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It is Dr Judey Pretorius who this year claimed the coveted title of Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss, as the overall winner from the Entrepreneur category, during an evening of recognition and celebration. The Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award celebrates entrepreneurial women and businesswomen who are changing the world of business one decision at a time. The awards ceremony, hosted by International Veuve Clicquot Director Thomas Bouleuc, saw guests commending the raw talent and dedication of powerhouse women in business in South Africa.

Insight and inspiration from a trailblazing woman in business

  The Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards aim to recognise and celebrate successful South African businesswomen whose courage and innovative approach to business reflect the spirit of Madame Clicquot who, with exacting standards and audacity, brought the world the legacy of Veuve Clicquot. We toasted to the success of humanitarian entrepreneur and Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss 2018 Dr Judey Pretorius and asked her to share her remarkable business journey as an inspiration to South African women already in business or wishing to follow in her footsteps.

"Sisters-and-sweet" will celebrate diversity and heritage

September is "sister"-time at Stellenbosch Hills. To celebrate Heritage Month this year, the popular winery has tweaked its famous Local-is-Lekker Biltong & Wine Pairing at its cellar – for a limited time only – to also feature a most traditional confection: the koe(k)sister. The quintessential South African dessert treat will be the kicker on the Stellenbosch Hills' experience that pairs its wines with biltong and droëwors.

HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE WINES

Beautiful Cabernet vines usher you to the wine-tasting area of this boutique winery situated on the foothill of the Simonsberg Mountains. In 2008 the Du Toit brothers Stephen and Retief developed a boutique vineyard on Le Present; making the “Deux Frères Wines” dream a reality. Le Present nestles on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Winelands District.

We traded the city lights for fireflies and the sound of beeping cars for crickets

Our home away from home was the luxurious L’Avenir Country Lodge (pronounced “love in here”). Nestled in the valley below Simonsberg Mountains, L’Avenir Country Lodge offers some of the best views of the Stellenbosch Winelands. [caption id="attachment_17146" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Reception Area[/caption]

HAVE YOU DONE A BRANDY TASTING AT VAN RYN'S?

There’s something about enjoying a tot of Brandy on a cold winters day , and that's exactly what we did by visiting Van Ryn’s Distillery. My friend being a Brandy enthusiast accompanied me on the visit, eager to learn more about the Van Ryn’s Brandy. One of the best things about Winter is finding new and creative ways to beat the Winter blues. A comforting tot of brandy on a cold Winter’s day is necessary, especially when its freezing outside. My friend and I recently visited Van Ryn’s Distillery to learn more about the craft and taste their range of brandy.  

Behold the changing leaves and enjoy the crisp breeze

Greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours and memories of harvest 2018, the “The De Meye Estate” is a remarkable family-owned boutique winery, situated in the lush Mulservlei area. [caption id="attachment_17016" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Entrance at De Meye Wines[/caption]   This unique little spot has been the home and farming ground to the Myburgh family for five generations. In the earlier years the family used to farm with cattle as the area was popular for cattle farms. The estate is named after the De Meye river in Holland, the birthplace of the first Myburgh, who came to farm in South Africa in 1665.

I was interview by Megan Badjies on 25th  MAY 2018 to get my opinion on millennials and their sipping preferences. "It’s hard to keep up with millennials and their trends. One minute they’re into black food, the next they’re all sipping on blue wine." Link below https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/food-drink/drink/how-wine-producers-are-keeping-up-with-the-millennials-15144063   Tell me what...