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Krone, home to vintage-only, handcrafted Méthode Cap Classique, on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen estate in Tulbagh, have released South Africa’s first terroir specific MCC: the Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016. Sculpted by the vintage and harnessing the intrinsic energy of the iconic Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp, this single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée is rooted in time and place.

The 2019 vintage was collectively celebrated with more than 300 guests attending the annual SA National Young Wine Awards this past weekend. This grand affair was hosted by the Robertson Wine Valley, presenting these exquisite silver trophies with the flair and elegance they deserve at the stately Angora Stud Farm in Bonnievale.

GO COUNTRY CHIC AT OPSTAL IN SLANGHOEK, RAWSONVILLE: HOME OF “THE BEST VIEW IN THE CAPE” Located on a working wine farm just one hour’s drive from Cape Town, Opstal Stay is your perfect escape inland of the Boland Mountains.  Come explore chic country-style hospitality in a tucked-away corner of the beautiful Cape Winelands… a place you’ll want to tell everyone about (or perhaps a secret you’ll want to keep).

Extra special wine-and-food tasting takes local-lekker to a new level

September is about roots and this year Stellenbosch Hills gets you back to yours with an all-new tasting to celebrate the diversity of South African heritage. The country traditionally celebrates Heritage Day on September 24, but Stellenbosch Hills will proudly pluck the Saffa heart strings all month long. The winery is renowned for its unconventional wine and food pairings, and this coming month it lays on a fresh and delicious spread alongside award-winning wines.

Enter the prestigious South African Sommelier Association Best Young Sommelier 2019 competition, in association with Moët & Chandon. Are you a young sommelier or wine aficionado between 21 and 30 years old, looking for the ultimate career break? Just imagine winning this competition and celebrating your success with a magnum of Moët & Chandon at the Maison in France, then travelling on to Barolo in Italy to expand your wine horizons.

Bid farewell to the Winter blues and swing into Spring by heading off to the picture perfect Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of 14 and 15 September for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.  What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons.

 

On Friday evening we joined the Riebeek Valley Wine Co. team to celebrate the launc of their new packaging for the Riebeek Cellars Collection that pays respect to the courageous spirit in every South African. Proudly produced by the Riebeek Valley Wine Co. in the heart of the Swartland wine region of South Africa, Riebeek Cellars Collection celebrates courage and determination in the face adversity - Tenacity Against the Odds.

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.