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Reyneke, a biodynamic wine estate and a dynamic wine tasting

Visiting the wine estate Reyneke, we were guilty of a faux pas, unaware that tasting should be by appointment. None the less we were graciously accommodated between two bookings. The tasting was a friendly personal interaction where assistant winemaker Nuschka shared her knowledge and passion for what she does. Reyneke is a biodynamic estate. Not only are organic principles followed, ... Read More »

Winters Drift, travelling through time and tasting wine in Elgin

The setting of Winters Drift tasting station, puts the wine’s best foot forward before a sip is taken.  Train stations are imbued with an air of romance and a sense of adventure.  I had never heard of Winters Drift wines before but we noticed that they have notched up some impressive awards.  We particularly loved the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ... Read More »

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

In days of yore, Cliff and I loved attending the annual wine shows held in Johannesburg, but since our small people arrived my attendance has been limited.  An extended visit by Cliff’s parents allowed us the opportunity to go to the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show together last night.  The merit / drawback of this show is that only award-winning ... Read More »

Fleur Du Cap tour and tasting at Die Bergkelder

On previous visits to the Cape we have ummed and ahhed regarding a visit to Die Bergkelder (literal translation, the mountain cellar), which falls under the large corporate Distell banner.  We decided to do the tour this time.  One can be put off by the fact that they also do an ‘Artisanal salt tasting’ which sounds a load like bs ... Read More »

Neethlingshof Wine Estate

As a rule I prefer the family owned and run wine estates, still some of the corporately owned estates are well worth a visit.  The buildings and gardens at Neethlingshof are beautiful.  The wines are excellent, a rare instance where not one seemed lacking, each wine tasted was well above average.  I chose a single glass of Chardonnay and Cliff ... Read More »

Overgaauw wine estate

Returning to visit the Cape we delight in the prospect of visiting new wine estates.  This year our first stop was Overgaauw which ticks all the boxes which matter most to us.  I love family run estates, they have a warm sense of home and history.  The current wine maker is 4th generation and a new addition to the family ... Read More »

The Wine Show – An awesome afternoon

Yesterday we visited the Wine Show at Sandton Convention Centre, what an awesome afternoon out!  Cliff and I almost never get to go out alone together and we were very grateful that big sister Domi looked after little siblings Fjord and Acacia.  I love The Wine Show (previously called the Jo’burg Wine Show), I like the fact that it’s on ... Read More »

Glenelly – Chic Wine Tasting

On radio talk shows we had recently heard a few references to May de Lencquesaing and were fascinate by her story. She sounds like an incredible, dynamic lady. In her 70’s she moved from Bordeaux France to South Africa to start Glenelly Wine Farm. For 30 years she was the owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Second Grand ... Read More »

Mulderbosch Vineyard – Wine, Pizza and a play area

We visited Mulderbosch Vineyard on a family lunch outing.  Again having a play area with jungle gym and some space for the small people to roam free was a big plus. The restaurant only serves pizza but very good pizza which were thoroughly enjoyed all pizza are R75, there is a kids margarita pizza which is the same size as ... Read More »

Hidden Valley Wines

A visit to Hidden Valley Wines made me wonder if a name sometimes plays a part in a persons destiny.  It would be a waste of a cool name if Dave Hidden did not own a wine farm so perfectly suited to his name in such a perfect location. The smart tasting room is glass sided looking onto enormous shining ... Read More »