{news} Visit Stellenbosch unveils exciting new festival of gardens

South Africa’s favourite city of oaks, Stellenbosch, is pulling out the stops for gardeners and lovers of the great outdoors in a new, week-long festival that will transform its streets and surrounding countryside from 30 September to 10 October. Major drawcards include a first-ever Stellenbosch winelands experience featuring SA Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van…

{wine} Grand gouda and wine: Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2019

Cheese and wine is an all-seasons indulgence. Leopard’s Leap has ramped up the gooey goodness by pairing their Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 with mature gouda for the ultimate conversation starter platter. Introduction With the promise of the most classic pairing of cheese and wine on my doorstep, I simply melted at the knees when I…

{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} Durbanville Wine Valley triumphs at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The inimitable excellence of wines from Durbanville has been re-affirmed following a remarkable performance by wine route members at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS). Taking top honours at the event – one of the industry’s most authoritative challenges – Durbanville claimed no less than four trophies including Most Successful Producer Overall.   “This…

{wine}{recipe} Zandvliet’s Shiraz 2017 and a cheat’s sausage pie

When you combine my most beloved winelands district with my most beloved red wine varietal, you get the Zandvliet Shiraz 2017 from Robertson, a gratifyingly rich and complex wine. Add glassesful to a hearty ostrich sausage pie and you’ve unlocked the direct path to most people’s hearts. Introduction I’ve never been quiet about my love…

{wine} Glen Carlou wines delight from soil to glass

The joy of opening a great bottle of wine is doubled when shared. The more glasses filled, the more joy there is for everyone. And that is exactly what Glen Carlou‘s wines brought to our table – a feast of togetherness, delight and tangible excitement. Introduction My first encounter with Glen Carlou wines was at…

{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…