“Think of chocolate coated espresso coffee beans with candied cherries and butterscotch. Does this sound delicious? It is indeed. There’s so much to love about the Barista Pinotage. Have a taste and see for yourself.” These are the words of winemaker legend, B
Although working in the wine industry was not a first choice for Marshall Arendorff (38), cellar controller and wine blender at Drostdy Hof, one could say the industry found him! Whilst studying towards a BCom Financial Management degree at Stellenbosch Univer
TOKARA’s vibrant new Sauvignon Blanc vintage is the perfect summertime companion for warm weather sipping and alfresco dining. Crafted from Elgin and Stellenbosch vines, the just released TOKARA Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is vibrant with an abundance of Cape goosebe
Foursome adds milestones to winery’s 75th anniversary year Bring on the sunshine with the latest wines from Stellenbosch Hills. The addition of two new white wines – ambassadors of Harvest 2020 – marks a milestone for the winery celebrating it
Suffering from lockdown blues and chomping at the bit to explore your ‘neighbourhood’? Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends – an all-inclusive winelands weekend getaway – is guaranteed to curb any lockdown cabin fever. Now that leisure travel has resumed this is the
WORLD-CLASS GIN LAUNCHES WITH TWO GOLD MEDALS Born of the sea, Clifton Gin is an iconic new addition to the luxury spirits sector. The vision for this ocean-inspired signature set of gins, founded by South African born Silvana Bottega, was the sheer refreshing
Despite the impact on the economy of the Covid pandemic and the successive bans on wine sales, the 19th edition of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show saw a gratifyingly strong entry from a broad range of producers. A total of 747 wines from 162...
Roodeberg’s commemorative ‘1949’ red wine launched last year to celebrate the brand’s momentous 70th anniversary, has brought home a Gold medal and a phenomenal score of 96/100 from the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Get Free Email Updates!Sig
Five wines from Durbanville Valley winery Nitida have scored 90 points or more in the latest 2020 Tim Atkin SA Report which was released recently. These include: Nitida Calligraphy 2018 (90) Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (91) Nitida Coronata Integration 2019 (92
Constantia Glen continues to bowl over overseas wine critics with all four signature Bordeaux-style wines breaking the venerable 90 point barrier in the highly respected Tim Atkin South Africa 2020 Special Report. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive
TIM ATKIN MW RELEASES HIS 2020 SOUTH AFRICA REPORT, SAYING “THE CAPE IS FACING ITS BIGGEST CHALLENGE SINCE PHYLLOXERA” Atkin says South Africa “making the best wines in its history” “What we have now is a constellation shining bright above us in the fir
Nothing beats finding that perfect Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that is both structured and accessible enough to drink on its own, and that pairs perfectly with that impromptu weekday or weekend pizza, pasta dish, or a good old braai. The De Krans Basket Pr
Bouchard Finlayson, one of South Africa’s leading wine farms, is delighted to announce the first recipient of the Bouchard Finlayson WSET Scholarship. Thabang Mamkeli (23) has been chosen from the many applicants to be the winner of the scholarship, giving him
TOKARA’s highly acclaimed Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon from the standout 2017 vintage has staked its claim on the international stage with a Top 100 ranking in the United Kingdom. This phenomenal wine also earned critical acclaim from the Frenc
Retains focus in blending Old World winemaking with modern viticulture Renowned Stellenbosch winery, Eikendal, has embarked on a new era with the official appointment of Maryke Botha as its winemaker. Until recently, she served as assistant to cellar ma
With heritage month around the corner, Anthonij Rupert Wyne invites South Africans to take one of our country’s best-loved pastimes to a new level. As close friends and family gather around the fire, open a bottle of Cape of Good Hope’s Riebeeksrivie
Amidst a world pandemic, we believe in finding good and positive treasures around us to keep us inspired, motivated and ready for any challenge that may cross our route. Spice Route Destination has always been our small treasure on the slopes of Paarl m
UNVEILING CHAMPAGNE NICOLAS FEUILLATTE RÉSERVE EXCLUSIVE BRUT ROSÉ NV INSPIRED BY THE FAMOUS SAKURA (CHERRY BLOSSOM) SEASON IN JAPAN Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, the number one selling Champagne in France and the third biggest-selling C
Some exciting news for a change, which makes me grin from ear to ear. The World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) has issued Paarl and Wellington with their ‘Safe travels’ approval. This means that the two destinations adhere to the strict guidelines and protocols
Zandvliet Wine Estate has triumphed at this year’s NWC/Top 100 SA Wines Challenge, making a clean sweep of Platinum, Double Gold and Double Silver medals for its wines. The victory re-affirms Zandvliet’s status as one of South Africa’s leading producers and as
Paying homage to more than 300 years of wine history and the distinctive blue-grey granite that gave the farm its original name, Blaauwklippen has released a classic Bordeaux blend in their range of premium red wines – De Blaauwe Klip 2017. Get Free Email Upda
By now you are surely craving Middelvlei’s popular Boerebraai lunches, wondering when the next time will be that you get to tuck into a juicy lamb chop or the freshly baked potbrood. Hopefully soon you’ll get to enjoy these tasty treats again, but for now
FAT bastard Chardonnay, the original FAT bastard wine and one of South Africa’s favourite Chardonnays, continues to win hearts and fill glasses. The recently released FAT bastard Chardonnay 2019 is not only delicious: rich and round, fruit driven and food frie
Finesse is one of five Chardonnays made by De Wetshof Estate in Robertson, a pioneering South African Chardonnay producer. The 2019 vintage of this wine marks the 30th anniversary of Finesse, which De Wetshof owner Danie de Wet introduced into the market in 19
Prominence for Pinotage – the winery’s first bottled red wine The year 1945 was forever etched into human history as the end of a disastrous war. For a small group of wine farmers in Stellenbosch, it marked a victory in independence 75 years ago that...
