Winemaker wins titanic organic battle in appeal court

Ewe with two lambs owned by organic winemaker, Marion Smith

A ewe with two new lambs among new vines at Marion Smith's Elgin Ridge Wines in July 2019. Image: Twitter/Elgin Ridge Wines

An organic winemaker who was ordered to apologise for claiming one of her competitors was no longer certified organic has won her appeal.

Marion Smith, of Elgin Ridge Wines, went to the Supreme Court of Appeal after a Cape Town high court judge ordered her to retract a "false statement" about wine made by Mark Stevens at Eikenbosch farm in Wellington.

A full bench of five appeal judges handed her victory on Thursday, ordering Eikenbosch and its Mountain Oaks Winery to pay her costs.

Written by Dave Chambers
ORIGINAL POST: 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 IN TIMES LIVE

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