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Going to great lengths to tell the truth of the vine
Going to great lengths to tell the truth of the vine

What would take the largest commercial wine farm one day to produce would take De Toren up to 15 years - if they had to. But they don't. Because this small, hands-on wine farm prides itself in favouring quality over quantity...

By Ilse van den Berg 22 Feb 2019

If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste
If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste

Something big is about to happen in the South African wine industry and it is led by none other than top wine connoisseur and negociant, Wade Bales...

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Jan 2019

Tania Kleintjes-Moses, Spier Wine Farm’s organic winemaker. © SM Photography.
Q&A w/ Tania Kleintjes-Moses: Chenin Blanc, women in wine and proud legacies

Spier Wine Farm's organic winemaker, Tania Kleintjes-Moses elaborates on why she chose a career in winemaking, why she thinks the industry is still very much a boy's club and how she is channelling her groot oupa, trying to leave behind a proud legacy of her own...

By Juanita Pienaar 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends in wine and food tourism
#BizTrends2019: Trends in wine and food tourism

The swinging doors to kitchen culture were first held open by celebrity chefs like Julia Child and Jamie Oliver. For the tourism industry, it was the travel documentary style of Rick Stein and Anthony Bourdain that beamed travel to exotic locations, and Cornwall, into our lounges...

By Marisah Nieuwoudt 7 Jan 2019

Meet the Maker: McKruger Spirits
Meet the Maker: McKruger Spirits

Stella Kruger and Colleen McCloy chat to Samantha Snedorf about their fresh new gin under the brand McKruger Spirits ...

By Samantha Snedorf 7 Dec 2018

Meet the Maker: Simone Musgrave
Meet the Maker: Simone Musgrave

I was recently offered the opportunity to attend the official launch of the Musgrave Gin Pink Fridays at the Maslow Hotel where I got to sit down and have a drink with the creator herself, Simone Musgrave...

By Samantha Snedorf 30 Nov 2018

Meet the Maker: Andrew Rall of Distillery 031
Meet the Maker: Andrew Rall of Distillery 031

Distillery 031, as the dialing code inspired name would suggest, is a Durban based distillery run by Andrew Rall - the founder and master distiller. Here, Samantha Snedorf finds out more...

By Samantha Snedorf 23 Nov 2018

All in the family - Bosman Family Vineyards
All in the family - Bosman Family Vineyards

It's not easy living in the Karoo and having to bake your own bread because the nearest shop is so far away...

By Eugene Yiga 30 Oct 2018

Meet the Maker: Marius Bezuidenhout of Black Horse
Meet the Maker: Marius Bezuidenhout of Black Horse

The end of the year is edging ever closer and the need for time away increases almost daily which is why...

By Samantha Snedorf 12 Oct 2018

Meet the Maker: Blossom and Hops Gin
Meet the Maker: Blossom and Hops Gin

Blossom and Hops gin is distilled by Trouvaille Spirits and owned by partners Tim and Teresa James, both of whom have careers vastly different to the liquor industry...

By Samantha Snedorf 5 Oct 2018

Meet the Maker: Monks Gin
Meet the Maker: Monks Gin

Only a few short months ago a new gin was added to South Africa's repertoire and it was a noteworthy gem.

By Samantha Snedorf 28 Sep 2018

Meet the Maker: Imagin Gin
Meet the Maker: Imagin Gin

Stewart Berry, owner of Bryanston based liquor store Berry and Bottles has a little secret up his sleeve. Not only does his store stock, a large and varied alcohol range, but he also happens to own some of them...

By Samantha Snedorf 21 Sep 2018

Meet the Maker: Dry Dock Liquor
Meet the Maker: Dry Dock Liquor

Samantha Snedorf chats to Martin Pienaar, co-owner of Dry Dock Liquor - a boutique liquor store on 4th Ave Parkhurst in Johannesburg...

By Samantha Snedorf 14 Sep 2018

Meet the Maker: Sugarbird Cape Fynbos Gin
Meet the Maker: Sugarbird Cape Fynbos Gin

In this week's #MeetTheMakers, Samantha Snedorf visits the Sugarbird Cape Fynbos Gin producers and chats to Brendan Witherspoon, Sugarbird's brand ambassador and trade marketing manager...

By Samantha Snedorf 7 Sep 2018

Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge
Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge

Winetech has partnered with Stellenbosch University-based incubator LaunchLab and Faculty of AgriSciences for the first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge.

