{news} Catching up with Chef Kirstie: the heart of Louisvale Wines

Kirstie du Toit, Executive Chef at Louisvale Wines in Stellensbosch, says her love for cooking started when she was a small girl. Born in Mossel Bay, she spent most of her time with her Ouma baking rusks, pasties, cakes and biscuits in her bakery, which was an old barn. “Cooking runs in my family and…

{wine} The appeal of Pinot Noir: Lourensford the Dome

Every time I lift a bottle of Lourensford Estate wine from its box, my breath catches a little. Maybe it’s the exquisite artwork on the label, maybe the heavy smoothness of the glass as I cradle it in my hands. Maybe it’s just knowing that I’m holding something pretty spectacular. Introduction Growing up, Lourensford has…

{news} Vriesenhof Vineyards release new wines for a new decade

Time for a change? Vriesenhof Vineyards is getting in the mood for the new decade by releasing a full line-up of new vintages across their award-winning range. The Stellenbosch farm, owned by rugby legend Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee, produces a range of red and white wines which are “something to behold”, according to Coetzee, who made…

{eat} At the end of the road: the abundance of Louisvale Wines

They say that home is not a place; it’s a feeling. For me, home is embodied by people, food and wine and love, all four at the same time and in abundance. Recently, I spent a home-coming afternoon at Louisvale Wines, which left me feeling familiarly comfortable and content, like when I pull my favourite…

{wine tasting} Sip slowly this summer at Skilpadvlei

I have driven past so many times, and every time the quaint name of this winery has brought a smile to my face. I decided to make like a tortoise and slow down at Skilpadvlei for a wine tasting or two. Introduction I adore the fact that a wine tasting gives you a quick and…

{news} Journey’s End Vineyards release their rebranded “V Series”

Journey’s End, the picturesque boutique winery and vineyard situated on the mountain slopes above Sir Lowry’s Pass Village near Somerset West in the Helderberg basin, have released their rebranded ‘V Series’ range of wines to high acclaim. On release, the Journey’s End V Chardonnay 2018 was honoured with a Top 10 placing and 93 points…

{eat} A generous helping of heritage at Hamm & Uys

My childhood memories all begin and end with food. Hamm & Uys rekindles that child-like excitement for your mom’s cooking with a Sunday lunch spread that will fill you with a tinge of nostalgia, a dash of sentimentality and a generous sprinkle of wonder. Introduction I recently received an invitation to dine at Hamm &…

{eat} Putting seasonality at the reigns at Cavalli Estate

A visit to the Stellenbosch winelands always fills me with such joy. But recently, after years of Sunday afternoon drives through the vineyards and always ending up at the same places, I’ve been craving something new. Something different; something exciting. Something that will simply take my breath away. Recently, I found that on top of…

{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…