Release marks 10th harvest milestone for winemaker


Celebrated Helderberg wine estate Waterkloof has drawn back the curtains on the latest creation in its Circumstance range for premier, site-specific wines to reveal the Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé. For winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger, the release is especially poignant – it marks her 10th anniversary harvest at Waterkloof.

South Africa’s second oldest wine farm, Boschendal, will play host to the 2020 Cape Wine Auction, regarded as the most significant wine charity auction ever conceived in this country, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education.   The auction is set for February 14 and 15 at the historic estate which dates back to 1685. The Friday night auction will take place at The Werf Restaurant, situated in the beautifully revamped original cellar of the Manor House, with the main event – The Cape Wine Auction – happening the following evening, on Saturday, February 15 at The Olive Press.   In its seven years of existence, The Cape Wine Auction – which is presented by Nedbank Private Wealth - has raised over R86 million, with all proceeds going to carefully selected beneficiaries who make a profound impact on the education and lives of children in the Cape winelands.   “Our involvement in the Cape Wine Auction through our Philantropy Office continues to help us in having a positive impact on South African communities and it forms a key part of our full spectrum of expert international wealth management services,” says Richard Mulholland, Coastal Region Head at Nedbank Private Wealth.   In a departure from previous years, the Friday evening auction will no longer revolve around the blind bidding of rare and unique wines but will, for the first time, include 15 once-in-a-lifetime weekend winemaker/owner experiences with some of South Africa’s top wineries on offer to the highest bidders.   All this, while guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Boschendal Market, live music and a stunning dinner – courtesy of leading chef Christopher Campbell – in the Die Werf Restaurant.   Saturday, February 15, will feature an exhilarating global showcase of the South African wine industry with a chance to bid for lots that money can’t ordinarily buy, including:
  • An unforgettable seven-day sailing expedition for eight people with Meridian Adventure SAIL to Raja Ampat in Indonesia. 
  • A once in a lifetime drive experience on ice, at the Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy in Arjeplog, which lies at the very edge of the Arctic Circle.
  • Three pieces of work from internationally acclaimed South African sculptor Anton Smit's Agapé Effervescent series.
  • A two-night stay at Cape Town’s newest boutique Hotel, Camissa House, as well as a two-night stay at the luxury Silvan Safari Lodge worth R325 000.
  • A 10-year vertical of Epicurean wines in magnum format, along with four nights accommodation at The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa or at Shambala Private Game Reserve.
  • Three nights’ accommodation for 10 people in Quoin Rock Manor House plus extras which has a value of R560 000.
  • Three nights for two couples at the Rickety Bridge Manor House as well as seven nights for three couples in a centrally-located Paris apartment only a few minutes’ walk from the Arc de Triomphe.
Says Auction Director Darielle Robertson: “We are very excited to be able to offer such a wide range of exceptional lots this year and we are confident that bidding will - as in previous years - be fierce but friendly!   “Ultimately though, we look forward to raising a great deal of money through the generosity of the bidders, with 100 per cent of their contributions going towards helping change the lives of needy children. As Nelson Mandela said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world’.   "We need to live by his profound words and ensure the children of South Africa are given the opportunity to change the world.”     NOTES FOR EDITORS   The Cape Wine Auction Regarded as the most extraordinary international wine event to be hosted in South Africa and the leading event on the local wine calendar, the Cape Wine Auction (CWA), sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth, takes place annually over two days at different wine estates in the Western Cape. Prominent wine aficionados from around the globe, hosted by South Africa’s iconic winemakers, are invited to make a serious difference in aid of charity when the bidding opens for once-in-a-lifetime offerings including rare wine collections and exclusive local and international wine and gourmet, art and travel experiences. To date the auction has raised more than R86 million. For more information on the Cape Wine Auction, contact CWA director Darielle Robertson at   The Cape Wine Auction Trust Established in 2014, the Cape Wine Auction Trust was created to raise money for education in the South African winelands. It is well established that the most effective method for uplifting underprivileged communities is education. This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education – from cradle to career – and the Cape Wine Auction Trust has been established with a clear mandate to raise funds for education. The trust assists a number of carefully chosen beneficiaries. The Cape Wine Auction Trust trustees are Wendy Appelbaum, Iain Banner, Paul Cluver, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Raymond Ndlovu (Chairman) and Mike Ratcliffe. For more information on the Cape Wine Auction Trust, contact Andi Norton at     See you there

The Muratie Harvest Festival is back and not to be missed, the Melck family will once again be hosting their annual Harvest Festival at Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday 29 th February 2020. The Festival, which takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, great company, live music and lots of fun stomping newly harvested grapes.

Stellenbosch Wine Routes encourages responsible wine drinking with #SoberStellies this festive season

  Stellenbosch Wine Routes is leading by example this holiday season. With thousands of tourists and holiday goers flocking to the Cape Winelands to soak up the many attractions of one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, enjoying a glass of wine is a given. This year, Stellenbosch Wine Routes’ inspiring #SoberStellies campaign, kicking off on 13 December, is setting the tone for responsible drinking behaviour.

Summer in the winelands are spectacularly seductive surrounded by lush vineyards, picture-perfect scenery as well as world-class wines and great cuisine. The warm hospitality at the tasting room of Wellington Wines in the Bovlei building offers visitors to this quaint Boland town a signature welcome.  Even younger visitors are catered for with a specially adapted tasting.  Bring along your own picnic basket or order a platter from the Bains Café coffee shop.

Congratulations are in order for Aphelele Mvamva from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch, as she's been chosen as the first Drostdy Hof Graduate in a novel skills accelerator programme that will see her spending 2020 learning from some of the best minds in South Africa’s wine industry.

The year-long mentoring project, designed to fast-track her career in wine, will expose her to specialists in wine-growing, winemaking, sustainability, marketing and consumer trends. She will also spend several weeks in Sweden, one of the popular brand’s key markets, meeting consumers and members of the retail and restaurant trade.


I joined the Riebeek Wine Valley company team to share in the excitement of the highly anticipated launch of the Kasteelberg Chenin Blanc MCC. Born from a love for this place and its people, Riebeek Valley Wine Co. presented their new Kasteelberg Chenin Blanc MCC with pride. This range is a passion project where hand-selected grapes from the foothills of Kasteelberg mountain become the pinnacle of their winemakers’ art.