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My fascination for wine began with a cork. And more precisely, the opening of a bottle of wine by removing said cork. Cracking open a bottle for their end-of-day glass of wine was the closest my parents would allow me to come into contact with the mysterious, uniquely perfumed red or white liquid lying beneath that cork needing removing. From the age of seven I was entrusted with opening their bottles and this hands-on participation in the wine ritual, I believe, helped inspire my life-long fascination with wine.
The annual Bot River Barrels and Beards event, one of the great parties in the South African winelands, takes place on Saturday April 21 at Wildekrans Wine Estate. And proud sponsors of this whacky showcase, Amorim Cork, will be there. Not with beards, but to judge them.
Read this great summary about the world of cork and its contribution to society and nature. First posted on www.corature.com. Every time you pull out your wallet to make a purchase, you essentially cast a vote for the Earth’s future. The echoes of its impact- for better or worse- will continue to reach future generations of young plants, animals, and humans. If you are someone who looks at ingredients and tags in search of the most Earth-friendly materials, cork should be at the top of your list- and it will be, once you hear its story. When you examine its ecology and get “under its skin”, so to speak, the power of this incredible sustainable material is impossible to ignore.

The South African wine industry has reached a challenging stage in the harvest season due to the continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape. According to the industry body Sawis (SA Wine Industry Information & Systems) a second crop estimate of the South...

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.