/ Formal Seminars /
Visitors do not need to register for the seminars as it will be done on a first come first serve basis on the day.

Venue: Room 1.6

13 September 2018

/ Morning Seminar

Time: 10:30-11:30

Theme: Unlocking old vine memory to ensure quality as we navigate climate change

Acknowledging the progress of South African wines over the last few decades and the undoubted acceptance internationally of our quality, especially of our old vine wines. We have managed to shape a category and set a standard – a first in the world. We need to learn from these old vines, which reflects the landscape in a precise way, i.e. they represent South Africa in all its colours and flavours. We wish to understand why they survived and how we can use this IP to make our industry more sustainable, viticulturally and in our winemaking. Especially going into an uncertain future challenged by climate change.

/ Panel:

Chair: Andre Morgenthal – Manager, Old Vine Project

Stephan Joubert – Group Winemaker, DGB

Marco Ventrella – Chief Viticulturist, KWV

Rosa Kruger – Independent Viticultural Consultant

13 September 2018

/ Afternoon Seminar

Time: 14:00-15:00

Theme: The Ageability of SA White Wines

A fantastic showcase for SA whites as not many people really know how well they age, until you experience it for yourself. What goes into making a white wine that is meant to age well? How does it need to be cellared and what are the commercial aspects of these wines? The panel discusses all of these issues while showcasing a range of aged white wines that truly highlight this topic.

/ Panel:

Chair: Miles Mossop – Owner/winemaker, Miles Mossop Wines

Thys Louw – Owner/winemaker, Diemersdal Wine Estate

Sebastian Beaumont - Viticulturist/Winemaker, Beaumont Family Wines

Miguel Chan – Group Sommelier, TsogoSun

Corlea Fourie - Head of Viticulture and Wine, Bosman Family Wines

Johann de Wet – CEO/Proprietor, De Wetshof Estate


14 September 2018

/ Morning Seminar

Time: 10:30-11:30

Theme: Climate Change

Climate and weather patterns in the Western Cape are changing, and becoming more of a focus as our water resources become limited because of seasonal changes and water user increases. This reality, especially the drought of the last three years, has forced winemakers/viticulturists to adapt and change their practices to ensure optimal production, quality and dynamic wines. The Western Cape is unique in nature and hence holds many positive adaptation strategies moving forward. We will be discussing the impact and adaptation strategies in the subjects of climate, soil, cultivars, water use and viticulture practices from experts in the subject fields.

/ Panel:

Chair: Dr. Tara Southey - Post-doctoral researcher at Stellenbosch University in Climate and Viticulture

Jaco Engelbrecht - Consulting Viticulturist, Visual Viticulture

Vink Lategaan - Researcher: Department of Soil Science, Stellenbosch University

Bennie Diedericks – Consultant, Resalt Agricultural Systems and Strategies

Marco Ventrella - Chief Viticulturist, KWV

Gert Engelbrecht - Vinpro Viticultural consultant for the Olifants river area

14 September 2018

/ Afternoon Seminar

Time: 14:00-15:00

Theme: Young Guns – Reloaded

Once upon a time there was another group of ‘young guns’ from the ones we know today and they happen to be the fathers of so many of our top young winemakers today. These parent and child combinations can highlight the changes, the learnings and support that they provide each other. While the young can learn from the old, so too, can the older folk learn from their kids about the latest in vineyard and cellaring practices, clones, varietals and even social media and wine marketing.

/ Panel:

Chair: Peter Finlayson – Cellarmaster/Founder, Bouchard Finlayson

Peter-Allan Finlayson – Co-owner/Winemaker, Crystallum

Carel Nel – Proprietor/Cellarmaster, Boplaas

Margeaux Nel – Winemaker, Boplaas

Michael Back – Proprietor, Backsberg Estate Cellars

Simon Back – CEO, Backsberg Estate Cellars