Asara Wine Estate & Hotel

The Asara Hotel over the vineyards The History The original grant of the land on which the Asara Wine Estate and Hotel now stands is dated 1691.  In the  20th century, the main part of Asara was part of a well known Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine appellation called Verdun, named after the

June 24th, 2013|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: |

Perdeberg – the home of Chenin Blanc

The cellar door at Perdeberg Winery Perdeberg Winery was founded in 1941, when after a time of low prices for their premium grapes, wine farmers in the Perdeberg [Horse Mountain] region under the leadership of one Jan Rossouw formed a co-operative winery to press their own grapes and make their own wines.  Wines

April 30th, 2013|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: |

Boschendal Renascent

Boschendal in Groot Drakenstein Of all the stately farmsteads in the Drakenstein Valley, Boschendal has the finest setting.  So wrote the Cape’s well known restoration architects Gawie and Gwen Fagan at the time of the renaissance of Boschendal in the late 1970s.  Those words were true 150 years before they were written and

March 10th, 2013|Categories: Michael's Writings, Winery partners|Tags: |

La Bri – refuge for a Huguenot

An aerial view of La Briwith its enchanting H shaped Manor House I first knew La Bri in the early 1980s when Michael Trull started a major restoration plan on the beautiful homestead and began replanting and upgrading the vineyards.  He was also a founding member of The Vignerons de Franschhoek and Irene

March 6th, 2013|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: |

Douglas Green Wines, founded 1942

Douglas Green, son of the Founder, with his father's delivery truck While many think of Douglas Green as a wine company, few are aware that he was a real person.  I know, as I have known two of his children!  Douglas Green, had a head for the wine business and a heart for

March 5th, 2013|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: |

Delaire Graff Estate – a diamond in the Stellenbosch Crown

Looking North from The Delaire Graff Restaurant Deck The History In the early 1980s John and Erica Platter, creators of the eponymous Wine Guide, bought a farm on the side of a mountain called Avonduur. It was renamed Delaire, French for ‘from the eyrie’ as it looked down over the most amazing scenery. 

Landskroon Wines

  Landskroon Wine Estate, welcoming entrance I first visited Landskroon in the late 1970’s and met the gentle giant of a man who was Paul de Villiers who looked after the wine production and his brother Hugo, who ran their prize Jersey Stud and their wives who were twin sisters.  And their mother

October 25th, 2012|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: , , |

De Grendel Wines

The view across the vineyards to Table Mountain In the early 1970s when I had just returned from the UK and cookery school, I cooked a meal at De Grendel for that political icon, Leader of the Opposition, Sir de Villiers and Lady Graaff for an important political dinner. It was all very

October 21st, 2009|Categories: Winery partners|Tags: , , |

Glen Carlou

Glen Carlou, a 145 ha vineyard near Paarl, is one of the region's finest wine estates. Purchased several years ago by well-known South African winemaker, Walter Finlayson, twice named as Diner's Club Winemaker of the Year, who recognised its potential for producing wine grapes of outstanding quality. No stranger to the rehabilitation of wine farms