This is what the Cape’s very first visitors thought about the South African winelands

This week will see over 1,000 visitors from more than 40 countries descend on the Cape Town International Convention Centre for Cape Wine 2018, which aims to showcase how the quality of wine produced on our shores has improved exponentially over the past couple of decades.


Onward and upward for Cape White Blends

When Christoph Dehosse, now of The Vine Bistro at Glenelly in Stellenbosch, started the fine dining restaurant that was Au Jardin at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands in the 1990s, I enjoyed a brief stint as the resident wine steward (by no stretch of the imagination was I a sommelier) and recall that Boschendal Grand Vin Blanc (80% Sauvignon Blanc with Riesling and a bit of Semillon) and Hamilton Russell Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc were firm customer favourites.


Kanonkop Pinotage 2016

The entrance to the Kanonkop tasting room. Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at Stellenbosch property Kanonkop, generally has nothing nice to say about the 2016 harvest on


Tim James: On Sweet Wine

Gottfried Mocke (reinventor of Chamonix as a fine wine producer and now winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof) last week presented his Cape Winemakers Guild colleagues and a few privileged guest with a splend


Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1957

61 years young. Yesterday a tasting of old and rare wines under the Lanzerac label held in Distell's wine library known as The Tabernacle that the present-day L


Hagen Viljoen Appointed New Zevenwacht Cellar Master

Hagen Viljoen. Hagen Viljoenm, previously assistant winemaker at Stellenbosch property Zevenwacht, returns as cellarmaster after six years away at Solms-Delta and

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Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Range

Three of a kind. What's a clever way to achieve a premium for wine? The answer: Go site specific and Mulderbosch is one of the producers to have grasped this. The entry-l


Signature Red Blend Report 2018

The third annual Signature Red Blend Report is now out. 68 entries were received from 54 producers for this year's competition. These were tasted blind (labels o


Gabriëlskloof The Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2016

Gabriëlskloof in Bot River sees the accomplished Peter-Allan Finlayson incumbent as winemaker having married owner Bernhard Heyns's daughter, Nicolene. The Landscape Series of wi


The History of South African Wine

When the Cape’s first winegrower, Jan van Riebeeck, departed for VOC headquarters in Batavia in April 1662, his successor as commander was Zacharias Wagenaar of Dresden, Saxony (Germany).

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