Made from grapes from vines up to 29 years old, the sublime Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is a classic Constantia Appellation wine...
Kerry Kilpin, Executive Chef at Steenberg Wine Estate, adds new excitement to the summer menu at Catharina’s Restaurant.....
Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2015, perfect partner to Christine Capendale’s Fillet with Rocket & Horseradish Sauce…
Oldenburg Vineyards Merlot 2015 Oldenburg Vineyards up in the Banghoek Valley has some exciting stuff happening – again! The new winery is coming on like a dream, the roof is on, now the interior work is taking place. and will be ready for the Estate’s new winemaker Nic van Aarde. The Estate has recently created
Four Cousins, 9 wines and 18 years of success as a brand. Phillip, Bussel, Hennie and Neil have created on of the country's top sellers, and beyond our borders as well.
Ace your Braai Day pairings with Durbanville Hills wines. Martin Moore, founding cellmaster is a braai king & he sure knows his wines
La Bri Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, so good with Nina Timm’s Fried Liver with Rich Onion Gravy…
La Bri Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a fine example of a small production of wine from beautifully cared for vines.
Multi award winning winemaker Jacques Viljoen, is an exceptional addition as Cellarmaster to the Boschendal Winemaking Team, a post he takes on in August...
Landskroon Merlot 2016, living up to the renewed interest in this grape of Bordeaux heritage. Often used for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, it stands alone here....
Fat Bastard - actually two of them... An amusing for some truly potable wines from the Robertson Cellar.
There is a formidable team of winemakers at Spier Wine Estate making some serious Spier Reds. Johan Jordaan is the winemaker in charge of the reds under Cellarmaster Frans Smit. Really a lovely place to visit with two restaurants, picnics and a variety of entertainments.
Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines, The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007 and The Oldenburg ‘Le Quartre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007, good with Jane Anne Hobbs’s Slow-roasted Stuffed Leg of Lamb with a Basil Walnut Sauce – 21.02.2018
Oldenburg Vineyards two new maiden vintage wines released, The Oldenburg ‘Le Quatre Enfants’ Cabernet Franc 2007 and The Oldenburg Joshua Syrah 2007, available from the Estate....
Head pastry Chef at The Delaire Graff Restaurant, Mareli Erasmus, shows off her considerable skills with her Kiwi & Lime Pre-Dessert...
Spier #101 – three delicious whites for Summer, made by Frans Smit, the Cellarmaster and his award winning team. Two Chenin Blancs and a Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend...
The Stellenbosch Wine Festival Presented by Pick n Pay 2018, Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February 2018
For over 40 years, the Stellenbosch Wine Festival is now a part of South African Wine Culture...
De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd – 09.02.2018
The grapes from a tiny, cool, wine appellation in the Witzenberg in Ceres are used to make the De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2016, best served with Ina Paarman’s Lemon Chicken for a crowd.
Christiaan Nigrini in the Douro Valley, Northern Portugal Christiaan Nigrini is such a likeable young man, so dedicated to what he is doing as part of the Asara Winemaking Team. Last year he spent the harvest in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. What was the defining moment in your life that set you on
Perdeberg Classic Collection Sparkling Rosé, lovely match with Nina Timm’s Festive Pavlova with Lime & Fresh Berries – 01.02.2018
Perdeberg Classic Collection Sparkling Rosé, a fun wine. Refreshing mid-morning at the swimming pool, good match with food.
Spier's fine Homestead - Spier offers much to the visitor Eight Spier offers Eight, a fine restaurant on the Spier Estate. From veld to fork, with the saladings and vegetables are grown organically on the Estate. Farmer Angus, grows the grass-fed beef, pork, chickens which are free range. Children are catered for, to replenish energy
Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs. Chenin loves Dianne Bibby’s Chakalaka Marinated Roast Chicken – 23.01.2018
Mulderbosch, home of 3 Single Vineyard Chenin Blancs Adam Mason, Winemaker at Mulderbosch Vineyards, makes a range of Chenin Blancs called The Single Vineyard Block. Grapes from three different vineyards are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and during elevation in the cellar. The three blocks are harvested in the same way
De Grendel MCC Brut, jewel from the Tygerberg Hills, a finely crafted expression of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grapes.
