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The whackiest event in the South African wine landscape has to be the annual Barrels & Beards Festival held by the small but spirited Bot River Wine Route. Annually a group of wine makers make a vow of not shaving during the harvest, at the end of which they host a beard competition and gigantic slap-up party to celebrate the ending of the grape crush, the beautiful beards and the simple joys of being a member of the wine community in this charming rural enclave.
Lights….camera…..action….and cork. With the highly anticipated movie Tomb Raider having hit the screens to international acclaim, it is worth noting that cork took on one of the minor roles.
From left: Sydney Mello, Joaquim Sá and Morgan Steyn. As a partner to the South African wine industry, Amorim is committed to initiatives aimed at providing opportunities for previously disadvantaged persons in an industry that has all the potential of becoming the jewel in South Africa’s crown. “South Africa is making the best wines in its history,” says Joaquim Sá, CEO of Amorim SA. “And it is important that the country also develops and nurtures the best human resources to take the industry forward in achieving its potential.”
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 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...

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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.