Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Rossouw’s Heritage 2017, so good with Ina Paarman’s Flattie in a Frying Pan…
Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Rossouw’s Heritage 2017, a delicious dry white blend from unirrigated bush vines...
Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Rossouw’s Heritage 2017, a delicious dry white blend from unirrigated bush vines...
Don't miss this happy fun and wine filled day. De Krans Wine Cellar’s annual popular Blossom Festival takes place on Saturday, 31August...
Douglas Green Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, a double gold award winner at the South Africa’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards...
The famed Robertson Valley Wacky Wine Weekend takes place from 7th to 9th June. Over 30 wineries and tourism destinations open their doors....
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival to take place on the V & A Waterfront on 6th and 7th April, North Wharf V & A Waterfront...
One of the Aristea Wines, I am currently enjoying in Michael Olivier's Minute of Wine #5, is the Méthode Cap Classique Blanc 2015...
Delaire Graff Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation chooses Meridian as its distributor....
Pierre Jourdan Tranquille nv, a fine homage to the classical base wines used for the Pierre Jourdan Cap Classiques...
Steenberg revitalises Cape Town Cycle Tour participants, with Spa Treatments massages, Tapas at Bistro Sixteen 82 & sublime wines...
When you have a gem like the Stellenbosch Hills Muscat de Hambourg 2018, I wonder why they are so inexpensive to buy. Great sweet wine, packed with flavour...
The stalks of the bunches are crushed to allow the grapes to desiccate, Flagstone Ice, a vine dried Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is rich round & delicious...
Made from grapes harvested off old dryland bushvines, a great expression of the grape by Jaco van Niekerk, Piekenierskloof Grenache Blanc 2017...
Celebrate a special Valentine’s at Eight on the Spier Wine Estate, with a great menu and some sublime wines, well worth the visit…
Now in its tenth year, discover Steenberg at Constantia Fresh, Sunday 24th February...
Boschendal Workshops - always exciting events on this beautiful Groot Drakenstein Estate. Lots of gardening, compost making and fermentation workshops.
There's always more room for Craft Gin and Prohibition Craft Gins fit neatly into that space. Interesting flavours and fabulous packaging.
Pliny said "Out of Africa, always something new". Boschendal Farm at the gateway to the Franschhoek Valley offers some exciting events during the merry month of May, anything from fine food, superb wines, yoga and cycling...
There is such a wide choice of food and wine offerings on Boschendal Farm, from The Werf Restaurant, Rhone Homestead, Picnics in season, Farm Shop & Deli. There is a wide choice of tutored wine tastings offered in the Manor House and cellar tours and tastings at The Cellar Door at Rhone.
Oude Bank, another home for Boschendal Farm in Stellenbosch. Excellent pasture reared Aberdeen Angus cuts, delicious foods, wines, baked goods and fresh farm produce....
Heritage Tomatoes - photo by Jamie Schler I have had some pretty amazing tomatoes recently. Some ripened on the vine and others brought to ideal ripeness on the kitchen window shelf where they get only the gentle early morning sunlight. Some 50 years ago, I was given Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Foods in
Boschendal Manor House, main reception room for Wine Tastings I said this before – there is always something new out at Boschendal. Or as Pliny the Elder might have put it, and apparently Aristotle before him, ex Boschendal semper aliquid novi. The Manor House has been so tastefully redecorated, with its history taken into consideration,
Willow Creek Olive Oils make magic in the kitchen. Mushrooms Baked in Vine Leaves with the Garlic infused oil are just packed with flavour.
Willow Creek Olive Estate in the beautiful Nuy Valley, produce the finest oils and olive products. Perfect for your kitchen....
The Cheese Baker gives you so many opportunities to use fine cheese in so many ways, for weekday meals or snacks, or haul it out for the festive times.
My Advent Calendar #22 Red wine is Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir Single Vineyard 2014. A superb Pinot from Riverdal.
Boschendal, well worth the journey. Such a perfect destination for family fun. Lots to do for adults and children. Fine Food, Fine Wine and lovely people...
Always exciting events at Boschendal. The Boschendal Sunday Musical Picnics, some brilliant offers for accommodation in January... And more...
