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Expert recipe for preserving olives

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photographer Johan Viljoen Here’s a recipe that’s a step-by-step guide on how to preserve olives – one that comes from a specialist in the premier olive growing region of the Swartland. Keeping olives like shop-bought varieties is easy. The basic steps are to harvest the olives by hand, select the best […]

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Nature knows best at Nativo

How time, terroir and tenacity play a role in producing organic wines in the Swartland. Helmed by father and daughter duo Billy and Kiki Hughes, Nativo forms part of Hughes Family Wines – an ex-wheatfield turned winery where absolutely every step of the winemaking process is done by hand. A marine engineer, Billy invented a

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The Swartland Wine & Olive Route Presents:  Skink Swartland – A Weekend by the Sea

The Swartland, renowned for its exceptional wines and quirky winemakers, is set to embark on a coastal adventure.   Winemakers from the Swartland region are gearing up to showcase their finest wines in Velddrif, along the banks of the Berg River on the West Coast Scheduled for the weekend of 12-13 April 2024, this event promises

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Is it worth being in a wine club?

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Shopping for wine online rocketed after Covid lockdowns and so did wine clubs, although many winelovers still wonder: is it worth being in a wine club? We thought we’d unpack the answer, which is a big YES. At their most basic level, wine clubs unlock benefits that ordinary

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

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

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

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

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

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What is the most popular wine in South Africa?

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

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

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A Very Shiraz Summer

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

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