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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...

Hot Winter wine fests

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 Winter is a funny time of year in the wine world. Things slow down in the vineyards and cellar as the vines go into dormancy and the wines spend the cold winter months brooding in barrels. For...

Hot Winter wine fests

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 Winter is a funny time of year in the wine world. Things slow down in the vineyards and cellar as the vines go into dormancy and the wines spend the cold winter months brooding in barrels. For...

It’s hard knocking it back

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 It’s very hard to get sympathy when your job is working in the wine industry. After all, it’s not as if we sweat it out day after day in the salt mines of Siberia, face a constant...

It’s hard knocking it back

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 It’s very hard to get sympathy when your job is working in the wine industry. After all, it’s not as if we sweat it out day after day in the salt mines of Siberia, face a constant...

Reds come in from the cold

© Cape Times Thursday 6th May 2011 One of the most exciting, new wine-producing areas in SA is Elgin, perched high above Cape Town and Strand, at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Along with the cool coastal regions of Walker Bay, Agulhas and...

Reds come in from the cold

© Cape Times Thursday 6th May 2011 One of the most exciting, new wine-producing areas in SA is Elgin, perched high above Cape Town and Strand, at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Along with the cool coastal regions of Walker Bay, Agulhas and...

Mine meets rock-solid match

© Cape Times Thursday 21st April 2011 I don’t imagine that genial, mild-mannered, five-foot-something Gary Jordan gets compared to The Incredible Hulk very often, but it was a comparison which sprang irresistibly to mind at the launch of some new wines last week. Bruce...

Mine meets rock-solid match

© Cape Times Thursday 21st April 2011 I don’t imagine that genial, mild-mannered, five-foot-something Gary Jordan gets compared to The Incredible Hulk very often, but it was a comparison which sprang irresistibly to mind at the launch of some new wines last week. Bruce...

Seymour strikes gold

© Cape Times Friday 8th April 2011 The Chinese have a saying ‘If you can stay in business for 1,000 days, you can remain in business for 1,000 years.’ I’m not sure if Seymour Pritchard is planning quite so long a stay, but this...

Seymour strikes gold

© Cape Times Friday 8th April 2011 The Chinese have a saying ‘If you can stay in business for 1,000 days, you can remain in business for 1,000 years.’ I’m not sure if Seymour Pritchard is planning quite so long a stay, but this...

Of fynbos, butter and nougat

© Cape Times Friday 25th March 2011 How much do you spend on a bottle of wine? Under R50? Under R100? Are you lucky enough to have a budget of R200 a bottle for everyday drinking – and if so, are you single and...

Of fynbos, butter and nougat

© Cape Times Friday 25th March 2011 How much do you spend on a bottle of wine? Under R50? Under R100? Are you lucky enough to have a budget of R200 a bottle for everyday drinking – and if so, are you single and...

It’s a tie!

It’s a tie!! All the entries are in for the Riesling slogan competition, the judges have contemplated and cogitated and have finally narrowed the choice down to two slogans. But that’s as far as they’ve got!! So now it’s over to you – they...

It’s a tie!

It’s a tie!! All the entries are in for the Riesling slogan competition, the judges have contemplated and cogitated and have finally narrowed the choice down to two slogans. But that’s as far as they’ve got!! So now it’s over to you – they...