*. Wesgro is inviting investors to capitalize on the depreciation of the Rand in investing in the Western Cape, and to buy exported products from the province. Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said that the province’s skilled workforce would offer investors better value for money. Investors would benefit from the lower costs created by the weaker Rand in setting up headquarters for doing business with African countries from Cape Town.
* Beaumont Wines has refreshed its brand look, recognizing its past, but reflecting a new era and an ‘infused inspiration for the future’. Whitespace Creative focused on the Beaumont family crest as the core for the design, reflecting the family, its history, and its purpose. The crest has been on the wines in the past, and each member of the family proudly wears a signet ring with the family crest. The design of the crest and on the bottles differed, and was aligned by the agency to that of the ring, but modernized. The wine label is white cotton paper, printed in black, and embossed, reflecting a simple and humble Overberg working farm with white-washed walls and black tin roofs. (received via media release from Whitespace Creative)
* Mosaic Restaurant outside Johannesburg is launching its ‘Origins’ Spring menu on 23 September, proceeds of the event going to Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. The 6-course dinner by Chef Chantel Dartnall will be paired with the restaurant cellar’s fine wines. The event is being hosted in conjunction with Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly. Cost R1500. (received via newsletter from Mosaic Restaurant)
* The entire winemaking team at Fleur du Cap has changed since its winemaker Andrea Freeborough moved across to head up winemaking at Nederburg. Wim Truter is the new Cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder, with Pieter Badenhorst the new red wine maker, Kristin Basson the white wine maker, and Annelies Viljoen being in charge of the vineyards. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* Former ELLE SA Fashion editor Jackie Burger will bring her Salon 58 to the Nederburg Auction this Saturday. (received via media release from Nederburg)
*. Debbie Poswell has won the Leopard’s Leap label design competition for the Open Book Festival. She was one of 69 entrants, and chose a visual of an intelligent and curious leopard with his nose in a book, giving the label design a fun feel. The simple yet sophisticated label reflects the Leopard’s Leap brand values, and will be used as a wine label for a year. (received via media release from Amplicon PR)