It’s thumbs up at TOKARA as the 2021 harvest kicks off in all earnest with the first Chardonnay headed for the cellar at this esteemed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate.

All indications point to an exceptional harvest which is good news for wine producers who have had to endure their share of hardship since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic at the apex of the 2020 harvest.

Collector’s wine encompasses a spirit of tenacity and sense of humour

 One of South Africa’s most loved and quirkiest fine wines celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with the latest release by Delheim in Stellenbosch. What some first derided as a failure, the late Spatz Sperling resurrected to become a beloved choice of South African new wine lovers. He called it Spatzendreck.

Youth academy partnership to learn wine process from start to finish

Renowned Stellenbosch winery Delheim is partnering to create a milestone for graduates – some from previously under resourced areas - creating their own wine product, start to finish. Commencing with this year’s harvest, the group from the Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA) will get a basic introduction from business plans to harvest, vinification, maturation and eventual own-brand wine release.

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Stellenbosch Street Soirées are back! This series of laid-back wine, food and music socials is your invitation to be rejuvenated in South Africa’s capital of good living. Once again presented by Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the Soirées make the most of the Cape’s balmy summer evenings when one of the town’s main roads is closed off, allowing visitors to snack and sip through fine Stellenbosch fare. What better way to get out into a safe space?

Goodbyes are never easy. No matter the circumstances. Yet perhaps after an atypical year like 2020, farewells are even harder to bear, as social gatherings and celebrations have been replaced with social distancing and virtual experiences. Yet, regardless of the circumstances, there’s no way the Vriesenhof community could sidestep the departure of their viticultural cornerstone, Nicky Claasens. After 13 years of dedicated and award-winning winemaking, Vriesenhof Winemaker Nicky Claasens and his wife Bettina will be emigrating to Germany to establish new roots. On the news of this move, writer Emile Joubert expressed:                 “Nicky was definitely being touted as a leader among the newer generation of winemakers. Technically sound, he understood his vineyards and the impact of Vriesenhof's geography on the final product. Throw in sharp, understated wit and an opinionated stance on all matters wine, and he is definitely leaving a hole in the South African wine world.”

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSÉ AT LOUISVALE WINES

Spring is nature’s way of saying “Come out to Play”.  Just as it is everywhere, Spring is busy breathing new life and beauty into everything at Louisvale. With lovely blue skies, sunshine, bird song and flowers a blooming, Louisvale Wines is bursting with Spring-like excitement to be welcoming guests back to their sensational, lush, and contemporary venue.

Foursome adds milestones to winery’s 75th anniversary year

Bring on the sunshine with the latest wines from Stellenbosch Hills. The addition of two new white wines - ambassadors of Harvest 2020 - marks a milestone for the winery celebrating its 75th year.

But its latest list of wines to stock up for the warmer days doesn’t stop here. In fact, the launch of Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2020 and Stellenbosch Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020 brings to four the number of current white wines available. They join the showstopping Sense of Place Anna Christina MCC 2018 and 1707 Reserve White 2019 as the wines to have, right now.

After reading countless reviews we headed out to Louisvale Wines, this beautiful estate is located in the heart of Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. The striking building was designed by award-winning architect, Christof Albertyn and represents the fusion of African and European building aesthetics.  I marvel at how the architect incorporated elements of Khoekhoen (who built the first man-made domed structure in the area).