I’m a titles person so please call me ‘None Executive Wine Drinker’ (NEWd) at WINE.CO.ZA. Also, son, brother, father, friend. Art, music and business administrator...and now, wine and spirits enthusiast and would-be-expert! This, as much as it is about wine, it is about my own personal journey from Bananaland to Wineland.
Stellekaya Winery is a Winemaker at Stellekaya Winery. Stellekaya is a privately owned boutique wine producer situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
Our cellar is located in the famous town of Stellenbosch and we source all of our grapes from producers in this appellation.
Excelsior Estate has been owned by the De Wet family since 1870. The current owners are Freddie and his son, Peter de Wet. It is their philosophy at Excelsior that good wine is made in the vineyards and that the winemaker can only succeed if he has good, basic ingredients with which to work.
We invite and entice you to be part of our "diwine" affairs - visit our newly launched blog to hear about all the happenings in the Hemel-en-aarde Valley as we take you through our Harvests and keep you in the loop about other exciting occurrences at Bouchard Finalyson ...
"Wine should do a small, simple thing – it should add joy to life." Flagstone's Juice Journal, a South African wine blog powered by Bruce Jack's unique take on the winelands.
You'll find writing and videos from Bruce and the Flagstone Team as well as harvest reports, details of new wines, sales and promotions from our cellar door and everything in-between.
The Cap Classique Producers Association (CCPA) was established in 1992 by a group of like-minded producers who share a passion for bottle-fermented sparkling wines, made according to the traditional method (Méthode Champenoise)
Kim’s blog is dedicated to finding flavours in the vicinity of Cape Town. Food stuff about chefs or restaurants, plus recommended eating or snacks. Occasional restaurant reviews (bills paid). A bit of wine on the side.
Morgenhof Wine Estate dates back to 1692 and many of the original buildings are still on the farm. In 1820, Morgenhof was one of the top ten grape producers in the Stellenbosch area and over 190 years later, Morgenhof is still one of the top 10 wine producers in Stellenbosch.
Batonage is made up of 2 very passionate foodies and wine lovers. One part with hospitality and wine training, the other part being a lifelong fan of good food and wine and especially passionate about service levels. Together we decided to create a record of our adventures in food and wine, something we indulge in almost daily.
Peter F May is the founder of The Pinotage Club, an international cyber-based fan club for wines made from the Pinotage variety. Peter was awarded Honorary Membership of the producers Pinotage Association in 2004 and was a judge at the annual Pinotage Top 10 Competition in 2004 and 2005. Peter is a wine writer, educator and author.
My name is Simon Back. I have grown up on Backsberg. I am 23 years of age, currently studying Business Science Economics at the University of Cape Town. Over the coming months I, together with the Backsberg team, hope to bring you a personal insight into the workings of the farm. I intend for Backsberg's Blog to embrace the notion of a blog: personal in nature and interactive in character. Please feel free to post comments and ask questions.
Derived from the Xhosa word meaning ‘king’, Kumkani is an award-winning wine that celebrates South Africa’s rich heritage, eclectic mix of people and abundance of natural resources. The Kumkani Blog aims to facilitate thought exchanges about wine, life and being a world citizen
The Kumkani Blog aims to facilitate thought exchanges about wine, life and being a world citizen.
The Four Cousins’ Blog is a celebration of life site. The blog facilitate conversations about wine, dine and enjoying life.
The Eish website describes this blog as follows:
4cousins.blat.co.za : A quirky outlet for the marketers of a quirky wine, Four Cousins. Although all the posts essentially center around wine, they are not necessarily only about the wine being marketed. There are tips and ideas for serving wines, recipes, pairing advise and general information that a newbie can use to feel like they know just enough not to be belittled by the wine elite. Read more.
WynLand het sy jongste loot op die redaksiekordon – natuurlik Edo met sy wilde loofbedekking – gevra om sy kop op ’n blog te sit en sodoende sien WWW, oftewel WynLand Wingerd Waaibs nou die lig. Dié blog sal op ten minste ’n weeklikse basis bygewerk word om sy ervaring van die nuutste gistings in die wynbedryf ook digitaal oor te dra.
