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?”
“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…. Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More