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Stellenbosch Street Soirées are back! This series of laid-back wine, food and music socials is your invitation to be rejuvenated in South Africa’s capital of good living. Once again presented by Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the Soirées make the most of the Cape’s balmy summer evenings when one of the town’s main roads is closed off, allowing visitors to snack and sip through fine Stellenbosch fare. What better way to get out into a safe space?

La Motte is delighted to announce its appointment by the Great Wine Capitals of the World as the South African Winner in three of the 2021 Best of Wine Tourism categories: Wine Tourism ServiceArts and Culture as well as Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.

“In a year that has been globally challenging for tourism and especially testing for the South African wine industry, it is important to stay true to your values and quality standards”, says La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg. “Innovation and cooperation are essential and we are delighted that La Motte’s efforts have been recognised. We hope to serve as inspiration for the sustainability of wine tourism in South Africa.”

The Manor, Nederburg’s new restaurant situated in its historic manor house, was the venue for a recent culinary engagement that set tongues wagging.

Intended as a celebration of all things new at Nederburg, it was the very first event held at the winery’s The Manor since its revamp, although the restaurant has been in operation since late July.

Goodbyes are never easy. No matter the circumstances. Yet perhaps after an atypical year like 2020, farewells are even harder to bear, as social gatherings and celebrations have been replaced with social distancing and virtual experiences. Yet, regardless of the circumstances, there’s no way the Vriesenhof community could sidestep the departure of their viticultural cornerstone, Nicky Claasens. After 13 years of dedicated and award-winning winemaking, Vriesenhof Winemaker Nicky Claasens and his wife Bettina will be emigrating to Germany to establish new roots. On the news of this move, writer Emile Joubert expressed:                 “Nicky was definitely being touted as a leader among the newer generation of winemakers. Technically sound, he understood his vineyards and the impact of Vriesenhof's geography on the final product. Throw in sharp, understated wit and an opinionated stance on all matters wine, and he is definitely leaving a hole in the South African wine world.”

“Think of chocolate coated espresso coffee beans with candied cherries and butterscotch. Does this sound delicious? It is indeed. There’s so much to love about the Barista Pinotage. Have a taste and see for yourself.” These are the words of winemaker legend, Bertus Fourie, who earned himself a place in SA’s wine hall of fame and the nickname ‘Starbucks’ for his creation of the now iconic Coffee Style Pinotage in South Africa.

Although working in the wine industry was not a first choice for Marshall Arendorff (38), cellar controller and wine blender at Drostdy Hof, one could say the industry found him!

Whilst studying towards a BCom Financial Management degree at Stellenbosch University, he decided during his first year to rather find a job and complete his studies later on. However, things didn’t really pan out as he first hoped.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSÉ AT LOUISVALE WINES

Spring is nature’s way of saying “Come out to Play”.  Just as it is everywhere, Spring is busy breathing new life and beauty into everything at Louisvale. With lovely blue skies, sunshine, bird song and flowers a blooming, Louisvale Wines is bursting with Spring-like excitement to be welcoming guests back to their sensational, lush, and contemporary venue.

Rediscover the culinary bliss of dinners at Tryn when Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin extends her post-lockdown opening hours at Steenberg's vibrant signature restaurant to Friday and Saturday evenings. Starting this week from Friday, 2 October, Tryn welcomes all returning dinner guests and first timers to venture out and escape the stresses of a busy week by tucking into some of her favourite dishes. Tryn's modish cocktail bar and tranquil vineyard terrace is the perfect setting to get the weekend started with pre-dinner sundowners.