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There’s something quite magical and authentic about winter in Elgin. The chill brings with it a unique beauty of its own. Crisp mornings start the day with a heavy mist sunken within the dips of the rolling hills and a winter sun that shines stark over the many vineyards and fruit orchards amidst their off-season slumber. Locals greet the mornings with dragon breath and steaming cups of coffee, then wrap themselves up in the mandatory winter woollies. They are known to embrace the chill as they appreciate that the cold temperatures are good for next seasons fruit. As the last of the moody afternoon light filters through the tips of the Groenlandberg mountain, muddy boots are hung up to dry, stoves get lit, the red wine is opened as wafts of wood burning fires and homecooked meals fill the air.

Just off Voor Paardeberg Road in the distance we found a beautiful white chapel that leads to a picturesque scene: the ever-changing leaves of the vineyards.  The tasting room is cosy with a rustic appearance and classic country charm. Greeted by the sounds of a crackling fire, a glass of wine and inviting laughter, immediately made it feel like home. [caption id="attachment_19172" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Wedding Chapel at Vondeling Wines[/caption]

The launch of the Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show brings a new and valuable competition to the spirits and liqueurs sector of the South African liquor industry. Open to all producers and importers, the show will score and rank all products across a series of categories, identifying the gold, silver and bronze medallists and awarding a trophy to best-in-class submissions providing they are of gold medal standard.