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NATURAL STORIES FROM AVONDALE

I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard of Avondale when co-owner Jonathan Grieve agreed to meet me… [more]

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Robben Island: A whistle-stop tour of a whole lot of history

It’s taken me nearly 20 years to reach Robben Island. It’s been waiting. Winking at me across the… [more]

Robben Island: A whistle-stop tour of a whole lot of history Robben Island: A whistle-stop tour of a whole lot of history

Wine Meander South Africa: Stellenbosch

My friends and I had been planning a Stellenbosch wine meander for weeks, however finding an entirely… [more]

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Avondale Wines – the test is in the tasting

It appears to be Grieve’s intention to entrench not only the spirit of the way they naturally farm (Cyclus, La Luna etc) but also to imbue each wine with its own unique character, while also retaining design cues that are uniquely Avondale. Read on for more… . . .Read More: Avondale Wines – the test is in the tasting

AVONDALE: IT’S NOT ORGANIC, IT’S BIOLOGIC (2)

At Avondale, the most important connection is the link between the way the grapes are grown, using BioLOGIC and what appears in the bottle at the end of that committed and painstaking process. . . .Read More: AVONDALE: IT’S NOT ORGANIC, IT’S BIOLOGIC (2)

NATURAL STORIES FROM AVONDALE

Of course, what Avondale is famous for is farming the “natural” way – few years down the line, though, the trend towards organic farming that Avondale started has become a little more established and there are a lot more players in that particular vineyard. Read on to find out what makes Avondale unique… . . .Read More: NATURAL STORIES FROM AVONDALE

Solms-Delta Oesfees – Authentically Cape

Not the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, thank goodness…
Anyone who knows the Solms-Delta story knows that this farm’s way of being is the antithesis of pretension, especially Eurocentric pretension. Not that their wines aren’t premium in both their crafting and their price. It’s just that the spirit of the place – and there is no . . .Read More: Solms-Delta Oesfees – Authentically Cape

Robben Island: A whistle-stop tour of a whole lot of history

It’s taken me nearly 20 years to reach Robben Island. It’s been waiting. Winking at me across the bay at night – visible now from my home in Tableview across Cape Town’s Table Bay. I came close once, before it was open to tourists, in 1993. A friend and I sailed nearby on a tourist yacht, escorted by sunfish to within a few hundred metres of the shore – but we had no landing rights. We probably had the typical tourist conversation about the island and its history. “What were they thinking?” “Did they really think apartheid would last forever?” You can guess the kind of thing… . . .Read More: Robben Island: A whistle-stop tour of a whole lot of history

Wine Meander South Africa: Stellenbosch

My friends and I had been planning a Stellenbosch wine meander for weeks, however finding an entirely free day was getting harder and harder. But, driven by our love for all things ‘vino’, we successfully managed to postpone all our responsibilities and set off to explore the beautiful Stellenbosch wine region. . . .Read More: Wine Meander South Africa: Stellenbosch

Outdoor Adventures in Cape Town

Summer’s finally here, after what seems like an interminably long winter! And as the weather has warmed up and the desire to be out of doors increases, 21 Things To Do in Cape Town is starting to look at content for next year’s guide. Cape Town has always been a fantastic outdoor adventure destination and Capetonians always up for something new so we hope you will help us fill out options for visitors to our beautiful city. . . .Read More: Outdoor Adventures in Cape Town

Cape Town: Putting the Kitchen to the Test

The Test Kitchen is likely to be one of the must-try Cape Town restaurants this holiday season as its ingredients are more than promising. Take one award-winning chef, ex La Colombe, no less, in the form of award-winning Brit Luke Dale-Roberts. Add the über-trendy location of the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Imitate the equally award-winning tasting menu approach of Rust en Vrede (Eat Out Restaurant and Chef of the Year 2010). Top with a funky name and voilà: you have an experience that you can charge a fair whack of dosh for in what is, essentially, a bistro-style setting.
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Meat, Merlot and Mzoli’s

When a man like Anthony Rawbone-Viljoen says that going to Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu during the 2010 World Cup was one of the best days of his life and subsequently launches his new range of Rawbones wines there, we need to sit up and take notice. . . .Read More: Meat, Merlot and Mzoli’s

Cape Town Theatre: David Kramer’s Breyani

When making breyani, the uniquely Cape dish, many spices and elements are mixed together to create a sublime and original whole. The same goes for the show titled Breyani put together by David Kramer that opened at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town earlier month and runs until the 31st of December. . . .Read More: Cape Town Theatre: David Kramer’s Breyani