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Tim Atkin MW | 10th South Africa Special Report

Delaille Raubenheimer @ladywineland chats to Tim Atkin MW about his 10th South Africa Report - released on the 6th of September.

A lighthearted but equally insightful discussion about the South African wine industry.

Some of the topics include: giving greater focus to drought-resistant varieties, upcoming wine regions, identification of sub-regions, lighter-style reds, vintages to look out for and diversity in the wine industry.

...and planting the seed of including a Chenin-based blend category in his next report! (fingers crossed).

Overall, Tim has made it clear in his report that he is is “amazed by the remarkable progress” the country has made since his first report issued in 2013.

Stand-out categories amongst the top-scoring wines this year are not only Chenin and Shiraz/Syrah as in the recent past, he says, but also Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. “South Africa has proved it can make almost any wine style well, while its best wines belong among the world’s elite.

To purchase the report, where more detail can be found, visit

Compagniesdrift Wines

In this episode we chat to Ilse Ruthford, Managing Director at Compagniesdrift Wines. An inspirational woman – driving female upliftment within the wine industry.

Compagniesdrift is a black empowerment business funded by the Myburgh Family Trust, Standard Bank and the LRAD. The Myburgh Family Trust (owners of the iconic Meerlust Wine Estate), identified potential projects that would act as upliftment of their farmworkers. With a long history of investing in their workforce, through the Meerlust Foundation, they wanted to build on this tradition. This culminated in a R45 million black empowerment business venture to establish this project.

SA Wine Legend - Peter Finlayson

Peter Finlayson, known as South Africa's Pioneer of Pinot Noir, made history by taking on the challenge of setting up and running the first winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley (Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 1979).

His success in establishing this cellar became legendary, culminating in the 1989 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for his achievements with the Pinot Noir grape (a grape largely unknown to the South African wine industry at the time!).

Listen to Peter's captivating stories filled with an undeniable passion for the vine, art of winemaking and the Hemel-en-Aarde valley!

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Lydia Afonso

Lydia Afonso has been in the wine industry for 13 years and works independently, assisting several producers with mainly e-commerce and exports. We chat to Lydia about the impact of Covid-19 on wine retail, exports and strategies wineries should follow to thrive during, and post-lockdown.

"Retail and on-consumption is out the window, consumers have been pulled to online sales...many farms have now realized that they need to sell their own product directly to their own clientele".

"Now is the time for producers to sharpen up customer service. You can't rely on your good reputation to get you seen on a shop shelf anymore...the ones that will be successful will be the ones with the best service - that's the new game."

Sit back, relax, pour yourself a's time for wine talks

Leenders Wines

Tune in to listen to fascinating stories, realizations of dreams and exciting prospects ahead! We chat to Francois Bezuidenhout - owner and winemaker of Leenders Family Wines and co-owner of Pimville Gin.

In 1639, Wijnand Leenders was born in the small forest town called Bezuidenhout, in Holland. A farmer with an adventurous spirit and nurturing nature, Wijnand decided to set out to the tip of Africa on the 15 August 1665 - when he was just 27 years old. Wijnand Leenders (later Bezuidenhout) became one of the first vine growers and winemakers at the Southern Tip of Africa. Today, centuries later, his horticultural legacy is honoured by a new generation of Bezuidenhout-family winemakers. The Bezuidenhout family are a direct lineage of Leenders.

Kunjani Wines

"Kunjani means ‘Hi, how are you?’ and that is exactly how friendships start."

Delaille & Nina chats to Pia Watermeyer - co-owner of Kunjani wines - the latest addition to the Bottelary Hills sub-route of Stellenbosch, South Africa. We discuss the inspiration behind the brand, the 2020 harvest and the effects of Covid-19.

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Illimis Wines

We chat to Lucinda Heyns, winemaker and owner of Illimis wines talks about her wines, the 2020 harvest and the impact of Covid-19 on the South African wine industry.

Sit back, relax, pour yourself a glass, it's time for wine talks.

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