Hoe Johan Mostert van Nieuwedrift Per Ongeluk die Swartland se Dom Perignon Geword Het

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jun 27, 2018 |

Johan Mostert van Nieuwedrift-wynlandgoed in die Swartland is wat die ou mense ‘n plaatjie sou noem. ‘n Spitsvondige, kwinksinnige kalant met ‘n vonkel in sy oog en ‘n vinnige, vlymskerp humorsin – gulhartig en altyd gereed met ‘n grappie (en ‘n glas van sy heerlike Méthode Cap Classique). Maar hoe het dit gekom dat ‘n vyfde-geslag…

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Riebeek Cellars’ Eric Mnyango Inspires with His Unquenchable Drive to Thrive

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 18, 2018 |

Riebeek Cellars has always prided itself on being a progressive wine company focussed on the innovative production of premium wine in a safe working environment where employees are encouraged to develop their skills, in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and sustainable. Thandisizwe Eric Mnyango, current Senior Cellar Assistant at Riebeek Cellars, has…

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Pulpit Rock: The Modern-Day Wine Dynasty Founded on a Shoebox of Tobacco Cuttings

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Apr 13, 2018 |

Back in the mid-1600s, after an extremely long and tiring trek from the Cape of Good Hope, Pieter Cruythoff and his travelling party stood atop the Bothmanskloof pass and surveyed a valley rich in wonderment and beauty. Many followed in the years to come – to settle, to farm, to live and laugh, or to…

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From French Huguenots to German visionaries: The history of Lammershoek

By SWineRoute@2017 | Mar 22, 2018 |
Lammershoek Wines Swartland South Africa

Lammershoek is a Swartland farm with a long and illustrious history. Today the name is synonymous with a range of exceptional wines, as well as the visionary attitudes and guidance of the trio of well-known German businessmen and sporting executives who took the helm in 2013. However, the farm’s history spans more than three centuries,…

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When Trailblazers Meet: Frank, JAN & The SA Wines that Are Winning Over the French

By SWineRoute@2017 | Feb 20, 2018 |
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen chose cellar master Frank Meaker from Org de Rac organic winery in the Swartland to create two bespoke wines for his Michelin-star Restaurant JAN in Nice

By now, the happy news that local-boy-made-good Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen chose cellar master Frank Meaker from Org de Rac organic winery in the Swartland to create two bespoke wines for his Michelin-star Restaurant JAN in Nice has spread far and wide. How proud are we?! There is nothing we love better than a coming-together of great minds, and this is exactly what happened when Frank met Jan Hendrik.

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The 2018 Swartland Harvest – The Good, The Bad & The Hopeful

By SWineRoute@2017 | Feb 6, 2018 |
2018 Harvest Swartland Wine and Olive Route

Let’s be honest, things are looking dire for the Western Cape at the moment. With Level 6b water restrictions in place from the 1st of February and Day Zero looming on the horizon, there is plenty of cause for pessimism. In the wake of the 2018 Olive Festival being cancelled due to the constraints it…

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