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Brandy industry welcomes better understanding of key challenges

05 March 2015

The brandy industry has welcomed the indication from Government that excise duty increases are under review, saying it revealed a greater understanding of the industry and its challenges. ... More»


Goodbye “Port Festival”, hello “Winter in Calitzdorp”

04 March 2015

The popular annual Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival weekend is being extended and rebranded, and from this year will take place over a full month under the banner “Winter in Calitzdorp”. ... More»


The ever-popular Picnic Concerts Series concludes at Backsberg Estate Cellars, Paarl, on Sunday 15 March with multi-instrumental experimental acoustic folk band Mr Cat & The Jackal, and you could be there courtesy of Backsberg and Platter's Guide. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

The inaugural FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show promises visitors a selection of about 200 of the country's best wines, and you could taste them courtesy of wine authority Michael Fridjhon, events company OutSorceress Marketing and Platter's Guide. Follow us on Twitter for more details.

Winery of the Week: Vierkoppen: Anticipating a bright future for their hilly Klaasvoogds part of Robertson – a happening place ‘with several small wineries, tourist attractions, great restaurants and accommodation’ - Britons David and Daphne Briscoe are building a boutique-scale cellar on the vineyard holding they bought in 2008 and since upgraded extensively, and intend taking over the reins from contract winemakers. (They grew 2,000 bottles a year of white and sparkling wines back in England.) Emphasis will remain on limited-release premium reds and on exports (currently to Europe and Asia).

Vierkoppen Sauvignon Blanc 2013


Category: Sauvignon blanc unwooded  

Grapefruit core, with the softening effect of gooseberries, straddles minerality & fruit ripeness. 2013 elegant structure, crisp & dry. Wine tasted by Christine Rudman More »

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Kids Theatre Festival At Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Saturday 28 March, Elgin

Not-for-profit Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines join forces to uplift and develop communities in Elgin and Grabouw through the family-friendly Hope@PaulCluver season of events. For the Kids Theatre Festival, Roald Dahl’s popular children’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox returns, along two other plays, Get Kraken and Memory, interspersed with Whose Line Is It Anyway style interactive improvisation fun. More »

Inaugural Biltong & Pinotage Festival

Saturday 18 April, Stellenbosch

Two of South Africa’s best-loved delicacies will be on offer at L’Avenir Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch during the family-friendly Biltong & Pinotage Festival presented by Joubert & Monty Famous Biltong. More »

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