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Best picnic options in the South African winelands – baskets and blankets, under the trees, on the lawns, among the vines, next to the cellars, in the forest, you name it

WHERE TO PICNIC in the winelands of South Africa, near a winery, not far from the vines? Here are the best spots to purchase a picnic basket full of good food and wine in the countryside when wine-routing in the Cape. The are all on farms associated with highly rated reds or whites, bubblies or sweet dessert wines, i.e. the venues are

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Constantia’s come a long way since the 1600s with plenty of dry whites and reds as good as the sweets these days

NOTWITHSTANDING Commander Jan van Riebeeck’s modest vineyards first in the Dutch government’s gardens up the road from the castle and then in Bishopscourt and Wynberg, it was in Constantia that South Africa’s wine industry really got going… History books have it that the first wine for which Van Riebeeck claimed credit was made in the 1650s but that the country’s

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Good Cab Franc isn’t as elusive as it was 10 years ago

RAATS: home of the most successful SA Cab Franc and the man who’s done most to create a market for Cape versions of the variety MORE PLEASE! Red Jasper has got many of the delicious things you might dream about in a good Bordeaux-style blend. While perhaps a little too forward for some, it’s a fine example of the many lovely red

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Sensational Sauvignon Blanc – the best reviews in 2012

STAND-OUT Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, the best reviews of the year from around the world for a wine’s that’s particularly popular when it comes to summertime entertainment, lunching and dining outdoors – and with more than a couple of top accolades for Buitenverwachting, Diemersdal, Kleine Zalze and Lomond: Bloemendal 2012 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards Boschendal Reserve Collection 2012 – gold

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The experts’ choice: South Africa’s top Cab Franc in 2012

 THE STAND-OUT Cabernet Franc wines from South Africa, the best reviews of the year: so consistent are Raats and Warwick of Stellenbosch; from Paarl cellars, the rise of KWV’s Mentors range has been meteoric, and interesting to see Nelson back on the radar again; whereas Von Ortloff’s beauty from Franschhoek is already pretty much sold out; Oldenburg’s popularity in the Banghoek

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