Everything you want to know about South African wine, brought to you by the country's favourite wine adviser

Everything you want to know about South African wine, brought to you by the country's favourite wine adviser

"Tap US market" urges UK wine authority Jancis Robinson

26 January 2015

Internationally authoritative UK winewriter and author Jancis Robinson has urged South African producers to tap the US wine market, which recently overtook France as the world’s largest and is now estimated at 2.9-billion litres a year. ... More»


New wine show on Eastern Cape horizon

24 January 2015

Eastern Cape winelovers soon stand the chance to sample top South African wines at the inaugural FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show. ... More»


A gala Wine Harvest Commemorative Function is being staged on 5 February 2015 at historic wine farm Groot Constantia, where the upcoming crush heralds the 330th year of uninterrupted winemaking, and you could join in the celebrations courtesy of the organisers and Platter's Guide. Click here for more details.

Winery of the Week: Craven Wines: ‘Bondi Boys’ might be a caricature, but the mini-influx of young, sharp and empathetic Aussie wine people buoying local fine-wine making is most welcome, and includes Mick Craven, currently winegrower at Mulderbosch. He and SA-born wife Jeanine, winemaker at Dornier, are widely experienced, and both agree Stellenbosch is their terroir of choice worldwide. The aim with their own brand is to create ‘wines of pure site and varietal expression, adding nothing except a little sulphur’.

Craven Wines Pinot Noir 2013


Category: Pinot noir  

Whole-bunch, natural yeast fermentation, year French oak maturation, bottled unfined/filtered. Lot of care taken in 2013; shows in elegance & length, classic composition: a template for pinot. Slight forest floor nuance creeping into the aromas, flavours. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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Magical Evening Of Music At Plaisir De Merle

Saturday 28 February, Franschhoek

Scenic Plaisir de Merle Wine Estate and The Friends of Cape Town Opera invite you to bring a picnic basket and blankets and laze on the lawns fringing the manor house while enjoying a glass of the house's wine and a mix of opera, operetta? and musicals performed by the cream of South Africa’s vocal talent. More »

Feast Of The Grape

Saturday 28 February - Sunday 1 March, Durbanville

The winegrowers of Durbanville Wine Valley are hosts to this popular family-friendly harvest festival, a celebration of wine, food and music this year staged for the first time at picturesque D’Aria wine farm. Activities include picking and foot-crushing grapes, and tutored wine tastings, to name a few. Varied children’s activities keep the young festival fans entertained. More »

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