Harvest-time is Mosbolletjie time and this year, La Motte makes even more of this iconic treat. Expect all that you love about these seasonal brioche-type buns, but now, other than being made with must (fermenting grape juice), the innovative baking team in the La Motte Bakery also uses a sweet sourdough culture! The result is a richer taste, a more generous size and in general, just more Mosbolletjie!

Dr Erna Blancquaert, 2023 honouree in the Viti- and Viniculture category; Carmen Stevens, 2022 recipient of the 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership; Cathy Marston, 2024 honouree in the Wine Advancement category; Dawid Saayman, 2024 honouree in the Viti- and Viniculture category; Norma Ratcliff, 2015 recipient of the 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership; Ilse Ruthford, 2024 honouree for Growing Inclusivity, Wendy Jonker, 2023 honouree in the Wine Advancement category. Back left to right: Rydal Jeftha, 2023 honouree for Growing Inclusivity; Jan Scannell, 2014 recipient of the 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership; Ken Forrester, 2023 recipient of the 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership; and Tim Hutchinson, 2024 recipient of the 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership.

 

The South African musical cast have been announced as part of a stellar line-up for FINDING THE LIGHT - AN EVENING WITH MUSICAL THEATRE STARS. The production offers audiences the chance to experience the exhilarating power of some of musical theatre’s best loved shows, with 100% of net proceeds going towards supporting the phenomenal work of the Kolisi Foundation. The organisation was set up by Siya and Rachel Kolisi in 2019 to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing South African communities.

Harvest time is a very special season in the Winelands! It means early mornings in the vineyards and late nights in the cellar, but it comes with a contagious joy and it is the ideal time to enjoy the wonderful tastes and traditions of the harvest. Join us at La Motte for a Harvest Experience and share in the excitement of harvest time on a historic wine estate. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and cellar and try fermenting grape juice from the tanks. Walk through the beautiful summer gardens to taste the estate’s latest vintages in the Historic Cellar and don’t leave without trying our famous seasonal mosbolletjies!

The proud rooster which is the symbol of Le Chant Wines in Polkadraai, Stellenbosch began crowing earlier than usual this year as grape harvesting for the 2024 vintage kicked-off ten days earlier than the average. Grapes for Le Chant Blanc, made from Chenin Blanc, were already hitting the harvest bins at the end of January, while the picking of the melange of red varieties for Le Chant Rouge will also begin earlier than per normal.

South Africa, Wellington, 9 February 2024: Doolhof Wine Estate has appointed widely acclaimed winemaker Rüdger van Wyk. Having built a solid record of internationally awarded wines, Rüdger now becomes part of the exciting evolution underway at the renowned Limietberg estate near Wellington.

“It’s with great excitement that we welcome Rüdger to the team,” says Doolhof owner Philip Richards, who acquired the estate in December 2020. “We are establishing Doolhof as one of the Cape’s top wine destinations and his appointment brings us a step closer while also amplifying the story of the incredible terroir behind our wines.”

A delightful symphony of romance in every sip!

Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blush is the perfect companion for intimate celebrations. Let each glass elevate your Valentine’s Day into a cherished memory. Cheers to the magic of Sauvignon Blush, adding joy to your special moments with delightful notes of rose petal, nectarine sorbet and a squeeze of lime.

Spark Extra Joy This Valentine’s Day 

Pop into your local Spar or Tops at Spar on 13 and 14 February and boost your Valentine’s Joy! Buy 6 bottles of Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blush 750ml for R340 (normal Spar price is R420) and, for the love of joy and the joy of love, Spar Rewards customers get an extra R100 off and only pay R240. Choose Joy and save R180.

Or buy online at https://bruce-jack.obtainwine.com/product/sauvignon-blush-case

Having raised over R125m for children’s charities in the Cape Winelands since its inception in 2014, this year’s Cape Wine Auction will be held on Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch on 3rd February aiming to better the sum of R8m raised by the previous year’s event. The Cape Wine Auction, recognised as one of the world’s pre-eminent wine-themed charity auctions, will once again auction various donated lots comprising luxurious wine, food and hospitality experiences for auctioning, with all proceeds going to various charities aimed at bettering the lives of the children and youth residing in South Africa’s famous Cape Winelands.