South Africa boasts a long and proud brandy tradition including winning the best brandy in the world at the 2010 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) in a repeat of the previous three years results while local brandy has triumphed at this leading judging event to an astonishing nine times in the past 12 years.
The 2010 award went to Laborie’s Alambic Brandy while 2009 went to Barrydale cellar’s Joseph Barry.
About 45-million litres of brandy is made here each vintage, comprising nearly half of the total local spirits market. It takes 5 liters of wine to produce a liter of brandy and South African brandy has some of the most stringent production regulations in the world. It is matured for at least 3 years in small French oak casks and is
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