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Rare treats at pre-auction tasting

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  ned4t Like a kid in a candy store is exactly how I felt when I attended the Nederburg pre-auction tastings at the Paarl estate early last week. More than 100 wines, with some sought-after labels, all lined up like sentinels on long trestle tables – there to be sniffed, swirled and spat (although the temptation to swallow was of course strong when one’s considering the pedigree of many of the wines).

By Orielle Berry 26 July 2013 Read Article


The art of winemaking savoured

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  muratie1-t Owning a property in the beautiful Banhoek Valley must be a rare privilege – with a terroir that offers immense potential, especially when it’s as diverse as Oldenburg. Adrian Vanderspuy, the debonair owner, came full circle when he acquired the property in 2003 – he was born in the Banhoek valley, and following a spell overseas returned to be part of the “new South Africa”

By Orielle Berry 31 May 2013 Read Article

New take on age old industry

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  florian-tUnderstanding and embracing heterogeneity in the vineyard and the cellar can lead to improvements in wine quality and sustainability in the industry, according to Professor Florian Bauer, of the Institute for Wine Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch. Professor Bauer was delivering the keynote address at the American Association of Wine Economics’...

By Beatrice Wiltshire Read Article

In a valley in Wellington

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  bosmans2t It’s remarkable to think that 65% of all Fairtrade wine sold in the world are South African. This fact was highlighted at the recent Fairtrade week – which among other things included the launch of premium Fairtrade wine range De Bos, from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington, and culminated in a ceremony in which one of the Cape’s most well-loved chefs ...

By Orielle Berry 22 March 2013 Read Article

Touring bubbly country in Franschhoek

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  hein-t Can you imagine anything more delightful than going on a tour to sample cap classiques? Imagine stopping off at a number of venues, all in the Franschhoek Valley – where you are treated to a diverse range of bubblies, teamed with some of the best food available in the region, and having the opportunity to listen to the winemakers chat ...

By Orielle Berry 28 February 2013 Read Article

Plethora of delights

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  spicemavis-2-t For a number of years now, destination farms have become all the rage in the winelands. Think Lourensford: coffee roastery, cheesery, winery, and more; think Rickety Bridge: restaurant, winery, picnics, train and truck rides; think La Motte: gallery, restaurant, deli, winery and sculpture garden; likewise at Grande Provence, where the fantastic museum jostles for visitors’ attention...

By Orielle Berry 15 February 2013 Read Article

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