Bon Courage reflects on a rewarding year

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Having been proclaimed Best Producer at both the 2013 Novare Terroir Awards and the SA National Young Wine Show Bon Courage, the much-loved Bruwer family wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley, has much to celebrate this year, having been honoured with Best Producer Awards at both the 2013 Novare SA Terroir Awards and the SA National Young Wine Show. These latest accolades are a fitting tribute to the three generations of Bruwers who have been custodians of the farm since 1927. 2013 Novare SA Terroir Awards Bon Courage made an indelible mark at the 2013 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, with two wines, Jacques Bruére Brut Rosé 2007 and Inkara Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, selected amongst the SA Terroir Top 5 Estate Wines as well                  

Delheim fans Heritage flames with a Snoek Braai

Autumn at Delheim

Celebrate Heritage Day on a legendary wine farm steeped in it, by joining Delheim Estate outside Stellenbosch, for a laid-back Snoek Braai with the Sperling family, when they light the fires in salute to cultural unity on Celebrate Heritage Day. “Fuelled by more than six decades of quality winemaking, Delheim was the first wine estate in the country to serve food almost four decades ago. Today good food and wine still play an integral part in our daily existence as it brings people from across the world together. We invite everyone to gather their taste buds and celebrate Braai Day in the warm company of Delheim, where the spirit of Ubuntu makes one truly feel at home,” shares Victor Sperling, the son of patriarch Spatz                  

Stellenbosch In The Running For Wine Region Of The Year Title

Ken Annareth wine cellar

SA’s first and foremost wine route nominated for 2013 Wine Star Awards South Africa’s granddaddy of wine routes, the Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes, which might be considered a golden oldie with its wine tourism legacy spanning over more than four decades, reaffirmed its standing as a world class wine destination as a 2013 nominee for Wine Enthusiast magazine’s coveted Wine Star Awards. Each year this leading international wine and lifestyle magazine (USA) honours outstanding achievement in wine and spirits and this year our country’s first and foremost wine route is in the running for the prestigious Wine Region of the Year title. It hopes to succeed against tough competition which includes Portugal’s                  

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2013

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2013

Work is almost back in full swing, bank accounts are tight and you are overall Bah humbugging – have no fear for the 2013 Stellenbosch Wine Festival is near and six months earlier than anticipated! The extremely popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival is taking off with an expanded ten-day program next year from the 25th of January to the 3rd of February 2013. Over 150 farms and countless gourmet eateries will be showcasing their finest produce influenced by the seasonal change of the event. Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes explains, “We realised that it makes sense to showcase our world-class wines during a period when everything that Stellenbosch offers - its natural beauty, unique cultural heritage, excellent                  

Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Summertime and the living is Stellenbosch, where visitors and locals alike can now revel in the true pulse and pleasures of this vibrant oak-lined town during communal Street Soirees which will take place on a bi-weekly basis from 5 till 7:30pm until the end of March 2013. These social Stellenbosch Street Soirees – presented by the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360 – transform the lower part of Church Street into a colourful gourmet and grape hub, with complimentary wine tastings offered by various estates on South Africa’s oldest and foremost wine route. Adding taste to these balmy evenings, participating restaurants in and around Stellenbosch will sell some of their unique dishes right                  

Teach the kids to make cheese at Fairview

Things to do with children during holidays

It’s that time of the year again ... school holidays. Keeping children amused for six weeks or more can be a challenging task for any parent.  An activity that will surely keep your child entertained is the newly launched Junior Cheese Masters at Fairview Wine and Cheese in the Paarl Winelands. Junior Cheese Masters is a fun and educational experience that will teach children how cheese is made, while filling up those little bellies too. Each session will guide your child through the cheese-making process, from seeing how a goat is milked and tasting the fresh milk, to adding the rennet and cutting the curd. The creative corner will supply endless entertainment, including decorating their own cheese container with paint and                  

And the winner of the 2012 Box Wine Awards is…


Du Toitskloof’s Chenin Blanc has been named the best boxed white wine at the third annual Spit or Swallow Box Wine Awards held at Mercury Live in Cape Town on November 29. The cellar’s Pinotage Merlot Ruby Cabernet took the Best Red Box Wine award in 2010. The panel of Freddy Mercury look-a-like judges included everyday wine drinkers to wine connoisseurs who set out to choose the best red and white wines from the 33 box wines tasted. The selection process included a blind tasting where participants tweeted their scores out of ten. The three liter Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc has become a firm favourite amongst wine enthusiasts due to the wine being exactly the same as that in the 750ml bottle. The wine is well balanced and medium                  

Platter’s Wine Guide 2013

1 Platter's 2013 Book pack shot

As synonymous with South African wine as the Western Cape itself, so too is the Platter’s Wine Guide. The 2013 edition is packed with information, happenings, trends and ratings of the South African wine industry. A new concept, ‘backstories’, aims to ‘‘put the romance back into wine”, by bringing to the foreground again the stories behind South Africa’s cellars, people and brands.  This is further enhanced with the inclusion of the full-colour photo gallery, re-imagined by up-and-coming photographer, Teddy Sambu. Now in its 33rd edition, this is the trusted and definitive guide for both the connoisseur and plebian alike. It features over 900 South African wine producers, merchants and brands, including 54 new ones, and over                  

Celebrate the start of the festive season at Laborie

Carols by Candlelight

Situated in the heart of Paarl and surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, with the Paarl Mountain as its backdrop, Laborie is one of the precious jewels of the Cape Winelands. This year they will be celebrating the start of the festive season with a jam-packed weekend full of festive treats from the 7th till the 9th of December 2012. Carols by Candlelight will kick start the festivities on the evening of Friday the 7th of December from 5pm till late. Father Christmas will be on hand to entertain the little ones and spoil them with an abundance of sweets, and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree will twinkle along with the stars. CrissCross will keep you and your family entertained with popular traditional Christmas                  

Discover Muratie

Muratie Stellenbosch

The array of prestigious local and international awards won this year by Muratie Wine Estate underlines the significance of their recent rejuvenation. This included improved viticultural practices and the refashioning of the cellar, both to enhance the quality of their wines, yet at the same time adhering to the Melck family’s deep respect for the Estate’s rich heritage. Muratie is indeed steeped in history, reaching as far back as the 17th century, as one of the oldest wineries in the Cape Winelands. The Melck family has recently honoured the Estate’s fascinating history by naming Muratie’s Iconic Wines after extraordinary iconic characters from Muratie’s colourful past, each with its own enchanting story described on the back