Willow Creek Olives and Olive Oils are a joy to use, the only oil we use regularly in our kitchen. The flavoured oils make a perfect seasoning - such a wide choice. Try my pork chop dish, good stuff.....
Baking cheese, is something we should really be doing more often. There are few things as good as a truly ripe white coated cheese baked, the centre oozing with melty deliciousness. The Cheese Baker is the way to go for cheesy fabulosity.
When you have a good quality Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you don't need much else to make a great supper from a mix of ingredients in your fridge. A bottle of Conradie Family Vineyards Cabernet helps!
Boschendal now offers fine food in the town of Stellenbosch at Oude Bank. Two new picnic styles at Boschendal Farm also on offer for summer....
Petrina & Rob Visser of Dalewood Fromage make the perfect size cheeses for Adele Strachan's Cheese Baker. This Chef's Camembert is utterly sublime with Citron Preserve. The Dalewood Jersey Herd is pasture fed.
Boschendal helps you build living hydrated landscapes... Natasha Rightford and Megan McCarthy look forward to meeting you on Saturday.
Cheese Baker and Raclette, made for each other. Melty Swiss cheese, baked with potato. Perfect with a chilled Snow Mountain Syrah.
Willow Creek Marinated Tofu Stir Fry, using the olive products from the Nuy Valley and a glass of Penhill Two Palms Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon.
The Cheese Baker, Baked Pears, Blue Cheese & Candied Walnuts. The Cheese Baker is made in Cape Town for Adele Strachan by foremost ceramicist Mervyn Gers.
Willow Creek Beef Casserole in rich tomato sauce. Award winning olive oils from the Nuy Valley. And a bottle of Penhill Saw Edge Peak 2014, a red blend.
Entertaining and interesting Boschendal husbandry day with Megan McCarthy and Wendy Crawford. In beautiful surroundings, wine and food
Willow Creek triumphs with more International Awards for their fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil products.
Boschendal - Women’s Day Bubbles & Bikes
Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oils, my standby in the kitchen. Try my Perfect Salad Dressing.
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Nuy Valley Oxtail Inspired by a recent visit to the Nuy Valley, I bought oxtail and cooked it with two of the premium products of the valley, olive oil and wine. What you’ll need Willow Creek Nuy Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil Willow Creek Garlic Infused Olive Oil 3 oxtails, about 750g each 2 large
There is exciting stuff happening at The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal - and indeed the other eating venues. Country Fine Dining at its best..
If your dad is an outdoorsy type that enjoys the countryside, then this one is for him. Treat him to a delicious ''platter to table'' style picnic at the Olive Press barn. A gourmet picnic basket filled with incredible wholesome delicacies, lamb carved from an open-fire pit, and live entertainment, are all you’re going to need to impress that special man.
The Groot Drakenstein Mountain from our front door We recently spent a night in the utter luxury of Werf Cottage No 4, one of seven cottages just outside the long white walls of the Werf of the Boschendal Manor House, in its perfect situation in the Groot Drakenstein Valley. The Werf Cottages These seven former
Elrico Pietersen & Sonny of Bikes at Boschendal. Elrico is the entrepreneur & Sonny is a bike mechanic/tour guide who has done the Cape Epic and rides for South Africa in MTB cycling Elrico Pietersen was born in Pniel on the slopes of the Simonsberg and went to Pniel Primary School and then Kylemore High
Boschendal Werf Cottage No 4 Boschendal Luxury Cottages - 30% Off Special Offer As the days cool, Boschendal farm reveals itself as an ideal place to both pamper yourself and enjoy a variety of family-friendly farm-stay activities. During May to September we are offering a 30% discount on Sunday to Thursday stays in our Werf
The leg of Lamb before roasting The other day we had a leg of Lamb from a butchery in George called Hartmans. Roasted, as simply as possible, it was the finest piece of lamb we have had in a long time. Tender as a mother’s parting words. And delicious with a pot of real gravy
Boschendal's Executive Chef, Christiaan Campbell in The Werf herb garden Let your senses roam free through our magical forests and gardens, as you enjoy a foraging quest extraordinaire. Hosted by our Executive Chef, Christiaan Campbell, and renowned mushroom forager Justin Williams, this evening ensures you are in for a special experience. Justin Williams, fabled forager
Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oils & the Awards Willow Creek is still the only South African brand on the list of global champions following the publishing of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil World Rankings (EVOOWR) – an achievement the Nuy Valley olive oil producer has now repeated for the third consecutive year. More medals
