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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Delheim’s Sundays to beat the winter blues

Images courtesy of Delheim

From 3 July until 28 August, Delheim is offering visitors a chance to warm up and have fun with their Cheese Fondue & Jazz Sundays.

The “downstairs” tasting cellar will play host to these cosy and casual winter afternoon wind-downs, at which live music will accompany a cheesy feast.

“At Delheim, we embrace the chill factor to the max this winter,” said Destination Manager Charlotte Terblanche. “When it is chilly outside, we invite you to come and chill with us. These Sunday sessions are for friends and families who want to…
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Making wine with Oldenburg’s Philip Costandius

Oldenburg Vineyards - Managing Director & Winemaker Philip Costandius

Sawubona chats to Oldenburg Vineyard‘s Winemaker, Philip Costandius, about what makes Oldenburg unique and how to identify a good wine.

How did you discover your passion for the wine industry?

My passion for wine comes from a love of all things sensual. I love aromas, tastes and flavours. The smell of rain on dry earth, freshly baked bread, a ripe fig, fermenting wine and a good cigar. I love to cook and eat good food, and I make sure to drink good wine…
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