{news} Winter warmers at Cavalli Estate

Five years after opening to the public, Cavalli Estate in the Stellenbosch winelands has evolved into a versatile lifestyle destination deftly combining food, wine and art. ‘Cavalli’ may be the Italian word for ‘horses’, but this stylish winelands estate offers so much more than the world-class equestrian facilities that grace the long driveway leading into…

{news} Journey’s End rebrands its range of wines

Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Somerset West), one of South Africa’s most sustainable and experimental wineries, is revamping its range of wines to give clear differentiation between its three series – Tales, V and Precision – while maintaining a consistent theme across the family of wines….

{wine} Borne from passion, crafted in strength: Strydom Wines

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if wine flows in your veins, then there is only one way to go – into the vines! Strydom Wines is the result of Rianie Strydom’s lifelong commitment to and passion for the local wine industry – and we got to taste two of her wines! Introduction…

{event} Muratie Wine Estate Harvest Festival 2019

For weeks I’ve been longingly drowning in my own #fomo when I look at all the social media updates about the harvest festivals happening around Cape Town. This time of the year is a busy one for the wine industry, as all the vineyards are getting ready to harvest. Finally, finally (!) an invite from…

{experience} Pesto & play at Neil Ellis

Chocolate and wine, cupcakes and wine, cheese and wine, nougat and wine, biltong and wine, even pizza and wine. We’ve heard it all and tasted it all. So…to blow it all out of the water, this past summer Neil Ellis Wines introduced a brand new kid to the food and wine pairing block: pesto and…

{news} “Pesto & wine play” at Neil Ellis this summer

Neil Ellis Wines, the family owned winery on the slopes of the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a must-visit this summer. In addition to a wide range of highly-acclaimed wines, food and wine lovers can embark on an epicurean journey with a unique food and wine adventure, aptly called “Pesto & Wine Play”. The Neil…

{eat} Makaron Restaurant: small plates of joy

If you’ve been following The Little Hedonist for a while, you’d know that I have quite an extensive foodie bucket list going. You’d also know that I get ridiculously excited if the universe grants me the opportunity to tick off one of these desired dining experiences from my ever-growing list. Well, she’s been looking down…

{news} “Triple” gold at Veritas for Neil Ellis Cabernets

Neil Ellis Wines’ reputation as one of SA’s leading Cabernet Sauvignon producers was re-affirmed at the 2018 Veritas Awards when the Neil Ellis 2015 terrain-specific Jonkershoek Cabernet and the 2015 regional Stellenbosch Cabernet were honoured with Double Gold and Gold Medals respectively for the third consecutive year. These accolades follow a long line of praise…

{experience} Distillique Gin & Botanicals Masterclass

We are all quick to reach for our favourite bottle of spirits when the weekend looms ahead, but do we know where it comes from or how its made? Do we even understand the ingredients or appreciate the hours of distilling that goes into each bottle? Serious existential questions, these. My joy was unadulterated when…

{event} Tokara’s liquid gold: Fresh-off-the-press olive oil tasting

On a sunny winter’s day not so long ago, a shuttle full of happy Cape Town bloggers, influencers and social media gurus were whisked away to a tasting experience with a difference. We spent the afternoon in the company of the TOKARA crew and were treated to a “fresh-off-the-press” olive oil tasting, followed by an…