South Africa's Cape Winelands Online

It’s time for another world-class festival and highlight on the Cape Winelands social calendar. The annual Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival, which takes place once again at the picturesque Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek on Saturday, 25 May (11am to 4pm) makes for the perfect late Autumn outing, combining some of the country’s finest Shiraz wines paired with charcuterie from artisanal producers.

AYAMA Wine founders and proud Italian owners of Slent Farm, Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz, have brought a true taste of Italy to our South African soils. Being the very first Vermentino to be grown and harvested in South Africa, the Italian couple, with a serious love for viniculture, have seen their dreams come true. The first official South African Vermentino harvest took place in 2016, accruing incredible local and international uptake.

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Many of us have seen or heard rumours of research which proposes that plants respond well to classical music.. therefore it, stands to reason this would be applied to vineyards and winemaking too. I've tried their wine and I will just say you can almost taste the love...

I totally believe this and personally sing and talk to my plants in my garden at home, they haven't complained yet ;)

Taken at Demorgenzon wine farm - Stellenbosch

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A new dawn is upon Bonnievale Wines as it launches a new corporate identity and premium range of wines destined to be the ambassadors of the magnificent Breede River Valley they call home. Called The River Collection, the wines represent the winemaker's ultimate art in the creation of wines that showcase their provenance.

Nederburg’s The Red Table restaurant, situated in the Paarl winery’s historic manor house, will be serving up a heart-warming winter feast of meat and spice, prepared by talented chef Edmore Ruzoza and his team, during Seven Days of Shiraz & Venison at Nederburg from 11 to 17 June.

In an interview, Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, told Business Insider that, Natural wine, which is made with little to no preservatives or chemicals, creates what Singh calls a "sometimes fizzy" drink that smells "weird." More specifically, "like a barn yard." Hehe.

Aaah.. the smells of the farm and the array of bouquets.. :) Well not quite the barnyard but it does take some getting used to in my opinion.

Just goes to show that more isn't always better. The Cape Town (and South Africa) has had it's fair share of harsh weather and drought conditions recently but despite this all some excellent wines might be the result.

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