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 has the grape packaged with Syrah on a cargo ship navigating the Rhône river, en route to Beaujolais when it was captured, near the site of present-day Condrieu, by a local group of outlaws.

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 Rosé. For winemaker Nadia Barnard-Langenegger, the release is especially poignant – it marks her 10th anniversary harvest at Waterkloof.

The Muratie Harvest Festival is back and not to be missed, the Melck family will once again be hosting their annual Harvest Festival at Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday 29 th February 2020. The Festival, which takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, great company, live music and lots of fun stomping newly harvested grapes.

Stellenbosch Wine Routes encourages responsible wine drinking with #SoberStellies this festive season

  Stellenbosch Wine Routes is leading by example this holiday season. With thousands of tourists and holiday goers flocking to the Cape Winelands to soak up the many attractions of one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, enjoying a glass of wine is a given. This year, Stellenbosch Wine Routes’ inspiring #SoberStellies campaign, kicking off on 13 December, is setting the tone for responsible drinking behaviour.

Nothing excites me more than Chardonnay In my wine glass, the versatility excites me especially when the wine is showcases the winemakers flair   Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic flavour needs to be coaxed out. Creatively it’s a blank canvass for winemakers and that’s an exciting space to exhibit the craft of winemaking.

HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE WINES

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]