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  • Winning Wines The results from the 2014 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show have been announced! Congratulations to all the award-winning wine-makers.Read More
  • 2014 ICONS GuideICONS is an informative pocket-size wine guide edited and published by Mike Froud of Top Wine SA. Get your complimentary copy now!Read More
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine ShowThe 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.
  • Learn more about the ShowView the promotional video outlining what the show is all about and entails.View Now
  • The JudgesFind out more about the panel of judges that will preside over the this year's show.Read More
  • Latest NewsShow Chairman, Michael Fridjhon's articles in the Business Day and the latest wine industry news.Read More
 

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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.


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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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