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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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Stunning views in the Cape Winelands

Amilinda Wilkinson
18 Apr 2020

American philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said, "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth."
While the idea of travelling seems impossible at the moment, this season of our lives will pass too. Here is a selection of scenic wine farms to savour, where the wine is chilled, the dining al-fresco and the views simply stunning. Add them to your Trip Planner, travel later and for now, enjoy the views.

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What We're Drinking

Visit Winelands
16 Apr 2020

The Visit Winelands team of passionate wine and travel writers are sipping on some of our favourite wines while we do our part to flatten the curve during the lockdown.

Meet the people behind the stories on our blog, take a peek at what’s in their wine glasses and tell us what’s in yours as you dream about your next winery visit – like we are!

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COVID-19 lockdown: What travellers need to know Durbanville Wine Valley February To April 1

COVID-19 lockdown: What travellers need to know

Visit Winelands
24 Mar 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nation-wide lockdown on Monday evening, 23 March 2020 that will be in effect for 21 days from midnight on 26 March 2020 to midnight on 16 April 2020.

If you are an international visitor in South Africa, please familiarise yourself with these regulations and find the contact details for our visitor safety programme and the coronavirus hotline here.

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Wineries doing their part to prevent COVID-19 spread

Visit Winelands
21 Mar 2020

Our wineries are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Strict safety and hygiene measures are in place. The hours of wine and other alcoholic beverages service have been reduced by the South African Government.

Before heading out to your favourite winery, please check online to see whether they are currently operating. Read more here.

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Top Winery Art Galleries

Dawn Jorgensen
02 Mar 2020

‘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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Tradition and history meets modern and trendy

Hendie Grobbelaar
23 Feb 2020

Ranging from 1700’s Cape Dutch buildings with thatched roofs, to ultra-modern millennium brick, cement and glass buildings, the Western Cape Winelands offer a diverse range of architecture, the one more show-stopping than the next. Even more so, most of these buildings are either set against the backdrop of the majestic Western Cape mountains, lush green vineyards, designer crafted gardens and/or a sapphire ocean.

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Diarize the main wine festivals coming up in 2020 Pinot Noir Celebration

Diarize the main wine festivals coming up in 2020

Clifford Roberts
11 Feb 2020

A fresh year of exciting wine events is already underway. We’ve updated a selection of some of the main wine festivals and events to help you plan, especially if you want to extend your stay.

Get ahead of your busy schedule and diarize 2020’s food and wine festivals now. From large, family friendly shows to intimate, black-tie affairs – there’s plenty to get excited about.

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8 Fun Wine Harvest Festivals Nederburg Harvest

8 Fun Wine Harvest Festivals

Trudie Webb
22 Jan 2020

No matter how you look at it, wine farming just isn’t the same as any other kind of farming. You won’t find a cattle farmer hosting a special release of his 2020 vintage beef or a vertical tasting from a wheat farmer. And though some of the glamour and glory of winemaking might seem unfair to other farmers, it all makes a bit more sense during harvest time in the winelands.

Vineyards are lush and full of fruit and visitors get to be part of the harvest fun. Get a sense of the grape’s journey from vine to barrel with these eight harvest festivals.

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