Wine, beer and cider from Rooibos, Honeybush

Red Dawn IP Holdings owned by Audacia Wines and KWV has developed a method of preserving alcoholic beverages using indigenous Rooibos and Honeybush wood-chips, instead of currently accepted sulphite preservatives.

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Audacia intends to use Rooibos and Honeybush to bring something new and fresh to the overtraded wine, cider and beer industries, said Trevor Strydom, director of Red Dawn IP Holdings, who has lodged patent applications in 83 jurisdictions worldwide for the exclusive use by SA alcoholic beverage producers, to create wine, beer and cider.

He said the process would be used to create a range of “original and distinctive alcoholic beverages that are healthier as well.”

The process would be significant from a sustainability perspective too, as it replaced expensive imported oak wood derivatives like staves, chips, powders and liquid tannin extracts.

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Rooibos and Honeybush release antioxidants which help to preserve these beverages, eliminating the use of synthetic preservatives, such as sulphites.