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One of the most energetic growth sectors of the alcohol beverage industry over the past few years has been the spirits market. Cognac, gin, rum, whisky, tequila, vodka….just some of the products enjoying a surge in demand from consumers throughout the world. And part of this growth has been attributed to the emphasis established and craft spirits producers are placing on packaging their products, as style and fashion are as a part of the spirits category as gin and tonic.

The cork and glass concept that changed the face of the wine industry has been recognised for its striking visual appeal. HELIX revolutionary twist-to-open cork won Gold at the Gold Pack Awards, South Africa’s showcase for packaging excellence organised every two years by the Institute of Packaging SA.

The authoritative publication Drinks and Destinations recently published this authoritative interview with Carlos de Jesus, head of Marketing and Communications at Corticeira Amorim. Written by Rojita Tiwara, there are some profound insights. The closure industry has gone through and is still going through many evolutions at the moment. What are the latest natural cork trends that you are seeing worldwide? We are witnessing two very strong trends worldwide. First is premiumisation that is happening across the board in wine & spirits industry. As packaging is an integral part of the process, cork closures industry is seeing a boost too. Second is sustainability. A premium proposition also has to have a sustainable proposition. Luxury and premium category is becoming more and more intertwined with sustainability. It is a positive conversion of two trends where cork on its own has strong credentials associated with premium products. And when you bring the two together it becomes a strong and beautiful proposition for the world of wine.
The 2nd Kanonkop Re-corking Clinic will be held on 22 November on Kanonkop Estate where proprietor Johann Krige and cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar will personally oversee the recorking of bottles dating back to the 2005 vintage and older.
There is a new landmark in Cape Town, and the whole world is talking about it. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opened in Cape Town in September and has immediately grabbed the attention of the art world. This magnificent structure offers visitors over 100 exhibition galleries spread over 10 000m² and seven storeys, and includes a luxury boutique hotel.
What can be more precious than the gift of life? Well, that is exactly what a few selected classic South African wines received recently when Amorim put together a team to recork some old wines in the collection held by Distell’s Tabernacle.
What can be more precious than the gift of life? Well, that is exactly what a few selected classic South African wines received recently when Amorim put together a team to recork some old wines in the collection held by Distell’s Tabernacle.

In a bid to assist loyal customers to enjoy and keep its premier wines for longer, Kanonkop Wine Estate has introduced a recorking service for owners of older vintages. The first Kanonkop Recorking Clinic is to be held in Johannesburg on 12 October, and 22 November on Kanonkop Estate where proprietor Johann Krige and cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar will personally oversee the recorking of bottles dating back to the 2005 vintage and older.

Simonsig Estate, the pioneering Stellenbosch winery responsible for making the first Méthode Cap Classique wine, became the most-awarded cellar in the history of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge by winning the competition’s Best Producer Award for the fourth time. This year’s award went to Simonsig’s Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012, a 100% Chardonnay wine with lees contact of 60 months, won the award for the best wine of the competition as well as topping the Blanc de Blancs category.