Wine of Origin: Swartland Winery: Glen Carlou, Paarl Winemaker: Arco Laarman Background: To celebrate Arco’s 20 years of wine making at Glen Carlou, a new wine range called “The Curator’s Collection” was launched last week. Comprising of three single cultivar wines made from Chenin Blanc, Malbec and Tannat,...

Winery: Neethlingshof Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Cellarmaster: De Wet Viljoen Winemaker: Monique Fourie Background: In 2009 Neethlingshof Estate introduced their reserve tier of wines, The Short Story Collection, which are made exclusively from hand-picked grapes on the Estate. Drawing attention to Neethlingshof’s rich and varied narratives, the four-limited edition...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Winery Location: R44 Between Stellenbosch and Somerset West Winemakers: Guy Webber and Natalie Botha Background: Stellenzicht is located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Their vineyards lie in the heart of a prime wine-growing area, known as the Golden Traingle, which...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Cellarmaster: Rolf Zeitvogel Background: Blaauwklippen wine farm outside Stellenbosch first planted the variety Zinfandel in 1978 (Zinfandel is an exotic and unique red cultivar which originated on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast). Rolf Zeitvogel, Cellarmaster at Blaauwklippen, has over his 12 years at the farm developed this...

Vineyard: Houtbaai Farm, Mc Gregor Wine of Origin: Robertson (Mc Gregor) Winery: Rooiberg Winery - (organic cellar) Cellarmaster: Andre van Dyk Background: Entrepreneur and business woman, Pat Werdmuller, purchased Houtbaai farm in Mc Gregor just over 12 years ago. The 14 ha farm was run down and she immediately set about restoring the...

Wine of Origin: Paarl Winemaker: Charl Coetzee Background: Babylonstoren’s history can be traced back to over 322 years ago when the farm grew fresh produce to supply the sailing vessels passing via the Cape. One of the initial owners of the farm, Pieter van der Bijl, named it Babylonstoren...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Winemaker: Rianie Strydom Background: Dombeya Wines is owned by Preston Haskell who, in 2002  bought the property which lies in the sought after terroir of Stellenbosch’s Golden Triangle. In 2005 cellarmaster and winemaker, Rianie Strydom joined the team to head up wine operations and has over past...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Winemaker: Sjaak Nelson Background: The vineyards on the Jordan Wine Estate form part of the Stellenbosch Kloof ravine which encompasses varying elevations on which they have planted both red and white grape varieties suited to specific sites. Besides having suitable soils the Kloof benefits from the maritime...

Wine of Origin: Western Cape Winemaker: Graham Weerts Vineyard Manager: Rosa Kruger Background: Capensis is a joint venture between two great friends in wine, Barbara Banke, who is Chairman and Director of Jackson Family Wines, USA, and Antony Beck who is Director of Graham Beck Wines. Barbara and Antony, who also share...

Wine of Origin: Elgin 60 percent and Klein Karoo 40 percent Winery Location: Calitzdorp Winemakers: Margaux Nel and Leon Coetzee Background: Owners and winemakers, Leon and Margaux, have a natural, down-to-earth approach to their winemaking. The Katvis Pinot Noir is no exception and the Elgin grapes for this wine were hand harvested...