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20 July 2017
Rainwater Harvesting at Villiera Wines
It is a well-known fact that in the Western Cape, we have reached a critical point in our drought crisis.
19 July 2017
The Most Unique Wine Tasting Experiences in the Cape
Move over, Gin and Craft Beer! Wine is making the mother of all comebacks!
19 July 2017
Melt the cold away with Swiss Cheese Fondue at Eikendal Vineyards
What better way to escape the chill of the Cape winter than a cosy evening with friends, a shared Swiss cheese fondue and exquisite wine ...
19 July 2017
Melt the cold away with Swiss Cheese Fondue at Eikendal Vineyards
What better way to escape the chill of the Cape winter than a cosy evening with friends, a shared Swiss cheese fondue and exquisite wine ...
19 July 2017
The Most Unique Wine Tasting Experiences in the Cape
Move over, Gin and Craft Beer! Wine is making the mother of all comebacks!
18 July 2017
Hartenberg Merlot 2015 heralds bumper season
The 2015 harvest was hailed by the industry as a bumper vintage and Hartenberg Wine Estate’s latest offering, the Hartenberg Merlot 2015, ...
18 July 2017
Morgenster Reserve 2008 wins gold at UK Sommelier Wine Awards 2017
Morgenster Reserve 2008 has won a gold medal at the UK Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 in the category New World: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot ...
18 July 2017
Hartenberg Merlot 2015 heralds bumper season
The 2015 harvest was hailed by the industry as a bumper vintage and Hartenberg Wine Estate’s latest offering, the Hartenberg Merlot 2015, ...
14 July 2017
The 2017 South African Women’s Wine Awards
The 2017 South African Women’s Wine Awards saw steady growth in several of the wine categories. The aim was to find gold medal winners ...
14 July 2017
Higgo Jacobs’ Top 10 Best Wine Farms for MCC
A law graduate from Stellenbosch, Higgo was lured into the wine industry after his studies, and what was meant to be a sabbatical ended ...
13 July 2017
Hugh Lovel’s Quantum Agriculture Workshop at Avondale
Avondale recently hosted a first for South Africa - a Quantum Agriculture Workshop by Hugh Lovel, the internationally acclaimed Biodynamic ...
12 July 2017
Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition still going strong 21 years on
The Pinotage Association and Absa are pleased to announce the finalists in this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition, which marks 21 ...
12 July 2017
SA Sommeliers Discover Brandy Excellence at Backsberg Tasting
The fine quality of South African brandy was once again on show with Backsberg Estate Cellars recently hosting the South African Sommeliers ...
12 July 2017
Peter Falke Signature Exclusive Blend 2014 & Justine Wall’s Courgette Bhajis
Whenever I taste and write about a Peter Falke wine, I am aware of the great care taken of the vineyards, by GM Werner Schrenk, leading ...
11 July 2017
Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc - Paired with seared tuna with soy & mirin
This delicious Seared Tuna with Soy and Mirin recipe has loads of flavour and is quick and easy to prepare.
11 July 2017
A bubbly launch of the 2010 vintage of Armilla
Avondale is delighted to present Armilla 2010, the latest vintage of our classically-made Blanc de Blanc MCC.
10 July 2017
Does Wine taste better in a glass?
Tasting Aims To Answer Wine Glass Question. Avontuur Estate’s winemaker Jan van Rooyen is tackling an interesting question in his tutored ...
10 July 2017
Does Wine taste better in a glass?
Tasting Aims To Answer Wine Glass Question. Avontuur Estate’s winemaker Jan van Rooyen is tackling an interesting question in his tutored ...
5 July 2017
Win a wine hamper with Waterford Estate
Please keep your eye out for our Waterford Estate "Win A Wine Hamper Neck Tags" in selected stores in the Western Cape.
4 July 2017
What's happening in South Africa...
When I think about South African wine, I reminisce over my time at last years, Imbibe, Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA).
3 July 2017
Transformation and integration - #wineforgood
The South African wine industry, like the country itself, has lived through political turmoil and a fair amount of negativity with regards ...
3 July 2017
The Old Vines Project Goes Live In London With One of the Tastings of the Year…
The 28th of June was a momentous day in the history of South African wine. The Old Vines Tasting at South Africa House in London presented ...
3 July 2017
Transformation and integration - #wineforgood
The South African wine industry, like the country itself, has lived through political turmoil and a fair amount of negativity with regards ...
