Lifestyle

The Company’s Garden Party

Garden Party Company Gardens 2012

Don your summer style and get that spring in your step for the Company’s Gardens are kitting out the lawns for a ten day garden party starting on the 14th of December till the 24th of December from 12pm to 9pm daily. The Dutch settlers of 1652 originally established the Gardens as a refreshment, replenishment and relaxation station for sailors that were en route to the east. Three centuries later we celebrate the same space to meet, greet, relax and be merry within this majestic beauty in the CBD.  Join the Company’s Gardens and celebrate our Mother City with a glass of wine or craft beer, live music, tasty food, family and friends in a way you haven’t experienced Cape Town before. It is a place for all Capetonians and her                  

Festivals

Slanghoek Summer Splash

Opstal Estate and Restaurant Slanghoek

December means fun for everyone! The year is winding down, holidays are around the corner and summer is in full swing with endless lists of things to see and do. One of our most recommended hangouts is the Slanghoek Mountain Resort in the heart of the picture perfect Slanghoek Valley, a mere 60 minute drive from Cape Town - a great escape from the bustling city. On Saturday the 8th of December 2012 the Slanghoek Mountain Resort are celebrating their inaugural “Slanghoek Summer Splash” – a festive season treat, fit for the whole family! Joining the valley's festive forces are Slanghoek Cellar, Opstal Estate and Jason’s Hill Private Cellar giving you the opportunity to try and test their hottest harvests as well as pair their wines                  

Wine & Wineries

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                  

Out of Town

Cream of the crop at the 2012 Agriworks Expo

Agri cultural expo 2012

Are you a farmer, interested in farming or even grow an urban crop? The Agriworks Farmers Expo now in its third year is kicking off this Friday the 8th running through to the 10th of November 2012 at the Van der Stel Sports Grounds in Stellenbosch. Local and regional farming communities and wine producers will gather to view the latest must-haves in agricultural products, services and machinery on show. This years’ expo will not only boast the latest farming equipment and machinery including agricultural implements, equipment, work horses and services, YOU will be able to enjoy other highlights like Alpaca and Harley Davidson parades, a beer garden with live entertainment, reptile and bird shows, wine tastings, competitions, kids                  

Festivals

Bonnievale Bonanza 2012

2,3,4 November 2012 Bonnivale

Nestled on the banks of the Breederiver, surrounded by the Langeberg Mountain Range lies the humble dorpie town of Bonnievale, each year the first weekend of November is set aside for the annual Bonnievale Bonanza a festival for all to come and enjoy the beauty and joy of festivities in the Breede Valley from Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th November 2012. The Bonnievale Bonanza is the perfect excuse to escape hustle and bustle of the city for the weekend, kicking off at 9am on Friday with a tractor-driver-dash and a Potjie Competition that the whole family can enjoy. There are heaps of lucky draw prizes to be won as well as great prizes for the potjie masters of each category.  The whole weekend is jam-packed with sporting                  

Wine & Wineries

RMB WineX 2012

WineX Cape Town CTICC

The Rand Merchant Bank WineX is undoubtedly one of the greatest wine exhibitions in the country - boasting a fabulous selection of South Africa's top cellars all under one roof at the CTICC kicking off on the 29th and 30th of November 2012. Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or an uneducated wine git, there is something for all taste buds at WineX - an impressive exhibit of over 500 wines from 100 top Cape Producers and an exciting array of newbie’s including boutique producers and garagistes have been added to this years line-up. Look forward to meeting and mingling with award-winning winemakers, taste their most recent vintages and trophy wines, while updating on the latest wine gadgets and gizmo’s. RMB WineX also                  

Festivals

Drostdy-Hof’s Festive Market in Tulbagh

Festivals in Tulbagh

Drostdy-Hof is kick-starting the festive season, with an annual market day, planned for Saturday, November 10 at the beautiful De Oude Drostdy in Tulbagh. Showcasing South Africa’s second oldest town at its fun and countryside best with a carefully selected range of mostly handmade products, crafts and delectable eats to attract a wide range of shopping enthusiasts, especially those on the gifting trail. Readers can sample freshly baked goodies and wraps to cater to the heartiest and most discerning appetites and choose from aloe products, print canvases and many other items to the strains of great live music - naturally with a glass of Drostdy-Hof in hand... Stalls will be set up on the beautiful Cape Dutch style museum and on                  

Interesting People

South Africa’s coldest winery… ZAHarmonie

Bi-Anne du Toit winemaker

To most of us Sutherland is the land of infinite landscapes, bossie-veld that stretches till the eye meets the horizon, and by night... star studded skies take your breathe away. Naturally this is home to Karoo lamb and B&B’s are plentiful as Capetonians flock there to gaze at the magnificent starry skies and see white blankets of snow in winter. But would you have guessed that a boutique winery could survive there… Winemaker Bi-Anne du Toit was born and raised in the Swartland and comes from a family of determined farmers. Having completed her studies in oenology and viticulture at Elsenburg in 2003, she then headed to France to work on a wine estate and this would be the start to her amazing journey in winemaking… This                  

Sport

Impi Challenge 2012

Lievland Wine Farm Stellenbosch

Impi! wo 'nans' impi iyeza… Nah… this is not a write-up on Johnny Clegg or his awesome lyrics, but fitting as you may require your wellies for this stomping challenge… Now in its fourth year the Impi Challenge has become Cape Town's hottest adventure challenge - a fun day out in Stellenbosch, 2000 participants challenging one-another on a 12km complex obstacle course. The latest spin off to the already super popular Impi Challenge family, is a full-on adventure and entertainment festival taking place on the 20th October 2012 at the picturesque Lievland Wine Estate in Stellenbosch . The fest kicks-off at 13h00 with local-live bands including, iScream and The Chocolate Stix, DJ Wheels and Shaun Westcott on the decks, an SAB Beer                  

Out of Town

Redelinghuys – Lavender Festival

Redelinghuys Lavender Festival 1 September 2012

For those that have travelled up the N7 towards Piketberg and swung a sho’t left on the R366 you would know exactly where this quaint little Sandveld town lies. Redelinghuys was originally part of the farm Wittedrift.  Sir George Napier handed it over on 31 December 1841 to a Mr. Hendrik Koetzee, who passed away in 1848. Thereafter a Mr. J.N.L. Redelinghuys bought the farm and offered the Church a piece of the land on the farm as a gift. Redelinghuys is a small dorpie and is most commonly known for their ground roots – Yup Folks, it is potato paradise! Some of the Cape’s best root veg are sourced right there and celebrated annually with a potato festival! The next “BIG” thing to popping out of the Redelinghuys soil is the