The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition that recognises the top local wines and winemakers, and honours excellence in the wine industry.
Win a wine hamper!
Old Mutual is offering 3 lucky winners a chance to win a wine hamper of some of the top winning wines of 2014. All you have to do is answer one easy question. So why not enter now and stand a chance to win this amazing prize!
This competition is now closed.
Congratulations to our winners Mr David Ford, Mr Morne Britz and Ms Dimakatso Maboea!
April 30, 2014
When it comes to developing a wine property, it's not always easy to stick to your original vision. It takes at least ten years to put a new project in place (usually twice as long) and in this time fashions change, costs rise and sometimes the ability to deviate from your original course is all that stands between you and bankruptcy. The number of upbeat producers who have told me…
April 04, 2014
It's hard to stay front-of-mind when you're a wine producer. The big names of yesteryear are easily consigned to dump-bins, even though their quality is usually as good as it ever was, and often better. The punters move on, like teenagers at a school social, preferring the promiscuity of new experiences to the substance of deep and abiding relationships. It's hard to blame them. If you're not going to be…
March 28, 2014
It's probably not a great reflection on human nature, but people are more inclined to believe you when you are grumpy and uncomplimentary, than when you are positive and enthusiastic. It may be that they assume that polite is your default mode, so less thought (and possibly less integrity) goes into an upbeat comment.
I've just spent a couple of evenings tasting a serious array of wines at a show in…
March 14, 2014
South African Pinot Noir has been in the spotlight lately, and not only because of the recent symposium hosted in the traditional cradle of its production, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Plantings have more than doubled in the past five years, and grape prices have pretty much done the same thing.
Modern Cape pinot was pioneered by Tim Hamilton Russell and his then winemaker, Peter Finlayson in the late 1970s and early 1980s,…
March 07, 2014
Not so long ago, when wine was consumed either by the communities who produced it or by an elite living in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York, the idea of wine drinkers visiting vineyards and tasting wines in producers' cellars was alien to most people. No one wandered around wineries, except a handful of fanatics and the merchants who traded in what was produced in them. Those for whom…
February 28, 2014
South African wine exports are booming and it has nothing to do with the fragility of the Rand. Overseas buyers shop at fixed price points determined largely by what they believe consumers will be prepared to pay. Many of these were set at the time that Cape wine made its way back into international markets. However, since the second half of the 1990s, the average quality of what comes from…
February 21, 2014
The world of wine offers, at best, an illusion of permanence. Transformation is a continuous process, even at ancient estates. There are the obvious changes, which come on an annual basis and are driven by vintage conditions. However, there are broader trends – climate and ownership are the most obvious - the effects of which may only emerge after many years.
In the last decade of the 18th century, for example,…
February 14, 2014
The concepts of wine and value do not often share the same space. Just the same, the term “value-for-money wines” is one of the most widely used in producer promotions, and by wine commentators. If you analyse what it really means, it comes down to the claim that a particular bottle offers “better value” than the one alongside it on the supermarket shelf.
The wine component of most brands is usually…