All posts tagged: things to do

WIN with Glen Carlou

I recently visited the Glen Carlou wine estate to celebrate their 30th Chardonnay harvest. Having only been established in 1985, their picturesque estate is relatively young among its more time-honoured neighbours, but has managed to make quite a name for itself as one of South Africa’s leading wine producers – currently the proud producers of no less than three vintages – their latest Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2017, their classic Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2015 and, finally, their flagship Glen Carlou Quartz Stone 2014 –and after all that I tasted on my visit, I am excited to see what the new harvest will bring and the magic that will come from it. I must add how I was pleasantly surprised to discover how this spot is filled with awesome things to do, besides trying some of its award –winning wines & learning about the art of wine making. I love food, so indulging in a delicious food & wine paired menu at the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou, was quite a treat – read more on that HERE. The art …

Colour Explosion | #BotRiver

The annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River this weekend on 1-3 September with a kaleidoscope of exciting wine, delicious food and genuine, country-style fun in order. Just like the rainbow-theme it has adopted this year, the people of this Overberg town have lined up a dazzling spectrum of activities and fun that showcase the best of the region. In celebration of the awakening of nature in all its forms, all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping. “The wineries of Bot River are truly a welcoming community and the Spring Weekend is one of our favourite occasions to showcase our farms and the riches to be found on them,” says Melissa Nelsen of Genevieve MCC. The tone for the jam-packed weekend programme will be set at the Best of Bot Wines exclusive dinner on Friday, 1 September. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Bot River’s participating wineries will turn on the …

Bubbly Tasting | @HouseofJCleRoux

I was invited to experience the craftsmanship of The House of JC Le Roux’s fine Cap Classique and observe the time-honoured French tradition of bottle fermentation. Well known for their paired tastings, I tasted five of their MCC’s pre-selected by the Cellar Master, paired with Roses devine Handmade Nougat.

Farm to Table | Eight at Spier

Since discovering that the apples we eat are on average 9 to 12 months old, I got a wake up call to the fact that there are so many ways the food we eat is manipulated and that make me more conscious of what I eat and not being so trusting just because the word ‘organic’ is slapped on the packaging; so when I got the chance to finally sit down at Eight, I was quite excited. Whats in a name – The restaurant is a farm-to-table eating experience – an expression of balance, harmony and infinity, all in it’s abundance. All this is encapsulated in the establishments name (8), which turned on its side becomes the infinity symbol. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from those nearby, with greens and fresh veggies come from Farmer John’s food garden where they are grown without the use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. Our fillet, sirloin and sausages come from grass-fed cattle reared on Spier’s pastures, along with delicious eggs laid …

Harvest Season

I got enjoy a unique Stellenbosch experience and be apart of the annual harvest parade this weekend, with the Delheim Wines team. The parade marks the launch of the harvest season in Stellenbosch and is a day for the workers of the wine farms be recognised in a way and collectively have fun, and compete for the ‘best float’ title and cash prize. From there a small group of us went of a short walking tour where some of the towns humble beginnings, architecture and general history were shared with us.. it was interesting to hear how one of our official languages Afrikaans was influenced by other cultures too, like the Indonesians and not just the Dutch. And I loved how our guide had some funny stories to share, which had us all chuckling now and then throughout the walk. With the day getting warmer, a stop for some bubbly and snacks, while mingle within our group; and then it was off to the Delheim Wine Estate to join the Harvest Festival. We were greeted …