By Tom Jackson 3 Sep 2018

#WomensMonth: Perseverance is key for Michela Dalpiaz
#WomensMonth: Perseverance is key for Michela Dalpiaz

In celebration of #WomensMonth, we chat to Michela Dalpiaz, co-founder of Ayama Wines and proud Italian co-owner of Slent Farm, who has travelled far and wide to bring her love of wine to South Africa, with a flair of passion for the work of art that she creates...

By Robin Fredericks 31 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Inverroche Distillery
Meet the Maker: Inverroche Distillery

Inverroche can only be found after a long drive out from the Mother City. Situated in Stillbaai or Stillbay, it's not called still for nothing...

By Samantha Snedorf 31 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Ginologist, where science meets good taste
Meet the Maker: Ginologist, where science meets good taste

Ginologist is a scientifically distilled gin that has made waves in the gin community in spite of its relatively short time on the shelves...

By Samantha Snedorf 24 Aug 2018

Durbanville Hills reveals whimsical new wine range
Durbanville Hills reveals whimsical new wine range

Situated 20 minutes away from Cape Town's CBD, against the Tygerberg Hills, the winery not only offers an unobstructed view of Table Mountain, Table Bay, and Robben Island, but also an extraordinary terroir which makes for great wines - sold in many restaurants and shops nationwide...

By Ilse van den Berg 24 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Driving the change in wine marketing
#WomensMonth: Driving the change in wine marketing

Carina Gous, the strategic advisor at Bonnievale Wines, has always had an appreciation for winemaking having grown up on a farm in the Keisie valley near Montagu...

By Robin Fredericks 20 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Ryan Phillips of BrewCraft
Meet the Maker: Ryan Phillips of BrewCraft

In this week's Meet the Maker, Samantha Snedorf makes her own bathtub gin with BrewCraft's botanical kit and chats to owner, Ryan Phillips to find out a little more about what makes him tick...

By Samantha Snedorf 17 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews
#WomensMonth: Meet the woman behind Signal Gun's craft brews

Jéanri Nel was well on her way to becoming a winemaker, until she decided to indulge her love for beer and become a brewer instead...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Aug 2018

Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling
Mensa merges wine quaffing with digital storytelling

With South Africa being home to a host of world-class wine brands, newly released expressions can easily go unnoticed because consumers are faced with so many quality options...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 13 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Women in winemaking with Nederburg's Elmarie Botes
#WomensMonth: Women in winemaking with Nederburg's Elmarie Botes

Elmarie Botes is one of the latest members of the Nederburg winemaking team. Having just completed her first harvest, Botes is responsible for the winery's white wine...

By Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

Kleine Zalze: Introducing the best new world producer of the year
Kleine Zalze: Introducing the best new world producer of the year

As managing director of Kleine Zalze over the last 15 years, Kobus Basson and his family have evolved the wine estate into the most awarded in Stellenbosch; marrying agricultural knowledge and business acumen to produce successful results...

By Robin Fredericks 13 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Jacqueline Grobler
Meet the Maker: Jacqueline Grobler

Meet Jacqueline Grobler, owner of Angel Heart Liqueur, Ginifer gin, Westcliff gin, Luvoa Vodka and Venom Moonshine as well as a set of all natural bitters; quite the repertoire for just one lady. Here, Samantha Snedorf sits down and experiences a day in the life of this master distiller...

By Samantha Snedorf 10 Aug 2018

Meet the Maker: Triple Three Distillery
Meet the Maker: Triple Three Distillery

Tucked away in Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, is a lovely little distillery that produces a top quality gin. Most people visit the estate for the grape-based alcohol but Samantha Snedorf's sole purpose was juniper based - as usual...

By Samantha Snedorf 3 Aug 2018

President Hotel's new chef adds a modern approach to classic cuisine
President Hotel's new chef adds a modern approach to classic cuisine

As the new executive chef for the President Hotel, Alcock will be expanding the hotel's food offering, working alongside local farms to bring "robust flavours of seasonally sourced foods" to life and will be leading the hotel into more tapas and a la carte style menus...

By Robin Fredericks 30 Jul 2018

Meet the Maker: De Vry Distillery
Meet the Maker: De Vry Distillery

Samantha Snedorf explores Johannesburg-based distilleries and visits De Vry Distillery, where she chats to Gerrit Du Plooy, one of three brothers who founded the company...

By Samantha Snedorf 27 Jul 2018

Good things happen in 3s - just ask Groot Constantia
Good things happen in 3s - just ask Groot Constantia

Friday the 13th is a bit of an urban legend, eerie day for many. I remember my great-grandmother refused to set a foot out of bed on Friday the 13th. Perhaps she had a good reason...

By Ilse van den Berg 23 Jul 2018

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