{travel} West Coast Way: a cracklin’ good time in Velddrif

Somewhere in-between lockdown living and the vague promise of a pending summer season, my heart longs for fresh air, sunshine and long road trips with unexplored twists and turns. COVID-claustrophobia is real, and that is why West Coast Way offers wandering hearts like mine a sea-breeze reprieve of the every-day push and rush of pandemic…

{news} Durbanville Valley celebrates Spring with collab of fine food and wine

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky described one of his musical-choreographic works that was eventually to rank among the most influential of the 20th century as “a unified idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”. The same inspiration for that work – The Rite of Spring – now drives the Durbanville Wine Valley in…

{experience} Celebrating Shiraz with Simon’s at Groot Constantia

In preparation for National Shiraz Day on 21 August 2021, my eternal love affair with Shiraz recently culminated in a sensational sipping experience at Simon’s Restaurant, tucked into the leafy embrace of Groot Constantia. Introduction One might say it was a celebration too early, but such a deep and complex wine varietal like Shiraz should…

{eat} Surpassing every expectation: gourmet sushi at GlenWood Vineyards

There’s something so wholesome and intrinsically uplifting about having your expectations surpassed. From the moment I drove through the little stone gate of GlenWood Vineyards, every view, every glass, every bite was better than I could ever have imagined. Introduction I would like to think that, after dedicating every spare minute of my free time…

{news} Easter and more, at Nederburg’s The Manor this April

There’s something on offer for everyone at Nederburg in Paarl, this April!  Make the most of gorgeous autumn days by visiting its beautiful eatery, The Manor, situated in the iconic manor house that dates to 1800. The restaurant spills out onto the manor house terrace and sprawling gardens, set against the backdrop of vineyards and the towering Drakenstein…

{wine} PROE – the perfect way to experience Diemersfontein Wines

Little morsels and bite-sized treats. That is my favourite way of eating. Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate has embraced and renewed the deli-concept wholeheartedly with the recent opening of PROE, an indulgent smorgasbord of local produce. Introduction I tire easily from eating a lot of the same thing. I crave texture, variety, different flavours and…

{news} Delheim strikes Platter five-star hat trick

On the eve of its re-opening on 12 November, the iconic Delheim estate has seen three of its wines awarded five-star status in the 2021 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide, arguably the country’s most widely referenced wine authority. Platter’s South African Wine Guide Awards Enviable five-star ratings were awarded to the Grand Reserve…

{experience} Wine and canapé wanderlust at Perdeberg Wines

At the foot of the Paardeberg mountain lies a place that begs to be explored through taste and smell. With an impressive collection of superb wines, Perdeberg Wines should be the next stop on your adventure. Introduction There’s few activities in this life I enjoy as much as I do a leisurely wine tasting. Even…

{news} Diemersfontein adds family-friendly deli to its fine wine experience

A new family and pet-friendly dining experience has opened at Diemersfontein, the celebrated wine and country estate in Wellington just 40kms from Cape Town’s northern suburbs. Called PROE, the deli-style offering provides visitors with the broadest choice of top-quality charcuterie, goat and cow’s milk cheeses, fresh bread, preserves and more to be enjoyed in a…