14 June 2018:

Cavalli Estate

Last year the Merlot Forum went back to Merlot’s roots, in Pomerol.

This year we are looking to the new world for inspiration. Kimberlee Nicholls from Markham vineyards (Napa) will be our guest speaker, alongside a stunning line-up of Californian Merlots.

Click here to view the programme and here to register.     Email for more information

Stay tuned for future events!


7 November 2017:

Celebrating Merlot Day

We tasted the Veritas & Michaelangelo winners 2017 at Asara Wine Estate!

4 August 2017:

Workshop with Olivier Berrouet, winemaker from Chateau Petrus at Boschendal

View here the detailed program (PDF), and read Michael Fridjhon’s comment: Merlot workshop places maligned cultivar centre stage

17 March 2016:

Merlot from around the globe

Danielle Le Roux organized an interesting tasting at Asara Wine Estate with Merlots from around the globe, donated by winemakers, vintage winemakers and international wine show attendees.


29 September 2015:

Merlot – To irrigate a lot or not?

Local research carried out in three different climatic regions showed that increased irrigation volumes reduced plant water constraints in Merlot, which resulted in bigger berries, bunches and higher yield. In contrast, increasing water constraints improved sensorial wine colour, berry character and overall wine quality. Therefore, irrigation is considered to be a useful tool for managing Merlot towards specific wine quality objectives (Philip Myburgh – ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij). The presentation was followed by a tasting of Merlots from local and abroad

14 May 2015:

Merlot Forum Reorganisation

Confirmation of Danielle Le Roux as chairperson; Seasonal oversight (Hanno van Schalkwyk/Vinpro); Tasting of Merlot from different clones, and a variety of of SA Merlot

22 May 2015:

Ripeness according to Wine Styles

Yonder Hill Winery, Stellenbosch: A presentation of Prof. AJ Deloire from Stellenbosch University about a method to predict red cultivars’ harvest date according to possible wine styles, with a tasting of some Merlot wines from his trials.