Thursday, 9 May, 2019

Changes to the Cape Vintner Classification in continued pursuit of excellence

The Cape Vintner Classification made two changes at its 2018 AGM, effecting its Estate membership requirements and the category of Site Specific Wines, but membership will remain incredibly difficult to obtain.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 29 April, 2019

From the Napa Valley and Russian River to the hillsides of Breedekloof: Dave & Catherine Jefferson, Anton Roos and Silkbush Mountain Vineyards

Dave Jefferson, a Californian wine grape grower, recently made his 40th visit to South Africa. He and wife Catherine (now on her eighth visit) are familiar to many in South Africa, and count a host of our top winemakers and wine industry leaders among their close friends.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 8 April, 2019

Deux Frères: two brothers with a singular approach

Hidden alongside the R44 in the shadows of the Simonsberg Mountain lie the picturesque and verdant vineyards of Deux Frères.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 7 February, 2019

A Berry’s throw from the sea; Kalk Bay Vineyards

Tucked behind the historic Olympia Café facing the harbour in Kalk Bay lies possibly the closest vineyard to the sea in South Africa. At least, joint owner Karena du Plessis thinks so.
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 8 January, 2019

“There is Brandy and there is Cape Brandy”

“There is Brandy, and there is Cape Brandy”, says Oude Molen commercial manager Danie Pretorius. Consistent success in international competitions by several SA brands reflects the incredible quality that SA Brandy maintains across all price points.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Taking Liquid Photographs with winemaker Ian Naudé

Ian Naudé is a passionate winemaker, after so many years his enthusiasm for wine is undimmed, and his enjoyment of a lovely glass of wine is infectious. Ian radiates happiness and positivity.
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

New dawn for Sulphur Free Wines?

In 2010 Audacia owner Trevor Strydom was given a cup of Rooibos tea by his daughter as he pondered how he could differentiate his wine. He was looking at the answer.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 26 November, 2018

Ntsiki Biyela and the grandmother behind Aslina Wines

The first classes Ntsiki Biyela took at Stellenbosch University were very difficult for her, not just because she knew nothing about the subject, but also because they were in Afrikaans, a language she didn’t speak.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 25 October, 2018

Robots, Dassies and Drones in the Vineyard

There are vineyards in the Cape which don’t just see the tread of the human foot, shoe of the horse or tyre of the tractor, some see the caterpillar pattern of a robot, too.
Dave March CWM

Friday, 21 September, 2018

Ansela; the Slave, the Love Story and the Wine Farm

There is a story from deep in South Africa’s winelands which is awe inspiring. It is that of a slave who’s strength, hard work and love carries her from the slave lodge to wealth and independence. It is that of Ansela Van die Kaap.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 19 July, 2018

The Real Beaujolais

Beaujolais Nouveau did for Beaujolais what bulk wine exports did for South Africa.
Dave March CWM

Friday, 13 July, 2018

The Answer lies in the Soil

The distance between the vines of Romanée Conti and Grande Rue vineyards is a couple of metres, separated by a dirt path.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 12 July, 2018

Hermitage; myth and reality

I had few preconceptions of Hermitage before I arrived. Like every wine lover I knew the image of the slopes surrounding the hermit’s chapel, and imagined idyllic Romanesque villages dotted at its feet. Time moves on and civilization sprawls, and wine lovers and wine producers are not always the most important people on the planet.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 9 July, 2018

Springtime madness in Chablis, France

Chablis, the northern most part of Burgundy, has always had a marginal winemaking climate; meaning that being able to fully ripen grapes every year is a lottery and disasters are just around the corner.
Dave March CWM

Monday, 11 June, 2018

What do Wineland visitors really want

Tour guides reveal what wine tourists expect of our wineries
Dave March CWM

Friday, 11 May, 2018

The Art of the Master Distiller with Marlene Bester

South African Brandy is amongst the best in the world, often (in fact, always) awarded trophies and gold medals in international competitions. It has achieved such status through the constant pursuit of excellence. Over many decades. Indeed, since the late seventeenth century.
Dave March CWM

Thursday, 10 May, 2018

The French (and Italian) connection at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate

Morgenster recently celebrated the release of owner Giulio Bertrand’s selected eight wines as well as their first MCC, Cuvée Alessandra 2016.
Dave March CWM

Wednesday, 4 April, 2018

Annandale Wines: Twelve years in oak and sixty year old cobwebs

Imagine a red wine left to mature in barrel for twelve years before bottling. Imagine that when opened the fruit is elegant, supple but still profound. There must be a magic formula, right?
Dave March CWM

Monday, 5 March, 2018

Genie In The Bottle

What is behind the thousands of wine bottles on our shelves?
Dave March CWM

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

Pinot Noir in Heaven and Earth

The 2018 Pinot Noir Celebration was held deep in the rolling hills of Heaven and Earth, the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and presented wines from the three wards carrying its name.
Dave March CWM