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Don't miss the PIWOSA 'Wine Car Boot' Fair
PIWOSA, Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, comprising thirteen of South Africa’s top independent, boutique wine producers, will be hosting a day of fine wine and epic entertainment on Sunday 13th September at Journey’s End Estate in Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Cab Franc Carnival draws a crowd for niche event
The first Cabernet Franc Carnival which took place at Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West yesterday, drew a crowd of around 200 lovers of the niche varietal to this winery, itself a long-time producer of a single varietal Cabernet Franc.
Cab Franc fans will enjoy the best of the best
Not only will Cabernet Franc fans be spoilt for choice in the wine stakes when attending the first-ever Cabernet Franc Carnival at Avontuur Estate on 20 June, the rest of the entertainment will not lag behind.
Cab Franc winemakers share their passion
Thirteen winemakers from all over the winemaking regions of South Africa are coming together at Avontuur Estate near Somerset West to celebrate this magic varietal, which is catching the spotlight on its own at the first Cabernet Franc Carnival on Saturday, 20 June.
SA Winemakers grand tour of the USA
A high flying team of South African winemakers has just concluded on an unprecedented grand tour of the USA, covering more than 3 000 miles from New York City all the way to California in just over 3 weeks.
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Our specially selected mixed cases of top quality wines are now prepared in a 6-pack for you, so just click and off you go - a delicious and varied set of wines delivered to your door! Red or white or mixed - you can choose - or take all 3!
It’s Carnival time with Cab Franc in June
One of the great five red varietals of Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc usually disappears into the ubiquitous Bordeaux-style blend, but in South Africa, this more elegant refined cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon has been coming into its own over the last decade with a dedicated fan base growing by the day.
Young Guns 5 - Throwing out the textbook
Wine Cellar’s much-anticipated Young Guns events are back. Now in its 5th year, Young Guns is a chance to meet the talented young winemakers who are throwing out the textbook and pushing the boundaries of winemaking.
Top 100 SA Wines 2015 winners Announced
The major fine-wine only event in SA launches the 2015 Top 100 SA winning wines results.
Ka-Ching for charity
A rare vertical collection of MR de Compostella from winemaker friends Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve hit the jackpot at this year’s AfrAsia Cape Wine Auction, when the 8-bottle lot sold for R150 000.
What Wine: What Oscar nominee?
In all honesty, the only two reasons I watch the Oscars is 1) for the fashion disasters and 2) to see Leonardo Dicaprio try and fake another smile when he loses out again. But this year I plan on getting into the spirit of the entire ceremony by pairing it with wine...care to join me?
Who is the most exciting and forward-thinking winemaker in Stellenbosch?
Neal Martin pulled no punches in the recently published “Think + South Africa” 2014 vintage review in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate when he bestowed this title on Polkadraai winemaker Bruwer Raats.
The Big Bottle Festival is coming!
South Africa's foremost Winemakers and Chefs de Cuisine featured at prestigious Big Bottle Festival, at Taj Hotel Cape Town
Top scores for Raats in Atkins report
Award-winning wine writer and British Wine Master Tim Atkin has given a unanimous thumbs up for Raats Family Wines by awarding all six wines in their portfolio with scores of more than 91 points. These ratings will be published in his annual SA Report, which is due for release on the 1st of July.
2014 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards
Acknowledging the exceptional craft of the winemaker.
PIWOSA Flying Rhino event
The PIWOSA team returned to London in May to showcase their latest premium wines to the UK wine trade.
Top100 SA Wines 2014 - winners announced
The key fine-wine event in SA launches the 2014 Top 100 SA winning wines results.
Raats wines poured in honour of Madiba
A Cabernet Franc by South African winemaker Bruwer Raats has recently featured on the wine list of a top New York restaurant in honour of late president Nelson Mandela.
South African winery rated in Top 100 wines of 2013
It’s been a good year for South African wines in the US, with several scoring more than 90 points out of a possible 100 in exacting tastings by prestigious US wine publications.
A focus on variety: the big tasting trend of 2013
Varietal tastings were a major trend in 2013 - with tutored winemaker tastings of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Shiraz and Zinfandel. Graham Howe reports on a few of the highlights on the wine calendar last year.
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