I spend a good deal of my time wandering around the Winelands in search of stories, and I encounter the most remarkable array of characters, places, bits and bobs. I’m inclined to write about what I experience, and since print pages are expensive and therefore limited (yes, I do write for a print publication each week), most of what I write will end up here.
Warwick Estate is a family-owned and run winery. Managing Director Michael Ratcliffe is the 3rd generation family member to oversee this high quality boutique operation that has been lauded globally for excellence and consistency. Mike is passionately involved in many aspects of the South African and global wine industry and has held senior leadership positions in industry bodies.
Haut Espoir is a boutique wine farm in the corner of Franschhoek, South Africa. The farm is completely family driven, with mom, dad, kids and extended family all having a hand in the day to day operations of the farm. Also famous for its conservation efforts as it is for it’s wines. From our BWI accreditation and efforts to restore the farm, to our Fynbos Friday posts to hopefully educate the public, our dreams are for sustainable farming and development not only on our farm, but the entire wine industry.
If you’re looking for comprehensive reviews that rate everything and tell you about the food and dining experience in flowery words, then you’ll have to try somewhere else. I don’t take a notepad to venues because I don’t want them to know I am watching their every move. I believe that it’s the overall dining experience that counts, I might be prepared to put up with a weak wine list or average service if the venue has other redeeming qualities like a really attractive hostess. For these reasons my reviews are short and powerful, giving an overall impression of the place and mentioning good and bad aspects that stand out.
This blog is simply a documentation of the eating experiences of a Cape Town foodie. Someone that loves food. The unprocessed kind you find at farmers markets, neighbourhood delis and quality restaurants. This blog celebrates that good side of life, the side that is filled with real food, delicious wines, artisanal beers and homemade grappas. Yes, the occasional bit of ‘junk food’ is acceptable. I’m not a snob, and can appreciate a boerie roll and a pint as much as a foie grois terrine with some dessert wine. Both can generate enormous pleasure, and that’s exactly what this blog is about.
Hein Koegelenberg is CEO of the renowned La Motte wine estate, situated in the Franschhoek valley of South Africa's wine region. He is also CEO of Leopard’s Leap Wines and a director of the Meridian wine distribution company.
I don’t remember a time in my life when food wasn’t my abiding passion. Whether it’s eating, reading recipes, visiting restaurants, tasting new tastes, experimenting with new food combinations; I’m there. From a food point of view Cape Town is an exciting place to be and this blog is my foodie adventure. I hope you get as much pleasure out of it as I do writing it.
Of all the restaurants that I have visited and reviewed, newly opened Dutch East in Franschhoek has been one of the most difficult to come to grips with, to categorise and to review. It appears to not have a focus, and to be all over the place in terms of what it wants to achieve.
I’m Tara, your resident Wine Passionista!I am a huge advocate for trying new wines – as many as possible, as often as possible! This is, without a doubt, the best way to learn about wine and to experience the amazing quality and diversity available today.If you’re looking for advice on choosing and buying wine, or would like to learn more about wine in general or for guidance with your wine collection or if you simply have a random question about wine, contact me
I've been cooking since I was nine or so, but it's only in the last eleven years that cookery has turned from a hobby (and an often dreary chore) into something of an obsession. And no, I'm not going to say, like those annoying TV cooks, that I am 'passionate' about food, fresh local ingredients and punchy flavours (Duh! Doesn't every cook feel that way?). I'm enthusiastic, yes, but I think the word 'passion' should be reserved for activities that involve reading books or removing your knickers.
My name is Alison Sussex and I am a freelance writer and wine enthusiast. Almost a year ago I left the IT corporate world behind to become a writer. I do have a ‘paying’ writing job – mainly writing conference proceedings and reports. I am Cape Wine Academy Certified, and hope to start the Cape Wine Academy Diploma soon. Wine writing is my hobby and hopefully may pay one day too …
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