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5 MUST-SEE WINE ESTATES IN THE ROBERTSON VALLEY

The Robertson Wine Valley is rich in history, tradition and award-winning wine farms, recognised locally and internationally. We’ve listed a few “must-see” wine farms you have to experience for your trip.

Esona Boutique Winery

The Esona Boutique Winery is a family-owned wine farm, neatly tucked away along the Breede River. The farm has a unique, intimate and homely atmosphere, with a spectacular view and rich history. Each bottle is uniquely crafted and produced from the farm’s vineyards. Wine tastings are on offer and guests are able to experience them in the underground kuip, by candlelight and a warm, cosy…
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5 MUST-SEE WINE ESTATES IN THE ROBERTSON VALLEY

ELMARIE BOTES IS A WOMAN TO WATCH IN WINE

The newest member of the Nederburg winemaking team, Elmarie Botes, fell in love with the idea of winemaking during a cellar tour in Grade 11. Now 31, she’s responsible for the estate’s white wines and is currently completing her first harvest.

After graduating with a BSc in viticulture and oenology from Stellenbosch University, she gained cellar experience at a number of premier estates, including Lanzerac, Groot Constantia, Steenberg, Kanonkop, Jordan and Fleur du Cap. She also participated in a three-year internship with the Cape Winemakers Guild as part of its Protégé Programme.

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ELMARIE BOTES IS A WOMAN TO WATCH IN WINE

JOZI OFFERS SOME OF THE WORLD’S CHEAPEST BEER

Deutsche Bank has released its findings from its Mapping the Worldʹs Prices 2018 survey, and having calculated the cost of a pint of beer in major cities around the world, they’ve compiled a list of the most expensive and cheapest destinations to have a “cold one”.

The cheapest pint would be found in Manila at R20,34, followed by Prague at R21,69 and Johannesburg coming in third place, with the price of enjoying a pint in the City of Gold at an average of R29,83. Cape Town also made it onto the list, with the average cost being R35,25.

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JOZI OFFERS SOME OF THE WORLD’S CHEAPEST BEER

LOUIS XIII CELLAR MASTER BAPTISTE LOISEAU & THE R120K PAIRED MENU

At the helm of one of the most prestigious and oldest Cognac houses in the world, Rémy Martin, 37-year-old is the youngest cellar master who is sure to leave an iconic legacy. Loiseau, the LOUIS XIII cellar master with a knack for what he calls “uncompromised quality”, studied wine-making in Stellenbosch, before joining the Rémy Cointreau team under the leadership of the legendary Pierrette Trichet and has since been dubbed a “visionary and a maverick.”

Recently in South Africa, Loiseau will launched the LOUIS XIII Gourmand Experience with Nobu; a paired menu designed by Nobu Exec Chef, Hervé Courtot and LOUIS XIII Private…
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LOUIS XIII CELLAR MASTER BAPTISTE LOISEAU & THE R120K PAIRED MENU

WOMEN IN WINE: THE FORMIDABLE TEAM BEHIND KUNJANI WINE ESTATE

Almost seven years ago, South African businesswoman and fledgling winemaker Pia Watermeyer met German entrepreneur Paul Bath (whose family has a winemaking background in Germany) at a wedding on a Cape wine estate. A long-distance relationship emerged from this fortuitous happenstance, leading to many passionate conversations and bottles of wine being enjoyed over long lunches. The couple’s shared love of dancing and wine led to the purchase of a wine estate in Stellenbosch that would later be rebranded as Kunjani Wine Estate.

Kunjani” is an isiZulu greeting that translates to “how are things going with you?”

An unconventional greeting…
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WOMEN IN WINE: THE FORMIDABLE TEAM BEHIND KUNJANI WINE ESTATE

ZIMBABWEAN-BORN GREGORY MUTAMBE ON HIS WINE JOURNEY

“I started my journey in a winery in Zimbabwe, of all places!” chuckles Gregory, down the line from Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, where he’s Head Sommelier. “Zimbabwe has only two wineries, so it was highly unlikely that I’d end up in the wine industry.”

Nonetheless, he found himself working as a Cellar Assistant at Mukuyu Winery, the oldest winery in Zimbabwe, situated in Marondera, east of Harare.

His work in the cellar soon sparked a fascination with wine. “I had to ask questions to learn more about winemaking, which led to me wanting to know more” he says….
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ZIMBABWEAN-BORN GREGORY MUTAMBE ON HIS WINE JOURNEY