We aim to take you on a wine-derful journey through the Vineyards of South Africa, the grapes they reward us with, and the masters who create wine from them. Let’s learn, laugh & sip together! Tell your friends you heard about it #viathegrapevine and occasionally buy wine and enjoy some honest wine reviews
The birthday of South African wine was captured in a diary inscription, dated 2 February 1659. On 2 February 1659, a diary entry announced, “Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes. ”And with that, it marked the birthday of what would become an internationally renowned industry that placed South Africa on the world’s grape-based winemaking map and continues to do so today.
The 2024 Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is held at a very significant time of the year: on the eve of the birthday of the South African wine industry.
The legendary Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar has moved to Sea Point after 24 years of purveying fine wines from the original shop in Strand Street. Guy chats to Caroline Rillema about the reasons for the move; what we can expect in the new store and where her passion for the wine trade began.
A Jewel in the Crown of SA Wine. Its not hard to see why, with the Worlds Best Sauvignon Blanc Title for the 2020 elgin Reserveand featuring in the prestigious World's Best Vineyards competition for 2021 - Tokara Wine estate is a "must see and taste." Guy catches up with winemaker Stuart Botha, discovers they have something in common (besides a love of wine ) & finds out why this is Stuarts Dream job.
Guy chats to Tim Atkin about his 2021 Special report!
The word Triangle may elicit fear in your mind especially if you were at the obtuse isosceles in class wondering if you’d ever have the courage to talk to the acute scalene. Or maybe you’re genuinely afraid of the Bermuda triangle. Well, there is a new Triangle not to be feared but explored. South Africa’s newest Wine Route, the recently declared Agulhas Wine Triangle. Guy chats to Project Manager, André Morgenthal about what angles to approach this Triangle, the wines you’ll find there, and why you may never leave…
There is passion and there is innovation happening at Bosman Family Vineyards. Cellarmaster, Corlea Fourie joins Guy to chat about the history and heritage of Bosman Wines; their Viticulture regime; 3 new wines to look forward to from their Hermanus Property; as well as the value of their Nero d’Avola – still the sole bottling of this varietal in South Africa.
This year Diemersfontein is marking its 21st vintage and more than two decades of iconic excellence in wine. Joining Guy to chat about all things Diemersfontein is their winemaker Lauren Hulsman & Cellarmaster, Francois Roode. You may be shocked to discover that Diemersfontein owner David Sonnenberg’s favourite wine is NOT Pinotage! Also, what does Francois think makes his Coffee Pinotage such a success?
International Pinot Noir Day is 18 August and to celebrate Guy visits one of his favourite Cool Climate Pinot producers, South Hill Vineyards in Elgin. Winemaker Sean Skibbe and owner Sandy King join him to share why it's known as the “heartbreak” grape, how their vineyards’ unique topography creates an enticing Pinot, and some reasons why a visit to South Hill will be richly rewarded. You may also be amazed by their secret talents!
The exciting second vintage of a limited-edition Stellenbosch wine only made in years of exceptional harvests has just been released. The Sense of Place Kastanjeberg 2020 is the flagship wooded, single-vineyard Chenin Blanc made by Stellenbosch Hills. Winemaker, James Ochse joins Guy to share more on this wine, the portfolio of wines available from the Winery, and an SA first, the ‘Biltong & Droëwors Adventure’.
One of Stellenbosch’s most beloved wineries that once heralded a new era for South African wine has been transformed. The famed Stellenzicht winery lies within Stellenbosch’s Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, in the foothills of the Helderberg mountain. An experienced wine team was assembled and is led by L’Ré Burger, who joins Guy to chat about the studies of the soils, ideal varieties, and history of this Stellenbosch stalwart.
This week we head out to a Fourth generation Stellenboschkloof estate that has a deep respect for heritage – a heritage of winemaking pioneers. The Van Veldens have been innovators from the very start, and Overgaauw owner and winemaker David van Velden joins Guy to share more on this rich heritage. We taste and chat about the uniqueness of the Sylvaner grape that still sees Overgaauw as its sole bottler in South Africa.
Pieter Badenhorst is the White Winemaker at Nederburg Wines but there is so much more to him than meets the eye. This entertaining interview featuring a leaf-blower and Guy’s cat. Pieter shares his passion for winemaking at the World’s most admired Wine Brand in SA. We discover his very real (& Awesome) hidden talent as well what makes a Nederburg blend so special.
This year Van Loveren celebrates four decades of winemaking and as we know, it's very much a family affair between brothers and cousins. The Retief family believes that the key to staying at the center of the contemporary South African wine industry is a constant process of renewal and investment in the future. We find out how this is reflected in the farming & winemaking practices with winemakers Willie Conradie and Jacques Cilliers. We also explore the relationship between Zandvliet Wines and Van Loveren. This Via The Grapevine is brought to you by Van Loveren Family Vineyards