Tommy Hall is not a man who leaves things to chance. As Director of Global Operations for a Fortune 500 technology company, Hall is all about meticulous planning, managing risk and being prepared for the unexpected. And yet, fate must have played a hand in bringing Hall and his family to the beautiful Franschhoek valley.

For just as Tommy, his wife Crystal and his son Gavin were seeking to carve out a life on the continent with which they feel a deep kinship, a chance encounter led Hall to the gates of an historic Cape farm. It was a place offering both a new adventure and the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of a Cape farming community.

Franschhoek's La Petite Ferme, known for its world-class luxury accommodation and recently recognised as a leader in the hospitality industry by the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2023, winning four awards in the categories Best Scenic Environment Hotel, Best Country Hotel in Africa, Best Culinary Experience in Africa and Best Small Hotel in Africa, has garnered more awards

Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville underscored its status as one of South Africa’s leading Sauvignon Blanc producers by securing a Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 award for the seventh consecutive year. At the recent announcement of the annual FNB Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10, an annual competition aimed at recognizing the best Sauvignon Blanc wines in the country, Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2023 saw this sixth-generation estate claim one of the coveted Top 10 slots.

Attention all wine and champagne aficionados! Brace yourselves for a whirlwind of flavour and elegance this October because we're in for a double delight that'll tantalise your taste buds and uplift your spirits! Kicking off this fabulous month, we're diving headfirst into the second week of October with nothing less than Local Wine Week. It's the time when we, proud South African locals, get to bask in the glory of our nation's finest wines. Picture yourself savouring the rich, sun-kissed grapes from the heart of our land.

Star Wine List of the Year celebrated the great wine lists in South Africa. The Grand Prix and two more Gold Stars was won by Culture Wine Bar in Cape Town. “Impressive to see the continuous development across the board, despite all struggles of the previous years. Many wine lists had an even clearer structure, focus, and good balance of local and international wines. As a sommelier I was particularly excited by the large amount of mature vintages on offer. Cheers to the South African sommelier community!” says Jury member Marc Almert, ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019.

In a year that saw a record number of entries for the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, KWV Laborie walked away with the top award, winning the trophy for Best Producer Overall with the Laborie Blanc de Blancs 2017. Laborie, which also took the competition trophy for Best Blanc de Blancs, was joined on the winners' rostrum by trophy winners Domaine des Dieux Claudia 2017 (Best Brut), Louisvale MCC Rosé NV (Best Rosé), Newstead Blanc de Blanc 2016 (Best Extended Aged Cap Classique for vintages from 2016 and older) and Darling Cellars Nectar 2020 (Best Nectar).