Speaking at the same launch, the Director of Export Promotion at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Luke Govender said with the launch of a proudly South African grape
type, the role of innovation is crucial in that it creates new competitive and comparative advantages as well as opportunities for economic growth in South Africa.
The Orange River region has broken through the 20m carton barrier and could well be the leading South African grape
region when the dust settles on the 2016/17 season.
And like all the best fairy stories this one has a happy ending - because although it has taken a long time for this South African grape
to outgrow its youthful awkwardness, it is now widely accepted as a world-class variety.
Naturally, it held huge novelty value for foreign consumers when South Africa reentered the global market in the 1990s; everyone wanted to try wine from this typically South African grape
For years, I never peeled a South African grape
and nary a drop of Cape wine passed my lips.
In tonight's show Jilly and fellow booze expert Oz Clarke sample the final result of the sunny South African grape
harvest as well as redressing the balance with a healthy vegetable and fruit drink.
First taste releases a stewed cherry flavour with a little heat that is normally associated with this South African grape
variety which is a cross-between Pinot Noir and Cinsault.
Dusty South African grape
variety dusted off here in home territory by an Aussie winemaker who picks the grapes very ripe for max attack in the fruit department .
The first 115 pages cover the history of the South African grape
and wine industry, the regions planted to grapes, the elements of viticulture, including handsome color photographs of the major varieties, and some detailed information on the history of their growth in South Africa.