Franschhoek Valley Wine Festival
Franschhoek Valley Wine Festival in Kromdraai, Cradle of Mankind. Come and enjoy the day with Mont Rochelle.
We wish you all a beautiful Sunday.
Featured below is our Nicolas van der Merwe Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2017, a crisp blend with a long fruity finish.
It’s International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Better get celebrating, and how convenient that it falls on a Friday!
Here are 4 interesting facts about Sauvignon Blanc:
1. Sauvignon Blanc is the parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon.
2. Sauvignon Blanc is the 8th most planted wine producing grape in the world.
3. The herbaceous flavours come from a natural aromatic grape compound called pyrazines, typically found in your more cool climate expression Sauvignons.
4. Sauvignon Blanc can be aged. We at Domaine des Dieux produce an aged Sauvignon Blanc that is still crisp and fresh. Our current vintage you ask, it’s our 2012.
Happy International #SauvignonBlancDay
Come celebrate with us by enjoying free complimentary tasting of our Sauvignon Blancs this weekend at our Tasting Room.
We unleashed Chef Daniel upon Cape Town last month and this is his review of his visit. Warning – not for sensitive readers (Chef has a very particular sense of humour) – Ed.
“I visited the Mont Rochelle wine yard, which is part of Sir Richard Branson’s portfolio. I had a very pleasant visit organised by wine maker Dustin Osborne in Franschhoek and was very impressed with the Mico Premier Range Chardonnay Sur Lie.
I also visited Nico Van der Merwe wines. He is the previous Cellar Master at Saxenburg. Their wine maker philosophy remains traditional (Don’t ask him why he doesn’t use screw caps). I was really impressed with his Mas Nicolas Cape (Cabernet & Shiraz) one of my favourite wines and very impressive, as well as his beautiful Shiraz.
I am basically retired and I don’t cook A La Carte that often any more (my daughter, Anne is the executive chef of La Madeleine and what she’s producing is really amazing – if I may say so myself) so this time allows me to wander the beautiful places of South Africa and abroad to get the best wines and produce on our tables at La Madeleine.
My wife & I have won many awards (especially in Eat out, best Restaurant of the year and six or seven times we made the top ten) so I believe that I have the knowledge and experience to make a few criticisms of what the cuisine I enjoyed in Cape Town.
I had some very good food in some of the top Restaurants in the Cape but compared to European standards – few of them will have a 1-star Michelin in my point of view. I think they should concentrate more on the freshness of local products and avoid serving Foie Gras from tins or to serve scallops (Scallops don’t exist in SA) to try to impress their clientele.
Some have the tendency to lose focus on the product value by covering it with a multitude of herbs and spices so that in the end – you don’t recognise what you are eating. I have always believed that it is better to keep the preparation and plating simpler.
I haven’t yet been to the famous Restaurant in Paternoster and I am looking forward to see what they can produce. In my opinion the only Restaurant who could get maybe 2 stars, is a restaurant outside Pretoria on the way to Hartbeespoort Dam.
I had a nice walk in Camps Bay and Clifton, what a beautiful place and I was so delighted not to see one single poster of a certain son of the soil like you see every 10 meters in Lynnwood Road – I really had a beautiful feeling that I was outside of South Africa during my time in Cape Town.”
Calitzdorp Cellar and Winemaker Danie Van Der Westhuizen, is thrilled to announce our new addition for 2019. Now available for tasting and purchase; Chenin Blanc 2019 & Merlot and Pinotage 2017
Est Est Alea – formerly Cube Tasting Kitchen
Terribly excited for our Domaine Des Dieux evening tonight and tomorrow evening. Looking forward to having Megan with us to talk about the wines. Thanks Great Wines South Africa for the introduction to these stellar wines.
You gotta beat those midweek blues!! Salute
Deolinda Bairos Fernandes
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
We cannot thank you enough for making our weekend a big success! Loads of fun was had, plenty of great wines tasted and delicious food enjoyed by over 3 000 people.
Here’s to our next Picking Bunches Wine & Music Festival! Cheers everyone!
Nico van der Merwe Wines
Wine & Cheese tasting at Medi Clinic
Wine & Cheese tasting at Medi Clinic for the Doctors year-end function 🍷
Domaine Des Dieux
Domaine Des Dieux tasting at Midstream Tops today. South Africa’s best MCC’s on special now.
East Rand Wine Society
Calitzdorp Cellars Danie Van Der Westhuisen wowed the East Rand Wine Society with his incredible tasting last night.
Mont Rochelle dinner @ Zest in Pretoria with Great Wines
Champagne and Sparkling Wines World Championship
Champagne and Sparkling Wines World Championship Trophy for the best South African MCC won by Domain Des Dieux Claudia presented in London
Domain Des Dieux dinner at Zest Bistro
Domain Des Dieux dinner at Zest Bistro Pretoria. Great presentation by Sharon and as usual Sydney did the best pairings! A Great Wines Production.
