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Swartland’s revolutionaries

© Cape Times Friday 11th November 2011 I started this column just over a year ago with the admission that I wasn’t that keen on Swartland red wines. Since today marks the start of the second, swashbuckling Swartland Revolution, I am still frankly a...

Swartland’s revolutionaries

© Cape Times Friday 11th November 2011 I started this column just over a year ago with the admission that I wasn’t that keen on Swartland red wines. Since today marks the start of the second, swashbuckling Swartland Revolution, I am still frankly a...

Now’s the time to drink pink

© Cape Times Friday 28th October 2011 Spring is quivering on the edge of existence – some days you think it’s skipped us all together and gone straight for summer, other days you’re forcibly reminded that winter hasn’t let us go just yet. But...

Now’s the time to drink pink

© Cape Times Friday 28th October 2011 Spring is quivering on the edge of existence – some days you think it’s skipped us all together and gone straight for summer, other days you’re forcibly reminded that winter hasn’t let us go just yet. But...

How the Cape got its sparkle

© Cape Times Friday 14th October 2011 “On the count of three – one, two, three, GO!” Simonsig co-owner and cellarmaster Johan Malan might have been feeling nervous at the thought of letting a bunch of untrained journalists and wine-drinkers loose on his beloved...

How the Cape got its sparkle

© Cape Times Friday 14th October 2011 “On the count of three – one, two, three, GO!” Simonsig co-owner and cellarmaster Johan Malan might have been feeling nervous at the thought of letting a bunch of untrained journalists and wine-drinkers loose on his beloved...

Down to earth wine making

© Cape Times Friday 16th September 2011 Everyone’s talking ‘terroir’ at the moment in the world of wine. What is it, I hear you ask? Well, it’s the combination of soil type, site aspect (does it face east/south/north and is it flat or on...

Down to earth wine making

© Cape Times Friday 16th September 2011 Everyone’s talking ‘terroir’ at the moment in the world of wine. What is it, I hear you ask? Well, it’s the combination of soil type, site aspect (does it face east/south/north and is it flat or on...

How to become a Garagiste

© Cape Times Friday 2nd September 2011 They say that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine industry is to start with a big one. Times are hitting wine farms hard with prestigious names such as Klein Constantia, Kanu and...

How to become a Garagiste

© Cape Times Friday 2nd September 2011 They say that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine industry is to start with a big one. Times are hitting wine farms hard with prestigious names such as Klein Constantia, Kanu and...

A wine that’ll keep on giving

© Cape Times Friday 19th August 2011 Are there many things better in life than sitting back on a sunny Sunday morning, surrounded by delicious home-baked food and with a glass of good wine in your hand? I think not, which was why I...

A wine that’ll keep on giving

© Cape Times Friday 19th August 2011 Are there many things better in life than sitting back on a sunny Sunday morning, surrounded by delicious home-baked food and with a glass of good wine in your hand? I think not, which was why I...

Creating magic blends

© Cape Times Friday 5th August 2011 On the face of things, making wine is a pretty easy job. Plant a vine, grow some grapes, pick ‘em, squeeze ‘em, ferment ‘em then clean it up and stick it in a bottle – job done....

Creating magic blends

© Cape Times Friday 5th August 2011 On the face of things, making wine is a pretty easy job. Plant a vine, grow some grapes, pick ‘em, squeeze ‘em, ferment ‘em then clean it up and stick it in a bottle – job done....

Stellenbosch festival fun!

© Cape Times Friday 15th July 2011 The Stellenbosch Wine Route turns forty this year. Looking at the onsite attractions, the marvellous winery restaurants, the tasting experiences, the views and the ease of access directly to the farms, the winemakers and the wines, it...

Stellenbosch festival fun!

© Cape Times Friday 15th July 2011 The Stellenbosch Wine Route turns forty this year. Looking at the onsite attractions, the marvellous winery restaurants, the tasting experiences, the views and the ease of access directly to the farms, the winemakers and the wines, it...

Flush with white, ruby and tawny

© Cape Times Friday 17th June 2011 Heading over the Huisrivier Pass, it seems inconceivable that there could be anywhere to plant grapes in amongst the rocky heights and cactus-filled crevices. The road falls away steeply before you make one final twisting turn and...

Flush with white, ruby and tawny

© Cape Times Friday 17th June 2011 Heading over the Huisrivier Pass, it seems inconceivable that there could be anywhere to plant grapes in amongst the rocky heights and cactus-filled crevices. The road falls away steeply before you make one final twisting turn and...

Going quackers at Avondale

© Cape Times Friday 17th June 2011 Fifteen years ago, Avondale was a run-down farm with fruit trees and some vines. When John and Ginny Grieve of health food brand Vital bought it, the original idea was simply to make some nice wines and...

Going quackers at Avondale

© Cape Times Friday 17th June 2011 Fifteen years ago, Avondale was a run-down farm with fruit trees and some vines. When John and Ginny Grieve of health food brand Vital bought it, the original idea was simply to make some nice wines and...