Alvi's Drift Reserve Range had a complete revamp.  The new packaging features a beautiful illustration of the iconic river crossing on the Breede River. Alvi's Drift, built by Albertus Viljoen (Alvi)  van der Merwe in 1928, is a ford, still in use today.  The ford became known locally as Alvi's Drift.  Alvi was a Springbok rugby player who toured England with  Danie Craven's  team in 1931. Alvi's Drift current winemaker, Alvi van der Merwe (Alvi's grandson) adopted the name for his burgeoning bottled wine business in the early 2000's. “Using an illustration of the drift with the reserve range helps people to understand...

Alvi's Drift wine maker, Linley Schultz, explains what is CVC wine When blending wines, percentages need not to be indicated but the varieties must appear in descending order according to volume. The white blends in South Africa currently offer some of the most exciting wines to be found in the country. Alvi's Drift CVC is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc, because it is one of the specialities of Alvi's Drift. The primary fruit characters are predominately stone fruit, nectarines and peaches. Viognier adds more stone fruits to the blend, but more in line with apricots and peaches. The Chardonnay...

Wine is one of the world’s oldest and most enjoyable beverages.  It is also the most written about, studied, opined and debated. The art of blending different cultivars into a wine that is balanced, consistent and ultimately drinkable is an age-old tradition. Many recognised blends have been made for centuries in their region of origin and may be replicated all over the world. Planting different grape varieties with different strengths was a way to insure against disease or unforeseen weather.  For example, cabernet sauvignon may produce a great wine in a warm year, but merlot by perform better in a cooler...

Chardonnay is arguably the world's most famous white variety. Used exclusively in the production of White Burgundy and Chablis, many of the great white wines of the world are made from Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a versatile grape and can be grown successfully in a wide range of climates.   It is the only white variety used in the production of Champagne.  Chardonnay became a very fashionable variety in the USA during the 1980's and was successfully exported from Australia in large volumes during that time.  These wines tended to be heavily wooded and over time, this style of wine fell out of favour. This...

Merlot was originally made famous in Bordeaux where it is the most widely planted red cultivar.  Along with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petite verdot, it is one of the five varieties used to make red wine in Bordeaux. Here are 5 very interesting Merlot facts you might not know. [vc_separator type='transparent' position='center' color='' thickness='12' up='' down=''] Merlot ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon and on average, is much lower in tannin.  It is for this reason that these 2 varieties are so widely used as blending partners, where their respective tannin levels complement each other.  Ripening can happen quickly making the...

A rich history of South African wines production. The first vineyards to be planted were Groot Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia and Constantia Uitsig, which were all part of the Van der Stel's original Constantia Estate. Upon their establishment, the wine industry grew steadily in the South African country which resulted in the establishment of various brands of wine. However, with the rise of the apartheid regime, the industry came to a standstill with the major farms collapsing or reducing their production. The wine industry is now experiencing a surge of new growth. South Africa recently beat Chile with production figures. It...