During September the South African wine industry took their wine and terroir talk to the Cape Town International Convention Centre with the purpose of signing new deals and cultivating established relations. For three days international trade and media had the opportunity to taste the best of what our winelands has to offer under the year… Read More CapeWine 2018 – International Wine Showcase
Domaine Des Dieux won the prize as South Africa’s Best Cap Classique last week in the annual Amorim Cap Classique Challenge. Owner Sharon Parnell, daughter Megan and Wine Ambassador, Shane Mullis, are 3 of the personalities most visible in this business who received the same acknowledgement in 2014. The Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut MCC 2012,… Read More Domaine des Dieux – Hemel-en-Aarde Sparkle
Tayfun Aras is the owner of Anatoli restaurant in Cape Town. He launched his cookbook filled with my favourite Turkish recipes. Having known Tayfun for many years because of my friendship with his wife Louise and being a staunch supporter of the restaurant I was fortunate to attend the launch of this new treasure. Abigail… Read More Anatoli – the cookbook
Weekends are for discovery and relaxing. What better activity than wine tasting in Hermanus? There is always a new winery – or at least a new wine – to discover. With my wine enthusiast sister arriving for the winter weekend I planned a trip down Hemel-en-Aarde with a stop at 3 cellars. Each offering something… Read More Hermanus Wine Route – A Saturday Tour
There are so many fashions when it comes to wine but Cabernet Sauvignon from Simonsberg is the quintessential Stellenbosch varietal. It shows its terroir and makes the winelands fward proud. Stellenbosch is experiencing a huge resurgence in Cabernet Sauvignon because everyone has figured out that Cabernet works. Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick Wines joined Hermanus FynArts… Read More Simonsberg Cabernet Sauvignon – Best of Stellenbosch?
2020 will mark 100 years since the Tollman family first got involved in hotel keeping. Today their Red Carnation Hotel group has 17 properties in 5 countries. Would you guess that it all started in Paternoster on the South African West Coast? In 1920 Solomon Tollman bought the Paternoster Hotel. This has grown to 3… Read More A History of Almost 100 Years of Hotel Keeping
Hemel-en-Aarde winery, Creation, is always keen to collaborate and participate. They go all out. Hermanus FynArts Festival is no exception. Not only is Creation onboard for the festival with a Geometrica exhibition of Gordon Froud’s welded steel work but they also have a whole new menu for the occasion. Food and wine pairing just got a whole… Read More Fine Art of Wine & Food
The story of Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is best told through images. The main themes of this experience are Romance, Gourmet, Nature, Luxury. The luxury lies not in the smartest or most expensive but in the attention to detail and the thought given to making each room and every meal special. This is a family affair… Read More Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse – Romantic Food Lovers Retreat
World Travel Market Africa is over! Lots of tourism lessons learned. More about that later – maybe. Before heading home we made one last stop at the V&A Waterfront. Bascule Whisky and Wine Bar served a mean bubbly with Table Mountain views. Best combo to end a productive travel trade show.
If you can’t get to where the wine is made it is convenient if someone can bring the wine to you. Cellar in the City has done this. They open a variety of South Africa’s best wines every day in the tourism heart of Cape Town – the V&A Waterfront. The options are plentiful. Order… Read More Cellar in the City