1 July 2017
Avontuur Estate July Newsletter
July means only one thing in the racing fraternity – The Durban July! With the TBA presenting the KZN Yearling Sale on Thursday, 29 June ...
30 June 2017
Hartenberg Wine Estate ‘warms’ winter with its soul food
As winter slowly creeps through our window panes and settles in our bones, Hartenberg Wine Estate is guaranteed to keep away the chill ...
30 June 2017
South African Wine Tourism Goes Digital
The winelands and its tourism offering are now a click away with the newly launched wine tourism portal,, inspiring ...
30 June 2017
Hartenberg Wine Estate ‘warms’ winter with its soul food
As winter slowly creeps through our window panes and settles in our bones, Hartenberg Wine Estate is guaranteed to keep away the chill ...
29 June 2017
Effecting Real Change From The Grassroots
Workers on the historic Meerlust Wine Estate and the neighbouring Compagniesdrift Bottling and Storage facility near Stellenbosch have ...
28 June 2017
Merlot Report 2017
The inaugural Merlot Report in association with the official producer body known as the Merlot Forum is now out. (26 June 2017)
27 June 2017
Wines that wow at the Fifth FNB Free State Wine Show
The fifth FNB Free State Wine Show takes place once again at Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August. Book your ...
23 June 2017
Bid for the South African Airways 2018 Wine Selection Tender Now
Onboard any South African Airways (SAA) flight is a world of choice of select high-end wines for the discerning flyer. These wines are ...
21 June 2017
Eikendal Vineyards 2017 Winter Pizza & Wine Pairing Experience
June, August & September 2017
21 June 2017
New developments at Stellenbosch Vineyards
“The recent success of our wines in competitions have sparked the birth of a great new wine and food experience,” states Eduan Steynberg, ...
20 June 2017
Lanzerac’s Mrs English Chardonnay 2016 pays homage to an industry icon
Part of the brand’s Heritage range, the Lanzerac Mrs English Chardonnay 2016 is a true reflection of the elegance and sophistication of ...
16 June 2017
Amateur & Expert opinions mesh at Cab Franc Carnival
After the announcement of the Top 6 in this year’s official Cabernet Franc Challenge at Avontuur Estate in March, it was interesting to ...
15 June 2017
Kleine Zalze Cabernet Sauvignon shines in the 2017 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon report
From oaked to opulent styles to more fruit-driven reds, there’s a Kleine Zalze Cabernet Sauvignon for every palate. In particular, the ...
15 June 2017
Great score for Longridge in Eedes' Bordeaux Report
There is no better cure for the winter blues than enjoying great South African red wines. And if you want to try one of the country’s best ...
15 June 2017
Lanzerac’s Tasting Room open for the Winter Season
A fire, which broke out in the early hours of 28 May, may have caused immeasurable damage to the iconic Lanzerac Hotel, but it has not ...
15 June 2017
#SeasonsOfLourensford Autumn Instagram Winners
Lourensford Estate has announced the winners of the Autumn #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram competition, with Megan Hutton of Somerset West ...
14 June 2017
The Rise of South African Chenin Blanc: Signature Varietal Celebrated on #DrinkChenin 2017
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) USA (, the industry association which promotes the exports of South African wine, is excited ...
13 June 2017
Slay your winter blues at Taste the Helderberg epicurean fest
Get the inside track on the best of Helderberg wines
12 June 2017
Lourensford hosts HGG Gala for Good Gourmet dinner in aid of Masincedane
This year Lourensford brings a brand new and exciting black tie event to the calendar. The first ever HGG Lourensford Gala for Good aims ...
12 June 2017
Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2017 is pleased to announce the third annual Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report (previously the Red Hot Wine Awards) featuring Bordeaux-style ...
12 June 2017
Lanzerac Wine Estate - June 2017
Lanzerac Spa and Lanzerac Tasting Room & Deli will reopen for business on Monday 12 June 2017.
9 June 2017
Avontuur Estate happy with sponsorship of Cab Franc Carnivals 2017
Gauteng takes to Cab Franc at carnival...
9 June 2017
Chenin Day: Pioneering Simonsig Estate’s Chenin Blanc Roots Run Deep
Besides being recognised as the pioneer of Méthode Cap Classique, Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch has its roots firmly grounded in Chenin ...
8 June 2017
Avontuur Cabernet Franc Carnival - Sunnies out, Fedora's on!
The fourth annual Cabernet Franc Carnival was held on 21 May on the Avontuur Wine Estate located along the R44. The rolling green lawns, ...
