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Enter the prestigious South African Sommelier Association Best Young Sommelier 2019 competition, in association with Moët & Chandon. Are you a young sommelier or wine aficionado between 21 and 30 years old, looking for the ultimate career break? Just imagine winning this competition and celebrating your success with a magnum of Moët & Chandon at the Maison in France, then travelling on to Barolo in Italy to expand your wine horizons.

Bid farewell to the Winter blues and swing into Spring by heading off to the picture perfect Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of 14 and 15 September for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.  What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons.

 

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 time this year under the guidance of sensory experts and renowned PAR system developer Martin Dartin. The international awards for organic wines has since become one of the most important tasting events in the global organic wine sector. According to the organisers, in 2018 a total of 289 winery from 28 countries with more than 1000 organic wines were entered into the vigorous and sensory sensitive judging process.

There’s something quite magical and authentic about winter in Elgin. The chill brings with it a unique beauty of its own. Crisp mornings start the day with a heavy mist sunken within the dips of the rolling hills and a winter sun that shines stark over the many vineyards and fruit orchards amidst their off-season slumber. Locals greet the mornings with dragon breath and steaming cups of coffee, then wrap themselves up in the mandatory winter woollies. They are known to embrace the chill as they appreciate that the cold temperatures are good for next seasons fruit. As the last of the moody afternoon light filters through the tips of the Groenlandberg mountain, muddy boots are hung up to dry, stoves get lit, the red wine is opened as wafts of wood burning fires and homecooked meals fill the air.

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 Monument is the place to be for this two-day event, which takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July.

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 South Africa's most awarded ranges and a pinnacle in winemaking reserved for the finest in class. At the same time, its launch is a precursor to an exciting series of superlative, rare and limited-edition releases of The Mentors wines.