Durbanville Wine Valley and celebrity chef Herman Lensing have joined forces to give South Africans a winning food and wine combo to celebrate national heritage in September and October. The brief to the acclaimed foodie was simple: create a recipe that highlights the excellence of Durbanville Pinotage. 

National Heritage Day falls on September 24 while the homegrown cultivar Pinotage is celebrated on the second Saturday of October every year. Melding the two in spirit, Herman – famous as amongst others, a TV show host and cookbook author – created what may be the perfect braaibroodjie (the much-loved fire-grilled sandwich) to pair with Durbanville Wine Valley Pinotage.

Chefs at Erinvale, Lourensford, Morgenster and Vergelegen estates in Somerset West have combined their culinary talents with winemakers’ recommendations to offer an array of classic soup, cheese, bread and wine pairings this winter.

The cooler season specials are the latest initiative by the Heart of the Helderberg collective. Leading Somerset West hospitality establishments are working together to support local enterprises and make more people aware of the quality and variety of offerings available in this beautiful area, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

This is one you can not afford to miss!! Wine tastings, live entertainment and lots of activities for both adults and children!! This event takes place on Sunday 31 July from 10.00 – 17.00 at the beautiful Bontevlei Venue situated in Annandale Road. Together we are partnering with...

The Cape Winelands boasts true country hospitality, award-winning wine farms, restaurants to delight your palate and stay options to suit both your budget and desires.  Herewith some options to explore this holiday.

Visitors to the beautiful town of Paarl have reason to smile as they can once again enjoy the freedom of exploring the local sites, tastes and tourism treats without the restriction of a mask.

Paarl’s menu of things to do caters for all ages and dishes up experiences for adventurers, wine enthusiasts, gourmands, nature lovers, historians and those who simply enjoy life.

In the Swartland, by Swartlanders – that’s the essence of an upcoming wine-and-food series like few others! This is the opportunity that awaits everyone from serious epicureans to vino babes keen to get an insight into one of South Africa’s most fascinating regions. 

Launching on July 1, the wine-and-food series features six wineries, from Swartland blockbusters to niche rockstars, alongside delectable menus prepared and served at The Barn in Riebeek Kasteel. The dinners take place once a month until December 2, with just 20 tickets available for each event.

Durbanville Wine Valley will help banish the cold and ensure a fantastic time too with the much-anticipated return of its annual Soup & Sip winelands experience. From July 27 to 31, wineries of the valley will sell delicious winter soup and sides alongside tastings of fine wines.

“We’re excited to welcome visitors back for Soup & Sip this year, which features many new recipes and experiences,” says Durbanville Wine Valley manager Natasha de Villiers.“At the same time, these colder months are a reminder of those less fortunate, which is why Soup & Sip is linked to a charity drive during the month in which Mandela Day occurs.

BONNIEVALE WINES 24 CHAIRS DINING EXPERIENCE

 

The 24 Chairs dining experience is a unique collection of 24 different chairs placed along a gracefully decorated long table. Each chair is meticulously sourced from across the Bonnievale area and recognises the different stories, characters and experiences that collectively contribute to the story of our beautiful region.

This year The Trophy Wine Show Judges’ Feedback Session will be in the form of a webcast, on Thursday 16 June, from 11h00 – 12h00. The session takes place directly after the completion of the Trophy judging. While it would have been wonderful to meet again in person with media and the wine industry, due to certain circumstances, the judging takes place in the week of the public holiday, and a live-streamed event offers the best solution. The link to the webcast will be sent in advance. Please save the date. The announcement in early April that The Trophy Wine Show and The Trophy Spirits Show will be entering a new era with Investec as the title sponsor, has been followed by the publication of the full list of international judges for both competitions. This is the first time since the Covid lockdowns that each of the judging panels at both competitions will include an international specialist invited to South Africa specifically to participate in the competition. As previously – and in fact since 2002 - the wine judging panel will be chaired by South Africa’s most highly regarded wine authority The Trophy Spirits Show .   This year the three international judges for The Trophy Wine Show comprise US wine authority, Anthony Mueller, who covers the South African category for The Wine Advocate; Eric Goettelmann, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Sommellerie and wine director for the Bernard Loisseau Group, and Anthony Rose, wine correspondent for The Independent and well-known wine writer and author.  
The judging panels have been expanded to allow judges to focus on their preferred fields of expertise. The three international judges form part of a star-studded and hugely experienced group whose local members include Heidi Duminy CWM and Principal of the Cape Wine Academy; Tongai Joseph Dhafana, award-winning Sommelier, now winemaker; JD Pretorius, cellarmaster at Warwick Wines; Patson Mathonsi, Sommelier, and regional sales manager for Spier; François Rautenbach, buyer for Singita’s Premier Direct wine progamme, Cathy van Zyl MW, Vice-Chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine's education committee; Gynore Fredericks, winemaker at Great Heart Wines and assistant winemaker at Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines and Spencer Fondaumiere, Chairperson of the South African Sommeliers’ Association.   The international panel for The Trophy Spirits Show will benefit from the expertise of George Harper, Master Blender for Roe & Co. Irish Whiskey and one of the 12 blenders responsible for all of Diageo’s Scotch (and Irish) Whisk(e)y portfolio (the world’s largest whisky business). He will be joined by David T Smith, undoubtedly the world’s most admired gin specialist, and Eric Goettelmann, former chief sommelier for Paul Bocuse and Meilleur Ouvrier de France Sommellerie.
 
Local panelists – all specialists in the field which they have been selected to judge – include Mare-Loe Prinsloo, Head of Research tasked with product development at Distell; Kobus Gelderblom, brandy master; Neil Paterson, whisky maven and owner of WhiskyBrother; Kurt Schlechter, award-winning bartender and drinks consultant; Kresan Naidu, a white spirits (particularly gin and vodka) expert; and Dave Gunns, whisky expert, retailer and educator.   The Trophy Wine Show was designed two decades ago to help the Cape wine industry to calibrate to the expectations of international markets and has played a key role in driving innovation and transformation on the quality side of the spectrum.   The more recently launched Trophy Spirits Show seeks to identify the best spirits available in and for the South African market, or produced in South Africa for export, applying the tried and tested methodology of the Trophy Wine Show.   Investec has been awarded Best Private Bank and Wealth Manager in South Africa, by the Financial Times of London’s Global Private Banking Awards, for nine years in a row. Euromoney’s private banking and wealth management survey has awarded it this same accolade for 10 consecutive years.   Investec partners with private, institutional, and corporate clients, offering international banking, investment and wealth management services in two principal markets, South Africa and the UK, as well as certain other countries. The group was established in 1974 and currently has approximately 8,200+ employees. Investec has a dual listed company structure with listings on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.