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  • This year The Trophy Wine Show Judges’ Feedback Session will be in the form of a webcast, on Thursday 16 June, from 11h00 – 12h00. The session takes place directly after the completion of the Trophy judging. While it would have been wonderful to

  • Strauss &Co Fine Wine Auctions is proud to offer a fine selection of the world’s greatest Organic and Biodynamic wines. Today’s wine producers question their winemaking practices, as demand for more naturally produced and sustainable wines has increas

  • We are excited to announce that Franschhoek is Celebrating Bastille after a two-year hiatus, on the 16th and 17th of July, taking place in the main road of Franschhoek, with all things French inspired. Dress up in your finest red,

  • Today marks the first of many exciting wine tasting adventures in the beautiful historic building on Hoffmans Lane, Paarl, dating back to 1797. It is now beautifully renovated and restored – inviting visitors into a lush garden before luring them into a trendy

  • Not willing to rest on its laurels for helping to forge South Africa’s international reputation for some of the most original, exciting, and critically acclaimed wines, the Chenin Blanc Association (CBA) has a new ace up its sleeve. The organisation has a plan

  • Spirit of free creativity shines in latest offering from Franschhoek winery The boutique Franschhoek winery Paserene’s first release of Dark – a full-bodied and broody 2018 Syrah in its Elements range – is a fine ambassador of the winemaker’s pursuit for appea

  • VAN RYN’S 20-YEAR-OLD BRANDY IS THE BEST WINE BRANDY IN THE WORLD South Africa is celebrating with the announcement that the locally produced Van Ryn’s 20-year-old potstill brandy has been awarded World’s Best Wine Brandy at the 2022 World Brandy Awards. Get F

  • Premier South African winery Haskell Vineyards celebrates its 20th anniversary as a benchmark producer of luxury wines. For this auspicious occasion, the Stellenbosch estate unveils a glittering showcase of its wares – a series of special winemaker dinne

  • Situated on Thesen Islands, considered one of the most prestigious locations on the Garden Route is one of the most unusual hotels in South Africa – once an old Power Station, now the 5 star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa. Surrounded by water on three...

  • May is the month when International Sauvignon Blanc Day is celebrated, and to mark this occasion, Vergelegen wine estate is offering a  winetasting with a difference in the heart of one of its most famous single vineyards on Saturday 7 May. Get Free Email

  • Stuck for a simple, but great food-and-wine recipe? Stellenbosch Hills always has your back, thanks to its diverse range of sumptuous food-friendly wines. Specifically with colder months in mind, the winery behind some of South Africa’s most trusted, go-to bra

  • A Perlemoen Croquettes Recipe Using Sustainable Abalone  To Enjoy With Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut 2020 Georgia East, highly respected cook, writer, food stylist, photographer and author of West Coast Wander and her beautiful blog East Afternoon, ha

  • From 31 March to 3 April 2022, CAPE TOWN OPERA in collaboration with The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, will host four unique performances entitled BON APPÉTIT! The stunning music and cuisine event will take place at The Restaurant and will delight gourmands and

  • Today Zero Wines (www.zerowines.co.za)  announced the launch of their online store that offers a wide range of  premium non-alcoholic wines with quick and easy purchases and affordable  nation-wide delivery  at a flat rate of R99 across all

  • Join the winemaker Simon Smith @ Louisvale on the 1st of April from 18h00 – 21h00 for a delectable five course food & wine pairing dinner hosted by Louisvale’s winemaker in celebration of their successful 2022 harvest.  &

  • The Wine Library at Culture Wine Bar will host the upcoming gala and auction dinner on 24 March 2022 Culture Wine Bar is the official venue partner for SASA and the perfect location to auction some fine wines from some of the top wine produ

  • For a weekend with a difference, where you can make a difference join De Hoop Collection, Morukuru Beach Lodge and CapeNature at the world renowned De Hoop Nature Reserve for a beach clean-up from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2022 .   “We are exc

  • Imagine an all-inclusive winelands getaway, where your weekend has been meticulously planned for you from check in to check out. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a dream, but this can be your reality. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends holds the promise

  • Pick n Pay collaborates with Bellingham Wines to launch a wine range that celebrates local wine and artists 28 February 2022: Pick n Pay has launched a new wine range in partnership with Bellingham Wines, one of South Africa’s pioneering wine brands. 

