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A taste of Thelema

A taste of Thelema

Perched near the top of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch is a much acclaimed South African wine estate with a pure focus on wine accompanied with picturesque views. An impressive approach through winding roads surrounded by stunning scenery brings visitors to the...
Heritage meets vintage at Rustenberg Estate

Heritage meets vintage at Rustenberg Estate

Climb high up into the sloping vineyards at Rustenberg  Estate and you will be met with a spectacular view. Stellenbosch spreads out beneath you and if you peer hard enough, Table Mountain is visible in the distance.  A stunning view from a stunning wine farm....
An afternoon at Spier

An afternoon at Spier

Sprawling vineyards, historic Cape Dutch architecture, award-winning wine and beautifully dramatic mountain backdrop – Spier Wine Farm has everything needed for a great day out in the Cape Winelands. Located a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, Spier is en route to the...
Nature vs Nurture

Nature vs Nurture

Anri Truter, Winemaker, Beyerskloof Growing up in a wine family has definitely offered more advantages than challenges to further my career as a winemaker. I lived on a wine farm and being close to the cellar helped me understand what it takes to enter the wine...
10 things we love about Kleine Zalze

10 things we love about Kleine Zalze

Nestled in the heart of the Cape winelands, just outside of Stellenbosch, is Kleine Zalze Wine Estate. From world-class wine to an award-winning restaurant on site, family-owned Kleine Zalze is sure to impress and provide countless “wow!” moments during a visit. We...
Debate: Bulk vs Packaged

Debate: Bulk vs Packaged

Bulk wine is the forerunner of many bottled and boxed wines on the shelf. South Africa is a poor country with too much wine to pack, export and market and promote overseas. We simply don’t have the necessary capital. In most countries wine exports are subsidised and...
A day in the life of a graphic designer

A day in the life of a graphic designer

You don’t have to be a winemaker to work in the wine industry. We’re often so enamoured by wine as a product it’s easy to forget what goes into (and onto) every bottle. This series celebrates the diversity of the people and their careers that make the industry every...
Cork vs cork alternatives

Cork vs cork alternatives

CORK VS CORK ALTERNATIVES Are you a winemaker who needs natural cork? Does it suit your winemaking style and vision? How do you make your wines? Reductive, oxidative, with long- or short-term ageing potential? Who are your clients and does the wine reflect their...
Wine festivals vs niche events

Wine festivals vs niche events

Traditional wine-marketing efforts have focused largely on the more sophisticated 40-plus age group which is the biggest wine consumer segment, so it makes strategic sense. But more recently, the focus has shifted to the younger generation and a concerted effort has...
Editorial

Editorial

WHY do you drink a specific wine? This question has been haunting me for a long time. Is the wine I choose to drink that much different than the two bottles sitting to the left of it on the shelf? Is it the cool packaging that attracts me? The history of the farm...
Heritage vs young & funky

Heritage vs young & funky

The challenge for anyone representing, marketing and promoting a wine brand lies in the fact that we’re committed to a category unrivalled in terms of internal competitiveness and diversity of offering. At the last count South Africa sported more than 7 000 local...
Editorial

Editorial

When you travel abroad it somehow brings change, whether you want it or not. It makes you ask questions you never knew you had. It opens your eyes to things you’ve seen but never really seen. It sometimes makes you uncomfortable about how you perceive certain things...
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