Tag Archives: winelands

  • Vergelegen wine estate – it’s both history and happening

      I visited Vergelegen wine estate, just outside the town of Somerset West, in the Western Cape, one blustery day this past December.  I don’t know if it was the combination of the textured sunlight – trying it’s best to break through the clouds that threatened much needed rain – or the fact that our …

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  • Spier Wine Farm – of Segways and art surprises

      Spier Wine Farm was the third farm on Ryan‘s and my itinerary during our recent visit to the Cape winelands.  Situated along Baden Powell Drive off the N2 highway – a main arterial road into historic Stellenbosch, Spier is the definitive go to wine estate. It has every facility to tantalise the simplest to the most discerning …

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  • Val du Charron – bringing history to life

    Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate, situated high on a hill overlooking the breathtaking Bovlei Valley, outside the town of Wellington in the Western Cape, is truly the grand dame of wine estates in the area.  She commands attention in terms of the expansive views she affords of the historic valley, the vision and generosity …

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  • Wildekrans Wine Estate – A toast to the fruit of the impossibly straight vines

    Cape wines have been given a bad rap recently. A 58-minute documentary entitled Bitter Grapes – Slavery in the Vineyards made by Danish filmmaker Tom Heinemann, and which aired in Denmark and Sweden in October, threatening exports with boycotts of South African wines, has left the local industry smarting.  As I write, workers at Robertson Wineries …

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