Women have staked their claim in wine
The day August 9 officially highlights the contribution of women in South Africa. In winemaking, they have become leaders in their own right.
Wine tasting in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
Wine farms in KwaZulu-Natal started consistently making news headlines at the end of the 1990s. While still small by Cape comparison, they offer a rewarding visit off the beaten track. Travel along the popular Midlands Meander Route, making a third and final stop in the Central Drakensberg at Cathedral Peak Wine Estate.
Aleit's top picks for a winter wedding in the Winelands
The Aleit Group has been planning weddings for local and international bridal parties, including many a celebrity wedding, in the Winelands for 16 years.
Aleit wrote for us in March on his favourite wedding venues in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and it is only fitting that we turn our attention to some of his favourite winter wedding venues this month.
Talking food & wine with chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
South African Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is passionate about South African food and wine and all his dishes served at his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France, have some South African influence. In fact, a lot of them are purely South African dishes served in an interesting way. We spoke to him about his love for South African food and wine.
South Africa's journey to world-class brandy
Like many of South Africa's wines, local brandy is world-class and there's nowhere better to enjoy them than where they're born.
5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Letishia
There are so many magnificent destinations to explore in the Western Cape – so much to do, so little time, right?
Here's a taste of just a few places that I've been that I feel should be on the top of anyone's 'Things to do in the Cape Winelands in winter' list.
Wine blending and vertical wine tastings
A few wineries have gone the extra mile to help visitors understand what goes into making wine.
You can expand your knowledge of South African wine by seeking out producers that allow you to blend your own or offer vertical tastings at their wineries. Learn more through these rare local experiences.
5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Trudie
It’s not fun to kiss summer picnics and late sunsets goodbye. But once again we are reminded why the love of wine is such a great romance, you can trade in your chilled whites for some warming reds and wineries have always got your back with their amazing winter offerings. There is bound to be a roaring fire or a special winter menu waiting to welcome you in the winelands.
5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Penelope
As a sommelier and self-proclaimed foodie, the rainy days in the Winelands start showing other gems as everything slows down. I find myself having the precious time to really enjoy what is on offer.
Lessons from my father
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.
BLACC wine-lovers help spread the word
The Black Cellar Club (BLACC) is a young organisation with a mission to share the story of South African wine.
BLACC is a voluntary association created "to reach out to black Africans … interested in furthering their wine knowledge".
Tradition and history meets modern and trendy
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.