La Motte wine estate, Franschhoek

Friday, 22 April 2016|Wine tasting|

Nestled on the outskirts of Franschhoek, La Motte wine estate is a true Western Cape winelands treasure. Pity then that it’s taken me 20 years of living in the Cape to discover it. That all changed last week when I had the privilege of not only visiting the estate, but staying overnight in their 1751 manor house. Yes La Motte [...]

groote post country market

Thursday, 24 March 2016|Markets|

With wine estates coming out our ears in Cape Town, it’s kind of hard to pick a favourite. That’s rather like asking someone which one of their kids they like most. But if you were to be cheekily insistent, I’d have to admit that Groote Post is up there. Why? Well they make fine wine. But then, so do hundreds [...]

March 2016 Cape wine events

Tuesday, 8 March 2016|Wine tasting|

Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza and Wine Festival, 12-13 March 2016 Pizza and wine… Positively two of my favourite words. Which is why I am so chuffed about the inaugural Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival taking place this weekend, 12 and 13 March. Break the ice with a cocktail at The Bus Stop – a 1980 Ford Bedford bus which has [...]

Rosé Rocks – Top South African Rosé Wines 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015|Wine tasting|

The cool thing about living in Cape Town is that, every so often, one gets to stop what one’s doing, pour a glass of vino and stare at the (take your pick) mountain or sea. People from other cities find this vexing. I’ve long concluded they’re just jealous. It was the waves’ turn to be stared at last night. The [...]

Western Cape wine events, Heritage day weekend 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015|Wine tasting|

If you're in the Cape over the Heritage Day long weekend (yes, I know Friday is a work day, but really, who'll be working?) there is plenty to do eats and drinks wise. Webersburg Wine Estate: Art and Dine Experience 23 & 24 September 2015 Indulge in a journey through fine art, food and wine at Webersburg Wine Estate’s [...]

Jason’s Hill wine estate, Western Cape

Tuesday, 28 July 2015|Wine tasting|

"You really must intend to come here." These are the words of Ivy du Toit, winemaker at Jason's Hill. Why? Because tucked away as it is in the Slanghoek Valley close to Rawsonville in the Boland, Jason's Hill is not exactly a place you happen upon by chance on your way somewhere else. No, you have to mean to go [...]