Boschendal Farm We visited Boschendal recently and spent a night in one of the 7 Werf Cottages which are just outside the ringmuur of the old Manor House. Currently undergoing 5-star grading, these cottages are just perfect for a couple of days away. Everything you would need for ultra-comfort. The one we stayed in had
Yoga at Boschendal After the hectic start that heralds the beginning of any year, Boschendal Farm has the answer to restoring your inner zen for the rest of 2017. We are hosting a Yoga & Wellness Retreat with the much respected Viktor van der Kleij from 12 - 14 May. Guests will enjoy an engaging,
The Boschendal Werf Always something new and exciting and different down on Boschendal Farm, and April holds some real treats in store. Last year's Easter egg team Sharon Gambanga & Eli Kennedy Easter time offers an array of experiences which have been planned to entertain and indulge all ages. On Friday 14th April and Sunday
Curried Chicken Patties in Tomato Coconut Sauce in the pan before garnish Chicken patties are available in some supermarkets and if you prefer to use them, this recipe works as well. Chicken Patties You’ll need 2 large eggs 2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and mashed fine 2 tsp finely chopped parsley 2 Tbs cream Sea
, Michael's Baked Marrows with Tomato & Parmesan Willow Creek Olives and Olive Oils are the product of the beautiful Nuy Valley the turnoff for which is on the national road between Worcester and Robertson. The oils, of which there is a wide award winning selection, also come infused with various flavours such as garlic,
Valentine’s Day at The Werf Restaurant Valentine's day. The one day in the year that you can justifiably give in to your senses and let pleasure take over. A thousand roses They've set the scene for you at Boschendal, with an enchanted night of a thousand roses. A magical evening of exquisite food, incredible wines
Boschendal's Werf Picnics Sunday Music Picnics With Blair Taberer, Slow Jack & Manouche Fancy something a bit different for a Sunday? Bored of making that roast and doing those dishes? Yes? So come and chill out with a gorgeous picnic and listen to some of the best muso’s in South Africa as they get their
KWV Brandy & Chocolate Tasting at The KWV Emporium The KWV Emporium is the cellar door sales venue for this iconic South African Wine Cellar and Distillery which is situated at the heart of the town of Paarl. A full range of the company’s products is available at the Emporium which is housed in the
KWV'S Cruxland Gin KWV enters discerning market with listing in Morrisons Leading through innovation, KWV in Paarl tapped into the craft-spirit trend when it introduced its own boutique-style handcrafted gin, called Cruxland, to South Africa last year. This year, KWV is taking this hugely popular gin to international audiences, and has officially launched in the
Avocado with Spanish Dressing When I was travelling in Spain I became very fond of Gazpacho and loved the fresh flavours and the way it differed from region to region. Down south the Ajo Blanco, a white Gazpacho was very popular, usually garnished with green grapes. Early botanical painting of an Avocado I use the
Gabrielle Kervella, with her goats Australian Cheese Legend I have a friend, Gabrielle Kervella, who lived in the Swan River Valley, north of Perth in the Swan River Valley. She was a goat’s cheese legend in Australia, with her cheese being served way across the country in fine restaurants in Sydney. Having made frittatas at
Boschendal Manor House, the most perfect of settings Boschendal is a place which can keep you busy for a long time and offers so much to the visitor. MTB Trails on the Estate The views from the Mountain Bike Trails are quite spectacular with three marked trails consisting of a well-maintained single track, a mountainside
Boschendal's Werf Garden Boschendal is calling everyone with green-fingers, or striving to have green fingers, to put their exciting Food Garden Tours to the test. Boschendal Farm's Megan Mcarthy The tour is led by horticulturist and Food Garden Manager, Megan McCarthy, who will teach you all about gardening. Friday 16 December 2016 10h00 – 11h00
Horticulturist Jan Blok in The Boschendal Rose Garden You are invited to join Landscaper Jan Blok in the Boschendal Rose Garden as he hosts a lavish High Tea and shares his passion for and knowledge of Heritage Roses. The Boschendal Rose Garden was originally created by Dr Gwen Fagan, honorary president of the Heritage Rose Society
Boschendal in the Groot Drakenstein Valley Boschendal is such a wonderful place to visit as there is just so much to do and see. The beautiful old homestead and its surroundings and wonderful gardens. Breakfast at The Deli Breakfast at The Deli where there is a great choice on the menu and also an array
Willow Creek Director’s Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil I was driving through a vineyard the other day and found the rows interplanted with broad beans. If they had harvested them, they would have made a fortune! I am so in love with Broad Beans, also known as Fava Beans. What to do with the beans?
