking. The big producer KWV has recently launched a wine called Earth’s Essence […]

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Fire in Constantia, South Africa, vineyards threatened

In South Africa, a huge fire raged in early March that struck the vineyards of Constantia, among others. Fortunately, many had already harvested some of their grapes. It seems that the damage in the vineyards, after all, is rather limited after great efforts by both fire-fighters and volunteers. Constantia is situated on the Cape Peninsula, […]

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