The tale of Catharina of the Cape Steenberg Hotel Manor House Hr

The tale of Catharina of the Cape

Clifford Roberts
17 Aug 2018

Even with our intense access to information, there remain many tales of Cape characters like Catharina Ustings Ras to be uncovered. 

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Women have staked their claim in wine Waterkloof Winemaker Nadia Barnard 1

Women have staked their claim in wine

Maryke Roberts
06 Aug 2018

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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Wine tasting in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Kwa Zulu Natal Ssimg 092

Wine tasting in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Clifford Roberts
01 Aug 2018

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.

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Aleit's top picks for a winter wedding in the Winelands Bona Dea

Aleit's top picks for a winter wedding in the Winelands

Aleit Swanepoel of The Aleit Group
26 Jul 2018

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.

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Talking food & wine with chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen Jan Hendrik Van Der Westhuizen Kitchen

Talking food & wine with chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Maryke Roberts
09 Jul 2018

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.

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5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Letishia Letishia Charles

5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Letishia

Letishia Charles
25 Jun 2018

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.

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Wine blending and vertical wine tastings Vergenoegd Blending Experience Glasses

Wine blending and vertical wine tastings

Maryke Roberts
21 Jun 2018

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. 

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5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Trudie Trudie Webb Cropped

5 Things that are better during winter in the Winelands - Trudie

Trudie van Papendorp
18 Jun 2018

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.

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Lessons from my father Tienie Snr Tienie And Thys Louw From Diemersdal

Lessons from my father

Maryke Roberts
13 Jun 2018

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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BLACC wine-lovers help spread the word Avontuur Wine Estate Pic By Mike Eloff

BLACC wine-lovers help spread the word

Clifford Roberts
08 Jun 2018

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".

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