Willow Creek Chicken Fricassée I remember asking one of my teachers at the London Cordon Bleu Cookery, the legendary Rosemary Hume, what a fricassee was and she came up with such a complicated reply, that I have never actually known what it is. My French dictionary this morning gives the English description of fricassee, so
Yoga & Wellness Retreat When Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016 Venue Boschendal Price R2560 per person sharing and R3460 per person not sharing Boschendal Farm is hosting a Yoga & Wellness Retreat with Viktor van der Kleij from 26-28 August. Guests can look forward to an engaging weekend of yoga, healthy food
Boschendal's Heritage Day Farm Feast In celebration of National Heritage Day, also known as ‘Braai Day', Boschendal is hosting a special open-air Ox Roast Farm Feast in the historical Boschendal Werf. The farm feast lunch will be at a long communal table under the oaks with a festive, harvest style atmosphere. Most of the food will
The beautiful Nuy Valley I wrote recently of the annual harvest at Willow Creek Olive Estate in the beautiful Nuy Valley. The harvesting and pressing season goes on for another couple of months as much of the production goes through their cutting edge Pieralisi Press. Freshly pressed Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil The golden
The Olive Tree about to break into blossom The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven - Thomas Jefferson Willow Creek Olives in the beautiful Nuy Valley is going through the most interesting time of the year. The estate is planted to the following classic varieties - Coratina, Frantoio, Leccino, Barnea, Koroneiki, Favoloza,
Baked Marrow in Bolognaise Sauce I am a great fan of Willow Creek Olive Oils, and enjoy using their infused oils particularly, the garlic, jalapeno and the parmesan being amongst my current favourites. For my recipe below, you will need a marrow at least 40 cm long. Perhaps one which hid itself under the leaves
The Boschendal Manor House dwarfed by the Groot Drakenstein Mountain Boschendal has to be one of the most exciting destinations in the winelands. There is so much to do and great fun to be had. But of course, it is the people of Boschendal who make this experience. The food and the wine are the
The Boschendal Manor House & The Groot Drakenstein Mountains A visit to Boschendal is a very special experience. A perfect daytime destination with lots to do for a family and also just a couple who are looking for an enchanting day. First advice is to pack a cooler bag with lots of ice bricks inside.
Boschendal in Groot Drakenstein Boschendal, that iconic farm in the Drakenstein Valley, was granted to one Jean le Long by Governor Simon van der Stel in 1685, three hundred and thirty years ago. So this year is the big celebration. I worked at Boschendal in 1985 when we had the big 300th celebration, and I
The Boschendal Manor Housedwarfed by the Groot Drakenstein Mountain Gawie and Gwen Fagan, restoring architects of Boschendal in the late 1970s wrote, “Of all the stately farmsteads in the Drakenstein Valley, Boschendal has the finest setting.” First granted to French Huguenot, Jean le Long in 1685, the same year in which the King
The late Auberon Waugh, former Wine correspondent of The Spectator proclaimed Chateau de Sours Rosé as “probably the greatest rosé in the world”. Ch de Sours, which has been producing excellent wines. for over 200 years is on a limestone plateau to the south-west of Libourne and faces St Emilion. Packed, unusually for
Obikwa Wines are making a huge impression in the South Africa market. When we tasted the wines for our book The Peoples Guide, the Obikwa Shiraz particularly stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Here’s the Pinotage – lovely dry summer time wine yet juicy sweet strawberries and prune plums, dry and
Click on the cover to buy this book now! Some of us have been lucky enough to get our knees under a table where the food presented on it is cooked by Marlene van der Westhuizen either out in the winelands where she will match to perfection a wine being launched with
The Roundhouse, Somerset Room The Roundhouse started off its life in the early 19th Century as a shooting lodge for Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of The Cape of Good Hope. It's been through various incarnations from being a Youth Hostel to a restaurant run by what everyone knew as "that French Lady" [whom
The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s first cellar dedicated entirely to the craft of making sparkling and MCC wines recently launched a sister wine to their La Vallée, the first off dry MCC to be produced in the Cape. La Vallée Rosé with just the faintest touch of sweetness
