If you can’t get to where the wine is made it is convenient if someone can bring the wine to you. Cellar in the City has done this. They open a variety of South Africa’s best wines every day in the tourism heart of Cape Town – the V&A Waterfront. The options are plentiful. Order… Read More Cellar in the City
The February issue of GetAway magazine has an article on taking a road trip through the Cape Winelands. It starts in Cape Town and travels through Durbanville, Franschhoek, Elgin and Hermanus to Caledon, Villiersdorp, Robertson, Worcester, Rawsonville and Wellington. The Overberg is well represented with mentions of Oak Valley, Newton Johnson and Die Plaaskombuis. We… Read More Road Trip – Cape Winelands
Great news for Cape Whale Coast Tourism is that Hermanus Wine Route is now the fourth most popular wine route in South Africa. The impact of this news is amplified by the results of a 2017 study conducted by Wesgro in partnership with Explore Sideways that found that wine tourism in the Western Cape has… Read More Growth of Wine Tourism in the Cape
There’s something special about listening to a winemaker talk about wine. Part scientist part artist you get facts mixed with imagination. Last night Hermanus wine enthusiasts had a chance to hear Wilhelm Pienaar talk about Méthode Cap Classique. As the winemaker at Hermanuspietersfontein he acquired a wealth of wine knowledge over the years – from… Read More Bubbly and Wilhelm’s Wine Wisdom
Nothing like the excitement of a new vintage luring. I made a collection of some of my favourite Hermanus harvest pics as seen on Instagram. The harvest is not over as some Hemel-en-Aarde wineries are still picking. I hear it’s going to be a great vintage.
How many times have I visited Creation Wines? Too many to count. Still realised that I can never visit this Hemel-en-Aarde winery enough. There is always something new. Currently the food and wine pairing plays to the harvest. Chapter 2 is Written In The Stars. Chardonnay matched with exotic mushroom carpaccio, pecorino, orange maldon, bee… Read More Written in the Stars
Close to Paarl on the Victor Verster road to Franschhoek is Avondale. Home to a fine Méthode Cap Classique, a restaurant run by Eric Bulpitt and a beautiful garden. What more do you want?
Are all wines vegan? A good question to ask as not all wines are vegan. This is despite the fact that wine is made from grapes. The wine making process requires filtration and it is during this phase that protein, yeast and cloudiness are removed. The wine looks better and the flavour is stabilised. Popular animal-derived… Read More Vegan Wine
The harvest is coming in thick and fast in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is with great expectations that I await the new vintage and anticipate the surprise of special new wines. I visited my friend Brenda de Jager’s garagiste operation in the centre of town and was surprised at how little you… Read More Winemaking Unplugged
The Hemel-en-Aarde is known for its good wine. More recently it has also become an example of community involvement and support. Three Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres are supported: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pre-School Ella Gordon Creche Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project There is also support for the Blackbirds Rugby Club to ensure that its not all work… Read More Charitable Hemel-en-Aarde #dogood