Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 – a mouth-full for what is essentially known as the Platter’s Wine Guide – turns 40! For a wine guide 40 IS 40 and every single colour coded publication added to the bulky book we consult when we need some wine guidance. The first Platter’s published in 1980 cost… Read More Platter’s Celebrates 40 Years of Wine
No better way to start the week than a Hermanus hike with Tim Lundy, accredited mountain guide and qualified first aider. Tim has recently mapped a few trails from Fernkloof Nature to the vineyards of Hemel-en-Aarde wineries under his new business GlamTrails. We started at the Visitor Centre in Fernkloof and walked to the waterfall,… Read More Glamtrailing through Hemel-en-Aarde
Waiting for the ultimate winter break? It’s here! Hemel-en-Aarde winery Bouchard Finlayson teamed up with sister property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat to present a gourmet food and wine weekend of note. Be ready for a big winter treat in the tranquil Cederberg from 26 to 28 July 2019. The package is total luxury.… Read More Gourmet Bouchard Finlayson Weekend Getaway
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
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
A spot went open and voila… I’m walking the CapeNature Whale Trail. Part of a group of 12 we will all meet up in De Hoop Nature Reserve on Monday 26 March. This Overberg hiking route has been listed as one of South Africa’s top 3 hiking trails and covers 55km of Overberg landscape. It… Read More Whale Trail… I’m Ready!
Another chapter in the Creation food and wine pairing presentation is aptly called Down Paradise Road. Here we have Creation’s Pinot Noir matching quail, pearl barley, baby beetroot and dried raspberries. Paradise for sure! The Story of Creation has 5 courses paired with 8 wines and comes at the reasonable price of R550. Make your… Read More Down Paradise Road
The 5th Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration included events on the different farms. I was fortunate enough to make the Creation guest list. I spent the morning tasting Burgundian Pinot Noirs along that of Hemel-en-Aarde Creation Pinots.
The first Benguela Cove vines were planted 13 years ago on this 200 hectare lifestyle estate in the Overberg. The vineyards have a good view of the Atlantic Ocean and the bot River lagoon. Last night I had the opportunity to taste the latest releases from my favourite, the Méthode Cap Classique, to the Syrah.… Read More Benguela Cove, Vineyards with Ocean Views
Today Hemel-en-Aarde is well-known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. But it is the area’s Pinot Noir that stands out when it comes to awards and recognition. What other South African winegrowing region can lay claim to dominating a category such as Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir? Considering Platter listings and trade reviews confirm that the vineyards bordering… Read More Pioneering Pinot – Hamilton Russell Vineyards