It was cold. And raining. I was at Tokara Deli in Helshoogte Pass Stellenbosch. Our table of 6 was reviewing combined investments of our stokvel of more than 10 years, when someone looked up and said “look, there’s snow!”. With barren winter vineyards in the foreground, Simonsberg blocked the the view. A mountain with the… Read More Stellenbosch in Snow ❄️
I love having art around me. A piece to appreciate. Its the same as music, flowers, wine and jewelry. It makes me happy like a freshly made bed Gianfanelli’s sculpture in Hermanus or that first coffee in the morning. I also like how I have learnt so much from reading up in art work or… Read More Art and About
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?
At the recent launch of Hermanus artist Jaco Sieberhagen’s sculpture exhibition at Tokara in Stellenbosch Dr Daniel Louw shared his thoughts on art as inspired by Picasso. Here are a few notes that I took to heart. Art unmask the artist. It is not what the artist does that counts, it is who he is… Read More Picasso on Art
The past weekend’s Cape Wine Auction at Rustenberg Estate provided an opportunity to visit a Stellenbosch winery where I have not been before. Surprise Surprise! Rustenberg was founded in 1682. This has surely given the owners enough time to set the foundation for a well established garden or two. Their Schoongezicht Garden is open to… Read More Gardens of the Cape Winelands – Rustenberg Estate
The 2018 Cape Wine Auction American Express Barrel Auction was held at Tokara last night. Tokara is situated in the Helshoogte Pass overlooking Stellenbosch. The venue at the DeliCATessen was a luxury space with views onto their well manicured vineyards.
Fridays are always good. But last night was extraordinary. The amount of old white wines tasted on a casual evening superseded any other tasting I remember. First up was a Hemel-en-Aarde Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay. A 1999 vintage. Beautiful! A linear, clear taste that’s undeniably Chardonnay doing Hermanus and the Walker Bay appellation proud. The Decanter Vintage… Read More Fine Wine Friday
When the clock strikes 12… I was sipping South Africa’s original Méthode Cap Classique – Kaapse Vonkel – with family and friends. Producer Simonsig has been making this bubbly at their Stellenbosch winery since 1971 and it continues to rake in awards. Celebrations continued on the 1st of January. I have 2 close friends with… Read More Drinks I had for New Year
Willie Botha is a Hermanus based sculptor who began his journey in art before the age of 18. Circumstances lead him away from gaining formal training in sculpting, yet his passion for art had him taking short courses at the Pretoria Technicon and selling his first bronze sculpture at the age of 18! He opened an… Read More Willie Botha Sculptor & Artist
The inaugural Wine and Food Tourism Conference in Stellenbosch brought role-players together and gave opportunity for dialogue. Relevant dialogue on how to unlock the market share presented by the food and wine tourism sector. A market share that is very profitable if approached correctly. When it comes to wine and food tourism the need to… Read More The (real) business of Wine & Food Tourism