Archive for March, 2011
The King of South African wines, Kumkani, will be one of the international exhibitors at this year’s ProWein.
ProWein is one of the major wine trade shows in Europe and it seems that the entire world of wine and spirits get together for three eventful days long. Besides the uniquely extensive, international range of wines and spirits, ProWein also offers a comprehensive exhibitors’ event programme, a unique tasting area and special shows with presentations on particular themes.
Kumkani enjoys recognition within the industry and the marketplace as a result of its consistent wine quality. New vintages of the award-winning wines, Kumkani Lanner Hill Sauvignon Blanc and Kumkani Cradle Hill Cabernet Sauvignon will be available for tasting.
Join us for a tasting (Stand 6H80 Booth 49) and for more info on the event visit prowein.com
South Africa’s Rainbow Nation title refers to the incredible diversity of its people, from the original Bushmen inhabitants of the land to the people who migrated and settled here over the years. There is hardly a nation on Earth that is not in some way represented in this diverse country.
The term Rainbow Nation of South Africa found popular appeal from the moment Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu first used it to capture the multicultural nature of our country.
It is not just the people that are diverse in this amazing country. South African climate, soil and wine growing conditions are different from region to region as the wide range of bio-diversity affects wine production.
It has often been noted that the Cape winelands are probably the most scenic in the world. For this reason wine tourism is one of the country’s growing industries. Offering a range of topographical pleasures ranging from high, snowy mountains to arid plains, arrangements for tourists are becoming more and more sophisticated in the various regions
Iconic and award winning Kumkani wines exemplify the rich traditions and cultures of South Africa. The grapes are mainly produced in the Darling and Stellenbosch areas and cellar tastings can be done at our Welmoed cellar.
The South African wine industry is at the forefront of sustainable, eco friendly and ethical production. Initiative by various organisations are not just advocating green, they are practising it.
The key initiatives, in terms of moving a little further along the path of sustainability, are the IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) and BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative). The new one – SWSA (Sustainable Wine South Africa) – allies these two and links into the authority that governs and approves South African wine – the Wine Standards Board.
The Board is responsible for the wine of origin scheme, which confirms the vintage, variety and South African origin of the wine. A seal is printed on every bottle of South African wine that conforms to the wine of origin scheme.
From last year’s vintage the Board has confirmed which wines have been made by certified IPW producers. A new, ‘sustainability’ seal was introduced to show conformance to IPW. To qualify for this seal every part of the production process must be IPW accredited – the farm/vineyard, the winery and the bottling plant. The sustainability seal is only available to wines bottled in South Africa.
The industry-wide IPW scheme has been running since 1998. It is similar to integrated farm management schemes that exist in Europe, in that it aims to reduce industrial inputs into the farming (in this case vine growing) system, reduce carbon emissions and introduce a more integrated approach to pest management, health and safety of workers, conservation of biodiversity, and treatment of waste water. The scheme requires accurate record keeping of actions in the vineyards.
Iconic South African wine Kumkani salutes the efforts of these organisations and supports all the suitability and eco friendly campaigns.
For more info visit swsa.co.za.
South African wine leads the world in environmental sustainability and regulated production integrity. This is due one of the most technically advanced wine industries with coherent institutions (like WOSA) and governing organizations regulating all aspect of the wine industry.
The Wine of Origin Certification process was introduced in 1973 and the Wine and Spirits Board are monitoring these guidelines which ensure that the wine is what it claims to be.
South Africa also launched the first ever Fairtrade wine and has currently more Fairtrade brands than any other country.
South Africa is unique in that the wine industry has established WIETA , the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association, an independent, non-profit , multi-shareholder organization committed to ethical trading, and improving and safeguarding the working conditions of employees in agriculture.
The wine is also produced in harmony with nature, as the conversation footprint allows vineyards to flourish alongside the natural habit.
Kumkuni Wines embodies these uniquely South African aspects. Derived from the Xhosa word for “king” these wine salute and celebrates our lovely and diverse country.
Source: WOSA-DNA SA