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CHARDONNAY! Because it rhymes with George Cloonay. And so it does too with Oprah Winfray and Katy Perray. So what do these almost famous or deliberately misspelt names rhyme with? Chardonnay of course – the almost popular varietal up in lights at Vriesenhof Vineyards. The strangely irreverent tone of its marketing may be seen as an unconventional approach but is in fact true to the roots of this fine vineyard.

Bobbejaan & Ou Jong Steen produce yet another glowing ambassador

 for holistic farming

  The latest vintage of Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment is out! The fourth vintage of this wine is renowned for the sublime intensity of flavour and aroma. The Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 forms part of a distinctive portfolio of well-crafted wines. In the glass, the wine shows a vibrant colour of pale straw with a green hue. Its sensory character is reminiscent of barley, apricots and peaches, underpinned by well-balanced acidity and oak. On the palate, citrus emerges and lingers.

"Sisters-and-sweet" will celebrate diversity and heritage

September is "sister"-time at Stellenbosch Hills. To celebrate Heritage Month this year, the popular winery has tweaked its famous Local-is-Lekker Biltong & Wine Pairing at its cellar – for a limited time only – to also feature a most traditional confection: the koe(k)sister. The quintessential South African dessert treat will be the kicker on the Stellenbosch Hills' experience that pairs its wines with biltong and droëwors.


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; making the “Deux Frères Wines” dream a reality. Le Present nestles on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Winelands District.

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 some of the best views of the Stellenbosch Winelands. [caption id="attachment_17146" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Reception Area[/caption]