The change in South African wine

There’s been a lot of talk about how and why South African wine has changed in the past 10 or 20 years. Some suggest that, in response to the demands of the international market, we’ve lost our sense of place. Along the way, they say, we’ve also abandoned several varieties that were key to the styles produced before exports dominated the way producers planned their offerings.

In the world of wine, very little happens quickly. It takes five to eight years to establish vineyards properly. On average, it takes two years for the grape crop to go through the winery and reach the consumer. Add to this a reasonable ageing period, and the soonest you can really expect to record palpable change is a decade down the line. For the industry as a whole, it takes a great deal longer: you don’t decide to establish new vineyards overnight. You also wait for the nurseries to have enough planting material, for hard evidence that this won’t just be another short-lived fashion. You also need to understand what is required in terms of vinification, and to apply this to your new-generation fruit.



read more on Creation Wines
Sex, Sexism and the Natural Wine Label photo
Come quickly, I’m drinking Smurf Wine. The world’s first blue sparkling wine! photo
French truck spills 18,000 bottles of fine wine photo

French truck spills 18,000 bottles of fine wine

 
 
 
 
Your Edition
Support
Follow Us
 
Premium Brand
Creation Wines
Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
+27 28 212 1107
Featured this week
Looking, Sipping, Savouring with Zonnebloem photo

Looking, Sipping, Savouring with Zonnebloem

 
New vintage of Rhône-style blend, The Motorcycle Marvel photo

New vintage of Rhône-style blend, The Motorcycle Marvel

 
Recommended Resources
68014 Subscribers

mon-viti.com

317 Subscribers

independent.co.uk