Celebrating the World's Most Fascinating Grape
Merlot is often seen as a perfect blending partner that brings a velvety softness to the final wine.
However, numerous examples exist worldwide of full-bodied wines with good colour, balanced tannins and the ability to age well.
With careful grape and wine production techniques it is known that Merlot has its place amongst the great wines of the world.
How to go about achieving these outcomes is the primary focus of this website and we aim to achieve this through the sharing of ideas and concepts that have proven to be successful in the field.
We really love Merlot and the prospects it brings to South Africa.
We aim to promote and improve of wine made from the Merlot grape variety and 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 also focuses on Merlot marketing, awareness and identifying valuable research that can contribute to making Merlot matter to more South Africans.
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PAARL WINE REGION DOMINATES SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST TOP 10 MERLOT COMPETITION
Merlot wines from the Paarl region led the way in this year’s inaugural Hallo Merlot Top 10 Competition committed to honouring South Africa’s best wines made from the country’s most popular grape cultivar.
HALLO MERLOT TOP 10 MERLOT COMPETITION SHOWS ASTUTE WINEMAKING AND KEEN VARIETAL EXPRESSION
Organisers of the first Hallo Merlot Top 10 Merlot Competition could not have wished for a judging panel more in synch with their opinion of the 71 entries judged on 31 May and 1 June 2022 at Vondeling Wine Estate just outside of Paarl.
MERLOT FORUM ANNOUNCES SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST MERLOT TOP 10 COMPETITION
The first Merlot Top 10 Competition, organised by the South African Merlot Forum (also known as ‘Hallo Merlot’), is to be held this year and aims to highlight the exceptional quality of Cape Merlot and the commitment of the country’s top winemakers to this variety, as well as provide consumers more precise insights into the standard of wines made from the Merlot grape.
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME A MEMBER?
An annual fee of R600 per entity (not individual) is required. This amount is charged every financial year, starting in February. If you decide to join us any other time of the year, a pro rata membership fee will be applicable.
WHAT ARE THE #HALLOMERLOT BENEFITS?
Hallo Merlot members include like-minded wine academics, estates and wineries, corporates and wine enthusiasts who believe in the prosperity of Merlot production in South Africa. Members receive VIP invitations to networking events, marketing exposure and the opportunity to participate in national conversations about Merlot development.
CAN I BECOME A MEMBER IF I DO NOT REPRESENT A WINE ENTITY?
We're working on it! For now, we are working to build our community of wine professionals and gain the support we need to sustain our not-for-profit platform. Follow us at @hallomerlot for updates or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org