Great Wines Wine Festival
Our lovely Great Wines wine festival! Biltong by Braeside. Imported cheese boards. Pretty food boards made from wine vats. Amazing wines. And even Unorthodox Cellars – Kosher wine for tasting and on sale for my Jewish friends and clients. We had it all today on the terrace outside Forti Grill and Bar. From 12 till 7pm. All tasting and entrance were COMPLETELY FREE. All you needed to do was to purchase your tasting glass for R20. Everyone had the chance to meet the winemakers and have a meal.
Mont Rochelle, Domain Des Dieux and Kloovenburg were just some of the wineries at our show.
After a long and successful event, 267 people attended! Dinner at Forti’s. Thank you Forti for an amazing venue, cooperation and a stunning family dinner 🍷
Congratulations Calitzdorp Winery!!
Congratulations Calitzdorp Winery on the fantastic win at the Michaelangelo awards. These wines will be available at the Boutique Wine Festival at the new casino in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria tomorrow. Come and taste these Winners.
Les Delices De France
Gourmet dinner at Les Delices De France with Nico v d Merwe and Great Wines. Great attendance and an awesome evening had by all.
Heritage Day at The Warehouse Anita with Leslie
Calitzdorp National Heritage Braai Day Competition
To participate, purchase a bottle at any of the following wine stores: Midstream Tops, Midridge Tops & Spar, Liquor City Hyper Silverlakes, Glenfair Spar, Pineslopes Tops, Liquor City Jan Smuts.
Reddham House Spring Function
Churchill’s Wine Tasting with the Team
Oyster and Wine Festival
Happy Spring Day at the Oyster and Wine Festival this Weekend at The Stables in Chartwell Broadacres.
Mont Rochelle Sauvignon Blanc with West Coast Oysters and Calitzdorp Cape Ruby Port in a Port Sipper at the Oyster and Wine Festival made the day absolutely refreshing and fun-filled.
Women in Wine Show
Kloovenburg at the Women in Wine Show Centurion.
Jacaranda Wine Club
Great Wines enjoyed hosting Nico from Nico Van Der Merwe Wines, Stellenbosch at the Jacaranda Wine Club and the gourmet dinner at Prosopa restaurant this week.
Set-up and the Night of the festival images for the Carviella Festival this weekend at Montecasino- Mont Rochelle Winery – Sir Richard Branson’s South African Vineyards and Nico van der Merwe Wines, famous for his Shiraz
Taste of the Karoo
Calitzdorp Cellars “Taste of the Karoo” food and wine evening @ Die Broodthuijs. A really great evening with fantastic food and wonderful people. Monja and Willem you are the best. Calitzdorp Cellars is producing the most amazing award winning wines
On Saturday 26th May we held our Swartland Soirée with piano music and wine pairing in the charming old cellar at Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate in Riebeek-Kasteel. We had a full house, although the evening was kept small, cosy and intimate. Owner Pieter du Toit opened the evening, and guests then listened to a selection of 10 classical piano pieces, 6 of which were paired with Kloovenburg’s range of fine Swartland wines. Cellar manager Willie Liebenberg facilitated the wine tasting, and the delicious catering was done by Flour & Oil in Riebeek West. Thanks to everyone who attended… We are already looking forward to the next one! Thank you to Die Courant & Tessa Oliver for supplying some of the photos used in this post.
Domaine Des Dieux
It is with huge excitement we are happy to announce receiving a Gold Medal at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards for our 2014 Chardonnay, the first time we have received this prestigious award.
The beautiful golden cherry on top does not only do we receive the gold, but our Chardonnay was also rated 96 points, making it the highest rated South African Chardonnay at this year’s awards.
We are as proud as we can be of this wine and look forward to releasing it soon. We’re sure it will be the perfect follow on to our 2013 vintage.
Unorthodox promotion at Kosher World
Leslie Berman , Joel Back and Shaul Friedman the prize winner of the Wine Fridge with Unorthodox and Kleine Draken Wines
Dustin Osborne of Mont Rochelle and Great Wines
doing a great tasting for the Jacaranda Wine Club.
Domain Des Dieux tasting
with Sommeliers Moses and Eric from Mosaic Restaurant
Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate
Domaine Des Dieux tasting with WACS presented by Megan,
hosted by Wine Menu
Marble with David Higgs, Wickus and guests
Marble Restaurant Rosebank Domain Des Dieux Food & Wine Pairing
with Restauranteurs & Sommeliers
Nico van der Merwe Wines
Domaine Des Dieux Bottomless Bubbly
Feet up, wine down! See you after 4pm today for our #BottomlessBubbly Friday event.
We will be sure to have loads of ice-cold Bubbly to go around!
Unorthodox Wines Tasting
Giles Pub and Restaurant
Out and About with Great-Wines
Various Wine tasting Events
Zest Bistro with Nico van der Merwe wines
Great Wines road trip – Calitzdorp
Domain Des Dieux Hemel en Aarde
Kloovenburg @ Riebeek Kasteel
Domain Des Dieux Gourmet Dinner at Les Delices De France
Caravela Portuguese Festival at Monte Casino
The Great Wines Trade Show 2017
Flavours of Tshwane at the Pretoria Country Club