Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town has appointed Marlvin Gwese as Sommelier of the team which is headed by Executive Chef Farrel Hirsch. Gwese has joined Greenhouse after ten years as Head Sommelier at the Cape Grace Hotel. Zimbabwean-born Gwese first started his career as wine steward at The Table Bay Hotel and graduated with a Cape Wine Academy Diploma in 2013. In 2015 he gained his Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 3 (WSET) qualification and has been a judge on various wine panels over the past few years.

South Africa, Durbanville, May 2021: Break away to drink, dine and discover one of the Cape’s most exciting destinations – Cape Town’s northern vineyard at Durbanville, just 20 minutes from the CBD. This is the invitation of the revitalized Durbanville Wine Valley (DWV). “Durbanville has always been popular with visitors, from day-trippers to travellers eager to experience a little more of the Cape. With spacious rural destinations being safer alternatives for near-home getaways, Durbanville is once again front of mind – and for good reason,” says newly appointed DWV manager Natasha de Villiers.

I recently discovered Badger & Mountain wines situated in Tulbagh, known for its quality soil and climate the Badger & Mountain wines reflect the valley. Their vision is to safeguard the stability amongst planted and natural parts of the farm plus the conservation of natural vegetation types and alien plant control. Driven to create a natural wildlife access strip, through which they can navigate, resulting in a better environment and wines made from that very source.

     
Esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson recently published ‘A South African miscellany', awarding a 17.5 out of 20 score to the Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2019 - effectively placing it amongst the highest rated Chenin Blancs in South Africa.   ‘Powdery, fragrant honeysuckle and jasmine with sweetness of ripe white peach. Creamy, tingling, richly textured spreading all over the palate. Apricots and avocado, matcha powder and tarragon and dripping ripe white melon. A quiet tap-tap of pepper on the scalpel-fine drawn-out finish. Elegant and beautifully composed. This is a seriously classy, sophisticated-artisan Chenin,’ says Robinson who was internationally recognised as ‘the Best Wine Critic of the World’ in the Best Wine of the World Competition 2018.    Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein mountains in Paarl, Brookdale Estate produces wines as unexpected as they are enchanting.  A true Cinderella story, Brookdale Estate was once overgrown and underused. The Rudd family, originally from the United Kingdom, recognised the potential of the property and acquired the 67-hectare estate ​in 2015. Their vision was to create a world-class country estate producing fine wines, including interesting blends crafted from varietals that are somewhat ‘unusual’ in South Africa.   A single block of old-vine Chenin Blanc, estimated to be about 36 years old, was saved to become Brookdale’s maiden release in 2017. New vineyards were planted, and the Rudd family set out to further restore the balance of nature on the estate by clearing 27-hectares of alien vegetation. Indigenous vegetation was planted, including 3700 trees, as well as expansive gardens for Manor House resident guests to explore.   As ardent wine connoisseurs, Brookdale Estate is the pinnacle of the Rudd family’s passion. Here, Mediterranean varietals, a unique Paarl terroir and unusual winemaking techniques are brought together under the visionary hand of Tim Rudd, talented young winemaker Kiara Scott and consultant winemaker Duncan Savage.   The summer of 2022 will see the opening of a new Cellar, Wine Tasting Experience and Restaurant on site at Brookdale.   BROOKDALE ESTATE (PAARL) www.brookdale-estate.com Tel +27 (0)76 400 0229 https://www.instagram.com/brookdale_estate_sa/ https://www.facebook.com/Brookdaleestate/ https://twitter.com/brookdalewine Brookdale wines are for sale at leading wine merchants in Cape Town and may be ordered from the estate for delivery countrywide.

La Motte is delighted to announce its appointment by the Great Wine Capitals of the World as the South African Winner in three of the 2021 Best of Wine Tourism categories: Wine Tourism ServiceArts and Culture as well as Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.

“In a year that has been globally challenging for tourism and especially testing for the South African wine industry, it is important to stay true to your values and quality standards”, says La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg. “Innovation and cooperation are essential and we are delighted that La Motte’s efforts have been recognised. We hope to serve as inspiration for the sustainability of wine tourism in South Africa.”

After reading countless reviews we headed out to Louisvale Wines, this beautiful estate is located in the heart of Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. The striking building was designed by award-winning architect, Christof Albertyn and represents the fusion of African and European building aesthetics.  I marvel at how the architect incorporated elements of Khoekhoen (who built the first man-made domed structure in the area).

Canned wine may currently be getting consumers’ attention but, in reality, it is not new – already in the mid-1930s three sweet wines made their appearance on the American market. Californian Smile with Vin-Tin-Age Port, Tokay and Muscadel were presented in flat top tins (as pull-tops were not yet invented) which had to be punctured in order to pour out the contents.