{news) Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme appoints talented new head chef

La Petite Ferme, the renowned manor house and vineyard suites on the Franschhoek Pass and member of The Nest Collection, has appointed a talented new head chef. Odette Olivier comes with a wealth of local and international experience and is set to re-invigorate the dining experience at one of the Cape’s most scenic locations. From…

{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…

{news} Franschhoek restaurant recovery initiative aims to help local restaurants

Following on the huge success of the Support Stellenbosch Restaurant Campaign initiative, which raised just over R1.7 million for restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism organization has jump started something similar. Save The Franschhoek Restaurant Appeal aims to raise enough money to help those affected establishments in the region, who have…

{news} Make it a Father’s Day to remember at Nederburg’s The Manor

This Father’s Day (Sunday, 20 June), Nederburg’s The Manor restaurant in Paarl will be welcoming dads and their loved ones with an array of delicious wines and eats. Add a fireplace and a touch of history to the mix, and just like that, you have all you need for a memorable day out in the gorgeous Cape winelands. There’s…

{eat} Silver linings and celebrations at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82

A recent visit to Steenberg‘s Bistro Sixteen82 reminded me of the inevitability of the changing seasons and how we should embrace a daily practice of gratitude, whilst always seeking for the silver lining. Introduction With the 2021 harvest cloaked in bittersweet tradition this year after the relentless alcohol bans our wine industry faced in 2020,…

{news} Steenberg Harvest Celebration is a feast for all the senses

Harvest season at Steenberg Vineyards is a time of celebration especially now that the restrictions on wine sales have been lifted. With the pressing of the new season’s grapes in full swing, guests can share in the harvest bounty with Covid compliant outdoor taste experiences of freshly picked grapes and unfermented pressed juice fresh from…

{news} #KnowWhatYouEat on World Fisheries Day – Saturday, 21 Nov

Impassioned champion of ethically sourced and traceable fish, Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin encourages her guests to #KnowWhatYouEat every day of the week, especially on World Fisheries Day this Saturday, 21 November. As the first chef to partner with ABALOBI over two years ago, Chef Kerry is fully committed to this non-profit, small-scale fisher initiative…

{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…