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South Africa
Previous Reports
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South Africa Report - August 2011

South Africa Report - October 2009
South Africa Report - October 2008
South Africa Report - October 2007
South Africa Report - October 2006
South Africa Report - October 2005 “Regionality”
South Africa Report - October 2004
South Africa Report - October 2003

South Africa Report - January 2012
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Introduction

Life is a funny thing – if someone had said to me this time last year that I would be in the Cape in September, I would have laughed. But that is exactly what happened. Come mid-September I found myself in South Africa doing a handover with Richard Kelley, after he had made the decision to seek new challenges and move on from Richards Walford. There are definitely worse places to find yourself and the beauty and complexity that this country has to offer the vinous world were as clear to me on this visit as they were when I last visited the Cape. I am sure that Andrew Higgs, who has taken over as our Head of Sales, felt the same when he found himself jetting off to visit many of our South African growers in December!

Richard’s departure has resulted in a number of changes, with myself and Andrew taking on new roles. Sadly, as seems inevitable in such situations, we have lost three agencies. We were disappointed to say goodbye to growers and wines that the RW staff have supported and sold so successfully for so long, but we had to respect their decision and move forward. Fortunately, there is an enormous amount to be excited about, much of which is outlined by Andrew in the following report.

One thing that has not changed is our commitment to South Africa and those that continue to place their trust in us to represent their wines. There is so much potential and talent amongst the growers in our portfolio that we cannot help but be excited. Change is inevitable, as saddening and unnerving as it may seem at the time there is always a flip side, as they say in the States, and new opportunities emerge. As a famous song so rightly points out ‘…don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall, for he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled…’

Katherine Dart MW

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