Wine of Origin: Constantia Winemaker:  JD Pretorius Background: After a stint of 18 years as Chef at Catharina’s Restaurant, Garth Almazan, has packed his bags to embark on a new venture in Paternoster. Last week Steenberg’s general manager, John Loubser, welcomed their new Executive Chef at Catharina’s,...

Winery location: Stellenbosch Wine of Origin: Simonsberg Winemaker:  Debbie Thompson Cellarmaster: Johan Malan Background: Simonsig is a well-established winery on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and since 1968 has been producing an extensive range of white, red and sparkling wines which over the years has won the hearts of many...

Winery location: Franschhoek Wine of Origin: Franschhoek Winemaker:  Karl Lambour Background: The ancient art of making and storing wine thousands of years ago by the Greeks and Romans by using clay pot vessels (amphorae) has been embraced once again by some innovative winemakers who are looking at a...

Winery location: Robertson Wine of Origin: Robertson Winemaker:  Peter de Wet Background:  De Wetshof Estate, outside Robertson, has its history dating back to 1949 and today under the ownership of larger than life wine personality Danie de Wet and his sons Peter and Johann, they are undoubtedly one...

Winery location: Paarl Winemaker: Alicia Rechner Background: This year Backsberg Estate Cellars proudly celebrates 100 years of existence and it wasn’t an easy ride as a few of us learnt from the speeches given at the recently held Centenary lunch! Started in 1916 by Charles Back, a...

Wine of Origin: Constantia Winemaker: Boela Gerber Background: Winemag.co.za with sponsorship from global investment advisory company, RisCura, have an annual competition honouring top Cape Bordeaux style reds called the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards. 2016 saw 59 entries from 46 producers which is slightly down on the...

Wine of Origin: Coastal   Winery Location: Suider-Paarl   Cellarmaster: Anthony de Jager Background: Mention the name Fairview and immediately wine folk think of their excellent range of both popular easy drinking wines and to the more complex wines within their Limited release and Regional Revival Range. However not only wine...

Wine of Origin: Voor-Paardeberg Winemaker: Matthew Copeland   Background: Vondeling was established in 2001 by a group of  English businessmen, Richard Gower, Anthony Ward and managing director, Julian Johnson, who have given their investment, expertise and philosophy to this progressively run farm. The property has 40ha’s under vine...

Winery: Delaire Graff Estate Winemaker: Morne Vrey Region: Stellenbosch Background:  Prescient (a Financial Services Company) and Winemag.co.za have two annual cultivar specific competitions, one concentrating on Chardonnay and the other on Cabernet Sauvignon and both are led by well-known wine writer and formidable wine taster, Christian Eedes. The...

Wine of Origin: Calitzdorp Winemaker: Margaux Nel Background: Big Daddy and owner of Boplaas, Carel Nel, handed over the responsibility of the winemaking to his daughter Margaux in 2006. Although he is still very involved with the farm’s activities, and especially when it comes to the final...