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Harvest time marks a special period in the Cape winelands.  Between January and March each year, the grapes ripen and are harvested to start the magical process of winemaking.  The Paarl Harvest Celebration creates a unique opportunity for wine enthusiasts to experience the journey from the vineyards to the bottle.

Tshepo Mohlala is the talented young man behind eponymous African luxury denim brand, Tshepo the JeanMaker. Born in Lydenburg and raised in Tsakane, a small township situated in the east of Johannesburg, he founded his business in late 2015 in a quest to live out his passion for denim, which he says was inspired by his aunt’s classic yet quirky personal style. The stylish denim wear he creates is universal and timeless with original and eccentric nuances.  

Well-known wine brand, Nederburg, recently set out to celebrate South Africans forging their own paths in their own inimitable ways, via an exciting national marketing campaign entitled #TellMyStory. Aimed at reflecting Nederburg’s multitude of stories, given a history that spans more than 200 years (since 1791), it also mirrors the winery’s innate nature to do things in their own unique manner.  

Leading wine and spirit company, KWV, was the recipient of 29 top awards at the internationally acclaimed Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards – a major industry competition which attracted a record number of 2 255 entries this year. Illustrating KWV’s appeal to both local and international markets, KWV secured commendation from the competition’s local and international judges across its various beverage categories. Organisers of the Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards reported on KWV’s “formidable performance,” citing the company’s award tally which included a trophy, a Platinum Medal, five Double Gold Medals and 13 Gold Medals.

NEDERBURG’S THE WOOD DIARIES: A ‘SMOKY’ WINTER EXPERIENCE

A few weeks ago I was part of a small group that experienced an intimate late afternoon event at Nederburg in Paarl to learning about the intricacies and skill associated with not only the ageing of wine in oak, but also the blending of a number of wines matured using different types of oak and ageing techniques, into one beautifully balanced blend.