7 June 2017
Avontuur Estate June 2017 Newsletter
Winter is starting to bite and although the Cape is still very short of rain, the little bit we’ve had, is ensuring a lovely green sheen. ...
7 June 2017
The early bird catches the worm
The initial registration period for The Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference, taking place at Spier in Stellenbosch on 20 September, ...
7 June 2017
New Winter Wine Pairing at Stellenbosch Vineyards
Stellenbosch Vineyards will be celebrating ‘the great indoors’ during the winter season with a new wine pairing specially made to celebrate ...
5 June 2017
Lanzerac Fire, Stellenbosch
Devastated by a fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, 28 May 2017, the heart of the iconic and beloved Lanzerac Hotel of Stellenbosch’s ...
2 June 2017
Tutored Tasting Winter Series kicks off at Avontuur Estate
Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen and the Estate’s Tasting Room team are planning a trio of “Tutored Tastings” for the winter months. ...
2 June 2017
Tokara Crowned Overall Champion at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017
South Africa, Stellenbosch; THE superiority of wines by Tokara Wine Estate was re-affirmed this week when the Stellenbosch farm once again ...
1 June 2017
Ken Forrester Wines: 2017 BCX SuperSport Shootout
A celebration of talent - come rain or shine!
1 June 2017
Hartenberg’s Grand Dame shines at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
Hartenberg Wine Estate’s The Eleanor Chardonnay 2012 excelled at the 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, scoring an impressive 94 points ...
31 May 2017
First Cape Winemakers Guild Viticulture Protégé kick starts his career
The first graduate to complete the Cape Winemakers Guild Viticulture Protégé Programme has made his debut in the wine industry with a full-time ...
31 May 2017
Spier – two jewels in the crown…
Die Vine Intervention is a series of podcasts which John Fraser, broadcaster, financial journalist, business editor and publisher of, ...
30 May 2017
Neil Ellis Wines Shine in the 2017 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report and the 2017 10 Year Old Wine Awards
Re-affirming the distinguished pedigree of Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon
29 May 2017
Hartenberg’s Gravel Hill Shiraz earns Gold
Known for producing award-winning Shiraz wines, Hartenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch has another reason to celebrate. The estate’s Gravel ...
29 May 2017
New Owners of Stellenzicht Wines
Over the past 17 years Ernie Els Wines has been on the forefront of premium winemaking in the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch. With a ...
29 May 2017
Neethlingshof - Long History, Short Stories
South Africa, Stellenbosch, September 2015; ALL great wines have a story to tell. They speak of the soils where gnarled vines send down ...
26 May 2017
Like Father Like Son... Warren Ellis continuing the Neil Ellis Legacy
When you have to think of one or two words to sum up a winery and it’s wines, it can sometimes be quite difficult… but sometimes not. After ...
26 May 2017
Simonsig Merindol Takes Rare Gold at Syrah du Monde
A single-vineyard Syrah from the Cape‘s 2010 vintage made on Simonsig Estate won one of the few Gold medals awarded at this year’s Syrah ...
25 May 2017
The Signature Peter Falke Exclusive Blend 2014 & Ina Paarman's Penne wiith bacon & mushrooms
I was out at Peter Falke Wines last week on the most perfect autumnal day, blue skies and brilliant sunshine. There were guests tasting ...
24 May 2017
Ernie Els Wines Co-Owner Buys Historic South African Winery Stellenzicht
The co-owner of Ernie Els Wines is expanding his Stellenbosch presence, buying the neighboring Stellenzicht winery. Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, ...
24 May 2017
Third Cab Franc Carnival at Avontuur a success for the varietal
The third Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate took place again on Saturday, 20 May 2017 on the terraces and expansive ...
22 May 2017
20 things to do in the Winelands for under R100
When times are tight, a visit to the Winelands seems unlikely – if you start adding up how much a meal at a restaurant is going to cost, ...
19 May 2017
The Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunch returns to Hartenberg Wine Estate
Hand-crafted wine and soul food are a match made in heaven and Hartenberg Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, ...
19 May 2017
Stellenbosch Cabernet | The Collection | One night only
Stellenbosch Cabernet – The Collection – promises Gauteng wine lovers an extraordinary once-off experience. On 22nd June – for one night ...
18 May 2017
Avontuur releases new Cab Franc in time for Carnival
The release of the 2014 Avontuur Estate Cabernet Franc celebrates the production of a single varietal of this wine for 21 years. “We’re ...
