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Improving with age

Improving with age

The Old Vine Project (OVP), an organisation dedicated to preserving South Africa’s old vines, introduced an official seal that will serve as guarantee of a vineyard’s authentic old vine status. On Friday 20 April Old Vine members, supporters and interested...
A hard road back

A hard road back

The fire had started in a pine forest high on the mountainside above the farm, and the near gale-force wind drove the raging fire down the slope in minutes. By the time farm foreman James Johanneson had hitched up a water tanker to the farm tractor and headed back up...
Big data for bigger tourism

Big data for bigger tourism

Wine tourists in the Western Cape are increasingly opting for guided tours with a growing preference for tailor-made itineraries to suit their specific interests, says Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference that takes place in...
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...
Elmarie Botes: Shaping her own story

Elmarie Botes: Shaping her own story

Petite but feisty, with an incredible will backed by a good measure of brain power, 31-year-old Elmarie Botes is the newest member of the Nederburg winemaking team. Responsible for its white wines, she is currently completing her first harvest for this famous Paarl...
A true icon

A true icon

Eleven years after launching his unique Pinotage under the Le Vin de François label, legendary winemaker Francois Naudé is seeing his annual once-off offering taking its place at the top of South Africa’s wine offerings, both in terms of quality and in the high-end...
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...
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...
Meerhof looks ahead

Meerhof looks ahead

They say the seeds of opportunity are best sown in times of turmoil. Politically, perhaps even economically, the country has taken a more hopeful turn, but nature has not yet released the wine industry from its arid grip. Farmers lean on faith and experience to peer...
Pinot Noir, be my valentine

Pinot Noir, be my valentine

With a certain announcement late last night that left many South Africans equally stunned and elated, Valentine’s Day of 2018 will be remembered forever. What a fitting conclusion to the Day of Love! Bearing this news in mind, I thought now might be a good time to...
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