Experience-in-a-box includes award-winning wines Step into Delheim’s mountainside forest and vineyards – without setting a foot outside. But you’ll have to be quick because stock for this exclusive experience is limited. To mark its 10th anniversary of Wild Mu
Get 10% off your online order and stand a chance to win a FREE case Stellenbosch Hills might be ramping up your next birthday fiesta as it celebrates its own 75-year milestone this year. Order wine via the Stellenbosch Hills website during LEVELS 4...
A highly awarded winemaker with Stellenbosch in his virtual DNA has been appointed to lead the winemaking team of Mulderbosch Vineyards. Henry Kotzé is set to move to the iconic winery in the Stellenboschkloof basin in June. He is leaving from Morgenster, wher
There’s no doubt that the South African wine industry has been amongst the hardest hit by COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions. However, as a result of last Friday’s move to Level 4 , hope is slowly beginning to trickle in. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and.
When you log on to the Black Elephant Vintners (BEV) website, one of the first things you see on the landing page is a line that reads “A Robben Island native, an ex-stockbroker and an elephant walk into a bar …” And you know immediately...
Legend has it that Viognier is an ancient grape originating in Dalamatia (present-day Croatia) and was brought to the Rhone Valley during the Roman occupation. One legend states that the Roman emperor Probus brought the vine to the region in 281 AD; another ha
Stellenbosch wine and sport legend Jan Boland Coetzee was honoured with the iconic 1659 medal of honour on Thursday 6 February 2020 at the annual Wine Harvest Commemorative event at the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate in Cape Town. Get Free Email Updates
KLEINE ZALZE wine estate in Stellenbosch has made a key appointment in line with its premiumisation strategy with marketing and sales specialist and wine industry veteran Carina Gous to join its team. She will be part of the senior management team at Kleine Za
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 Ro
Congratulations are in order, The popular radio personality Africa Melane has been appointed chair of the panel of judges of South Africa’s leading performing arts competition, the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. He succeeds Melanie Burke. Get Free Email Updates!
Time Manner Place – Flagstone’s Ethereal Salute to South African Vinification Simply put, Flagstone’s Time Manner Place is Pinotage decadence. A result of obsessive winemaking and characterised by its ravishing fruit, this premium expression of South Afr
We had the absolute pleasure of joining Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate welcome Adam & Eve 2019 Limited Merlot Collector’s Edition, a bespoke collection made from pure Merlot grapes far more alluring than forbidden fruit. A match made in Eden Vergenoegd Löw
The 40 th Anniversary Edition of the Best-Selling Annual Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 8 November 2019 with over 230 guests in attendance, the VIPs including the wine producers who achieve
Van Loveren Family Vineyards has acquired the premier Zandvliet wine brand from ANB Investments, which will continue to focus its resources on its own successful core citrus farming operations Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publi
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
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 reco
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 win
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...
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 jour
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 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 grandparent
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 ele
5 MINUTES WITH DURBANVILLE HILLS’ NEW CHEF Durbanville Hills, the contemporary cellar which celebrated its 21st harvest this year, has announced the appointment of head chef Tamzyn Ehlers. The restaurant is famed for its spectacular views of Table Bay an
The Constantia restaurant scene gained a new all-day eatery in March, when contemporary Botanicum Café & Grill opened its doors, serving seasonal modern European dishes using the best Cape produce. Personally managed by co-founder and sommelier Marc Botes,
The top five wines from the inaugural Best Value Shiraz Tastings 2019 have been released. Seeking to find the best examples of Shiraz between the R60 and R120 price points, the wines were tasted blind by our three judges: Joanne Gibson, Ndaba Dube and Trizanne
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 ti
Seasoned, award-winning winemaker Lizelle Gerber is joining Nederburg Wines in Paarl as its new cellar-master, from 1 August 2019 Nederburg, one of South Africa’s most pedigreed names in wine, is part of the newly-formed Libertas Vineyards and Estates, Distell
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 Sout
Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Somerset West), one of South Africa’s most sustainable and experimental wineries, is revamping its range of wines to give clear differentiation between its three serie
Steenberg appoints Elunda Basson as new Cellar Master Accomplished winemaker Elunda Basson, a respected specialist of her craft with a string of prestigious awards in tow, has been appointed as the new Cellar Master at Steenberg Vineyards. Get Free Email Updat
Vondeling’s white flagship Babiana isn’t only a celebration of 360 years of winemaking in South Africa (the first wine was made in 1659 at the Cape of Good Hope), but it also celebrates the rich diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the world’s...