South African Easter Crossword

As you have a lovely long weekend ahead of you, we thought you’d like to put your feet up and challenge yourself with our Easter Crossword. Simply print off this page and image, complete the crossword below and send your answers in to us, along with your email address, first name, surname, postal address and telephone number by 10th April 2015. You could win one of six bottles of wine. Terms...

The Fairhills Fairtrade project is one of the largest in the world…

In 2005 Origin Wine and the farm employees of the 22 individual producers supplying Du Toitskloof Cooperative established the internationally accredited Fairhills Association, an accredited Fairtrade project, in Rawsonville. The aim of the Fairhills Association is to create revenue, through their wine brands, which will enable them to uplift the people within the community by growing their skills base....

Domaine ‘I am old’ – Lindsaye Mc Gregor

‘The best wines improve with age’ is the old adage. Leading viticultural consultant Rosa Kruger takes it a step further back, proclaiming that the vines themselves improve with age. Her new website, www.iamold.co.za, is an invaluable resource, documenting South African vineyards known to be more than 35 years old. The introduction reads: ‘It’s an interesting list, with our culture, history...

Naming rights – by Fiona McDonald

Rupert & Rothschild recently opened a beautifully revamped tasting centre at the Fredericksburg farm in Simondium, between Paarl and Franschhoek. Seeing the range of Rothschild wines from Argentina, New Zealand and France alongside those of their South African Rupert partnership set off a train of random thought about wine names. Available for tasting were Château Clarke from Bordeaux, Barons...

The Pebbles Project – celebrating 10 years – by Lindsaye McGregor

December marks the 10th anniversary of the successful Pebbles Project. In this time, Pebbles has firmly established itself as a well-run and reputable NPO. The organisation’s aim is to change and enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with an emphasis on special educational needs, in the Western Cape farming community. It took the go-getting Warner sisters from the UK – special...

Q & A with winemaker Jean-Claude Martin at Creation Vineyards

1. You are a Swiss-born winemaker and could work anywhere in the world, provided they make wine. Why have you chosen South Africa? There is still so much to discover in South Africa, there is plenty of hidden potential. The difference between the Old World and New World is that everything is tried and perfected in the Old World and here we have potential for site specific vineyards, incredible unspoilt...

Cape entering new viticultural era – by Jonathan Snashall

The Cape is embarking on an era of great viticultural exploration. There is much to choose from and contemplate considering the Cape’s diverse terroirs and the number of varieties either currently or imminently available. Recent industry initiatives along with leading pioneers like winemaker Eben Sadie and viticulturist Rosa Kruger are guiding Cape viticulture into a very exciting stage. “We have...

Say hello to six brilliant summer picnics in the South African Vineyards – by Su Birch from Tastetrip

Come March the harvest is drawing to a close, but the days in South Africa are still warm and autumn hasn’t touched the vines yet. This is the perfect time to discover South Africa and visit some vineyards for a grand picnic. The picnics offered by wineries are often gourmet fare presented in wicker baskets or stylish designer boxes, and in some cases, served at your own table. Here are 6 of our...

A sparkling end to 2014 – by Fiona McDonald

  There’s nothing like going out with a bang … especially when that loud noise signals the ejection of a cork from a bottle, followed by a rush of bubbles. Sparkling wine and festive celebrations are synonymous, particularly at this time of year. Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate used to tell a long, rather involved story about why the positively charged nature of bubbly was good...

Méthode Cap Classique under the spotlight – By Angela Lloyd

It’s not often I get the opportunity to taste a range of Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) sparkling wines, so I was delighted when Roger Jones invited me to join him and friends for a tasting of around 30 bubblies. Roger and his wife Sue are the owners of Michelin star restaurant The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, situated near Marlborough in Wiltshire, where Roger is also the chef. He’s a recognised wine...

Bosman Family Vineyards

The Bosman family is committed to more than just wine. Instilled with a deep respect for both man and nature, they have long believed in and implemented social, economic and environmental practices that develop the community and promote sustainable farming. The relationship between the family and their team is evident in the fact that many of the 260 full-time workers on the estate are 5th generation...

Stellenrust – an Olympic legacy

Visitors to the 2012 London Olympic Games drank thousands of small bottles of South African Fairtrade wine. In doing so, whether they were aware of it or not, they made a tangible impact on the lives of a community of farm workers many thousands of kilometres away.  The delicious Olympic Rosé and Chenin Blanc came from Stellenrust, one of South Africa’s largest family-owned wine farms. Located...

A lasting legacy – by Lindsaye Mc Gregor

South Africa is fortunate enough to know the exact date on which its wine industry began thanks to an entry in the diary of Jan van Riebeeck, an official of the Dutch East India Company and First Commander of the Cape, on 2 February 1659: “Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes, namely from the new must, fresh from the vat. The grapes were mostly Muscadel, and...

2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raises over R10.5 Million for education in the Cape winelands

Setting a new record for this prestigious fundraising event The 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, which took place on Saturday 14th February, ascended to new heights when an astounding R10.565 million was raised for education in the Cape Winelands, achieving a significant 50% increase on the R7.045 million raised at the inaugural 2014 Auction. The entire proceeds of the 2015 Auction, without offset...

Why you should visit South Africa

We were delighted to hear of two recent accolades for South Africa and Cape Town. The first was the announcement that South Africa had bagged the number two spot on the Lonely Planet list for the best value destinations for 2015. The second accolade was that Cape Town had scooted up the list from 11th position to fourth in the 2014 Conde Nast’s readers’ choice top 25 cities in the world. We were...

Innovation brings positive results – by Angela Lloyd

Innovation among South Africa’s young winemakers is taking the country’s wines on an exciting journey; but innovation, through its very nature, has a sense of the unknown. In some cases this carries an element of danger, as it can in a style as tricky as Méthode Ancestrale. Méthode Ancestrale is the original bottle-fermented sparkling wine which undergoes one, as opposed to Champagne’s two,...

Raise a glass to Heritage Day

Today, 24th September, South Africa celebrates Heritage Day. It is a day when South Africans embrace their culture and all that makes South Africa such a wonderful, colourful, inspiring country. With a population of more than 49 million people and 11 different official languages, South Africa is home to many vibrant and rich cultures. Heritage Day, a public holiday in South Africa, ensures that South...

Swirl, sip and spit for National Sea Rescue

Don’t miss out on one of the most successful and fun wine auctions the Western Cape has to offer. Stock up with your favourite wines at this year’s Rotary Clubs of Newlands and Table Bay’s annual wine auction, which has been confirmed to take place on Thursday, 02 October 2014 at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town from 19:00 – 21:00. All the funds raised from the auction will be donated to the...

Vacancy: DATA, CONTENT & MEDIA ADMINISTRATOR

The companies – top100sawines.com; weekendwines.com; sellmorewines.com Are innovative leaders in fine-wine.  Activity includes organizing a wine competition, promotions, events, brand awareness, digital activity with a strong sales and transaction focus.  The companies enjoy local and global reach and activity.  They trade actively and continually seek both fast and sustainable growth.   The...

Vacancy: LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATOR

The companies – top100sawines.com; weekendwines.com; sellmorewines.com Are innovative leaders in fine-wine.  Activity includes organizing a wine competition, promotions, events, brand awareness, digital activity with a strong sales and transaction focus.  The companies enjoy local and global reach and activity.  They trade actively and continually seek both fast and sustainable growth.   The...

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