“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” – Galileo Gallilei.

De Toren’s La Jeunesse Délicate the perfect red wine for spring and summer

 La Jeunesse Délicate NV from De Toren.

If white wine can pair with red meat and red wine with white meat, why can’t a red wine be the perfect partner for those balmy spring and scorching summer days?

Skop jou dag af met ’n Brut Rosé-ontbyt by Constantia Glen

'n Franse ontbyt met sjampanje, die ideale manier om die dag te begin.

Begin jou dag met ’n Franse ontbyt en ’n glas Brut Rosé terwyl jy die panoramiese uitsigte op en om Constantia Glen onder Constantia Nek geniet.

Die landgoed se Rosemarie & Funa Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classique, wat pas bekend gestel is, is slegs by die Constantia Glen-proekamer beskikbaar. Hierdie bruisende sjampanje met sy opvallende salmkleur is vernoem na Rosemarie Waibel wie se pa, Manfred, Constantia Glen in die laat 1950s gekoop het, en haar geliefde Walliese Corgi, Funa.

‘Stellenbosch can rival Napa Valley as tourist attraction’

Excellent dining and wining experiences abound.

“Stellenbosch has the potential to become as significant as the Napa Valley,” says Clay Gregory, President and CEO of Visit Napa Valley. Gregory, who will be a headline speaker at The Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference in Stellenbosch on 1 and 2 November, believes South Africa already has the skills and assets but currently lacks the investment.

"You have the wine, the people and the natural beauty to rival any wine tourism region of the world. But South Africa first needs to spend more on marketing and getting the region top of travellers’ minds,” he says.

Top 10 chenin blancs getuig van gehalte, diversiteit en opwinding

Die top 10!

“Vrug-egtheid”, “meer tekstuur”, “puik samestelling”, “veelsydig” en “grensverskuiwer” is maar net ’n paar van die lofbetuigings wat op die derde agtereenvolgende Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge gehoor is. En “heeltemal te goedkoop vir hierdie soort gehalte”.

Waterkloof’s excursions celebrate the ‘circle of life’

Waterkloof's winemaker, Nadia Barnard, busy with a cellar tour.

As nature prepares to burst from its winter slumber, the Waterkloof biodynamic wine estate set in fynbos-covered hills overlooking False Bay invites nature-lovers who seek an exceptional experience to visit the farm and celebrate the full circle of life.

“Circle of Life” is a central motif to Waterkloof’s farming and winemaking philosophy, on display once again as winter recedes. Waterkloof offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the farm and its mountainous surroundings through a diverse program of superlative activities.

Breedekloof se chenins het murg in hul pype

Sewe van die uitmuntende chenin blancs wat geproe en geniet is.

Oor die jare heen het die Breedekloof-wynstreek homself gevestig as ’n streek waar die druiwe rustig hang en tyd vat om ryp te word. En dit het alles met die sogenaamde terroir te doen – ligging, klimaat, grond en al die ander faktore wat ’n rol speel in dit wat uiteindelik in die bottel beland en glimlagte op ons gesigte sit en liedere in ons harte.

Hierdie is ook ’n streek wat chenin blanc soos ’n handskoen pas. Chenin verteenwoordig 18% van alle wingerde in Suid-Afrika en 16% val al hierdie aanplantings kom in die Breedekloof-vallei voor. Die streek voorsien byna ’n kwart van al die chenin blanc wat in Sud-Afrika gemaak word.

Badsberg rules at the 2016 SA Young Wine Awards

The Badsberg team: Willie Burger, Jaco Booysen, Nicholas Husselman and Henri Swiegers.

The Badsberg Wine Cellar in the Breedekloof stole the show at the 2016 SA Young Wine Awards! Its cellar master, Willie Burger, and his formidable winemaking team walked off with the competition’s two top trophies.

Badsberg’s wooded Pinotage was awarded the coveted General Smuts Trophy for overall SA Champion young wine for 2016, while the winery also clinched the Pietman Hugo Trophy for the highest score with five best entries for an impressive fifth time.

Fort Simon ryg die toekennings in

Die wennende Chardonnay.

Kort nadat die Fort Simon-wynlandgoed buite Stellenbosch op die gesaghebbende Novare Terroir-wyntoekennings vereer is met die Top Chardonnay-toekenning in die Bottelary-wyk vir sy 2014- Chardonnay, is die landgoed weer beloon, hierdie keer met nie minder nie as 5 goue medaljes op die Gold Wine Awards.

Die Novare Terroir-toekennings gee erkenning aan wyne wat die Suid-Afrikaanse wynbouklimaat en hul plek van oorsprong weerspieël.

 

‘If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul’

Marius Kotze leading the small group of wine lovers through an authentic Italian experience.

I was reminded of this well-known quote while sipping and savouring Italian wines with like-minded souls (read: wine lovers) at one of Nobile Collezione’s evenings where good food, fine Italian wine and good company come together for a feast of the senses.

Die somer word meer elegant met Anthonij Rupert Wyne se Protea-reeks

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Die Protea-reeks van Anthonij Rupert Wyne bly aandag trek, nie net vir hul gehalte, balans en elegansie nie, maar ook vir hul innoverende verpakking.

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