12 May 2017
Hartenberg wines impress yet again
Hartenberg wines impress yet again
12 May 2017
Wine Roots: from farm worker to winemaker
Christo Hanse is the assistant winemaker at Eikendal Wine Estate near Stellenbosch. Elizma talks to him about his roots and the great leaps ...
10 May 2017
Winemaker Miles Mossop Spreads His Wings
TOKARA announces with regret that Winemaker, Miles Mossop, will be leaving to pursue opportunities to develop his own brand.
10 May 2017
Sparkling Kaapse Vonkel and the Oysters from Heaven
Sparkling wine and oysters have traditionally been seen as a match made in heaven, but this combination has reached even greater heights ...
9 May 2017
Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches pay homage to heritage fare
Chef George Jardine to enthral with traditional tastes and champion wines
5 May 2017
Book now for Delheim’s Jazz and Cheese Fondues
Escape the cold with a warm-hearted feast at famous Stellenbosch estate
5 May 2017
Ernie Els Wines Newsletter - May 2017
All the latest releases, news and offers from the team at Ernie Els Wines.
5 May 2017
Mother’s Day at Lanzerac Wine Estate | 14 May 2017
Treat Mom to something extra special this Mother’s Day with a visit to the picture perfect Lanzerac Wine Estate, situated in the heart ...
5 May 2017
Avontuur Estate May 2017 Newsletter
In May we celebrate one of our favourite varietals, Cabernet Franc. With the release of the 2014 vintage this month, winemaker Jan van ...
4 May 2017
Delheim goes Cape Malay in May
Fire up winter with a hearty, traditional meal at Cape wineland’s icon estate
4 May 2017
Another Top 100 for Jasper Raats
Longridge Wine Estate and its cellar master Jasper Raats continue showcasing the exceptional quality of their wines by being included in ...
3 May 2017
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 & Anina Meyer’s Cinnamon & Nutella Buns with Fudge Sauce
Simonsig Wine Estate founder, Frans Malan was a passionate pioneer in the Cape wine world in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Early estate bottlings ...
3 May 2017
The Chenin Kings On The Beach
Graham Howe reports on the first major tasting of the year - The Magic of Chenin Blanc - a showcase for consumers held in Cape Town in April.
2 May 2017
It’s Brunch Time at Simonsig!
With Cap Classique being the most ideal wine to enjoy at that special meal known as brunch, the wine farm where the first Cap Classique ...
2 May 2017
Wine Challenge Awards haul for Avontuur Estate
Winemaker Jan van Rooyen attended the Awards Ceremony for the 2017 National Wine Challenge last night to collect our awards, with the high ...
26 April 2017
DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014 & Ina Paarman’s Whole Fillet of Beef over the Coals with Four Sauces
The DeWaal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014, is part of DeWaal Wines that is steeped in the tradition of Pinotage in South Africa. The Estate ...
26 April 2017
95 At Morgenster restaurant temporary closure for winter recess
95 At Morgenster, which is a partnership between chef patron Giorgio Nava and Giulio Bertrand, owner of Morgenster Estate, will close for ...
21 April 2017
Alto reveals its latest MPHS champion blend
Few wines have been as eagerly anticipated as the new MPHS blend produced by Alto Estate, the red wine specialist in Stellenbosch. The ...
19 April 2017
Spier’s Free time on the Farm
Time to catch your breath and ease the pace. Enjoy three nights of peace and quiet, with farm meals and picnics, award-winning wines, plenty ...
11 April 2017
Joys of the Ocean with Cape Classique in Stellenbosch
I come from hardy rural Afrikaner Boere stock where most of the older folk who dared to do so say they only ever tasted an oyster twice: ...
11 April 2017
Easter Activities at Stellenbosch Vineyards
Escape to the winelands this Easter as you enjoy some quality family time on the beautiful estate of Stellenbosch Vineyards. This year, ...
11 April 2017
Peter Falke Ruby Blend 2014
Groenvlei Farm, home of Peter Falke Wines, sits in an important part of the Stellenbosch wine appellation, on the foothills of Helderberg ...
11 April 2017
Kleine Zalze, our current wines this week…
Two recent arrivals from which we have had much pleasure this week.
10 April 2017
Easter Lunch at Lanzerac Wine Estate
Where better to spend a joyous family Easter than in the heart of City of Oaks.
10 April 2017
We're celebrating Cab Franc country-wide this year
After two successful years of the Cabernet Franc Carnival, presented by Avontuur Estate, fans of unusual varietals in Gauteng will also ...
