South Africa Wine Tour Keermont vineyard

Our final day on tour took us back to where we started in 2008, Stellenbosch.  Our two visits provided a fantastic summary of the contrasting ways winemaking has developed in South Africa, and both delivered great wine. At Le Riche Wines we met Yvonne Le Riche, a Cape Wine Master, and daughter of Etienne, the…(Read More)

South Africa Wine Tour Newton Johnson vineyards

Another drive through the Franschhoek Pass, this time turning left at the end and heading towards Hermanus.  Our day in the Hemel-en-Aarde area started at Restless River, where we met Craig and Anne Wessels.  In a very ‘Grand Designs’ adventure they designed and built a beautiful homestead amid some vineyards already planted with…(Read More)

South Africa Wine Tour Gabrielskloof tasting

Tuesday provided a masterclass in winemaking, wine history, wine families and the breadth and quality of some of the Western Cape’s newer wine growing regions. Our first visit was to Paul Cluver Wines in Elgin.  This involved driving west and then south through the Franschhoek Pass, our driver Henry did a great job negotiating…(Read More)

The time has flown by this week as we reach the final full day of the first leg of our South Africa tour. The rather impressive Le Lude winery in Franschhoek was our destination on Friday morning and it is an extremely elegant estate modelled on Paris and Loire interiors and gardens. Paul Gerber was…(Read More)

Our route on Wednesday was very different to Tuesday as we headed inland towards Paarl – perhaps one of the best known and most historic wine regions In the whole of South Africa. The huge state cooperative KWV used to be based in Paarl and the famed Nederberg wine auction takes place here. The family…(Read More)

South Africa Wine Tour Blankbottle

Our first full day got off to a fabulous start as we entered the quirky and fascinating world of Blankbottle. At the last count, owner and winemaker Pieter Walser was making 42 different wines using just about every grape variety planted in South Africa. Furthermore, he owns no vineyards and rents winery space on a…(Read More)

Our South African adventure has begun with a cracking evening at the famous 96, Winery Road restaurant just outside of Stellenbosch. This is the first leg of our two weeks in the winelands and there was no better place to start than the legendary Ken Forresters eaterie. Our dinner was hosted by winemaker Richard Hilton…(Read More)

Languedoc Wine Tour Domaine Mayrac

Organic Languedoc Tour

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Wednesday Our organic and biodynamic wine tour to the Languedoc started straight from Toulouse airport as we headed to a Caviste (wine shop) situated right in the centre of the pretty town of Castelnaudary and right on the bank of the Canal du Midi. Owner of the shop Alain, accompanied by Alison Judge and Jean…(Read More)