{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…

{wine tasting} Steenberg Wine Estate

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the little place I call home, lies the centuries-old farm of Steenberg Wine Estate. Set in one of the most beautiful corners of Cape Town, Steenberg reaps the benefits of being surrounded by mountains, vineyards and the ocean. I recently visited the farm for a wine tasting…

{news} Flagstone Two Roads Chardonnay

Such is the popularity of Chardonnay that for a great many people, meeting for a glass of wine means meeting for Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a relatively neutral grape with a flexible character, it derives the bulk of its flavours from terroir, where it reflects the growing conditions with terrific fidelity, and barrelling, where it’s intrinsic…

{news} Celebrate Chardonnay with Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has consistently proven itself as one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. It is therefore fitting that Bouchard Finlayson takes the lead in showcasing its delicious vintages as part of International Chardonnay Day on 23 May 2019. The Chardonnay grape variety originated in Burgundy (France), but today…

{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…

{wine} Come play with Vriesenhof’s unwooded Chardonnay!

You’re part of the ABC club or you’re not. Oh, and that’s the “Anything but Chardonnay” movement, if you didn’t know. I was TODAY years old when I learnt about the ABC club, by the way. Luckily for Vriesenhof Vineyards, though, I’m a die-hard fan of Chardonnay and theirs is particularly poetic. Introduction I want…

{news} Glenelly unveils 2013 vintages

Glenelly, the Stellenbosch wine estate with a French touch, located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, have released the 2013 vintages of their flagship Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon and their Estate Reserve Signature Red Blend. “We are very excited about our 2013 releases. After the 2012 vintage which was very hot, delivering big robust…

{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…

{wine} A (non) question of compromise: Groot Phesantekraal wines

In this world where everything begs for our attention and our hard-earned money, we all have to sometimes compromise to make things work. We give a little here and take a little there to try and reach an equilibrium somehow between soul and pocket. I do that, too. Having said that, some things I’m simply…

{news} Celebrate Sauvignon with Steenberg

Discover the diversity of Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc from a youthful and vivacious bubbly to a trio of elegant wines of great complexity, all individual expressions of Steenberg’s unique terroir and sense of place in the Constantia wine valley. For International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday, 3 May, Steenberg Vineyards will be dedicating the entire weekend…

{news} Groote Post: last market of the season!

Make the most of the good weather before winter arrives and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for their Country Market on Sunday 28th April between 10h00 and 15h00. The terrace in front of Hilda’s Kitchen and adjacent to the Cellar will be brimming with…