South African Wines

The age-old Rustenberg

by  |  25-01-2012

Producing wine since the late 17th century, Rustenberg is a winery in the Greater Simonsberg area that has been run by the Barlow family for the last 60 years. In total the farm has 1,200... more »

Growling around Knorhoek

by  |  18-01-2012

In the 18th century, if you had a problem with large, possibly man-eating felines cruising around your farm, then a phrase like, "knorhoek" or "the place where lions growl" would seem quite fitting. And this... more »

In the middle of Glenelly

by  |  12-01-2012

The Glenelly Estate, set in the Idas Valley, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, was bought in 2003 by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing. For those unfamiliar with the name, she has been the owner... more »

Doing the Dornier

by  |  03-01-2012

Set up against the mountains, Dornier is a winery with striking, majestic grounds. The curve on the roof of the modern winery building echoes the mountains behind it and everything works to center upon the... more »

A serving of Stellenrust

by  |  29-12-2011

Stellenrust is well-situated. Not only does it have wonderful vistas of the mountains, including Table Mountain, but of the 200 hectares of vineyards they own, half of it is in the "Golden Triangle" which is... more »

A taste of bay breezes at Meerlust

by  |  26-12-2011

Meerlust is something of a peculiar name that, in Afrikaans describes the pleasure obtained from the sea breezes that blow inland from the False Bay (which is only 5km away) over the farm. Needless to... more »

Hitting a taste of Ernie Els’ wine

by  |  15-12-2011

It's not often that you see golf and wine mixed together, but outside Stellenbosch in the Greater Simonsberg region, Ernie Els has mixed the two with his Ernie Els Wines. Established in 1999 and completed... more »

Restful, peaceful, Rust en Vrede

by  |  18-11-2011

Established in 1694 by ex-Governor, and rather unpleasant fellow, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, the 54 hectare estate of Rust en Vrede has quietly graced the vineyards outside of Stellenbosch for several centuries now and... more »

At Rainbow’s End

by  |  10-11-2011

When choosing a name such as Rainbow's End for a winery, you should probably make sure that the locale lives up to it. Naturally, this is the case for the Malan family whose winery really... more »

The story of M’Hudi winery

by  |  03-11-2011

The story of M'Hudi is that of a Setswana woman who was displaced by the invasion of the Zulu. Living in the bush, she met a man also separated from his people who she saved... more »