{news} Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Celebrates Summer In Style

Not only does the new season bring with it the promise of warmer weather, but it’s also time to make your way to the Franschhoek Wine Valley for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (16 & 17 October). What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of…

{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} Delheim’s latest Grand Reserve re-affirms 40-year terroir excellence

The Greater Simonsberg appellation of Stellenbosch towers as a beacon of great South African wine, and especially red grape varieties. It is in this location that renowned family winery Delheim produced its latest flagship Grand Reserve 2017 Bordeaux blend. Significantly, the 2017 vintage marks the 40th year that the iconic Grand Reserve – the apex…

{news} Celebrate #GrenacheDay with Muratie’s Mr. May Grenache Noir

It is International Grenache Day on Friday 17th September, so raise a toast to this complex, versatile and intriguing grape with its luscious juicy ripe red fruit flavours, silky tannins, savoury spice and seductive mouthfeel. Grenache also happens to be one of the most adaptable food-pairing wine wines in the world. Click here to read…

{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…

{eat} Memories and Melomakarona at Yiayia’s Table: an ode to Elli

For most of us, some of our earliest food memories were made around a grandmother’s table, or in her warm kitchen, with the smell of cookies fresh out of the oven. At Yiayia’s Table there’s a seat for everyone,  whilst Yiayia Elli’s legacy lives on in her recipes, her family and now, in the heart…

{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} Steak me up, before you go go!

Head over to Nederburg’s The Manor to experience this popular Paarl eatery’s delicious take on ‘Steak Thursdays’, on offer every Thursday for lunch and dinner, at only R180 per person, including a glass of award-winning red wine. The Manor’s juicy A-grade aged ribeye steaks come served with red wine onion jus, salted potato wedges and chimichurri roasted baby root vegetables, while creamed peppercorn or…

{news} Eikendal releases second vintage of rare Mon Désir Chardonnay

Renowned Stellenbosch winery Eikendal has released its limited release Mon Désir Chardonnay 2018 – a classic rendition of the exceptional elegance this varietal can attain. This highly desirable wine is produced only in exceptional years, with the 2018 vintage crafted from grapes from the cool-climate Elgin Valley. “This is a great vintage,” declares Eikendal winemaker Maryke Botha…