Simonsig The Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, perfect match to Roberta Muir’s Asparagus & Goat Cheese Risotto…

Simonsig Wine Estate, in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, has been producing Cabernet Sauvignon since 1976. The measure for the future of this noble variety was its taking of the General Smuts Trophy at the National Wine Show as the Champion Wine of the Year. The vineyards have of course been replanted with owner and viticulturist Francois Malan finding more suitable soils and improved clones. 

De Grendel Rubaiyat Adds Mundus Vini Gold to Its Creaking Trophy Cabinet

In the most recent Mundus Vini Spring Tasting, De Grendel’s signature red wine, Rubaiyat, scooped yet another prestigious gold medal to add to its long list of accolades. The award-winning 2015 vintage already bagged one platinum, 3 golds, 1 double gold as well as the Trophy for the South African Wine of the Year from China Wine & Spirits Awards.

Trading Up

As long as I can remember, trading up has been the number one challenge for South African wine. More than green pepper Sauvignon Blanc and burnt rubber Pinotage, being recognised for our quality, rather than being cheap and cheerful has been a constant struggle. But there might be light at the end of the tunnel – and that from quite an unexpected source!

Diemersdal Estate Bottles first Sauvignon Blanc from Harvest 2019

Barely six weeks after beginning its 2019 harvest, Diemersdal Estate from Durbanville bottled its first Sauvignon, the estate’s signature grape variety. According to Thys Louw, proprietor and cellar master of Diemersdal, the last of the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards have been picked and prospects for the vintage are excellent, both in terms of quality and yield.

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.

Business lessons from the Budget Speech

“If you ran your household finances like government runs the country’s money, your bank would shut your accounts faster than you could say ‘Bosasa'”, says Bruce Whitfield on Business Insider following Tito Mboweni’s budget speech. But what are the takeaways? What can your business learn from the SA economy and this week’s budget speech?

Tokara launches new £200 flagship red wine

The new top blend from the estate is called ‘Telos’ and the first vintage to be released is the 2015.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 3% Merlot, all the grapes are hand harvested block by block in a carefully managed series of phases. There is rigorous sorting and a mix of whole and crushed berries are then fermented with indigenous yeasts, basket pressed and then only free run juice is collected and matured in barrel for 22 months prior to bottling.

How De Wetshof stays ahead in the wine business

Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer of the year for 2018, Johann de Wet of De Wetshof Wine Estate, tells Glenneis Kriel how he and his brother, Peter, are keeping their family’s wine-making legacy alive.

Being the son of legendary winemaker Danie de Wet could easily have been intimidating, but Johann de Wet sees it as a privilege and a way to create a legacy for his children.

Cabrière’s Wine Evolution: Sun, Soil, Vine, Father, Son

The Von Arnim family colours are red and white, and their motto is 'Sun, Soil, Vine, Man'. Perhaps it is a coincidental nod to the red and white wine which runs through their veins. Achim von Arnim built a classic South African vineyard and brand from scratch, and seemingly not much has changed at Haute Cabrière in the six years since his son took over the reins from him. However, ‘it’s an evolution, not a revolution’.