Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Cellarmaster: Jose Condé Winemaker: Rudger van Wyk Background: Recently I received an invitation to attend an award ceremony at the beautiful Oude Nektar farm in the Jonkershoek valley outside Stellenbosch. Owner, Hans Schröder was to receive a Commendation Award from the Japanese Ministry of...

Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch Cellarmaster: Gyles Webb Winemaker: Rudi Schultz Background: Thelema Mountain Vineyards bottled their first commercially available wines back in 1987, and has been a success story ever since keeping their first customers returning regularly to stock up as well as gaining many new followers each...

Wine of Origin: Elgin Cellarmaster and Winemaker: Andries Burger Background: Paul Cluver Wine Estate can be traced back to 1896, and although their first bottling of wine was in 1997, they were the first to set up a wine cellar in the sought after Elgin Valley. As...

Wine: Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon MCC 2009 Wine of Origin: Hemel en Aarde Ridge Winery Location:  Hemel en Aarde, Hermanus Winemaker: Marc van Halderen Background: The winery, Domaine des Dieux, is nestled beneath the highest mountain on the Hemel en Aarde Ridge, near Hermanus. Benefitting from the...

Wine: Constantia Glen Three 2013 Wine of Origin: Constantia Winemaker: Justin van Wyk Background: Constantia Glen, a magnificent wine estate perched high on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg, are known for their superb cool climate wines including their Sauvignon Blanc, a Bordeaux styled white of Sauvignon Blanc...

Wine of Origin: Durbanville Cellarmaster: Bernhard Veller Winemaker:  Daniel Keulder Background: Winemag.co.za with sponsorship from global investment advisory company, RisCura, have an annual competition honouring top South African white wine blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Named Riscura White Hot Wine Awards 2016 the winning wines scoring over...

Wine of Origin: Breedekloof/ Slanghoek Winemaker: Attie Louw Background: The Breedekloof wine region is recognised for producing outstanding wines and especially their appealing Chenin Blanc’s! As a result Attie Louw from Opstal Winery in Slanghoek along with a group of 12 fellow wine makers in the area formed...

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...