The finalists for the 39th Diners Club Winemaker and 19th Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been announced. Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious Winemaker of the Year award, while five will vie for the Young Winemaker of t
I cant think of a better way than to kickstart the festive season on a fashionable high note at the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth. One of SA’s premier social calendar highl
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
Laurie Cooper now holds the title Moët & Chandon Best Young Sommelier Laurie Cooper has been crowned Moët & Chandon Best Young Sommelier 2019. At age 28, she is the winemaker and sommelier at Abingdon Wine Estate in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the firs
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
A string of recent awards for Bonnievale Wines has highlighted not only the winery’s skillful viticulture and winemaking practices, but the region’s premium quality Cabernet Sauvignon too. Cabernet Sauvignon is the number one grape variety in
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...
Delaire Graff Estate celebrates a week of stellar achievements with the Laurence Graff Reserve 2015 receiving an astounding 97 points and the soon to be released Delaire Graff The Banghoek 2016 an impressive 95 points in Tim Atkins’ assessment of just ov
The release of the 2017 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon marks the 33rd vintage of Cabernet with a Neil Ellis label. As a pioneer wine producer in site-identification and vineyard selected wines, the company celebrates its 35th anniversary since the first vintage
September is met with great anticipation and excitement in the wine industry as it coincides with the release of Tim Atkin’s annual review of South African wines. In the results, announced on 3 September, 11 wines within the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio scor
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
This year’s winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge provide ample evidence of South Africa’s major advances with the variety, according to Ina Smith, manager of the Chenin Blanc Association. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an e
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
GO COUNTRY CHIC AT OPSTAL IN SLANGHOEK, RAWSONVILLE: HOME OF “THE BEST VIEW IN THE CAPE” Located on a working wine farm just one hour’s drive from Cape Town, Opstal Stay is your perfect escape inland of the Boland Mountains. Come explore chic country-sty
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
Following a sell-out launch last year, the Artichoke Festival is back, and this year promises to be bigger and better. Come and enjoy a beautiful family day out in the Paardeberg Country on Sunday, 25 August 2019 and celebrate this delicious wintertime treat,
This year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival is just around the corner, and the perfect excuse to dress up in your finest French attire as you join in the festivities of celebrating Franschhoek’s French heritage. The historic Franschhoek Huguenot Monume
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
The world’s most loved Champagne House delighted the world on June 22 as it toasted to Moët Impérial’s 150th anniversary Moët & Chandon once again hosted its annual Moët & Chandon Grand Day, a sparkling 24-hour global celebration which saw frien
Ladies ignite your inner sparkle at an exclusive Sparkle After Dark – Wine & Pamper Experience happening on Thursday 27 June 2019. Nasdak rooftop venue, overlooking Table Mountain and Cape Town & city lights, is the perfect setting to celeb
South African Chenin Blanc is on a roll. Back from a highly successful showcase at leading trade show ProWein in Germany, and soon to be a key focus of an international wine congress, the Cinderella grape is seeing sales powering ahead at home and abroad
Savour the union of distinguished wines and gourmet cuisine with a weekend of culinary excellence in a magnificent wilderness setting. Bouchard Finlayson has teamed up with sister property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Congratulation are in order for Franschhoek wine farm Le Lude has received the highest points to date for a South African Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) in London. Le Lude, established in 2011 by Nic and Ferda Barrow.
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
When you think of Calitzdorp and the Swartland, there aren’t many close links apart from the fact that they’re both farming communities, producing excellent quality wines with a very similar dry and sunny climate. However, only a few know that the start
From Scotland’s Arbikie Highland Estate distillery comes a gin which honours the father of the distillery’s owners – Alex Kirkwood Stirling. Stirling senior passed away earlier this year, making this first Father’s Day bittersweet for distill
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
a trailblazing initiative, South Africa’s foremost auction house, Strauss & Co, has entered a joint venture with leading online wine merchant, Wine Cellar, and top sommelier, Higgo Jacobs, to launch a Fine Wine Auction programme. Get Free Email Updates!Sig
With an unwavering focus on crafting superlative Bordeaux blends, the wines of De Toren Private Cellar have become coveted worldwide, raising the profile of high-end South African wines across the globe. It is this exact philosophy from which Book XVII, hailed
Are you and your friends featured on the Drostdy Hof limited edition 3L bag-in-box wines? It doesn’t get more personal than this! In a first for South Africa, Drostdy Hof is featuring the special moments of hundreds of South Africans in a photographic collage
The annual Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, currently in its fourth year and known as the Wine & Food Tourism Conference from 2019, introduces the Wine & Food Tourism Awards. “The aim of this new awards platform is to r
Nederburg has been included in the highly-anticipated top 50 list of ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ by UK-based publication, Drinks International, for a fourth consecutive year in 2019. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publ
The annual Prowein International Trade Fair for Wine and Spirit is current underway in Düsseldorf, Germany KWV was revealed as one of the World’s Most Admired Brands in the annual The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands survey by Drinks International. Competing w
In a world of no brakes, extreme downhills and reaching speeds of around 100km, downhill or longboarding is not for the faint hearted. But it’s a way of life. And skateboarder and longboard shaper Kent Lingeveldt has proved that the South African skating scene
Saturday, March 2: The 2019 Cape Wine Auction has raised R14 625 million and has now amassed nearly R88 million since the first auction was held in 2014. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content. I agree to.
