South African Wine

A Snapshot of Wine Grape Harvest 2024

Wine Grape Harvest is an exciting time in the winelands.  A typical day usually features an early start, earlier than the crack of dawn, and long hours of hard work between the vineyards and the cellar.  This is coupled with high stress levels coordinating teams of labourers and making important decisions on when to pick […]

De-Alcoholised Wines: Introducing Lautus Wines

The global beverage industry has witnessed a significant shift in consumer preferences towards ‘low alcohol or non-alcoholic’ drinks.  We have seen this trend take-off and the demand be successfully met in the beer and spirit categories.  It has more recently been moving into wine, with the biggest initial wins in the sparkling category.  Consumers are […]

SA Wine Legends: Giorgio and George Dalla Cia

This month we would like to shine some light on two absolute legends of the South African wine industry – the father and son duo of Giorgio and George Dalla Cia of the aptly named Dalla Cia.  While they don’t bask in the limelight like some other producers, there is no doubting that there are […]

Fizzing over the Basics of Cap Classique

Cap Classique, previously known as Methodé Cap Classique, is South Africa’s term for sparkling wine,  It is made using the Traditional Method.  Most people have heard of Cap Classique, but few know the details around just how tricky, and time consuming, the winemaking process is to use this prestigious title.  To see the full picture, […]

Looking at the 2023 Vintage

Harvest is always an exciting time in the winelands.  Naturally, stress levels are high, but it is incredibly rewarding to watch as the results of many months of labour come to fruition.  We took the time to check-in with some of our producers to bring you an update on the 2023 vintage.   Bobby Wallace […]

What are Organic and Biodynamic Wines?

There is endless chatter in the market about organic and biodynamic wines.  We have all heard many a sweeping statement advocating for or against these wines (usually the arguments get louder the more vino has been consumed) but there is generally a fair amount of confusion on what exactly makes a wine organic or biodynamic. […]

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How To Taste Wine

You regularly treat yourself to some of the finest wines from South Africa, so you owe it to yourself to savour every drop.  In this article, RAKQ thought a few tips on how to taste a wine would go down well.   While all that swirling and sniffing might look flashy, snobby even, it’s all […]