Written by Geena Whiting.

The industry we have committed ourselves to is forever expanding and growing. New ideas and innovations are on every horizon and the horizon is broad. Climb aboard the DeLorean with me and let’s see what the future holds.

Green Wine:

When talking about green wine, the slogan “going green” may cross your mind. While we encourage all sectors of agriculture to move to more sustainable and organic means, I am actually talking about wine that has a green colour.

There are many things associated with the colour green – nature, jealousy, the Grinch who stole Christmas and little green alien guys but wine? Surely that’s where we draw the line – its red, white or rose, the end of the story right? Wrong.  Vinho Verde the famous Portuguese wine, although the name literally means green wine the colour of the wine is actually white. What I am actually referring to is the Cannabis wine, much like the patented rooibos wine we have here in South Africa, the cannabis stalks are cold extracted and used as staves in place of oak during the wine making process. This leaves the wine with a green colour and a slight percentage of THC. Whether you want to legalize it man! Or not, you should defiantly give this wine tincture a try.

Blue Wine:

Everyone remembers those elegant blue creatures who took the world by storm, connected with nature and having a strong familial bond, naturally I’m talking about the Smurfs. Would you drink wine that is the colour of a smurf? Well there are a lot of people who do and this is how it’s made.

A blend of red and white wine is created and a rose colour is formed. Anthocyanin (The red colour pigment in red grape skins) is then added to the blend followed by the addition of indigotine plant dye. Which transforms the colour of the wine to neon blue, non-nutritive sweeteners are added and the wine is best served chilled.

So now when you are feeling sassy or sad there’s a wine to go with your mood!

Kosher wine:

Wine has been part of religious practices since the dawn of time, now there are ranges of wine that is prepared according to the requirements of Jewish Law. Zandwijk in Paarl, has gone above and beyond and become certified by the Cape Beth Din. All of the wines and juices are Kosher and Kosher for Passover. Whilst religiously adhering to the parameters of the Cape Beth Din, the modern and technologically advanced wine cellar allow for the wines to exhibit the terroir of South Africa.

This is untapped territory, will other farms take up the mantle and will we see more religious representation in the wine industry? Only time will tell.

Synthetic wine:

Also known as wine that’s not made from grapes.  A chemical product made in a lab consisting of all the  chemical compounds that make up wine – water, anthocyanins, flavonoids, tannins, fatty acids etc. It’s supposed to mimic expensive wines at a fraction of the cost so that the everyman will get to taste some of the most expensive wines without breaking the bank.

Do you think that this will catch on? Will there be space for both farms and labs on the shelves?

Vegan wine:

The push to become environmentally friendly is a growing trend that we should all get on board for. Vegan wine is becoming bragging rights for some farms and rightfully so. Wine can be made without the use of animal based fining products and still be as delicious and complex as it has ever been.  Basically it will taste the same and last just as long so why not be environmentally friendly too?

Wine in a can:

A recent article I read posed that while the more traditional wine drinkers opposed this idea, millennials love it. Speaking as a millennial, yes, yes we do.  Why shouldn’t wine come in a can, it’s much easier to recycle than these new plastic bottles and is more easy to transport than a big glass bottle. Sometimes we don’t want to have to finish the whole bottle and just sit back with a glass (a can) and drink our favourite drink. Whether this will catch on and become common place for every brand is doubtful, but it definitely has its place in the market and is better than plastic alternatives.

When your great, great, great grandchild has their first sip of wine what do you think the wine will look like?

For me, I hope that our traditional wines stick around like they have since the beginning but that does not mean there isn’t space for new ideas on the wine rack.