I have chosen a lovely collection of wines for you to buy for Christmas. Do go to the website, there's still time to order for a pre Christmas delivery...
Snow Mountain Artisanal wines are made in Wellington by James McKenzie. Perfect artisanal wines, for the perfect festive meal.
Landskroon Chenin Blancs, a special pair with Tracy Foulkes’s Fresh Pea Pesto & Ricotta Bruschetta – 24.11.2017
A pair of Landskroon Chenin Blancs, one dry, the other off dry, from Paul de Villiers, 5th generation winemaker at the estate.
Cabernet Specialists for 21 years, Etienne, Christo & Yvonne Le Riche producing utterly sublime Cabernets...
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....
Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller of Franschoek's premier Wine Estate Restaurant, Haute Cabrière fire up their stoves for summer feasting.....
Michael Olivier's wine4friends is up and running! Here is a fabulous selection of unusual wines to tempt your palate, delivered to your door....
Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017 – a first white from the predominantly red wine producing Swartland Estate…
Danie Malan, Allesverloren's Owner and Winemaker branches out into producing white wines with his first Allesverloren Chenin Blanc 2017. A perfect sipper and a perfect food wine.
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2016, perfect match to a good chicken, like Ina Paarman’s Pyramid Braaied Flattie – 09.10.2017
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2016, perfect match to a good chicken, like Ina Paarman's Pyramid Braaied Flattie - 09.10.2017
Welmoed Wines from Stellenbosch Vineyards have a new look and complete the range makeover for Stellenbosch Vineyards….
Welmoed Wines from Stellenbosch Vineyards have a new look and complete the range makeover for Stellenbosch Vineyards....
Nuy knighted at 21st Michelangelo Awards. Home of some of the finest Sweet Wines and home to Celine…
Nuy knighted at 21st Michelangelo Awards. Home of some of the finest Sweet Wines and home to Celine... In the beautiful Nuy Valley.
RMB Winex 2017 – 18 years of sustaining the Art of Wine. Sandton Convention Centre 25 to 27 October.
RMB Winex 2017 - 18 years of sustaining the Art of Wine. Sandton Convention Centre 25 to 27 October. Such a wonderful array of wines from which to choose.
The Breedekloof Wine Valley: where legends live on. There's a lot to discover here, some sublime Chenin Blancs and a range of other varieties. Beautiful vineyards....
Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Conqueror Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 & Dianne Bibby’s Red Wine Ragu with Rigatoni – 21.08.2017
The Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Conqueror Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, a modern expression of the Variety. Serve it with Dianne Bibby's Red Wine Ragu with Rigatoni.
Cab is King! And so is Dad! Celebrate a DeWaal Fathers Day with one of their great Cabernets and a special gift for Dads
Groot Constantia Merlot 2014 Some years ago, vineyard owners were being told to pull up their Cinsaut and plant Merlot. Now as fashions change, the reverse is happening. Thank goodness for those who ‘kept the faith’, amongst them Groot Constantia. Merlot is going places as the Merlot Interest Group does its work to help producers
Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016 I have watched this vintage grow over the last year. The 2015 vintage took a trophy at the Japan Wine Challenge last year for the Best New World Wine. This vintage is a step up on the 2015 and I can’t wait to taste the 2017 babies in the
Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Dianne Bibby’s Pork & Shallot Casserole with Sage & Mushrooms – 25.05.2017
Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Exciting wines coming from Flagstone with Gerhard Swart in charge of the winemaking team. For me the Flagstone Wines are so food friendly, you can almost imagine different dishes while drinking them. The Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is a unique Sauvignon Blanc made with grapes from the
Van Zyl du Toit - Allée Bleue Winemaker Nice to be reminded of the talented jovial van Zyl du Toit and his wine making talents with the release of two new vintages of his wines. Allée Bleue L'Amour Toujours 2013 The Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2013 is the estate’s Flagship Red Wine and is a
“Simple” yet “bold” are the words for Louisa Greeff’s Winter Menu at The Durbanville Hills Restaurant
Durbanville Hills Winery overlooking Table Bay Surrounded by rolling hills and boasting beautiful views of Cape Town, Durbanville Hills is nestled in the picturesque Durbanville Valley, making it the ideal place to enjoy a warm winter meal with a glass of award-winning wine. To ensure that the upcoming colder months are savoured, the restaurant has
Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 & Tracy Foulkes’s Caramelized Onion Thyme & Taleggio Cheese Tart – 25.04.2017
Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Asara Wine Estate is situated in the rolling Polkadraai Hills south-west of Stellenbosch in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Stellenbosch is strong Cabernet country and the big flavours come from the slow ripening of the grapes. Summer heat is ameliorated by cooling breezes off False Bay. The marine climate carries
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 & Anina Meyer’s Cinnamon & Nutella Buns with Fudge Sauce – 21.04.2017
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Demi Sec 2015 Simonsig Wine Estate founder, Frans Malan was a passionate pioneer in the Cape wine world in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Early estate bottlings of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage point to greater things to come. In the early 1970s Frans started experimented with wines made in the Champagne style
The Flagstone Team Read more about Flagstone Wines - CLICK HERE Gerhardt Swart - Flagstone Winemaker
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 & Meeta K Wolff’s South Indian Inspired Sambar Vegetable Curry – 04.04.2017
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 Oldenburg Wine Estate sits high up in the Banghoek Valley underneath large benign and exceptionally beautiful ‘Alpine’ mountains. The vineyards have been completely replanted in modern times by owner Adrian Vanderspuy whose family have owned the Estate for a number of years. The vines used for the Oldenburg Chardonnay 2015 were planted
Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine & Meeta K Wolff’s Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Avocado – 29.03.2017
Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine Something really pretty from Durbanville Hills, the Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine. You need a bottle of this in a glass ice bucket midmorning under the pergola drinking it for the sheer fun of it. Martin Moore & Wilhelm Coetzee hosting a braai This is Martin Moore and Wilhelm Coetzee’s
Boschendal at Full Moon Legend has it that energies are intensified on the night of a full moon. Meaning that your state of mind at the time, will be magnified! Make sure to increase only positive vibrations by joining Boschendal for the last Full Moon Picnic of the season. What to expect at the Full
Tops at Spar Wine Fun at Montecasino Welcome to WINEderland where the stars are red, white and wild! Kicking off the 2017 national tour, the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show is back in Johannesburg, and for the first time at Montecasino, to present its 12th spectacular “pourformance” of South Africa’s most loved wines and bubbly
Peter Falke Chardonnay 2015 Groenvlei Farm, hugging the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is the home of Peter Falke Wines. Perfect situation for wine grape growing with the cooling breezes coming up in the late afternoon off False Bay which ameliorate the heat of summer afternoons. Chardonnay grapes ripening on
These are the wines we have been drinking over the last couple of days. Current white wine in the fridge La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 The La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is made up of 50% grapes from their own Franschhoek Vineyards and the balance from deep down south in the
People often ask me "what's your favourite wine?" I, like André Simon, always feel that the wine I have in my glass is the best. In my glass at the moment are these two lovely wines. Nativo Organic White Blend 2014 Pour Divinely aromatic with an undertow of oak, with soft sundried apricots and yellow
Boschendal Farmstead & Manor House, dwarfed by The Groot Drakenstein Boschendal’s exceptional 2016 awards season continued on Friday with the winery scooping 19 prestigious Veritas awards. The illustrious 331-year-old Franschhoek winery has seen some significant changes and world-class improvements over the past decade and now combines heritage and tradition with fresh, modern vision - to
Boschendal, the Groot Drakenstein Mountain behind Boschendal, one of South Africa’s most iconic wineries, has secured twelve awards at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016 including ‘Gold Outstanding’ for the Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2014 as well as two ‘Silver Outstanding’ for the 1685 range of wines. Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay The Gold
Fun at Phizante Kraal Wines The Season of Sauvignon Festival is back in the Durbanville Wine Valley over the weekend of 29 and 30 October. Festival goers and Sauvignon Blanc lovers can look forward to a host of Sauvignon Blanc activities in the Valley during the month of October in the buildup to the festival.
