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International award reaffirms La Motte as leading wine tourism destination

La Motte Wine Estate has been appointed as the 2019 Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards Winner for Best Food and Wine Matching Experience for an unprecedented fifth time!

The historic estate in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, acclaimed as South Africa’s culinary hotspot, has also received this exceptional recognition in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Belief in and passion for Pinotage paying off as Beyerskloof turns 30

One of South Africa’s top red wine cellars, the Stellenbosch producer is unrivalled as a Pinotage specialist with a range of four single-varietal expressions of South Africa’s most successful ‘indigenous’ wine grape cultivar, three Pinotage-led Cape Blends, one of the very few white wines in which the variety plays a role (together with Chenin Blanc), as well as a Pinotage Rosé and even a Cape Port with Pinotage at the helm. And wow, how the flagships have been showered with praise in 2018.

Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2018, perfect with Nadia Graves’s Perfect Roast Chicken…

I have a real soft spot for Chenin Blanc, half of my father’s vineyard was planted to this grape, originally from the Loire Valley, though its plantings here are six times the size of the French vineyards. Chenin Blanc is also the largest planted wine grape in the winelands. Chenin Blanc was the first wine bottled on Simonsig Wine Estate by founder Frans Malan in 1968, so the 50th year this year of wine harvests on Simonsig. 

Celebrating Chardonnay with the great Steven Spurrier

The Celebration of Chardonnay began 14 years ago as a modest ode to what Danie de Wet from De Wetshof has been doing so very well and what has consumed him for the better part of his life: the Chardonnay grape; the wines it makes; the people who make it; and the legacy it has left. And, too, the bridges of greatness it shall still cross.

Aerobotics Sauv-Sem Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2018

Winemag.co.za is pleased to release the sixth annual Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report now sponsored by precision agriculture service provider Aerobotics. There were 41 blends entered from 37 producers while for the second time, Wooded Sauvignon Blanc was included, and here we had 19 examples from 16 producers.

Getting to know Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.