Wine di­rec­tory is a win­ner

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

HAV­ING di­gested at least some of the 15th edi­tion of the an­nual SA Wine In­dus­try Di­rec­tory, I am im­pressed with the scope and de­tail of this com­pre­hen­sive ti­tle, and the amount of re­search and co-or­di­na­tion.

It in­volved ed­i­tor Wanda Au­gustyn and a team of re­searchers, IT gu­rus, proof read­ers and graphic de­sign­ers, and the re­sult speaks for it­self – this is an in­valu­able ref­er­ence tool for any­one in­volved in the in­dus­try, from viti­cul­tur­ists to online re­tail­ers.

The con­tents fol­low a sim­i­lar pat­tern to pre­vi­ous edi­tions, open­ing with a his­tory of our wine in­dus­try, sta­tis­tics and laws. Ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, a 2013 har­vest re­port and a vin­tage guide pre­cede de­tails of vi­nous as­so­ci­a­tions, fo­rums, guilds and in­sti­tutes.

Awards and com­pe­ti­tions cover 18 pages, fol­lowed by in­for­ma­tion on wine me­dia. Cul­ti­vars and viti­cul­tural cost anal­y­sis make es­sen­tial sec­tions for producers, while tourism groups will ben­e­fit from the chap­ter on wine re­gions, routes and trusts, with maps.

The list of producers and winer­ies forms the core of the book, fol­lowed by de­tails of in­dus­try sup­pli­ers and sta­tis­tics. The book is pub­lished by Wineland Pub­li­ca­tions.

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