I recently met Cornelis Dumas of Jacobsdal for the first time and was fortunate enough to talk to him at length about how best to match his wines to food. He is one of the most courteous, dignified country gentleman I have had the good fortune to meet. A winemaker for over 40
Aesthetically pleasing interior Had a stunning lunch with my friend Elsie Pells and some wine writers recently Cru Café which opened at the beginning of October in the new Cape Quarter extension in the now trendy part of Cape Town. Elsie is a share holder with her friends Tom and Jacques Castelein who
At under R50 bucks a pop, this is a big chewy elegant rustic wine. It’s a Morgenhof label, but by no means a "second" label. A wine able to stand on its own. Deep ruby red in colour, fine elegant flavours, brushed with oak, the Cabernet Franc lends its classical forest floor after
Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington has a truly stunning rage of wines. Recently they launched a delicious coffee style Pinotage called The Dark Lady of the Labyrinth [Doolhof being Afrikaans for Labyrinth] which I so enjoyed. Now they have The Minotaur, their recently released ultra premium wine, which has hardly been on the
Click on the cover to buy this book now! I first met Alexandra Smith as a textile merchant in her parents business some 16 years ago. A special person with some interesting views on life and people. As I learnt when I read her first book Algeria’s Way, which was a
Click on the cover of this book to buy it now! Madeleine and I knew Johan and Carol Dendy Young from the late 1970s when we lived on Boschendal and they were farmers in Franschhoek growing the most spectacular plums and other fruits. Time came when Carol worked with Adré McWilliam Smith of great
CLICK ON THE COVER TO BUY THIS BOOK NOW! Ready Steady Cook about 15 years ago had us sitting on the edges of our seats as celebrity chef and their guests were given a goodie bag filled with food items and asked to cook as many dishes as possible in 20 minutes. And
Click on the cover to buy this book now! Can't really do an unbiased review of this book. We know the le Roux family well and have visited their farm Doornkraal near De Rust in the Oudtshoorn surrounds. Emelia le Roux is a daughter of the amazing Swepie and Ann - one of
Click on the cover to buy now Surely one of the more beautiful books to appear this year. From the pen of Myrna Robins, I think this is her 7th book. As classy as Lannice Snyman’s Tortoises and Tumbleweeds and Marlene van der Westhuizens Sumptuous. Myrna is a brilliant writer with such
Bestfoodfast! Just seen a stunning range of cookbooks called bestfoodfast which is popping up in all sorts of bookshops, even at the tills in Woolworths. The ones I have are Barbecues & Alfresco eating, Delicious Cakes & Biscuits and Easy Salads. And I am going back for more. They are so reasonably priced at
My Hungry Heart Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt has produced an enchanting book packed full of her food ideas and “Notes from a Namibian Kitchen”. Those of us who have visited Namibia and have eaten richly and well will just love this book, filled with Antoinette’s personal favourites. Richly coloured and stunningly illustrated
click on the cover to buy now I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Michele Cranston in Johannesburg at The Good Food and Wine Show some time ago. Always been a great admirere of this consummate cook who’s been cooking and food styling for twenty years in a career spanning work
VEFA'S KITCHEN One can never be stuck for a Christmas present for your foodie friends when you are in a book store. Do have a look out for the next three months for the following books, all published by Phaidon which are reprints of some old favourites. Vefa’s Kitchen – the Greek cookery
La Motte has gone screwy! For the 2009 vintages of both their Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, La Motte have taken the screwcap closure route. Hein Koegelenberg, La Motte CEO says “With the launch of the new screw tops we feel confident that the wine at the time of bottling is exactly the wine
My first visit to Quoin Rock was on a perfect weather day and being surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery the Western Cape has on offer, it was special one. The wines I tasted that day, The Nicobar, The Gary Player Red and others were a revelation – as was meeting the winemaker
The Minotaur – a new red blend from Doolhof [Afrikaans for Labyrinth] was released on October 1st and on Saturday 10th won a double gold at the Veritas Awards dinner. It already has a gold medal from this year’s Michelangelo awards. There are some quite exciting wines coming from this little winery in
