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

Winemaker Arco Laarman celebrates with range of small-batch wines

23 April 2015

Glen Carlou winemaker Arco Laarman is celebrating 20 years in the wine industry with the launch of a range of small-batch wines, The Curator's Collection. ... More»


Tickets to Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival up for grabs!

13 April 2015

Just as the first hints of winter can be felt in the crisp air, the Elgin Wine Valley opens its doors to visitors from far and wide for the annual Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival. ... More»


Fine Brandy Fusion 2015, premier annual showcase of South Africa’s brandies, takes place this year on 4 and 5 June at the Sandton Convention Centre, and you could be there courtesy of the SA Brandy Foundation and Platter's Guide. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for details of a ticket giveaway starting on 1 May 2015.

Winery of the Week: Elgin Ridge: Brian and Marion Smith exchanged their London IT company for an Elgin apple farm in 2007. Assisted by top viticulturist Kevin Watt and Luddite’s Niels Verburg, they replanted orchards to vines focusing on cool-climate varieties for their specialist - very meticulous - production. Marion tends the vineyards, Brian oversees the custom-built boutique cellar, certified organic and manned by newly appointed winemaker Kosie van der Merwe.

Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir 2012

 Organic New

Category: Pinot noir  

Uncomplicated earthy tones with bruised strawberry & blackberry on own-yeast-fermented 2012, pleasant, well-padded palate, bonus of moderate 13% alcohol. Thought to be SA's only certified organic pinot noir. Wine tasted by Jörg Pfützner More »

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Food-and-wine evening at Fairview’s Goatshed Restaurant

Friday 19 June, Paarl

Back by popular demand, each of the seven food-and-wine evenings at Fairview’s Goatshed Restaurant in the Paarl winelands will feature a lavish four-course dinner and an interesting theme, including Viva Italia, Ola España, Shiraz & Shanks, Hunters Evening and Chef’s Journey. More »

Feast Of Shiraz & Charcuterie

Saturday 30 May, Paarl

Shiraz specialist Hartenberg Estate and a hand-picked group of wineries showcase their wines with some of the country’s top charcuterie, cheese and olive producers. Staged at new venue Joostenberg Deli, the festival also features a winemaker-tutored tasting of 2005-vintage shirazes. More »

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