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Organic and biodynamic Stellenbosch wine producer, Longridge Wine Estate and Jasper Raats recently received three gold medals at the Grand International Organic Wine Awards. The European-based Grand International Organic Wine Awards took place for the tenth time this year under the guidance of sensory experts and renowned PAR system developer Martin Dartin. The international awards for organic wines has since become one of the most important tasting events in the global organic wine sector. According to the organisers, in 2018 a total of 289 winery from 28 countries with more than 1000 organic wines were entered into the vigorous and sensory sensitive judging process.

Almost three decades after opening as a luxury country hotel, and three centuries since the farm was first granted to an ambitious young farmer, Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl has reopened with new owners, a new restaurant and a refreshed look across its luxury suites Entrepreneurs Hansie and Theresa Britz, both born and raised in this charming town, acquired the property in early 2019 and immediately set about rejuvenating this icon of the winelands. The hotel was closed for a month, while painters, decorators, designers and landscapers set to work refurbishing the suites, buildings and public areas.

This year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival is just around the corner, and the perfect excuse to dress up in your finest French attire as you join in the festivities of celebrating Franschhoek’s French heritage. The historic Franschhoek Huguenot Monument is the place to be for this two-day event, which takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July.

THE award-winning KWV range of elite wines, The Mentors, presents its new and bright star – a once-off, limited edition of less than 1000 litres, sequentially numbered bottles of The Mentors Carménère 2017

 

The wine joins a rare breed that is one of South Africa's most awarded ranges and a pinnacle in winemaking reserved for the finest in class. At the same time, its launch is a precursor to an exciting series of superlative, rare and limited-edition releases of The Mentors wines.

The world’s most loved Champagne House delighted the world on June 22 as it toasted to

Moët Impérial’s 150th anniversary

  Moët & Chandon once again hosted its annual Moët & Chandon Grand Day, a sparkling 24-hour global celebration which saw friends of the Champagne House raise their glasses in toast to the 150th anniversary of Moët & Chandon Impérial. An icon of celebration since 1869, Moët Impérial has marked global celebratory traditions for 150 years from the world’s sporting podiums to Hollywood’s red carpet.

South African Chenin Blanc is on a roll.  Back from a highly successful showcase at leading trade show ProWein in Germany, and soon to be a key focus of an international wine congress, the Cinderella grape is seeing sales powering ahead at home and abroad. The news comes as the Chenin Blanc Association, organiser of the annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, is calling on new and established winemakers to enter this year’s competition.

Savour the union of distinguished wines and gourmet cuisine with a weekend of culinary excellence in a magnificent wilderness setting.

Bouchard Finlayson has teamed up with sister property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat to present a gourmet food and wine weekend to be held from 26 – 28 July 2019 at the luxury lodge in the heart of the Cederberg.