Sea, Smoke & Chenin Blanc – Pairing Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards’ Méthode Ancestrale with Smoked Angelfish

9 February 2024 | 0

Author & Photographer: Georgia East The oldest and most natural way of producing sparkling wine, Méthode Ancestrale produces a softer, finer bubble designed for elegant sipping. This style of sparkling wine originated in 16th century France, where monks would produce wine for religious ceremonies. Here in South Africa’s Swartland region, Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards are preserving […]

Duncan Stuart, winemaker at Kloovenburg Vineyards, in the Lledoner Pelut vineyard

Could this Swartland-pioneered grape be SA’s great wine hope?

29 January 2024 | 0

Written by: Clifford Roberts; Photography: Johan Viljoen Quite suddenly, viticulturist Rosa Kruger wails and the telephone dies. I’ve called about a new clone at Kloovenburg that she had a central hand in bringing to South Africa. Seconds later, she rings back. “I’m sorry,” she says. She’s looking after someone’s dog, which got in amongst some […]

What is the traditional method of making wine?

13 December 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Fermented drinks have been around for ages, so you may wonder what the traditional method of making wine is. What does this have to do with the festive season and the Swartland? As it turns out, more than you’d expect. Natural fermentation and effervescence in wines – characteristics […]

Adi Badenhorst's new venture, the Saldanha Wine & Spirits Company, was the venue for the 2023 annual Swartland Party

What is the most popular wine in South Africa?

23 November 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen We’re a leading producer of wine in the world, but what is the most popular wine in South Africa? You’ll get many answers to this question. You’ll probably get more questions too. We think there’s only really one proper response you could possibly give when deciding on an […]

A Very Shiraz Summer

13 November 2023 | 0

Author & Photographer: Georgia East Just like sunscreen and soft serve, a proper braai is something that – for most South Africans – is synonymous with summer. Cooking outdoors and serving up dishes flavoured with smoke is how we all love to spend weekends. But when it comes to braai recipes – and especially those […]

What makes Swartland rosé wines different?

9 November 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photographer: Johan Viljoen South Africa makes great rosé wine, but to make sense of the many options available it helps to consider them by region. Rosé wines from a particular area such as the Swartland, share overlapping characteristics. By knowing them you can make a better choice about good rosé wines […]

Versveld Pass, Piketberg

The winemakers of Piket-bo-Berg are forging a new road

28 September 2023 | 0

Written by: Clifford Roberts; Photography: Johan Viljoen In June 2022, one of the Swartland’s latest wards was promulgated under South Africa’s Wine of Origin Scheme. In essence, the approval meant Piket-Bo-berg’s soils, climate and geography were deemed sufficiently different from surrounding production areas and that wines from there may reliably be expected to reflect this […]

Jakkalsfontein Road in the Paardeberg

What is a field blend?

5 July 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Wine can be an intensely complex subject for a newcomer, but a whole new level opens with the first time you need to ask: what is a field blend? Traditionally when the world blend is used, it generally means wine varieties are harvested and vinified separately in the […]

Orange you excited to try this wine?

19 May 2023 | 0

Copy and photography by Cookbook Author: Georgia East; Feature photo: Sleeping Co-pilot produced by Jurgen Gouws of Intellego Wines in the Paardeberg. Beloved for its summery hue and Instagram aesthetic, orange wine is truly having its moment in the sun. Also known as amber wine, orange wine’s versatility allows it to be enjoyed with all […]

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