10 April 2017
Bodega Easter Sunday Lunch
In celebration of ​Easter this​ year​,​ Head Chef Carolize Coetzee​ will be presenting a delectable range of culinary creations, all ​perfectly ...
10 April 2017
Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2015 & Lizet Hartley’s Pork Shank Ragu with White Wine & Fennel
There are Chardonnays and there are Chardonnays, and for me the most appealing are those which have a story. The Mulderbosch Chardonnay ...
7 April 2017
Waterford Estate new website launch - stand a chance to attend the official launch party
On Thursday, April 20th 2017 Waterford Estate will be launching their new website.
7 April 2017
Artisanal confectionary tasting at Avontuur Estate
Although the straight-forward enjoyment of Avontuur Estate’s award-winning wines will always be top of the list at this family-owned wine ...
6 April 2017
Stellenbosch Wine Routes invites the whole family to taste, eat and play…
Are you stressing about keeping the kids busy during the holidays? Stress no more, here are 5 THINGS TO DO on the Stellenbosch Wine Routes ...
5 April 2017
Time to battle it out for the 34th Annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition
The time has come once again to put your wine knowledge to the ultimate test and prove to everyone you’re the expert you always claim to ...
3 April 2017
Pinotage diversity celebrated with Lanzerac menu
From deep dark red to sweet and sparkling to white and ice cold, the diversity of South Africa’s home-grown grape varietal Pinotage, is ...
30 March 2017
Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2016
I so remember the time when there was no Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa, no Chardonnay too if the truth be known. And here we have the ...
23 March 2017
Vergenoegd Wine Estate offers End of Harvest Long Table Lunches
After the success of the Harvest Long Table Lunches at the end of last year’s harvest, Vergenoegd Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine ...
22 March 2017
Peter Falke Pinot Noir 2015 & Justine Wall's Beef Broth Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes
Groenvlei Farm, in the Helderberg part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, is the home of Peter Falke Wines.
16 March 2017
The Vineyard Revolutionary that is Neil Ellis
There is one thing a wine maker cannot learn or buy or initiate, and it is not something he or she is born with, either. This is a gift ...
9 March 2017
Wineries & Biltong flavours confirmed for PinotBiltong Fest!
From kudu to grass fed beef and chilli chicken to rooibos & honey; biltong is the one food item most South Africans don’t see themselves ...
8 March 2017
Wine and Pizza... is always a good idea
The exciting Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival is back and no matter how you ‘slice’ it, a weekend filled with pizza and wine ...
8 March 2017
Top of the Hill Fun Walk - Saturday 18 March 2017
Autumn is setting in and a lovely freshness is felt in the mornings in the Stellenbosch Kloof. The harvest is slowly but surely coming ...
7 March 2017
Lanzerac releases maiden Chenin Blanc and first Syrah in more than 10 years
Lanzerac Wine Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands and regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producers, ...
7 March 2017
Avontuur Estate March 2017 Newsletter
Harvest 2017 a Good One! | New Confectionary Tasting Will Be a Hit | Tasting Room Specials Now On-Line! | Stud News | Durbanville Sale ...
2 March 2017
Villiera Blanc Fumé is back
This time from a single old Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard
13 February 2017
Rosé for the win in Stellenbosch
Rosé wines are making a fashionable comeback – especially when you are looking for a cold, refreshing drink for these hot summer days. ...
10 February 2017
Get your loving on in the Stellenbosch Wine Routes…
Love is in the air everywhere I look around; Love is in the air every sight and every sound; And I don't know if I'm being foolish; Don't ...
8 February 2017
Stellenbosch Wine Routes becomes a triple champion
Tourism dynamo clinches top spot at international Wine Tourism Challenge
6 February 2017
10 Reasons to attend the Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay 
It’s almost time for the hugely popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay. Returning to the picturesque Coetzenburg Sports ...
3 February 2017
Simonsig sees lighter grape yield, but superb quality in harvest 2017's early days
Two dry growing seasons in a row, and it is no surprise that grape yields in the Simonsig vineyards are lighter this year. “The bunches ...
2 February 2017
Eikendal amuses with Weintaufe Harvest Carnival
Playground of Winelands pleasures for young and old
31 January 2017
A new benchmark in excellence for Eikendal Chardonnay
Latest must-have release radiates complexity and elegance
27 January 2017
Join Lanzerac for their popular Winemaker Dinners
In case you missed out on the popular Lanzerac Winemaker Dinners last year, you’ll be thrilled to hear that they are back. The series of ...