https://youtu.be/C_WqGqLwYfMDid you know that the South African wine industry is unique in knowing its birthday?On 2 February 1659, the Dutch governor recorded in his diary that wine had been made for the first time from grapes grown in the cape. Today, 362 years later to the day, we join the Spectacular South Africa campaign in celebrating this special day – raising international awareness of our beautiful country as a destination of choice for tourism and investment.Our Specials:In celebrating this year's birthday, we have the following specials running on our website from the 2nd -15th of February.  •             3 pack of...

Sharing the SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards Press Release below. Click here to read the original article:The fifth SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards took place much later than originally anticipated. Michelle Grimbeek, the convenor of judges and her team welcomed the all-women panel on the morning of 19 November at the Nietvoorbij campus in Stellenbosch.The judges on the wine panel were Lisa du Toit, Wanda Cronje CWM, Tanja Beutler, Erika van Zyl, Esme Groenewald and Nadia Hefer. The judges on the spirit and liqueur panel were Dr Caroline Snyman CWM, Manzi Sishi and Marené de...

 It is amazing how, in the world of wine, one comes to realize more and more that even if some water separates us, wine almost certainly always unites us.This was the case when a series of chance encounters and visits with friends over the past few years led to a global collaboration which resulted in this, our exciting new take on a wine steeped in history and tradition.The noble Sauvignon blanc has been re-interpreted many times in the recent past which saw it rise in a stellar climb to become one of the most popular wines in the new world…...

  Now, in its 24th year, the competition remains unique in South Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked wine experts, representing all seven continents. Since the start of the competition in 1997, more than 170 different judges from 46 countries (more recently including Russia, Romania and China) have served on the panel. All entries are judged blind by panels of 5 or 6 judges, using the 100-point international recognised OIV judging system. Amidst the bans and lockdown regulations of the Covid-19 pandemic, they have drawn the cream of South Africa’s wine and spirits industry for the 2020 judging panel. The following judges...

The spread of vineyards contributing to this year’s line-up of Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge winners shows just how adaptable the grape is, in the view of Chenin Blanc Association (CBA) chairman Ken Forrester. “From Stellenbosch to Worcester, Breedekloof and the cooler-climate Durbanville, these wines really do demonstrate Chenin’s ability to successfully put down roots in a variety of growing conditions. With the mounting impact of climate change worldwide, it’s not surprising that so many growers in the Americas and Australasia are now looking to it as the grape of their future, too”.Forrester said South Africa’s critical and...

We are really pleased to announce the following result scores from the 2020 Wine Report just launched live on Instagram via @timatkinmw.Mr Atkin is recognised as a world authority on South African wine (among others) and has tenaciously raised the perception of South African wines internationally. He works actively with the South African wine industry to change international perception and has been instrumental in facilitating awareness and engagement around the crisis currently facing the South African wine industry. It is an exceptional honour to have our wines rated by him.Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine,...