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...
Eco-champion estate’s top-seller hits the spot with quality and price There’s a new edition of everyone’s favourite go-to wine from Delheim. Crafted by the Stellenbosch estate for decades, the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is much lo
The Premium Moscato Perlé White from De Krans remains a crowd favourite since its maiden vintage in 2012, and the Moscato Red has similarly proved its popularity since its launch two years ago. The word Moscato, still a growing style in South Africa, refers to
Groote Post’s West Coast Flagship Sauvignon Blanc – partially wooded with a 10% Semillon component Sauvignon Blanc has always been the standout varietal at Groote Post, the beautiful historic farm owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills on
Saturday, 23 February 2019, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek February is harvest time in the winelands and the perfect time for Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate to roll out the barrel for their annual Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Sat
Groot Phesantekraal, the exemplary heritage estate peacefully tucked away on the outskirts of Durbanville, is once again in celebration mode! One of Durbanville’s oldest farms, the heritage that is Groot Phesantekraal dates back to 1698. A story of improbable
Beware the Mad Giant and its march against a planetary scourge Champion award spurs Jozi brewer to tackle single-use plastic Awesome on the palate and kind to the planet – that’s Mad Giant, brewer of the beer just named Grand Champion (overall best
FAT bastard, the well-loved, delicious, full-bodied range of wines, celebrated 21 years of LIVING large at a party to remember. “Much like a glass of FAT bastard wine, life should be filled to the brim and enjoyed in large, delicious gulps.” This is the
Neil Ellis Wines, the family owned winery on the slopes of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a must-visit this summer. In addition to a wide range of highly-acclaimed wines, food and wine lovers can embark on an epicurean journey with a unique food and..
One of only a handful of black ballerinas in the world, Kitty Phetla, has broken all barriers in becoming a respected dancer, choreographer, model and radio host in South Africa. Recently she has been recognised with the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist award f
Fitch & Leedes spices up the art of mixology with new Ginger Beer New Fitch & Leedes Spicy Ginger Beer, the intrepid mixer with a sense of adventure, is taking the enjoyment of fine spirits to the next level. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and...
Embrace instant celebration with the fabulous flair of new Chateau Del Rei, the naturally sweet sparkling wine, conveniently packaged in a can for any occasion. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content. I agree to have
Exquisite new summer pairing delights from November 2018 till end of February 2018 This summer at Idiom you can explore interesting and unusual wines through the prism of macarons, the dainty confection that shares an Italian heritage with the celebrated Helde
Proudly South African brand Zari Sparkling Grape, premium non-alcoholic bubbly from the Western Cape’s Robertson region, is ticking all the boxes of bringing alcohol-free bubbly that adds glamour and sparkle to any occasion. Get Free Email Updates!Signup now a
Savour the ultimate taste experience of uplifting Méthode Cap Classique and fresh West Coast oysters at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Served from the oyster bar under majestic oaks in the magnificent Sculpture Garden, the MCC & oyste
In a show-stopping moment for the locally produced Méthod Cap Classique, Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs was crowned as the overall champion wine receiving the Vertex Award at the 2018 Veritas Awards held over the weekend. With a record number of 1 677 entries in tot
Taste the Cape Floral Kingdom in this Stellenbosch estate’s unique offering Delheim has always been famous for its tasting room pairing of bespoke cupcakes with its wines. Now, the experience goes next-level with an all-new twist of this evergreen
In his seventh annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin contends that the 2015 and 2017 vintages have produced a brilliant series of wines that surpass anything in the country’s long history, and that they are
Winemaker Justin van Wyk, the sage behind Constantia Glen’s acclaimed cool climate wines, is celebrating a decade of winemaking prowess crafting South African benchmark Bordeaux-style wines. Constantia Glen is the perfect fit for van Wyk, who cut his teeth on
Enjoy the all new, exciting wine and food experience at The Tasting Room at Grande Provence – a savoury pairing of hummus and wine. This new twist created by Chef Guy Bennett together with the winemaking team, is perfect for sharing on a getaway to...
In a display of double wood mastery, Three Ships Whisky has launched its latest limited edition: the Three Ships 8 Year Old Single Malt Oloroso Cask Finish. The whisky is a heady bouquet of smoke and peat balanced by a nutty richness and the first...
WINE ON THE RIVER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEDBANK: 26-28 OCTOBER 2018 Ladies and gents, lovers of fabulous wine, good food and happy vibes – assemble! Springtime is around the corner and the Robertson Wine Valley is getting ready to celebrate in style. Expec
The 2018 Sommeliers Selection listed wines announced The Sommeliers Selection is the only South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories fashioned around the perfect varietals for a restaurant wine menu.