  • Join the end of harvest celebrations on the Steenberg Trail Run and wine your way through autumnal Constantia vineyards on Saturday, 26 March. Held in aid of the SA Guide-Dogs Association, the Steenberg Trail Run takes you on a 5km or 10km run or wal

  • Vergelegen wine estate, one of the top wine producers in South Africa, is offering visitors the opportunity to experience the excitement of a wine harvest first-hand. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content. I agree to

  • Bright yellow sunflowers are synonymous with summer, positivity and happy times –and there’s no better place to celebrate sunflower season than at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish ne

  • Africa’s first and only wine museum of this scale was inaugurated by renowned folklore storyteller Babylonstoren. A modern museum, the space details the origins, cultivation and culture behind mankind’s love affair with wine, while encouraging a co

  • We are still daydreaming about endless, lazy summer days on the beach and pretty and delicious sundowners. Even though we may be back in office and swimming in emails instead of the cool blue waters, we can still celebrate summer in style and with some pr

  • Make the morning rush a little easier with healthy lunch box recipes that all kids will love. Plums, peaches and nectarines, known collectively as stone fruit, pack a nutritious punch offering generous helpings of vitamins and other essential nutrients to keep

  • Loxtonia, the family owned cidery in the Ceres Valley, has released its award winning Méthode Traditionelle Cider crowned overall champion at the 11th International Cider Challenge,  just in time for the festive season. Get Free Email Updates!Signup

  • Just in time for the festive season, La Motte is releasing the 2020 vintage of its acclaimed Chardonnay – one of the most versatile white wines for summer celebrations and special occasions. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I p

  • JOURNEY’S END BRUT RESERVE CAP CLASSIQUE Journey’s End Vineyards, the boutique winery and vineyard situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village in the Helderberg basin, has some exciting news to share. Managing Director, Rollo Gabb says, “We

  • There’s a host of delicious ways to celebrate the festive season at Constantia Glen with your family and friends. With extended opening hours and delicious new taste partners for their wines added to the popular selection of platters and crispy Flammkuchen, su

  • There may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but Kanu Wines on the outskirts of Stellenbosch has made it possible for everyone to enjoy “gold in a glass” with the introduction of their premium Angelina Gold Cap Classique. Get Free...

  • South Africa’s pioneering Chardonnay-focused wine estate, De Wetshof in Robertson, is the only Cape wine on this year’s coveted list of Top 100 wines, as selected by the American magazine Wine Spectator, the world’s most influential wine publication. The

  • CELEBRATE IN STYLE WITH KRONE VINTAGE BOREALIS CUVÉE BRUT 2019 Summer Is Here! It’s Holiday Time! The Festive Season Is Around The Corner! The long-awaited summer season is here, it is holiday time, and the festive season is drawing near! It’s time to relax an

  • South Africa – Future Farm brings its cutting-edge plant-based meats to South Africa, on their worldwide mission to change the way we eat. One of the few global players in the plant-based meat industry, Future Farms products will be available in Checkers

  • Cape Blend and Cap Classique offer glimpse of exceptional quality A rare bottling of wines made only from harvests of exceptional quality has been released. This is only the second time that the Suikerboschrand Cape Blend and Anna Christina Cap Classique – bot

  • Summer is the season for juicy, ripe plums – a good time to get creative in the kitchen in concert with Roodeberg’s Classic Red Blend. A Veritas gold medallist, the 2020 vintage of this multi-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend is a symphony of textures a

  • Steenberg’s stylish Wine Tasting Lounge has been refreshed and revitalised with a vibrant contemporary feel for an inspiring wine experience in the heart of the Constantia Valley. Returning visitors will love the relaxed tones, rich textures and bold splashes

  • The season for juicy, delicious plums, peaches and nectarines is here so be sure to get your share of nature’s ultra-versatile summer bounty that packs a nutritious punch. With the peach and nectarine season already in full swing from October – March and plums

  • Musgrave Crafted Spirits has clinched two awards at the 2021 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards held in Cape Town this week. Their Musgrave Copper Black Honey won them the Trophy for Most Innovative Product, while Musgrave

  • Get on your marks to kick-start summer in the Ceres Valley and join the Loxtonia Cherry Trail Run through scenic landscapes and apple orchards on Saturday, 27 November. The month of November is a spectacular time in the valley with the apple trees in full...

