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

It’s gin o’clock

From Australia to the UK, craft gins have become the hottest bottle behind the bar and local distillers have been quick to catch onto the trend: in the wake of the craft beer revolution, burnished copper potstills across SA are bubbling away as distillers dabble in small-batch gins.

Like wine, craft gins are increasingly showing their “terroir”, as African botanicals are blended into the traditional mix of juniper, citrus and herbs.

Perhaps the most interesting examples come from the Western Cape, where fynbos flavours loom large, with distillers using everything from buchu to kapokbos and honey…
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It’s gin o’clock

Mphumi Ndlangisa: The Man Behind Magna Carta Wines

A passion for wine, farming and the outdoors has translated into a thriving wine label for the founder of Magna Carta Wines, Mphumi Ndlangisa.

“I started Magna Carta with the ambition to make good wine,” he says. “It was more of a passion project. I wanted to get back to what I grew up with on the sugar cane farms of KZN.”

So in 2012, after much introspection, Ndlangisa quit his well-paying corporate job at a bank and decided to follow his dream. “I wanted to make wine after being stuck in a corporate job that I hated. I realised that…
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Mphumi Ndlangisa: The Man Behind Magna Carta Wines

Stellenbosch at Summer Place brings wine route to Joburg

Stellenbosch at Summer Place fountain view

Returning for another installation on 26 October, Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2016 aims to transport the renowned Stellenbosch wine route experience to Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

The event, which supports the Stellenbosch Wine Routes Education Fund, will offer the unique chance to interact with some of South Africa’s most esteemed wine makers and chefs at this one-night celebration of food, wine and art.

Presented by Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Sanlam Private Wealth, this will mark the 7th annual event, which has emerged as a highlight on Joburg’s lifestyle…
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Sunday Roasts at Makaron

Majeka House-Sunday Roast 3 (HR)

Located in the quiet Stellenbosch suburb of Paradyskloof, Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House & Spa is a gourmet haven.

Originally a family home and guesthouse, the property has evolved into a notable winelands boutique hotel with expansive gastronomic offerings.

“The growth of Majeka House has been a complete evolution,” says Karine Dequeker, who owns and runs the hotel with husband Lloyd van der Merwe. “With elegance and simplicity, the concept has always been to retain the feeling of Majeka as a home. Since opening in 2008 the property has grown…
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