With hunger escalating in the country due to COVID-19 lockdown and economic downturn, Durbanville Hills has partnered with SA Harvest and MES (Mould Empower Serve) in expanding food drives in Cape Town.

The cellar has adapted their operations to offer a distribution location for food to be delivered weekly and repackaged to service the dire need in the Durbanville, Dunoon, Mamre, Bothasig and Tableview areas.

High profile kitchens team up to help fight hunger in Greater Stellenbosch communities   Some of the country’s most renowned chefs based in the winelands region of Stellenbosch have stepped up to support local communities as lives and livelihoods are decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The chefs...

A highly awarded winemaker with Stellenbosch in his virtual DNA has been appointed to lead the winemaking team of Mulderbosch Vineyards. Henry Kotzé is set to move to the iconic winery in the Stellenboschkloof basin in June. He is leaving from Morgenster, where he spent almost 11 years and was previously at Eikendal and Neil Ellis Wines, all Stellenbosch wineries.

The Cape of Good Hope range, which forms part of the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio, is a celebration of old vines and the spectacular wines they produce, and heralds the Cape’s rich viticultural heritage. In recognition of this range all chefs – irrespective of level of experience – are invited to take part in the Cape of Good Hope Photography Competition. An opportunity to showcase one’s talents on the plate and behind the lens.

When you log on to the Black Elephant Vintners (BEV) website, one of the first things you see on the landing page is a line that reads "A Robben Island native, an ex-stockbroker and an elephant walk into a bar ..." And you know immediately this is not your run-of-the-mill wine estate operating from a 17th century Cape Dutch-styled farm. Indeed, the three blokes behind BEV - Kevin Swart (the Black), Raymond Ndlovu (the Elephant) and Jacques Wentzel (the Vintner) describe themselves as "Rebels of the vine whose mission it is to bring truth to the wine industry and create experiences that turn convention on its head."

Legend has it that Viognier is an ancient grape originating in Dalamatia (present-day Croatia) and was brought to the Rhone Valley during the Roman occupation. One legend states that the Roman emperor Probus brought the vine to the region in 281 AD; another has the grape packaged with Syrah on a cargo ship navigating the Rhône river, en route to Beaujolais when it was captured, near the site of present-day Condrieu, by a local group of outlaws.