Nestled on the southwestern slopes of the Helderberg, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, lies a prime wine growing district and home to the exquisite Avontuur Estate.
Famous over the decades for its beautiful Thoroughbred Stud Farm, Avontuur's emphasis has always been on quality rather than quantity and this vision stems right through to the estate's premier wine range, all six of which a... ››› more
Going to a wine tasting? Or want to brush up on your red wine knowledge? This guide will help you get to grips with the key flavours and aromas of red wines.
Read on to uncover what you need to know about 14 of the most popular red grapes…
Here are some of the key tastes and aromas of 14 top red wines
Red wines tend to be fruity but, depending on the grape used, their tastes and arom... ››› more
Nestled in the Paarl wine lands, lies a true gem. It's the Welgemeend wine estate. For the past 40 years, wine lovers have treasured it for its ability to capture the essence of fine French wines in its local red Bordeaux blends. And now it's released a new red wine vintage to the market…
Bordeaux-blend? What does that mean?
Before we tell you about Welgemeend’s must-have addition to yo... ››› more
When it comes to fine wine, there's nothing better than sipping on a perfectly aged red wine. And waiting long enough to open a bottle of Cabernet, Pinotage and Shiraz can mean the difference between merely enjoying a wine and being blown away by its true potential. But here's the thing: Ageing wine can go horribly wrong. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, follow these essential wine storage... ››› more
A mere stone's throw away from the icy Atlantic Ocean and 45km from Cape Town lies one of the greatest wine gems in SA: The Helderberg Area. It's famous for the delicious red wines produced in this region. And those made in Spier's Bay View range fit this mould to perfection.
Helderberg Area reds are elegant, rich and intense! Just want you expect from a drain-your-glass wine
The Helderberg... ››› more
If you love red wine, we're willing to bet a good bottle of Shiraz isn't ever far from your dinner table. And when it comes to great local Shiraz's, Mount Vernon Estate's Three Peaks Cantata 2011 tops the experts' list of must-drink wines.
The big, bold wine flavours of blackberry, plum, chocolate and spice that come with every sip of Shiraz is enough to make anyone want another glass of this l... ››› more
After 300 years of winemaking, Vondeling is a prolific winery. The reason? It's received many awards for its wines at some of the most prestigious ceremonies on earth. In fact, in 2013 alone, Vondeling swooped in and scooped up a trio of gold medals! At the Michelangelo Wine Awards, its Cabernet 2011 won a gold medal. Then, at the prestigious Six Nations Wine Challenge held in Australia, its 201... ››› more
If you've ever been overwhelmed by the choice of wines out there, we're willing to bet the first thing you do is turn over the bottle and read the wine label. Did you land up more confused than you were before? If so, this article is for you! We'll show you the ins and outs of reading a wine label like a pro…
To be able to pick up a good bottle when shopping for wine, you need to understand t... ››› more
Merlot... Cabernet Sauvignon… Pinot Noir… They're all great red wines. And they frequently appear on menus and wine racks around the world. But these days, Shiraz reds are appearing more and more on these lists as well! After all, no wine lover can ignore the understated elegance and dependable flavours they offer your palate… And few can match the quality and taste of the four-star Platter ... ››› more
With National Heritage Day just around the corner, there's no better way to celebrate being South African than opening a bottle of wine from one of our world famous vineyards? And now you can do just that, while still celebrating one of the most iconic figures ever to don a South African passport: Nelson Mandela. It's all thanks to House of Mandela Wines…
September 24 is Heritage Day!
A d... ››› more
Tired of perusing the shelves at your local bottle store and always ending up with the same wine in your basket? Then listen up! If you're looking for a wine for a special event that's exclusive (and something different to your usual tipple) it's time to consider Boutique Wines…
Browse through any wine guide and you’ll be inundated with words like “award-winning”, “limited-production... ››› more
For years, Cabernet Sauvignons (Cab Savs), Pinotage and even Merlots, have dominated not only the top spots on prestigious wine rating lists, they've also captured (and held) the imagination of the most seasoned wine drinker. Not anymore! There's a new trend when it comes to red wine drinking (and collecting) and it's setting the wine industry alight…
After years of being passed over for sing... ››› more
When you think “French,” your mind will conjure up images of elegance, sophistication and appreciation for the good things in life. French wines are exactly the same. “They go best with food, never overpowering either in flavour or in alcohol, always well-mannered, often beautiful,” explains winemag.com. However, another word synonymous with French wines is “expensive”. So why would yo... ››› more
Van Loveren wines are synonymous with awards. From its Christiana van Loveren Shiraz to its renowned Merlot, the vineyard is no stranger to racking up review stars and bagging awards for quality and value. Now, comes news that it's just released its first single varietal Pinot Noir - and it's sure to be winner…
“Our philosophy of grape-growing and winemaking is based on a long term uncompro... ››› more
Is there anything prettier than sparkling pink bubbly? I think not. And while Shakespeare famously said “A rose by any other name would be just as sweet,” have you ever wondered why Rosé is named the way it is? Hint: It's not just about the colour of the grape it comes from…
It’s okay to like some wine colours more than others, says Dummies.
After all, women tend to gra... ››› more
Looking for a top wine tasting experience? Head to Franschhoek's hidden wine gem, Topiary Wines. Nestled alongside the Wemmershoek mountain range, just off the R310 and surrounded by the fynbos and fauna of the Franschhoek Wetlands, it's the vineyards themselves that led to the winery's name Topiary. After all, what's more fitting when the bushes on the farm have topiary features cut out by the fa... ››› more
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