  • With a total of 1 890 wines and spirits entered for the 2021 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, the Kruger Family Reserve Shiraz 2017 scooped the Trophy for the Best Shiraz. The highest number of single varietal entries,

  • De-centralised festival features outstanding once-off tasting experiences From bow ties to braaibroodjies, Wine Town Stellenbosch is an all-new de-centralised wine festival that brings you the best of the City of Oaks over five days, from W

  • In celebration of over 40 years of partnership as the Official Champagne of 007 and Bond’s latest film ‘No Time To Die’ (which opens in South Africa on 1st October 2021) , Champagne Bollinger has launched an exclusive limited edition that b

  • The Nest Collection’s boutique property set for upswing in tourism La Petite Ferme, the renowned manor house and vineyard suites on the Franschhoek Pass and member of The Nest Collection, has appointed a talented new head chef. Odette Olivier comes with a weal

  • GET READY FOR A WEEKEND OF FUN IN THE WINELANDS Discover the beauty of the Bottelary region near Stellenbosch from 1 – 3 October, when the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy (BHRC) is hosting their first MTB & Eco-weekend. Bike, hike, sip and taste y

  • Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town has appointed Marlvin Gwese as Sommelier of the team which is headed by Executive Chef Farrel Hirsch. Gwese has joined Greenhouse after ten years as Head Sommelier at the Cape Grace Hotel. Zimbabwean-born Gwese f

  • South Africa, Durbanville, May 2021: Break away to drink, dine and discover one of the Cape’s most exciting destinations – Cape Town’s northern vineyard at Durbanville, just 20 minutes from the CBD. This is the invitation of the revitalized Durbanville Wine Va

  • I recently discovered Badger & Mountain wines situated in Tulbagh, known for its quality soil and climate the Badger & Mountain wines reflect the valley. Their vision is to safeguard the stability amongst planted and natural parts of the farm plus the

  •       Esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson recently published ‘A South African miscellany‘, awarding a 17.5 out of 20 score to the Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2019 – effectively placing it amongst the highest rated Chenin B

  • Keeping in line with consumers’ need for value without compromising on taste or quality, well-known premium brand, Fleur du Cap, has launched their wine in convenient bag-in-box packaging. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish n

  • La Motte is delighted to announce its appointment by the Great Wine Capitals of the World as the South African Winner in three of the 2021 Best of Wine Tourism categories: Wine Tourism Service, Arts and Culture as well as Sustainable W

  • After reading countless reviews we headed out to Louisvale Wines, this beautiful estate is located in the heart of Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. The striking building was designed by award-winning architect, Christof Albertyn and represents the fusion of African

  • Canned wine may currently be getting consumers’ attention but, in reality, it is not new – already in the mid-1930s three sweet wines made their appearance on the American market. Californian Smile with Vin-Tin-Age Port, Tokay and Muscadel were

  • TOKARA’s stylish tasting lounge has a new surprise in store for visitors to this Stellenbosch family owned wine estate with the release of the new 2020 vintage of its vibrant Rosé. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish new conte

  • Create a home tasting event with easy email-and-collect  Stellenbosch Hills is about to move your lockdown me-time to a whole new level. The winery that made wine pairing fun by thinking “out of the box” has now re-invented the concept, putting pizzazz al

  • “Did I choose the right wine?” The inevitable moment of self-doubt that strikes all home cooks, foodies and wine lovers as their guests sit down to a well-prepared meal. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content. I agree

  • TOKARA, the acclaimed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, has excelled as a top preforming cellar at the WM 10 Year Old Wine Awards for the 4th consecutive year with four wines breaking the venerable 90 point barrier. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and r

  • Summer in the winelands are spectacularly seductive surrounded by lush vineyards, picture-perfect scenery as well as world-class wines and great cuisine. The warm hospitality at the tasting room of Wellington Wines in the Bovlei building offers visitors to thi

  • Be on trend with the 2019 Pantone colour of the year and make coral your go to shade this summer with new Fitch & Leedes Grapefruit Tonic. This new tonic hits the spot with a flurry of zesty grapefruit combined with delicate hints of bitterness....

  • Rise to the occasion this season with the all-new Fiver Frizzanté, the must-have fashion accessory-in-a-bottle. Exclusively available from October 1 at selected Checkers and Shoprite Liquor stores countrywide, Fiver Frizzanté brings together the delights of gr

  • 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 t

  • The 2019 vintage was collectively celebrated with more than 300 guests attending the annual SA National Young Wine Awards this past weekend. This grand affair was hosted by the Robertson Wine Valley, presenting these exquisite silver trophies with the flair an

  • What makes a perfect restaurant and wine bar ? What makes a perfect restaurant and wine bar? For me it must be an all-inclusive experience where one thing does not outweigh another. Throw in a perfect location and you have my full attention. Having dined...