In the 1980s, there was a new buzz in the winelands with the arrival of respected Rumanian wine personality who had fled his native Rumania with his wife and young daughter. After a short spell at Nietvoorbij, he moved to the Bergkelder where he set about creating a whole new future for South
Bombolini has been Danie Truter's pet bull for 9 years. He arrived when he was 5 days old and was initially hand-fed. At harvest time Bombolini, who wanders freely in the Onderkloof vineyards, eats the grapes used for his own wines so they obviously have his stamp of approval. The Bombolini wines are
I was lucky to meet Ainsley Harriott that master of fast, flavoursome and fabulous food. He is just the same person off-screen that he is when performing on TV. In this handy little book, he has created a collection of mouth-watering recipes that use a maximum of five ingredients, perfect for the time-short, budget-conscious
Cape Winelands in style takes you right to the source of South Africa’s wines. Through words and images, wine writer Wendy Toerien and photojournalist David Rogers entice you into exploring the richness of life on these 30 wine farms, which the team from award-winning Africa Geographic magazine has selected not only for the quality of
click on the cover to buy this book.. This is one of the most exciting of books about cakes and baking that I have ever come across. Brother and sister team have produced the most beautiful of books Cakes - to celebrate love and life. Both stylish and playful, Cakes to celebrate
Producers of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tel: +27 021 869 8571 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.vesuvioestates.co.za I grew up on a farm which had a huge olive orchard and while we pickled our own olives for home use, the bulk of the crop was sold to an Italian family in Paarl who turned the
Slaley is a village outside Newcastle, England. And Slaley Hall was the ancestral home of The Hunting Family, current owner of Slaley in Stellenbosch. The Huntings have a history in shipping going back to the 19th Century and in aircraft manufacturing and operation from the time of Lindsay's grandfather, Gerald Lindsay Hunting, who was invalided
R46 near Riebeeck Kasteel 7307, Western Cape, South Africa. Telephone  448 1635 Email: email@example.com web: www.kloovenburg.com The du Toit family - note the boys red legs from grape stomping for their Eight Feet Wine On Kloovenburg Estate in Riebeek Kasteel, while Pieter is the wine farmer, also making great Shiraz [do Olives and
The growing taste for Olives and Olive Oils in South Africa While the production of that precious European liquid, wine, was first diarised by Jan van Riebeek in the middle of the 17th Century, the production of the other great European liquid, olive oil, is a fairly recent trend in South Africa. The
I can happily claim responsibility for the resurgence and subsequent popularity of Malva Pudding. In the late 1970’s I asked my friend Maggie Pepler who had the original recipe to come and work at Boschendal Restaurant for which I was responsible while our head chef was on holiday. I asked Maggie to teach us how
MY BOBOTIE This is probably the most widely known and loved of all Cape dishes. It has its origins at the Cape in the 17th century when the Dutch Settlers, brought their unique style of cooking, infused with the spices of the East.In earlier times, it was made as a Monday supper dish from left-over
There are so many people living alone for whom food – even buying food in small enough quantities – is a major problem. And often the pleasures of cooking for one are overlooked. Amy Willcock Amy Willcock’s [she should be called Willcook] enchanting little book Cooking for one is a treasure trove of
In Afrikaans, Vrede is peace and Lust means you are eager and keen to get going. Not always reconcilable in language, but brought together to perfection by Dana Buys on the showpiece wine estate on the western slopes of the Simonsberg massif, one of the first to greet the sun each morning. Lying side by
Maddy and I had the pleasure of visiting Voyager Estate first in 1996 to consult for the owner Michael Wright who particularly wanted a piece of Cape Dutch architecture on the Estate. Voyager produces a range of premium wines made by Australian Winemaker of the Year, Cliff Royle. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Chenin Blanc
An aerial view of Van Loveren Estate Van Loveren – a history of trees, four cousins and good wine. It says something special about a person who plants trees, which their children and grandchildren will enjoy. And so it is with Jean Retief, late matriarch of the Retiefs of van Loveren Estate in
