Novel Prize of R100 000 Linked to Home Ownership Attracts Huge Interest
by Winebiz Editor on 13 December 2010
If it meant you could have R100 000 to put down as a deposit on a house or to fund a few home improvements, would you take the trouble of entering a competition? Absolutely, according to the sponsors of a recent competition, who received what they described as “an unprecedented response”. With the lingering recession, which has forced many would-be South African home owners or renovators t...
Decadent Fruit Cake and Van Ryn's 20 Year Old - A Match Made in Heaven
by Winebiz Editor on 13 December 2010
Van Ryn’s Distillery, situated along the banks of the Eerste River, near Stellenbosch, is offering its Van Ryn’s 20 Year Old Collectors Reserve brandy, a double gold Veritas winner that is also a former winner of the Worldwide Best Brandy title on the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), with a generous serving of delicious gourmet fruit cake, brimming with dried fruits, cherries and nuts, an...
Cape Winemakers Guild recruits three new members
by Winebiz Editor on 13 December 2010
The Cape Winemakers Guild has expanded its membership to 44 with the induction of three new members, Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede Estate, Gottfried Mocke of Cape Chamonix Wine Farm and Johan Joubert of Kleine Zalze Wines. The combined expertise of these three highly regarded winemakers will help to carry the Guild’s rich traditions and quest for exceptional quality standards and innovation in South ...
Two Oceans Rosé Sales in the Pink
by Winebiz Editor on 10 December 2010
The year-on-year growth in the rosé exports of Two Oceans, one of South Africa’s most widely distributed wine brands, is outpacing that of the country’s rosé exports. While South Africa’s combined rosé and blanc de noir exports have dropped by 5% for the 12 months to October 2010, compared with the same period a year ago, largely because of muted sales in the UK, Two Oceans has r...
Children of Harvesters for Amarula, Learning for Life
by Winebiz Editor on 10 December 2010
The Nhlangasi Day Care Centre is an early learning centre for 90 children drawn from the rural communities living in and around Phalaborwa in the Limpopo Province. Every year at the height of summer, many of their mothers are out harvesting the marula fruit, indigenous to southern Africa, from which Amarula is made. The Amarula Trust, a not-for-profit initiative established to support community upliftme...
Allesverloren Wins Yet Another Swedish Award
by Winebiz Editor on 08 December 2010
The 2009 vintage of Allesverloren Shiraz has been awarded gold and voted best bottled red wine of 2010 by 35 Swedish wine writers at the annual Alt Om Vin wine awards in Sweden. This follows last month’s (November) news that Allesverloren earned Sweden’s highest wine honour with Danie Malan, fifth-generation Swartland winemaker and owner of Allesverloren, chosen as International Producer of th...
Hartenberg releases new vintage of prized single vineyard Gravel Hill Shiraz
by on 08 December 2010
Hartenberg, one of South Africa’s oldest producers of Shiraz in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, has just released the 2006 vintage of its prized single vineyard Gravel Hill Shiraz, widely hailed as an icon of this hardy varietal. South Africa’s very first single vineyard Shiraz ever produced, Hartenberg Gravel Hill was initially crafted exclusively for the Cape Winemaker’s Guild...
Fall in love with new vintage Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé
by Winebiz Editor on 08 December 2010
Simonsig Estate, pioneers of South Africa’s first Methodé Cap Classique 40 years ago – the iconic Kaapse Vonkel – celebrate romance with the latest vintage of their blushing debutant, the alluring Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2008. Captivating with a bright, rosy pink hue, the newly released Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2008 is a vivacious benchmark for Cap Classiques where Pinotage dominate...
Constantia Glen opens new Wine Tasting Room with spectacular views
by Winebiz Editor on 08 December 2010
Constantia Glen, the magnificent boutique wine estate perched on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg, has opened its doors for wine tastings in a spectacular vineyard setting. One of the jewels of the Constantia Wine Valley less than 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre, Constantia Glen welcomes local wine lovers and summer visitors alike to taste and buy their bespoke wines, hand crafted by winemaker Karl L...
Cape Winemakers Guild appoints new Chairman
by Winebiz Editor on 08 December 2010
The Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) has announced its new management committee for 2011, with Louis Strydom of Ernie Els Wines taking over the chairmanship from Simonsig’s Johan Malan. Renowned for his excellent winemaking principles and enduring dedication to the creation of world-class, quality wines, Strydom is tasked with managing the Guild’s affairs for the next two years. “It is...
Steenberg Hosts Best of Wine Tourism Awards Lunch
by Winebiz Editor on 08 December 2010
Steenberg Vineyards, South Africa’s top performer in the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards held recently in New Zealand, hosted a late November lunch at which deputy mayor of the Cape Winelands, Clarence Johnson handed over the awards to all the local category winners.
From Cleaner To Jet Setter: Zelda Petrus Goes To California
by Winebiz Editor on 24 November 2010
Zelda Petrus (43), a former cleaner at Steenberg Vineyards who now has responsibility for the high-profile winery’s front-of house cellar door sales, will soon be flying to California to learn more about wine sales and marketing in the famous Napa Valley. This will be the first flight the Retreat-born widow and mother of one, will be taking. Her week-long trip, when she will be exposed to some...
Platter 5-star glory for Hartenberg’s The Mackenzie
by Winebiz Editor on 24 November 2010
Hartenberg’s classically crafted Bordeaux-style blend, The Mackenzie 2007, named after the family who have been the custodians of this Stellenbosch wine estate since 1986, has joined the exclusive Platter 5-star club. Listed as a 5-star wine in the 2011 Platter’s South African Wine Guide, the wine is described as follows: “Sultry, tight knit bramble fruits under a veil of fine-grained tann...
Helderberg Wine Festival Raises Serious Money For Charity!
by Winebiz Editor on 24 November 2010
It was a joyous occasion today at Longridge winery in the Helderberg when the organisors of the 2010 Rola Motors festival handed over a cheque of R59 000 to local charity, Masikhule Childcare, who was the main beneficiary of this year’s festival. In addition, another R25 000 went into the kitty of Somerset West Round Table to fund various local projects over the coming year. Smaller charity events at ind...
Sundowners at The House of J.C. Le Roux
by Winebiz Editor on 24 November 2010
Oysters and Cap Classique are perfect taste partners and this summer you can enjoy this seductive duo for sundowners at The House of J.C. Le Roux. For just R50 you can relax on the patio of Seasons, the signature restaurant at The House of J.C. Le Roux, with 3 ocean fresh oysters and a glass of Cap Classique of your choice every Friday from 16h30 – 18h30. Situated in the picturesque Devon Va...