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

Wine industry transformation, a barrel at a time

23 April 2014

A Paarl cooperage’s sponsorship of oak barrels for apprentice winemakers under tutelage of some of South Africa’s top winemakers is helping to encourage young winemaking students to gain the necessary expertise to become star winemakers of the future. ... More»


Richard Branson to acquire luxury Franschhoek estate

14 April 2014

Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s worldwide luxury collection of award-winning retreats has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase a Franschhoek estate Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyard, which would become the latest addition to an already eclectic portfolio. ... More»


The third Fijnwyn Food & Wine Festival takes place at Shokran Events Venue, Pretoria East, on Workers Day 2014, 1 May, and you stand a chance of sharing in the festivities at no charge courtesy of Platter’s Guide and the event organisers. Click here for details.

Winery of the Week: Avontuur Estate: Elegant thoroughbred horses gaze at visitors and passing travellers from the Avontuur paddocks on the slopes of the Helderberg. This combined winery and racing stud, in prime red-wine country, is replanting, rekitting and reinventing itself under the next-generation Taberer owners and winemaker Jan van Rooyen. Beneficiaries of their efforts include Eastern Cape community Keiskammahoek, who receive a portion of wine sales and proceeds from estate fundraising events.

Avontuur Estate Vintner's range Red 2010

Category: Red blends, other  |  sub-category: Red blends, other

Blend revised since last edition, 2010 still cab-shiraz, partially wooded. Appealing gush of ripe red berry fruit. Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn More »

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Slanghoek Triathlon at Breëland Winery

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 October, Rawsonville, S 33° 39' 2.87" E 019° 13' 40.08"

The Slanghoek Triathlon in scenic Slanghoek Valley, organised by Pieter du Plessis (pieter@4x4teambuilding.co.za), is the biggest event of its kind in the Western Cape. Breëland, the host farm, offers winetasting, game viewing by appointment, weekend accommodation and camping, walking routes and team-building facilities. More »

3rd Fijnwyn Food & Wine Festival

Thursday 1 May, Pretoria

Staged in a tranquil farm setting at the Shokran events venue in Pretoria East, the Fijnwyn Food & Wine Festival is a family-friendly feast of top-notch wine and food, also featuring live music and entertainment for the kids. More »

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