Friday 9th June saw plenty of friends of Dave Hughes, coming together to honour him at Neethlingshof. Celia Gilloway organised this fitting event, which was such a wonderful gathering of the (mostly older) South African Industry. Tall tales told by old friends Jan Boland Coetzee and Duimpie Bayly had us all a-giggle!
Mike Ratcliffe auctioned off the most spectacular lots of mostly wines, but also a few dinners, one of which will be catered for by top chefs, Pete Goffe-Wood and George Jardine, who also prepared the dinner for the tribute on Friday, alongside Reuben Riffel and Bertus Basson.
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.
Stellenbosch Harvest paints City of Oaks red Colourful community celebrates winemaking camaraderie The oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch were invaded by a colourful community of winemaking charismatics on uniquely adorned ‘chariots’ on Saturday, January 28, when the annual Harvest Parade ushered in the grape harvest season with convivial cheer.