Broad Valley Wines: A wholehearted love affair

In the scenic Overberg, 10km from Walker Bay, and situated at the northern end of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, David and Leigh Kretzmar were enthralled by the beauty of the Broad Valley and all it had to offer, and so the pair purchased the 105-hectare farm, which features the perfect terroir for growing the classic Burgundian cultivars of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

David Kretzmar, a lover of wide, open spaces, yearned for a footing he could call his own in the countryside. In 2010, the Broad Valley farm was bought by…
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Broad Valley Wines: A wholehearted love affair

The First Lady of SA wine – Norma Ratcliffe

Norma Ratcliffe never intended to spend her days in a South African wine cellar, crafting some of the Cape’s most celebrated red wines. Instead, the Canadian-born matriarch of Warwick wine estate outside Stellenbosch had a career in textiles in mind, until a chance holiday encounter in the Greek isles with a South African farmer brought her to South Africa in 1971.

Her late-husband Stan purchased Warwick estate in 1964, but Ratcliffe didn’t start making wine until 1974. “Stan and I had a big bond on the farm and we didn’t have any money to invest in a cellar; instead we invested…
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The First Lady of SA wine – Norma Ratcliffe

Vula Afrika launches the Black Cellar Club

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BLACC Executive Board Members. Image courtesy of Marlow Brett. Shot on location at The Stack, Cape Town.

Following countless discussions with various wine drinkers within the hospitality sector, Aubrey Ngcungama and Ian Manley – directors at Vula Afrika – realised the need for an organisation that appealed to black Africans who are passionate about wine within South Africa and the rest of the continent. And so the Black Cellar Club (BLACC) was born.

The organisation will also focus on black empowerment within the wine industry, and consists of formidable executive…
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6 Inspiring Heritage Holidays and Sites

Head along the Route 62 Brandy Route. Image Darling Lama Productions

Head along the Route 62 Brandy Route. Image Darling Lama Productions

As South Africans celebrate Heritage Day (and National Braai Day) on 24 September 2016, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on this diverse country and plan your next heritage holiday or visit to a heritage site. Here are some of our favourites:

1. Follow the Brandy Route: Head off along Route 62 in the Klein Karoo and explore our incredible brandy heritage as you visit brandy…
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Win a year’s worth of First Lady wine, and the same for your mom

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You’re the reason your mom drinks wine.

Help her to celebrate in style – no more soap or perfume she’ll never wear!

Win a year’s worth of wine for you and your Mom.

Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is the Official Wine of Mother’s Day and in order to celebrate, we’re giving wine away.  And who doesn’t need wine?

The winner will receive six bottles of First Lady wine a month for one year, and the equivalent will be won by their mom. The wine will be delivered to any address in South…
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Making wine with Oldenburg’s Philip Costandius

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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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