Release marks 10th harvest milestone for winemaker


Celebrated Helderberg wine estate Waterkloof has drawn back the curtains on the latest creation in its Circumstance range for premier, site-specific wines to reveal the Cape Coral 2019 Mourvèdre Rosé. For winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger, the release is especially poignant – it marks her 10th anniversary harvest at Waterkloof.

South Africa’s second oldest wine farm, Boschendal, will play host to the 2020 Cape Wine Auction, regarded as the most significant wine charity auction ever conceived in this country, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education.   The auction is set for February 14 and 15 at the historic estate which dates back to 1685. The Friday night auction will take place at The Werf Restaurant, situated in the beautifully revamped original cellar of the Manor House, with the main event – The Cape Wine Auction – happening the following evening, on Saturday, February 15 at The Olive Press.   In its seven years of existence, The Cape Wine Auction – which is presented by Nedbank Private Wealth - has raised over R86 million, with all proceeds going to carefully selected beneficiaries who make a profound impact on the education and lives of children in the Cape winelands.   “Our involvement in the Cape Wine Auction through our Philantropy Office continues to help us in having a positive impact on South African communities and it forms a key part of our full spectrum of expert international wealth management services,” says Richard Mulholland, Coastal Region Head at Nedbank Private Wealth.   In a departure from previous years, the Friday evening auction will no longer revolve around the blind bidding of rare and unique wines but will, for the first time, include 15 once-in-a-lifetime weekend winemaker/owner experiences with some of South Africa’s top wineries on offer to the highest bidders.   All this, while guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Boschendal Market, live music and a stunning dinner – courtesy of leading chef Christopher Campbell – in the Die Werf Restaurant.   Saturday, February 15, will feature an exhilarating global showcase of the South African wine industry with a chance to bid for lots that money can’t ordinarily buy, including:
  • An unforgettable seven-day sailing expedition for eight people with Meridian Adventure SAIL to Raja Ampat in Indonesia. 
  • A once in a lifetime drive experience on ice, at the Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy in Arjeplog, which lies at the very edge of the Arctic Circle.
  • Three pieces of work from internationally acclaimed South African sculptor Anton Smit's Agapé Effervescent series.
  • A two-night stay at Cape Town’s newest boutique Hotel, Camissa House, as well as a two-night stay at the luxury Silvan Safari Lodge worth R325 000.
  • A 10-year vertical of Epicurean wines in magnum format, along with four nights accommodation at The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa or at Shambala Private Game Reserve.
  • Three nights’ accommodation for 10 people in Quoin Rock Manor House plus extras which has a value of R560 000.
  • Three nights for two couples at the Rickety Bridge Manor House as well as seven nights for three couples in a centrally-located Paris apartment only a few minutes’ walk from the Arc de Triomphe.
Says Auction Director Darielle Robertson: “We are very excited to be able to offer such a wide range of exceptional lots this year and we are confident that bidding will - as in previous years - be fierce but friendly!   “Ultimately though, we look forward to raising a great deal of money through the generosity of the bidders, with 100 per cent of their contributions going towards helping change the lives of needy children. As Nelson Mandela said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world’.   "We need to live by his profound words and ensure the children of South Africa are given the opportunity to change the world.”     NOTES FOR EDITORS   The Cape Wine Auction Regarded as the most extraordinary international wine event to be hosted in South Africa and the leading event on the local wine calendar, the Cape Wine Auction (CWA), sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth, takes place annually over two days at different wine estates in the Western Cape. Prominent wine aficionados from around the globe, hosted by South Africa’s iconic winemakers, are invited to make a serious difference in aid of charity when the bidding opens for once-in-a-lifetime offerings including rare wine collections and exclusive local and international wine and gourmet, art and travel experiences. To date the auction has raised more than R86 million. For more information on the Cape Wine Auction, contact CWA director Darielle Robertson at   The Cape Wine Auction Trust Established in 2014, the Cape Wine Auction Trust was created to raise money for education in the South African winelands. It is well established that the most effective method for uplifting underprivileged communities is education. This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education – from cradle to career – and the Cape Wine Auction Trust has been established with a clear mandate to raise funds for education. The trust assists a number of carefully chosen beneficiaries. The Cape Wine Auction Trust trustees are Wendy Appelbaum, Iain Banner, Paul Cluver, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Raymond Ndlovu (Chairman) and Mike Ratcliffe. For more information on the Cape Wine Auction Trust, contact Andi Norton at     See you there

Stellenbosch Wine Routes encourages responsible wine drinking with #SoberStellies this festive season

  Stellenbosch Wine Routes is leading by example this holiday season. With thousands of tourists and holiday goers flocking to the Cape Winelands to soak up the many attractions of one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, enjoying a glass of wine is a given. This year, Stellenbosch Wine Routes’ inspiring #SoberStellies campaign, kicking off on 13 December, is setting the tone for responsible drinking behaviour.

We had the absolute pleasure of joining Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate welcome Adam & Eve 2019 Limited Merlot Collector’s Edition, a bespoke collection made from pure Merlot grapes far more alluring than forbidden fruit. A match made in Eden Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate is essentially paradise for wine lovers. Perfectly positioned between mountains and ocean, the estate boasts highly diverse soil, and the cool sea breezes assist in the slow ripening of the grapes. This unique positioning is one of the reasons why Adam & Eve 2019 Limited Merlot Collector’s Edition is unrivalled in the industry.

The 40 th Anniversary Edition of the Best-Selling Annual

Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 8 November 2019 with over 230 guests in attendance, the VIPs including the wine producers who achieved the maximum 5-star rating in the new edition. This accolade is reserved for wines that are “South African classics” and score 95 points or more on the internationally recognised 100-point scale.

I cant think of a better way than to kickstart the festive season on a fashionable high note at the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth.

One of SA’s premier social calendar highlights this year’s event takes place over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument.