Tag Archives: 2018

Wine lovers on ‘The Most Luxurious Train in the World’ deserve better

THE PRIDE OF AFRICA. The Most Luxurious Train in the World, they say. Indeed, many would consider Rovos Rail to be one of the jewels in the crown as regards South African tourism. It’s a wonderful way to take in the beauty of the countryside; a rather special kind of safari. But come on now, the winelist needs a shake-up!

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New Constantia bistro and deli promising – but it’s early days still

YAY! AND YET! It was great to hear that there are a couple of new venues to choose from come lunchtime in the winelands of Constantia. Not so great was to discover that at one of them they don’t sell any wine to accompany your meal, and at the other the management is somewhat cheeky… At the Nest Deli on Constantia

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Some top brands stand out more than others at Cape Wine Auction

INTERESTING it was to see the brands involved and what the charitably minded were keen to buy at the 2018 Cape Wine Auction hosted at Rustenberg and Tokara in Stellenbosch. The prime objective of the two-day event is to support children’s education in needy communities of the South African winelands, and to this end the amount raised came to R17.5 million.

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Classic Wine’s Carrie Adams on the line to Mike Froud of Top Wine SA

FOR THOSE who’d like to hear from the person behind Top Wine SA… If you want to listen to a little of what the man has to say about the site – or perhaps you’re just curious as to what he sounds like six years after the launch… Wine critic Carrie Adams of the fine wine and spirit merchant Norman

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Not a moment too soon! Can Lievland be revived to former glory?

LOVELY news it was to hear that the historic-but-neglected Lievland Wine Estate in the foothills of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch is to be returned to its former glory. At least, that’s the aspiration of the new owners who acquired the 300-year-old, 110ha farm from Dr Susan Colley for an undisclosed sum – presumably in excess of R50-million, given the status of esteemed

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Robertson, Stellenbosch and Constantia dominate SA wine diary in Feb

THE GRAND estate of Rustenberg in Ida’s Valley on the slopes of the Simonsberg will switch to party mode for the annual Cape Wine Auction on Saturday 10 Feb, following the Barrel Auction at Tokara on the 9th, as well-heeled VIPs with big hearts once again vie for wondrous things coming under the hammer in aid of charity. Other top

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Prices of Top 100 SA wines vary big time – even within each class

ACCORDING to Vinpro, an organisation representing thousands of farmers and hundreds of cellars in South Africa, the industry is at a turning point in 2018, faced with the smallest grape crop since 2005 and increasing financial pressure. The national vineyard is in decline – mainly due to farmers uprooting vines and replacing them with more profitable crops, but also because

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Top 20 SA Wineries: 2018 ranking compared to that of 2005

BACK IN THE DAY, when the first SA Wine & Cellar Classification was published, the top producers were Classified as Boekenhoutskloof, De Toren, De Trafford, Graham Beck, Jordan, Kanonkop, Kanu, Neil Ellis, Rust en Vrede, Rustenberg, Simonsig, Stellenzicht, Thelema, and Vergelegen. Thirteen years later, most of these cellars continue at the forefront of the South African wine industry as regards

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2018 SA Wine Classification includes 20 additions to Hall of Fame

BASED ON THE BEST track records in over 30 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value over the past 10 years, the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications celebrate the country’s leading outfits – those regularly on top form, their product judged top-notch again and again, year after year. To be eligible for the

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SALT at Paul Cluver… All the more reason to wine and dine in Elgin

WHERE to go for an interesting plate of food, a decent glass of wine and a relaxing ambience come lunchtime in the Elgin basin outside Grabouw. Well, there’s The Pool Room at Oak Valley, and there was Fresh at Paul Cluver… And/but just opened is SALT, taking over from Fresh, with the promise of the best in the district when

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