2020 sees 40 years of the Platter Guide, started in 1980 by John and Erica Platter, then bought by Andrew MacDowall and for the last few years under the stewardship of Diners Club, driven by Jean-Pierre Rossouw. Hat's off to editor Philip van Zyl for more than 20 years service to Platter's.
The very first copy sold for a mere R6.
I have not attended the Michelangelo Awards dinner for many years, so I was super impressed by the organisation, food and wine. Considering that there are about 450 people who attend the event in the massive ballroom, it is no mean feat to present each diner with a tasty and delicious plate of food in good time. Hats off to the Tsogo Sun team at the Cape Sun.
UK Master of Wine,Tim Atkin, has made a significant impact in raising the profile of the South African Wine industry,
He thinks that South Africa is the most exciting wine-making country in the world at the moment, and that as South Africans, we should stop doubting ourselves and be proud and confident, as our wines are brilliant!
He has been visiting South Africa off and on for 20 years.
The Novare Terroir Awards have been sponsored by the Novare for 14 years - and founded by Marius Labuschagne, who has just handed over the reins to the South African National Wine Show Association, ably run by stalwart organisers Elsabe Ferreira and Bennie Howard.
At the lunch awards ceremony held on Thursday 1 August, comedian Nic Rabinowitz kept the audience in fits of laughter as he made fun of wine-making and farmers!
Congrats to the many recipients - with top position going to Bon Courage Estate in Robertson, with three national winners, the top Colombard, the top Cap Classique sparkling wine (MCC) and top Rosé.
The Old Vines Project is going from strength to strength, and judging by the buzz at the tasting held on Tuesday 13 August at the Volkskombuis, there is no stopping this train.
If your vineyards are older than 35 years old, then I urge you to register with the project as there are plenty of marketing opportunities and I think the project is going a long way to assisting the prices of wines in South Africa to be raised.
The first 5 wines are from Raats Family Wines, then B Vintners (2) and Mvemve Raats (1):
This year's Stellenbosch Wine Festival looked more like a music festival than a wine fest - with the biggest stage I have ever seen! Plenty of wine stands, foodie delights and I was very pleased to discover that Stellenrust has in fact made (possibly) the first ''Prosecco" styled bubbly in South Africa - and then with a Chenin of course.