Why Tulbagh should be on your wish list Saronsberg Cellar

Why Tulbagh should be on your wish list

Estee de Villiers
26 Jul 2021

In 2019 the town of Tulbagh marked the 50th year since it experienced the most destructive earthquake in South Africa’s history.

The town was rebuilt and restored and feels like a meeting place of the old and the new. On Church Street you’ll find traditional Cape Dutch houses with green shuttered windows and at the end of the road you’ll be able to enjoy Bootlegger coffee and contemporary art at Makers Mark.

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Winter in the Winelands Mont Rochelle Tennis Court

Winter in the Winelands

Tshepang Molisana
21 Jul 2021

The South African winelands provide exciting experiences for lovers of wine, leave families with a lifetime of happy memories and provide a spectacular haven for those who seek new experiences, throughout winter. Here are a few of my favourite winelands experiences that are better in winter.

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How to eat sushi with wine

by Clifford Roberts
13 Jul 2021

Wine and sushi are trendy, now more than ever given the looming Olympics in Japan. Consuming them almost always evokes an experience. But, seriously: can they truly dance together?

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Top Winery Art Galleries Benguela Cove

Top Winery Art Galleries

Dawn Jorgensen
11 Jul 2021

‘I paint flowers so they will not die.’ – Frida Kahlo

It’s a completely natural fit, the blending of meticulously curated art with the Cape’s picturesque winelands. Be it perfectly sculpted pieces that add character to landscaped lawns, galleries that showcase the best of the country’s classical artists or a space where contemporary art meets African fusion.

Here are some of the top winery art galleries to visit in the Cape Winelands.

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From Vine to Glass: South African Wine & Traceability

Su Birch
08 Jul 2021

In the Middle Ages wax seals were used to authenticate documents. South Africa’s own sustainability wine seal does a similar job. The seal guarantees that the information on the bottle label about the variety, vintage and origin of the wine is accurate and that the wine has been grown and made in an environmentally friendly way. To date, South Africa is the only country in the world with such an all-encompassing guarantee.

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35 Unique self-catering farm stays for families in the Winelands Homestead At Oldenburg

35 Unique self-catering farm stays for families in the Winelands

Leani Jansen van Vuuren
01 Jul 2021

Memories are made of this. Families and friends sharing an idyllic breakaway together, somewhere on a serene farm in a wine region.

Here’s our list of 35 highly recommended fresh-air South African farm stays for large families, varying from earthy and rustic to lavish and luxurious.

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Going back West

Clifford Roberts
15 Jun 2021

Wine doesn’t immediately come to mind in discussions of the Cape West Coast. This doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for wine lovers to see.

Short excursions to favourite places may not always appear to link up with interests in wine, but in the Cape, that’s rarely possible.

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South African Chenin Blanc at a glance Chenin Day Credit Food24

South African Chenin Blanc at a glance

Clifford Roberts
15 Jun 2021

Several prominent events are about to put South African Chenin Blanc back in the spotlight. Clifford Roberts gives a brief rundown of the excitement driving the variety.

If there's a Ground Zero for South African wine, it must be Chenin Blanc. Few varieties have tracked our history from the start, become as ubiquitous and emerged as a shining light.

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Great experiences to learn about South African brandy Sa Brandy Homes Img 9874

Great experiences to learn about South African brandy

Clifford Roberts
13 Jun 2021

Brandy-making in South Africa goes back three hundred years, but its story certainly isn’t stuck in the history books. A good and enjoyable way to learn about this cultural icon, and discover why it consistently wins global competitions, is available at several, top-class brandy experiences.

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2021 Wine Harvest in Pictures Breedekloof Breedekloof Wine Valley Nocredit2

2021 Wine Harvest in Pictures

Visit Winelands
27 May 2021

This year's wine harvest took its time, but it was worth the wait. Consistently mild weather led to slower ripening but had some pleasant side effects in terms of vine growth, bunch numbers, and berry size.

Enjoy this snapshot of the 2021 harvest season.

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Make sure these MTB-friendly wineries are on your route Meerendal Mountain Biking 1

Make sure these MTB-friendly wineries are on your route

Clifford Roberts
13 May 2021

The advent of mountain bike (MTB) enthusiasm has been a boon for many wineries. Many have dramatically expanded their offerings to cater specifically to this sport.

At the same time, these routes have given wine-lovers a new way to explore old favourites too.

The list that follows comprises a small selection of intersecting trails and wineries in diverse regions of the Cape Winelands. Most of the trails require permits and more information about these may be found at corresponding links.

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Tripping on the Garden Route

Clifford Roberts
29 Apr 2021

“It’s just a perfect road-trip,” declares Doornkraal Farm Stall owner Celia le Roux suddenly.

“Drive the R44 from Montagu to Oudtshoorn, then head back via George and the Garden Route,” she adds.

The leg home has its own share of wineries too. And before you leave the arid hinterland behind, make a stop at Herold Wines, set among the peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains.

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