Beste Merlot Produsent,
‘n Algemene Ledevergadering is op 1 Junie 2016 te Asara Wine Estate gehou en is deur 35 Merlot produsente bygewoon. Die doel van hierdie vergadering was…

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Merlot Report 2018- Call for entries
Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the second annual Merlot Report in association with the official producer body known as the Merlot Forum.

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The objective of the Merlot Association is the promotion and improvement of wine made from the Merlot grape variety. The Forum aims to provide a platform for acquiring existing and new knowledge and sharing it with members and producers through workshops and online dialogues.

Our hope is that through better knowledge and information sharing we can facilitate the improvement of both the image and quality of South African Merlot and Merlot-based blends. The Merlot Forum will also focus on Merlot marketing and awareness and identify research that could contribute to the promotion of Merlot.


Danielle le Roux Chairperson

BSc Agric Viticulture & Oenology USB / Cape Wine Master / Winemaker at Asara Wine Estate

Yvonne Lester

BSc Agric Viticulture & Oenology, Head Winemaker at Rupert & Rothschild

James Downes

B.Tech Aquaculture (Hons) University of Aberdeen, Owner of Dunmanway Farm, Owner/Viticulturist at Shannon Vineyards & Wines

Reinier van Greunen

Diploma Cellar Technology; Senior Red winemaker, Namaqua Wines

Duran Cornhill

BSc Agric Viticulture & Oenology USB / Winemaker at Eagles’ Nest

Lucinda Heyns

BSc Agric, Viticulture & Oenology; Owner & Winemaker at illimis & Eendevanger wines, Viticulturist: Technology Transfer at IGWS


The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the colour of the grape. The bird gave us the opportunity to create a character.

The logo is modern and clean-cut, speaks to a younger generation and can be used for media campaigns, linked to Twitter and was designed by Haumann Smal Design Studio.

A big thanks to our sponsors who have made this project possible :