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.

Congratulations are in order for Aphelele Mvamva from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch, as she's been chosen as the first Drostdy Hof Graduate in a novel skills accelerator programme that will see her spending 2020 learning from some of the best minds in South Africa’s wine industry.

The year-long mentoring project, designed to fast-track her career in wine, will expose her to specialists in wine-growing, winemaking, sustainability, marketing and consumer trends. She will also spend several weeks in Sweden, one of the popular brand’s key markets, meeting consumers and members of the retail and restaurant trade.

 

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.

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.

Distell, in partnership with waste beneficiation and implementation partner, Separation at Source (S@S), is launching GreenUp, a progressive community change initiative focused on a cleaner environment, as well as on establishing and formalising effective value chains of operation in the collection, separation and processing of recyclable post-consumer waste within the Western Cape’s Khayelitsha informal settlement.     This green economy action initiative is being introduced this week, during South Africa’s ninth annual Sustainability Week. 

We traded the city lights for fireflies and the sound of beeping cars for crickets

Our home away from home was the luxurious L’Avenir Country Lodge (pronounced “love in here”). Nestled in the valley below Simonsberg Mountains, L’Avenir Country Lodge offers some of the best views of the Stellenbosch Winelands. [caption id="attachment_17146" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Reception Area[/caption]

I was interview by Megan Badjies on 25th  MAY 2018 to get my opinion on millennials and their sipping preferences. "It’s hard to keep up with millennials and their trends. One minute they’re into black food, the next they’re all sipping on blue wine." Link below https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/food-drink/drink/how-wine-producers-are-keeping-up-with-the-millennials-15144063   Tell me what...