Chenin Blanc: The Comeback Kid

As the cold weather arrives, we’re sure your palates are making the seasonal transition from white to red, but there is one wine that seemingly defies all seasons and all styles – Chenin blanc. With South Africa owning two-thirds of the world’s Chenin vines, we’ve no doubt that you’ve come across this grape in some shape or form. With #DrinkChenin Day this month, we explore why Chenin blanc is so prevalent in our country, what makes it so special and why you should pay attention.

 

The Bernard Series’ must-have reds to warm a fine winter menu

Bellingham’s The Bernard Series red wines provide the perfect winter comfort against the shivering cold, and even more so when paired with sumptuous gourmet cuisine. These wines were made with food in mind, after all. Bellingham founder Bernard Podlashuk pioneered many firsts in the South African wine industry, but more than that, he understood the magical symbiosis between fine wine and food. This flamboyant man and his wife, Fredagh, perfected the art of entertaining and their dinner parties at the Bellingham homestead were legendary for their opulence. In their honour, we’ve assembled a winter menu to show off the wonderful food-enhancing qualities of The Bernard Series red wines.

 

Chief Winemaker at Bellingham reflects on Harvest 2018

“Some of the most delicate wines I’ve seen”

Richard Duckitt, Chief Winemaker at Bellingham, is enjoying a moment of reprieve: harvest 2018 is concluded.

 

Bellingham winemaker talks about the 2018 Harvest

As the Bellingham 2018 harvest season comes to an end, newly-appointed winemaker, Richard Duckitt gives us some insider info on the stand-out cultivars and what we can expect from the 2018 vintage.

 

At Bellingham, success begins in the vineyard

Great wine is made in the vineyard. It is a much-used saying, but nevertheless fittingly describes the Bellingham philosophy.

 

Bellingham Wines takes Gold at Mundus Vini for Shiraz

Bellingham Wines, pioneers of the first single-varietal Shiraz in South Africa in the late 1950’s and one of the country’s most established wine brands, has received two Gold Medals in the annual MUNDUS VINI International Awards and Spring Tasting.

 

Modern wine enthusiasts have spoken: Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc is one of SA’s best!

Digital-savvy wine lovers have voted in the annual Vivino Wine Style Awards and reviewers have recognised Bellingham’s The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc as one of the top 10 Chenin Blancs from South Africa.  Vivino is the world’s largest wine application (app), allowing a global wine community to buy, rate and review wines. This popular wine app has more than 20 million wine lovers, worldwide, who use the app to grow, and share, their love for wine.

 

Shiraz steals the spotlight at Bellingham on International Shiraz Day

On Friday, 16 February, wine lovers around the world celebrate International Shiraz Day.

 

Bellingham wines to fall in love with this season

Summer is really making its presence felt – it’s hot and dry in overdrive – especially if you find yourself in the Cape. All the more reason to stock up on wines that offer superlative refreshment and will chill the drought tensions somewhat.

 

The Perfect Match: Bellingham Small Barrel SMV with Chorizo, Chickpeas and Kale in Spicy Tomato Sauce

If you look at a wine like The Bellingham Small Barrel SMV 2014 and see the awards is has won, you would want to buy the wine on that record alone.