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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 18th century, if you had a problem with large, possibly... 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 » The Glenelly Estate, set in the Idas Valley, on the southern slopes... 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 » Set up against the mountains, Dornier is a winery with striking, majestic... 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 » Stellenrust is well-situated. Not only does it have wonderful vistas of the... 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 » Meerlust is something of a peculiar name that, in Afrikaans describes the... 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 » It’s not often that you see golf and wine mixed together, but... 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 » Established in 1694 by ex-Governor, and rather unpleasant fellow, Willem Adriaan van... 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 » When choosing a name such as Rainbow’s End for a winery, you... 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 » The story of M’Hudi is that of a Setswana woman who was... more »

Wine’s bitter finish

by  |  02-11-2011

One of winemaking’s ugly dark sides is how little is paid to the non-winemaker labor. You see it in California wineries with Mexicans, Croatian wineries with Bosnians, and as has been pointed out a bit... more » One of winemaking’s ugly dark sides is how little is paid to... more »