Platter’s Wine Guide 2019 edition introduces Certified Heritage Vineyard icon

In recognition of the vital importance our heritage vineyards and their unique wines play in the South African viticultural landscape, the Platter’s Wine Guide has added the CHV icon in the recently launched 2019 edition. This will clearly highlight to local and international wine lovers which wines are certified by the OVP, by adding the…

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Old vine-Chenin blanc research at Stellenbosch University

Two research groups at Stellenbosch University have combined forces to obtain an overview of the sensory and chemical profiles of old-vine Chenin blanc wines.  At the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Department of Viticulture and Oenology, the focus is on the sensory characterisation of the genre, with specific emphasis on aroma and mouth-feel attributes. The research…

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Latest research findings: Genetic influences in old Pinotage vines

Old Pinotage vines’ berries ripen later compared to younger vines. So, what does this mean? Research to investigate possible genetic influences to improved wine quality in old Pinotage vines has been conducted by Professor Johan Burger at Stellenbosch University. His team compared both gene expression levels and total microbiomes in old (53 years) and young…

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Research: Old Vine category proves its worth

Pioneering, old-vine category pricing research in the retail sector, undertaken in collaboration between Winetech, The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) and Stellenbosch University (US) has revealed some exciting results. Co-authors Jonathan Steyn and Associate Professor David Priilaid constructed a hedonic pricing model to answer the question of: whether, to what…

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Scottish Field: South Africa’s old vines: In the ground and in the glass

To read the article as posted on scottishfield.co.uk click here 23 September 2018 Protecting old vines in South Africa not only reaps benefits during water shortages but also pays dividends for drinkers, as Peter Ranscombe reports. AS SOON as you land at Cape Town airport, it’s impossible not to be struck by how much the recent water…

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