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From the Drinks Business Launched at Vinexpo Bordeaux five years ago, the Helix has been adopted by Anthonij Rupert to seal its ‘Protea’ wine range. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are available to buy from BBR both online and in-store, while the Protea Shiraz is currently being...

One of the greatest resurgences in the wine world’s recent history is that of Madeira. Long relegated to the lower shelves as an aide for cooking and cheerful sweet quaffing, the fortified wines from this island off the coast of Portugal have lately undergone a renaissance. The revival of Madeira wine has been spectacular as its unique structure, complexity and diverse flavour profiles beguiles wine-lovers and critics around the world.

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.

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.

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.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne in the Franschhoek Wine Valley has perfected the art of producing wine with an uncompromising commitment to the environment accompanied by a singular dedication to innovation.  All this is personified in the estate’s Protea wine range of eight wines, created for immediate enjoyment but also with unique packaging that has been designed with the purpose of “upcycling” in mind.  In this manner extraordinary attractive features can be created in and around the home after the wine has been savoured.