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South Africa’s Old Vine Project looks to the country’s past to secure its future

Those fortunate enough to attend last week’s tasting hosted by Wines of South Africa to celebrate The Old Vine Project (OVP) in London have described it is one of the most interesting and exciting events in year. Particularly if you are interested in seeing what terroir and age can do to wines produced from grapes from vines […]

South African winemakers enthusing about quality of 2017 vintage, despite lower volumes

South African winemakers are looking forward to a high quality vintage, despite the volume of this year’s crop being below average An extremely dry growing season held back the size of the crop, but vintners are particularly enthusiastic about the quality of the grapes. “2017 was a very nice vintage all around,” Chris Alheit told […]

Hopes are high for South Africa’s 2017 harvest despite lack of rain

Despite concerns throughout the 2017 South African wine harvest that weather conditions were going to combine to damage the overall vintage, the final results are now expected to be very encouraging with a bigger than expected harvest, higher yields and some “exceptional” quality grapes coming through.  The fact South Africa has had so little rain […]

South Africa needs to raise prices and its image for a sustainable future

South Africa needs to change its international image as a country that produces “cheap and cheerful” wine if it is to really push on and help not only its producers’ future but make its industry sustainable in the long term. It is not just an international problem but the price of wines sold in the […]

Major South African wineries caught up in wild fires in Somerset West

South Africa’s winelands have been hit again by a series of wildfires that has caused damage to major wineries including Vergelegen, Morgenster, Lourensford and Waterkloof. The fires have already caused some serious damage to vines, but the full consequences won’t be known until they have had a full assessment from viticulture experts. The fire broke […]

Beyerskloof Stellenbosch Winemaker and Winery

Beyers Truter, runs this property in a partnership which includes UK based wine merchant Simon Halliday. Here he makes stylish and vibrant Pinotage in a light and elegant style and a dense and burly premium red, the Field Blend which combines Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot. This is in a rich chocolatey style with abundant evidence […]

Bilton Stellenbosch

Big, full-blown reds are made here with no shortage of new oak being used. The original Helderberg property dates back to 1726 although Bilton as a modern wine producer was much more recently established with the maiden vintage of 1998 providing just 100 cases. The potential though is much greater than that, the estate vineyards […]

AA Badenhorst Swartland

This is a tremendously exciting small winery based in Swartland halfway between Wellington and Malmesbury producing great red and white. As well as the two premium labels covered here the winery also produces a well-priced second label red and white both called Secateurs. The Badenhorst cousins have restored a run-down cellar on their farm which […]

Beaumont Walker Bay

Based in the Bot River Valley, the Beaumont family farm is halfway between the coastal village of Hermanus and the higher altitude vineyards of Elgin. Good reds are fashioned here as well as some of the better Chenin Blancs in the Cape. In addition to the wines covered here Goutte d’Or (Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc), the premium […]

Annandale Stellenbosch

Former Springbok forward Gerhard (Hempies) du Toit was the winemaker at ALTO Estate before forming his own operation in 1996 and planting 75ha. He left Alto in early 2000 to concentrate full time on Annandale. As well as his Cabernet Sauvignon he also crafts a small amount of a pricey Shiraz, a Bordeaux blend, Cavalier […]

Backsberg Paarl

This sizeable Paarl winery has always produced solid wines however they have moved onto a new plain in recent vintages under owner Michael Back and winemaker Alicia Rechner who also has five vintages in Europe and Australia to aid her repertoire. There are 110 ha under vine on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains between […]

Alheit Walker Bay

Husband and wife winemaking team Chris and Suzaan Alheit produce a stunning Chenin Blanc dominated white, Cartology, of remarkable dimension from highly selected sites across the Cape. They refer to their work as 99% vineyard and 1% cellar. To this they have now added two single vineyard Chenins both of which are grown at altitude […]

Ataraxia Wines Walker Bay

Although a relatively new name in the Hemel en Aarde Valley with a maiden vintage in 2005 Ataraxia Mountain Vineyards is located just to the north east of HAMILTON RUSSELL and BOUCHARD FINLAYSON, it has emerged as one of the benchmarks for the area. In particular for a very stylish and so far a very […]

Anwilka Vineyard Stellenbosch

There is no doubt, Anwilka has emerged as one of the Cape’s very greatest reds and a wine of indisputable world-class. The vineyard is a joint venture between Bruno Prats, who formerly owned the great Saint-Estèphe Second Growth COS D’ESTOURNEL, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, the coproprietor of Château ANGÉLUS and Lowell Jooste, whose family […]

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