  • I attended the launch of the Stellenbosch Hills limited-edition range of wines that promise rare insight into some of South Africa’s finest terroir in Stellenbosch has been unveiled. Named Sense of Place, the portfolio showcases the diversity of expressi

  • Just off Voor Paardeberg Road in the distance we found a beautiful white chapel that leads to a picturesque scene: the ever-changing leaves of the vineyards.  The tasting room is cosy with a rustic appearance and classic country charm. Greeted by the soun

  • Imagine a wine club, where over and above 20% off 10 wines every month, you get to enjoy competitions and invitations to exclusively hosted Wine Club events. Well, those days are gone thanks to Pick n Pay Wine Club. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and...

  • Fiver by Four Cousins, the ready-to-drink range of fun-in-a-bottle., turns every occasion into a celebration. Catering to a variety of taste profiles, the Fiver comes in three flavours: the popular Cool (apple and lime), Blush (strawberry and litchi), and Dry,

  • Last week I had the opportunity to taste award-winning American #FarmToGlass @richlandrum.africa craft rum at the Vista Bar in the @oocapetown . I must admit I was pleasantly surprised to learn that #RichlandRum is America’s

  • We’ve all been there, thought it was love at first sight instead it turned out to be another dry encounter. Does this mean we have to give up on love completely? Absolutely not. The media has led us to believe that Valentine’s day is all...

  • Constantia Wine Route may be 333 years rich in history but the dynamic winemaking team from the valley sure knows how to revive its history in an entertaining style. Media and friends of the valley were invited to compete in the first ever Winemaker’s Quiz eve

  • HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE WINES Beautiful Cabernet vines usher you to the wine-tasting area of this boutique winery situated on the foothill of the Simonsberg Mountains. In 2008 the Du Toit brothers Stephen and Retief developed a boutique vineyard on Le Present; m

  • 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 som

  • HAVE YOU DONE A BRANDY TASTING AT VAN RYN’S? There’s something about enjoying a tot of Brandy on a cold winters day , and that’s exactly what we did by visiting Van Ryn’s Distillery. My friend being a Brandy enthusiast accompanied me on the visit,.

  • Behold the changing leaves and enjoy the crisp breeze Greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours and memories of harvest 2018, the “The De Meye Estate” is a remarkable family-owned boutique winery, situated in the lush Mulservlei area.   This unique little spot

  • 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.R

  • Quality Wines and Family Friendly Constantia Uitsig has a vibrant history of wine production, but it prides itself on its commitment to a green building, farming practices and its bio-diversity. The farm aims to become a haven for both indigenous flora and bir

  • Bubbling Cocktails & Sunsets at Chinchilla My #ChinchillaMoment is bubbling cocktails, crisp sea air and the most epic sunset- Chinchilla Rooftop bar opened their doors in November 2017 and quickly became the summer hotspot at The Promenade on Victoria Roa

  • Pause, Reflect and pour a glass of Survivor Wine  Survivor Wines , SA bloggers and some vocal wine enthusiasts like yours truly reveal their tips for #Surviving2018 The word survivor has many definitions including; “A person who copes with

  • First Satursday @ Onderkloof Wine Estate In January Onderkloof Wines launched their #FirstSaturdays. This means that their tasting room will be open on the first Saturday of each month between 10:30 and 15H00. Onderkloof is situated in the historical wine regi

  • I had the pleasure of visiting the Bosman Family Vineyards earlier this year and  Oh my Gosh what an amazing experience. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content. I agree to have my personal information transfered to Ma

  • Just over a week ago I visited the Franschhoek Wine Route and saw a team of  men frantically working on this piece of wall,  fast forward to a few days later and this is the result. Welcome to Paserene the new addition to the Franschhoek...

  • When I got the invitation from Dine4Six, I must say I was a bit apprehensive going to dinner with 6 strangers. I was also hoping that it was not some kind of speed dating as for one, I’m married and two, I had no car...

  • Nothing “BOT” about Bot River Winter can really just drag me down, don’t get me wrong – I love a good fireplace, winter coats and boots, but there comes a time in your life that you just need to see bright colours and let go....

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