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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 […]

Is olive oil good for your skin?

5 April 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Our centuries-old pursuit of beauty and health inevitably led to questions like, is olive oil good for the skin? It never gets old because the technology that powers scientific knowledge continues to evolve and drive greater insight. These days, even by products of olive oil production like leaves […]

Is canned wine any good?

3 March 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Canned wine is relatively new to South Africa, so it’s not uncommon these days to encounter the question: is canned wine any good? A good place to start establishing how popular exactly canned wine is. No one’s going to drink it if it’s mediocre, right? It all began […]

Unique provenance is the heart of Swartland Wine of Origin

31 January 2023 | 0

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Wine is different; it has a home. And just north of Cape Town, this begins with Wine of Origin Swartland. Unlike other drinks, the immense variety of expressions that make wine so enjoyable and interesting directly reflects where its fruit comes from. In South Africa, that unique trait […]

The best South African sparkling wine for the season*

21 December 2022 | 1

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen * In our opinion When it comes to the end of a year, you don’t want to settle for anything; you want the best South African sparkling wine you can lay your hands on. Fortunately, you’ve stumbled across this blog and the Swartland’s bubbly offering. So, what’s the […]

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