Boschendal Manor House, the majestic Groot Drakenstein as backdrop Always something new and exciting from Boschendal. Especially in Heritage month where, by tradition now, a whole roast pasture fed Aberdeen Angus ox is roasted over coals. The beef is pasture fed and prepared by Boschendal’s Cattle manager, Jason Carrol. In celebration of National Heritage Day,
Join Simonsig winemaker, Debbie Thompson, for an unforgettable Pinotage Journey...... Visit the Simonsig website - www.simonsig.co.za
Bot Rivier view The close-knit winemaking community of the small town of Bot River, is set for its annual Spring Weekend which promises an authentic bouquet of all things exceptional and exclusive to this unsung Overberg gem from 2 to 4 September 2016. Home to eminent wine mavericks, Bot River features 11 wine farms –
Winners of Wellington's Quest for the Best Back l to r: Erik van Wyk (Wellington Wines), Ettienne Malan (Andreas Wines), Andries Wiese (Group Manager Mutual & Federal Agri), Chris Roux (Mont du Toit), JG Auret (Linton Park Wines), Gielie Beukes (Doolhof) Front l to r: Theila Conyers (Douglas Green), Lauren Hulsman (Diemersfontein), Corlea Fourie (Bosman
French Chicken Liver Paté – Nadia Graves Nadia lives in Dordogne in the south west of France. She has a lovely website which is all about cooking in her region, except on Tuesdays when she posts a South African Recipe. French Chicken Liver Paté Serves 6 Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed
Carey Boucher Erasmus's Winning Cheese & Onion Tart Carey says: "Not only is this uber tasty tart a perfectly substantial (if not decadent) meatless meal, it is also a great “throw together” pantry dish. All the ingredients you need will be right at home in your kitchen. No need for exhausting grocery shopping after work! This tart is sooo
Hein van Tonder's Fried Rice Balls Hein says, “Spring has definitely arrived in Cape Town (although this morning winter is certainly back) but this recipe is comfort food at its best. And such a great way to use up any left-over bolognaise sauce you might have. You could replace the meat sauce with leftover bobotie,
Anna & Roberta Montali's Squid ink pasta in a creamy vodka & prawn sauce Never have to search too deeply into Anna & Roberta Montali's Recipe Collection to find the perfect dish to go with a wine, Their usual lusty flavours are perfectly matched with this lusty Rosé. Serves 4 Easy Prepping &
Alida Ryder's Melon salad with prosciutto & fior di latte Preparation time 10 minutes Total time 10 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 sweet melon 10 strips prosciutto crudo 150g fior di latte baby leaves of your choice for the dressing juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil salt & pepper to taste
Roast Spiced Leg of Lamb This Indian inspired dish is marinated overnight in a spiced sour cream sauce. The meat becomes beautifully tender and the sauce imparts a great flavour. 1,6 - 1,8 kg leg of lamb (see Chef's tip below) 1 x 200 ml Ina Paarman's Tikka Curry Coat & Cook sauce
The Oldenburg Vineyards, Rondekop to the right I remet Adrian Vanderspuy, the owner of Oldenburg at a tasting of the Estate’s wines recently and he said “you used to drive round Stellenbosch in a sports car in the late 1960s!” I did - and the sports car was a white Triumph TR3 in
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
Lesca and Danie de Wet In the late 1970s, I visited De Wetshof, and indeed met Danie and his gentle father for the first time. Thirty five years later, my memories of that day are crystal clear. I remember the open concrete tank cellar, so clean you could eat off the floor, every
While Greece may be having the most terrible financial problems, the food of the country is alive and well and recently came to Prince Albert when Madeleine and I presented a Food and Wine Workshop at The African Relish Cookery school in that enchanting little Karoo town. I kept the pots full and
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
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
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
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
Stellenbosch 1710 Stellenbosch was founded by, and named for, Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Cape in 1679. He was certain that excellent wine could be made in the good Stellenbosch soils with abundant water from the Eerste River. Spier, on the banks of the Eerste River was granted to a
A view of the Simonsberg *Simonsig* Madeleine and I first met Frans Malan and his kind, gentle wife Liza when she started working for them in their tasting room on Simonsig Estate in 1977. This was the year that they would walk away with a variety of medals from the Stellenbosch Young Wine
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
Groot Constantia Manor Housepainting by Desirée Picton Seymour You don't get more historical than this. Groot Constantia is where it all began in the wine industry in South Africa. Granted to Dutch Governor Simon van der Stel in 1685, he laid out a larger vineyard than any before him at the Cape with
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
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
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