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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.

Almost three decades after opening as a luxury country hotel, and three centuries since the farm was first granted to an ambitious young farmer, Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl has reopened with new owners, a new restaurant and a refreshed look across its luxury suites Entrepreneurs Hansie and Theresa Britz, both born and raised in this charming town, acquired the property in early 2019 and immediately set about rejuvenating this icon of the winelands. The hotel was closed for a month, while painters, decorators, designers and landscapers set to work refurbishing the suites, buildings and public areas.

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.

Just off Voor Paardeberg Road in the distance we found a beautiful white chapel that leads to a picturesque scene: the ever-changing leaves of the vineyards.  The tasting room is cosy with a rustic appearance and classic country charm. Greeted by the sounds of a crackling fire, a glass of wine and inviting laughter, immediately made it feel like home. [caption id="attachment_19172" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Wedding Chapel at Vondeling Wines[/caption]

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.