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Opening Seminar – in association with Accolade Wines

Tuesday 25 September
Auditorium 2
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Time: 9:30–11:00am
Chair: Johann Krige, proprietor of Kanonkop, Chairman of WOSA
Minister Van Rensburg
Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
The minister will outline South Africa’s export performance since democracy, and the markets our country is targeting for the future.

Kuseni Dlamini: (leading businessman)
Mr. Dlamini will look at what the future holds for South Africa in terms of our political and social challenges and economic growth

Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa
Su Birch will highlight the key achievements of South African wine in the past 20 years, both in terms of exports, but also in sustainability, ethical trading and conservation.

Mr. Antonio Amorim, CEO of Amorim Cork
Mr Amorim will discuss why the protection of biodiversity is important, and how future consumers are likely to look at environmental issues

Charles Banks, CEO Terroir Capital and Cultivate
Mr. Banks will discuss why he has invested in South African wine, and what he feels about our potential.

Troy Christensen, CEO of Accolade Wines
Mr Christensen will add the closing commentary.


Wednesday 26 September
Room 2.61–2.63

A Passion for Old Vines
Time: 9:30–10:30am
Chair: Rosa Kruger, viticulturist
Eben Sadie, Winemaker of Sadie Family Wines
Koos van der Merwe, Viticulturist for Leeuwenkuil family wines
Jeff Joubert, Vinpro consultant
Prof Alain Deloire, Chair of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology, University of Stellenbosch

Old vines is young news these days. Rediscovering the vineous monuments of our country gave us wines with character and a brief look into our history. Why did some of these vines survive 100 years in the African climate? Are they really making better wines and how should we actually care for them? They have adopted the character of their terroir, they won the battle against the elements and still give us these lovely, often bright wines. These sometimes neglected vines will in the future be an important source for massal selection. Most importantly, where do we find them and what do they taste like? Rosa Kruger, Eben Sadie, prof Alain Deloire, Koos van der Merwe and Jeff Joubert will share their knowledge with us.

Pinotage, Then and Now
Time: 12–1pm
Chairs: Dave Hughes and Bennie Howard CWM
Frans Smit, Winemaker for Spier Wines
Abrie Beeslaar, Winemaker for Kanonkop
Beyers Truter

The fabulous Pinotage talk show where you will get all the stories behind Pinotage over five decades, the facts about this amazing cultivar and the taste of how well Pinotage really can mature, a truely remarkable  and uniquely South African story.

Thursday 27 September
Room 2.61–2.63
Tomorrow’s Stars
Time: 9:30–10:30am
Chair: Jorg Pfützner, certified sommelier and wine entrepreneur
Kallie Louw, Farmer
Luke O'Cuinneagain, Winemaker and National Sales Manager for Glenelly Cellars
Mzokhona Mvemve, Winemaker for Mvemve Raats
Sebastian Beaumont, Winemaker and General Manager for Beaumont Wines
Gottfried Mocke, Winemaker for Cape Chamonix Wine Far
Craig Hawkins, Farmer/Winemaker for El Bandito
Rebecca Tanner, Winemaker for Fable Wines

A tasting and discussion with some of the new guard young winemakers who are already beginning to make waves.

Old Dogs, New Tricks

Time: 12–1pm
Chair: Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine 
Charles Back, Proprietor of Fairview and Spice Route
Kevin Arnold, Managing Partner and Cellarmaster of Waterford Wine Estate
Marc Kent, Winemaker Boekenhoutskloof
Niel Groenewald, Bellingham Chief Winemaker

What are the pioneers of the last 2 decades focusing on today? How do they see the changes in South African viticulture and styles reflected in their own wines of yesteryear and today? What wines do they think they will be making 10 years from now? What will their wineries look like? Will their business models have changed? Lynne, herself a South African and a qualified winemaker, leads this interesting discussion with some larger than life personalities who will each present 3 special wines.
















































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