Friday, 16 August, 2019

Out & About with - Francois Pienaar at Marianne | Pinotage Top 10 Awards | Old Vines Tasting at Volkskombuis | Women in Wine at Allee Bleue

Anomalous August! From two weeks of relative quietness to a sudden rush of some of the best events all year! We celebrated the dedication of the '95 to Francois Pienaar at Marianne, witnessed excellence at the Pinotage Top 10 Awards, sipped heritage with an Old Vines tasting and honoured women with the Women in Wine at Allee Bleue. - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Tuesday, 9 July, 2019

Melanie Burke - Interview with - Camino de Santiago

We caught up with Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetsmartSA, who recently completed the 120km pilgrimage on the Camino Francés to raise awareness and R50 000 for homeless children in South Africa. This is what she had to say on the spectacular experience... - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Monday, 8 July, 2019

Out & About with - Chenin Congress | Distell Inter Hotel Cookoff | De Wetshof Chardonnay Experience | Old Mutual Trophy Tasting

In this week's Out and About our roving reporter witnessed the first Chenin International Congress, we tasted the finest foods at the Distell Inter Hotel Cookoff, enjoyed the De Wetshof Chardonnay Experience and sipped excellence at the Old Mutual Trophy Tasting. - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Friday, 28 June, 2019

Dr. Hélène Nieuwoudt - Interview with - Chenin Congress

In a sidewalk cafe in the sunny hollow of Stellenbosch, Judy Brower and I met with Dr. Hélène Nieuwoudt to discuss the first International Chenin Congress which she would be attending. We spoke of all things Chenin, but also looked into what the congress might mean for the variety at home and across the globe. - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Friday, 28 June, 2019

Out & About with - Wacky Wine Weekend I Franschhoek Wine Tram I Waterford Outing I Steenberg Excursion

In this week's Out and About we feature our own Yoliswa at the Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend, our editor's adventure on the Franschhoek Wine Tram and outings to both Waterford and Steenberg! - Thomas Davidson (Editor)

Thursday, 27 June, 2019

In Memory of Professor Eben Archer

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Eben Archer, an icon of South African viticulture. His influence over our wine industry has been profound and shall endure for generations more.

Friday, 19 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary. Many wine farms are making changes in their communities with small annual events organised to raise funds to support the causes they believe in.

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

The First Lady of the South African Sommelier World

It's 2019 and hard to believe we're still seeing and celebrating firsts for women. But Esmé Groenewald's completion of the SASA (South African Sommelier Association) Level 2 Certificate, making her the first female to hold this qualification in SA, is worth celebrating and marks a shift in the sommelier and wine industry which will motivate and inspire other women to enter the field. - Trudie Webb (Editor)

Wednesday, 10 April, 2019

#wineforgood: A little mentorship goes a long way - Siwela Wines and Denzel Swarts

Siwela Wines is a South African black female owned brand producing premium quality wine and a symbol of transformation in the South African wine industry. Owner, Siwela Masoga, came to the Western Cape from Limpopo showing courage in pursuing her dreams of being part of the wine world. With some help from within the industry, she is now living her dream. - Trudie Webb (Editor)

Tuesday, 9 April, 2019

#wineforgood: The Cape Wine Auction Trustees, wineland superheroes

What do real life superheroes do? Make wine, of course. The South African wine industry has a shadowed past, but great efforts are being made to right the wrongs and uplift the lives of the individuals working in our winelands. One of the biggest success stories has been the Cape Wine Auction, which has to date raised a massive R90 million, transforming education in the winelands.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2019

#wineforgood: Pebbles Project Changing Lives

Sophia Warner, founder of the Pebbles Project, dropped a pebble into the South African Winelands in 2004, and the ripples are reaching right across the Western Cape from Citrusdal to Wellington, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Hermanus (Hemel en Aarde) and there seems to be no stopping it.

Monday, 1 April, 2019

#wineforgood Compagniesdrift - Empowering women and the next generation in Stellenbosch

As a black empowerment business funded by the Myburgh Family Trust of Meerlust Estate, beneficiary Compagniesdrift Bottling and Storage Facility outside Stellenbosch is a full-circle empowerment story. Changing social dynamics and empowering the next generation is part of their game.

Thursday, 28 March, 2019

The Final Countdown to #wineforgood - our favourite good news stories so far

Come April, we'll be sharing a good news story from the winelands with you every day. With already over 100 stories on our #wineforgood Spotlight page since launching this initiative in 2016, we look back at a few of our favourite stories as we get ready to share plenty of new ones. - Trudie Webb (Editor)

Friday, 8 March, 2019

Out & About with - Robertson Day Tripping ++

We've kicked up a gear and been on the road a lot, visiting the Robertson Wine Valley, Darling and getting out on the wine circuit with the Old Road launch in Franschhoek, the launch of a custom crush facility by Jackson Family Wines and experiencing the great match of Shiraz and venison with Bertus Basson and Edmund Terblanche. Keep up with our time in the winelands through our photos.

Friday, 15 February, 2019

Out & About with I Wine Harvest Commemorative I Survivor Syrah Launch I Graham Beck Harvest I Pebbles After School Club Awards

The year has been off to a good start and kept the team out and about with wine launches and celebrations and jumping in to be part of the harvest. Follow our time in the winelands through our photos...

Friday, 30 November, 2018

Out & About: Villiera MCC & Chocolate I Painted Wolf Tasting Room Launch I Quoin Rock Gate experience I Vinimark Bubbly Tasting

We tackle 16-course pairings, new wolf dens and bottomless bubbly. The team are always out and about, trying new experiences and sharing them with you.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

Michelangelo FUN WINE FACT

How to make 1800 people happy
Michelangelo International Awards

Friday, 11 May, 2018

Michelangelo FUN WINE FACT

A "butt" was a Medieval unit of measure for wine. Technically, a buttload of fine is about 475 liters, or 126 gallons.
Michelangelo International Awards

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

A story of hope: Compagniesdrift Wines

A ship cruises along the circular perimeter. There’s an upside-down pig floating above loose wagon wheels and windmills; and in-between the roosters and chickens, farmers toil the land as more wagon wheels and ships roll by. This isn’t some kind of lucid dream I’m describing, but the rich vortex of the Compagniesdrift logo, which doubles as the wine label for their in-house range.
Malu Lambert

Tuesday, 4 July, 2017 embarks on a journey to the Cederberg Mountains

It does not matter how many times you drive that dusty road, the experience is always different.