The story of Tesselaarsdal Wines Berene Sauls

The story of Tesselaarsdal Wines

Clifford Roberts
31 Aug 2020

As if from nowhere, the small producer Tesselaarsdal Wines appeared and quickly became a darling of the wine world. Owner Berene Sauls tells Clifford Roberts how it happened and how she’s dealing with the travails of 2020.

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6 Places to Pinot Noir in Hemel En Aarde

Clifford Roberts
17 Aug 2020

On August 18, the world celebrates Pinot Noir. Hemel en Aarde, with Elgin, is one of the Cape’s regions associated with the most sought-after cool climate wines. And it has been the Burgundian grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir most at its prow.

There are numerous locations to enjoy Pinot Noir in the region. We include a selection by Clifford Roberts on our blog.

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Women have staked their claim in wine

Maryke Roberts
07 Aug 2020

The day August 9 officially highlights the contribution of women in South Africa. In winemaking, they have become leaders in their own right.

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Call For Entries: Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2021

Visit Winelands
05 Aug 2020

Celebrating innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the greatest wine regions in the world, Wesgro extends a call for applications across the province for wine producers, wine experiences and wineries to enter into the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2021, free of charge.

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The Journey of a Grape

Tshepang Molisana
22 Jul 2020

The journey from vine to glass is a matter of science and circumstance. There are a wide number of species of vines which bears a variety of grapes, known as varietals. Each varietal, affected by soil type, climate, wind, farming practices and other factors produces various characteristics.

Tshepang Molisana shares the journey of a grape from vine to wine glass with us.

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Mountain biking in the Winelands Hello Franschhoek Credit Le Franschhoek Hotel Spa

Mountain biking in the Winelands

Visit Winelands
07 Jul 2020

The South African winelands is not only set up for wining and dining, it is also the perfect backdrop to explore your adventurous side, with the natural elements and lay of the land providing the perfect network of trails for mountain bikers.

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Franschhoek's Bastille Festival comes to you Bastille Collage

Franschhoek's Bastille Festival comes to you

Pippa Pringle
03 Jul 2020

In case the grapevine news hasn’t reached you, here’s what you missed. Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival is still on the cards, but instead of the traditional format, the festival will be coming to you.

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Now you can get your food with wine, online De Grendel Home Meals

Now you can get your food with wine, online

Clifford Roberts
12 Jun 2020

Since the implementation of Level 3 lockdown regulations, restaurants have sparked into action to implement new ways to reach customers. Many winery restaurants now offer food with wine, available for collection or delivery.

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Lockdown Vetkoek (Amagwinya) Recipe

Chef Gordon at Wildekrans Wine Estate
09 Jun 2020

With snowfall covering most of the mountains in the Western Cape at the moment and more rain forecast this week, it's the perfect time to turn to a South African favourite, the humble vetkoek or amagwinya.

However, there's nothing humble about the recipe for delicious Cape Malay curried beef mince vetkoeke that Chef Gordon from The Restaurant at Wildekrans Wine Estate shared with us. Do try this at home with a bottle of your favourite wine!

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South African Chenin Blanc at a glance Chenin Day Credit Food24

South African Chenin Blanc at a glance

Clifford Roberts
08 Jun 2020

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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The Most Spectacular Gardens in South Africa’s Winelands Leeu Estates Garden And Art Tour

The Most Spectacular Gardens in South Africa’s Winelands

Leani Jansen van Vuuren
07 Jun 2020

Spring and Summer in South Africa is the ultimate time to hit the road in search of gorgeous gardens. From the natural splendour of the Namaqualand wild flowers, to perfectly manicured wine estates, and the national treasures of botanical gardens in between.

Our wine routes and valleys play host to a vast variety of gardens that can be experienced in many different ways.

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Lessons from my father

Maryke Roberts
04 Jun 2020

Agriculture and activities like the making of wine is often a family affair, as the stories of many of South Africa's winemakers reflect. Marking Father's Day this month, Maryke Roberts asked some of them to be re-told.

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