Taking the West Coast Road out of Cape Town you'll observe a change in vegetation within 40 minutes. Hectares of wheat and grapes stretch as far as the eye can see. You have reached the Swartland, labelled " Het Zwarte Land " by Jan van Riebeeck in reference to the indigenous " renosterbos ", bush
When I first tasted one of Dudley Wilson’s wines it was at an Organic Wines Festival at Wine Concepts, a specialist Wine Shop in Newlands Cape Town. I tasted a Stellar Organics two-year-old Colombar, which was fabulous. I was surprised as Colombar is usually a wine one drinks before the presses have been washed out
The Steenberg [Stone Mountain] Vineyards are to be found on the slopes of the Table Mountain massif in the Constantia Valley, the oldest wine appellation in the Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost tip of the African continent. The farm is one of historic interest as it was granted to Catharina Ras who gave
Overgaauw has been in the ownership of a single family since it was originally settled by the ancestors of Abraham van Velden in 1783. Abraham himself set up as a farmer in 1905 on a portion of this land and named it for Elizabeth Overgaauw who married the first van Velden to arrive in South
Danie Truter has been making wine for over 30 years, I certainly knew him in 1977 when he washed out his first tanks just after completing his Cellar Technology studies at Stellenbosch University’s Elsenburg Agricultural College, stamping ground of many a well known South African winemaker. At the time he was working at Simonsig Wine
Oak Valley Estate is one of the Cape’s premier producers of a variety of agricultural products such as fruit, cut flowers, beef and of course wine. The estate is one of the largest deciduous fruit farms in South Africa with 335 of its hectares producing quality, high-value varieties of fruit. 70% of this land is
My life is made up of a series of Nederburg footprints. My first recollections are Nederburg wines in the 1960s – the ‘cutglass’ Nederburg Rosé bottles with condensation running down the bottles on tables under trees on the lawn in front of our farmhouse when my parents entertained on Sundays. Later as a
As a child, I remember going to watch Polo being played on a field near Morgenster in Somerset West. It was just after the Second World War and we sat in our mostly large American cars, Studebakers, Packards and Cadillacs on the edge of the field and watched our fathers on horseback hitting
Mark Lindhorst sampling - and enjoying - his wares Mark Lindhorst and I go way back when he was a student at Stellenbosch during my time at Lanzerac. After years as a successful accountant he brings his business acumen and passion for wine to the farm and wine marketing business. His accountant’s attention
With the proliferation of the café and the Bistro over the last 10 years or so, food has become a lot more relaxed. Gael Oberholzer’s Cafe Food at Home is such a practical book and it has over 80 innovative and delicious bistro-style meals for you to prepare. One wants food that can be prepared
Jeremy and Mandy Walker's home and winery, Grangehurst, is on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain midway between Stellenbosch and the False Bay coastline with a spectacular view to the west of the Table Mountain Reserve all the way from Cape Point to Signal Hill. To sit there, as I have, on their balcony in
Eagles' Nest – a phoenix risen Eagles' Nest is on the road up to Constantia Nek on a former part of Simon van der Stel’s Groot Constantia Estate, in the oldest wine appellation in South Africa. Aptly named, I have seen Black Eagles swirling in the skies above the Estate; it is, what must surely
Christoph Dornier, born into a family of engineers, knew from an early age that art would be his life. And he became an artist of international repute. He was attracted to Stellenbosch and in the early 1990's he became one of the first foreign investors in post apartheid South Africa. The mystical aspects of wine,
Some very modern things are happening in an ancient valley called Hemel-en-Aarde [Heaven and Earth] near Hermanus. The eponymous Peter Finlayson is a quiet deep man of the earth for whom wine is all consuming. From humble beginnings and bucket loads of foresight and quiet confidence a short number of years ago, Bouchard
Lannice Snyman, who has been a dear friend for years, is one of the country’s foremost food and history of South African cuisine fundis. This book is an enchanting tour through the gastronomic heart of South Africa and helps us discover its history, cuisine and cultural traditions. There are glimpses into dishes of the past