South Africa’s wine industry dates back to the sixteenth century, when Dutch colonizers brought the first vines to the Cape. To this day, the vast majority of cultivated land belongs to white owners. A new scheme aims to redress the balance.
Worldwide wine production is set to drop 8.2 percent from last year’s amount, the lowest level for almost 60 years. Harsh weather in Europe was to blame for the dip, but production in the Southern Hemisphere was up.
White dune snails are wreaking havoc on grape vines in South African vineyards. Ducks - and not chemical pesticides - are being used to fight them. That's good news for bees and other insects.
Most of South Africa's wine comes from the Cape Floral Kingdom. Some winemakers are trying to protect this unique, plant-rich region from destruction.
Worldwide demand for German white wine has seen strong growth. Connoisseurs from the US are paying ever higher prices for riesling from the Rhine and Mosel areas - thanks to a focus on quality and tradition.
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