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The news that Altydgedacht, the pearl of Pampoenkraal, is to go on auction confirms the scale of the seismicity in the Winelands.


Africa’s beer industry is becoming increasingly competitive with multinational drinks companies such as SABMiller, Diageo and Heineken battling it out for market share.


Bored with the same old side dishes? Fennel is the versatile ingredient with a slight aniseed flavour that goes gorgeously with fish.


For most, a wine label can seem like a foreign language — and it may even include a foreign language depending on where it was made.

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Last week I won a beer challenge!!!! I know, I still can’t believe it myself! *blush*


Take five for this heartthrob, straight from the cellar in the sky! Jacques is the assistant winemaker at Waterkloof and his passion for wine is as hot as his hairstyle. Jacques believes that life is all about the journey and when his not mixing up grape juice in the cellar, his out on his surfboard, riding the waves. This beach-bum’s kind personality and love for animals make him simply adorable and his sharp sense of humour adds to his irresistible charm.


If you were a type of wine, what variety would you be?
Probably Chenin Blanc, versatile and expressive of its terrior and winemaking style.

What’s your favourite Waterkloof wine?
Circle of Life White

Pick one dish from Waterkloof’s Restaurant menu to enjoy during the perfect date?
The slow braised rabbit – foie gras and pain d’épices

What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
The journey has only begun.

What did you wanna be when you were a kid?
I’ve wanted to be in wine since I was 10 years old. I use to accompany my father to wineries that were under construction. I got to meet some of South Africa’s most recognised winemakers and that is where the love for it all started. But a vet was also high on my list at one stage.

3 things you cannot live without?
Wine, ocean and friends

What is your all time favourite comedy movie?
So many, but I loved Superbad.

Have you ever thrown up in a car?

Do you think people should eat the fish they catch or let them go?
It depends…if the fish is not “harmed” during the catch, let it go, otherwise eat it. No point in putting back an injured fish.

An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. What will you choose? (name the brand as well)
Beer, haha!! – Probably Darling Brew.

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Probably Kelly Slater – 11 time world surfing champion. A true pioneer of surfing, always pushing the limits and living the dream.

If you had one word to describe yourself, what would you choose?

Do you have a secret talent and what is it?
I’m a good listener; you know how rare that is. Ha ha ha!!! No, just joking no secret talents.

Would you rather be good looking or rich? Well rich, because you can become good looking, but I would rather spend my time and money with my family, friends.


Allow Taj, Cape Town, to take you on a journey to the Swartland and Darling region, where they discover a Rustic, and Slow-Cooked country fare restaurant Bar Bar Black Sheep with fresh seasonal locally sourced ingredients,


Did WOSA put all its golden eggs in the Cape Wine balasmandjie? It certainly looks that way as the only SA winemaker seen at Megavino Brussels, the leading Belgian wine show, was big Danie Malan (belo


Judging the Tops at Spar Orange River Winemaker of the Year Competition is a bit like playing cricket - short bursts of intense activity and then long intervals savouring the after taste. It took us t