Diners Club celebrated its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Southern Cape during September - kicking off with the Western Cape event which took place at The Forum Embassy Hill in Constantia, followed by events at The Venue Green Park in Gauteng, 9th Avenue Waterside in KwaZulu-Natal and Monet’s at Fancourt in George.

A Museum Class Cap Classique from Boschendal, the renowned Franschhoek wine estate, was crowned overall winner at this year’s Amorim Cap Classique Challenge. This competition, which has been held since 2002, is the only competition directed at exclusively recognising the Cap Classique category of South African bottle-fermented sparkling wines.

Sauvignon Blanc South Africa and FNB are pleased to announce the top 20 contenders in the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition, South Africa's only competition exclusively devoted to Sauvignon blanc. A total of 107 producers submitted 183 wines – up from 177 last year – for this year’s competition, held for the eighth year by Sauvignon Blanc SA in collaboration with FNB.

Introducing a safe and secure way for women to get around.

 ChaufHer, a new ride-hail app for women and children only, announced they will be launching in Cape Town before the end of 2019 with plans to expand to Johannesburg and Durban in 2020. Their App, which will soon be available on both the App Store and Play Store, connects women drivers with women passengers (and children younger than 18 years). Not only does the App provide a safe way to earn money, it also provides the freedom of movement to women concerned about the growing danger and violence that has infiltrated the taxi industry.

The Cape is firmly established as “one of the most exciting wine-producing countries on the planet”, thanks to a combination of old vines, young wine-making talent, established names, varied terroirs and a can-do spirit, according to award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin, who has just released his seventh annual guide to South Africa.

Krone, home to vintage-only, handcrafted Méthode Cap Classique, on the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen estate in Tulbagh, have released South Africa’s first terroir specific MCC: the Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016. Sculpted by the vintage and harnessing the intrinsic energy of the iconic Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp, this single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée is rooted in time and place.

The young, creative and talented Kelly-Marie Jacobs has been appointed as Zonnebloem’s white winemaker. Her career to date has been paved by inspiring people and a natural affinity for making wines. Her connection to Stellenbosch runs deep with her grandparents originally from the town where they met at the Stellenbosch train station. But it was a magazine article about winemaker Debbie Thompson, now Cellar Master at Simonsig, which initially sparked her interest in the field.

Balance, the quirky range of generous, everyday wines, has been relaunched after a stylish makeover, mastering the fine balancing act between a modish new look and environmental awareness.

As a caring range of wines signified by the trusty mascot, Hank the elephant, Balance has adopted the Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) as a CSI initiative. For every bottle sold, a contribution is made to fund the EHRA PEACE project, an educational programme promoting the peaceful cohabitation of local communities with desert elephants in Southern Africa.