“Brands, brand building and brand distinction” is the theme for the 2023 Wine Tourism Conference, sponsored by Wesgro, Delta Air Lines and WWF, that takes place on 17 May at Lanzerac, Stellenbosch.

Margi Biggs, convenor of the annual event, now in its seventh year, has marshalled an impressive list of international and local marketing, branding and tourism experts and innovators as speakers for the event.  

“On the whole, local wine tourism is doing well and is approaching recovery to 2019 levels,” says Biggs. “If we are to continue to attract long-haul international visitors as well as those closer to home, including domestically, we are going to have to be that much smarter, nimbler, and more compelling in our offerings and the way we deliver them.” 

The keynote address on brand building and brand distinction will be delivered by Pepe Marais, co-founder and group chief creative officer of Joe Public United, one of the country’s foremost branding and communication agencies. A leadership and self-development mentor, he is also the author of Growing Greatness: A Journey Towards Personal and Business Mastery

A much-in-demand Australian to take the podium will be Peter McAtamney, who heads Wine Business Solutions (Australia), global specialists in wine market research, wine education and direct to consumer (DTC) wine business. He works actively in the South African, Australian, New Zealand and Spanish markets. 

Another major drawcard will be Australian wine tourism suprema Robin Shaw. Founder of the celebrated consultancy Wine Tourism Australia, she is a popular speaker on the global wine tourism circuit and the brains behind Wine Australia’s newest Growing Wine Tourism programme.

Mike Ratcliffe, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, has been a leading player in re-establishing the pre-eminence of Stellenbosch as a centre of excellence, will be addressing ways in which to build collective brand identities Stellenbosch Wine Route is also a sponsor of this event.  

The day-long event will feature several other prominent tourism and branding specialists. They include Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa; Katlego Flocart Ditlhokwe, founder of brand strategist agency The Hyphen; Chantel Botha, MD of Brandlove Training, who will discuss cultivating brand warriors; and Hardy McQueen, executive producer, The CyberCellar Wineshow, who will be talking about diversity and inclusion of audiences. 

Wesgro will open the conference.  Delta Air Lines will talk about changing trends in air travel. 

While Paul Siguqa, CEO of Klein Goederust in Franschhoek, will be looking at building a new South African brand; DTC futurist Andrew Douglas will be moderating a discussion on rebuilding established brands. Panellists to appear will be wine personalities Hein Koegelenberg, Kevin Arnold and Pieter Cronjé. 

A panel discussion on how eco-conservation can impact brand building will be moderated by André Morgenthal, project manager of the Old Vine Project. Panellists will include Shelly Fuller of WWF South Africa, Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Wines and Kathryn Cilliers of Spier. 

The early-bird rate to attend the conference is R2 500 (plus VAT). After 7 April, the cost per person escalates to R3 450 (plus VAT).  Go to https://winetourism.co.za/register/ to reserve your seat.




Don’t miss one of the world’s finest blues artists performing live at Muratie Canvas, the estate’s exquisite transparent marquee with 360˚ panoramic views over the Stellenbosch Winelands and Table Mountain in the distance.

Dan Patlansky, South African blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter is one of the world’s finest blues-based storytellers of his generation. With 10 studio albums to his name, he has received legendary status as a globally respected purveyor of the blues. Fans can look forward to old favourites as well as performances from his latest album, Shelter of Bones.

Bring your friends to enjoy a spectacular day filled with superb wine, yummy food, and awesome music.

Details of the day

•     Doors open at 11:00

•     Table seating on a first come, first serve basis

•     Lunch is served from 12:00 – 15:00

•     Wine bar


•     General: R295

•     Kids under 12: R150

•     Buy tickets at https://www.muratie.co.za/muratie-event/dan-patlansky-muratie/#tribe-tickets

Please note

  • No dogs allowed
  • No own food & drinks



A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase our spectacular country, our unique winemaking community and our wonderful Sauvignon Blanc on an international stage is around the corner.

“This is a dream come true,” says RJ Botha, Chairman of Sauvignon Blanc South Africa. “We started negotiations four years ago with Quentin Havaux, Director of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. After months and months of discussions, bringing partners on board, and making almost impossible plans, we are reaping the fruit of our labour. It’s here. It’s now. What a wonderful opportunity for our cultivar organisation, our wine industry, and our country, to showcase our resilience, excellence and Mzansi magic.”


The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon will take place at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa in Franschhoek from Monday 13 March to Friday 17 March. Judging will take place over three days and the results will be announced on Monday 20 March 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany, at Prowein, the only international trade fair that covers the complete global market.

More than 1 000 Sauvignon Blanc wines will compete for the attention of 50 judges of which 40 are international and 10 are local wine experts. A handpicked trade-only panel from around the world, the esteemed tasters include Andrea Amadei, journalist at Decanter from Italy, Jean Smullen, journalist and wine event manager from Ireland, wine writer Paula Sidore from Germany, Peter De Leeuw, MD of Kaapwijn Import De Leeuw in Belgium, Christophe Bourgeois, wine producer in France, Daphne Teremetz, wine buyer at Waitrose Great Britain, and Stefan Potzinger, President of the Austrian Wine Association. The rest of the international contingent hail from Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and the United States (full list at http://www.sauvignonblanc.com/concours).

Renowned SA judges joining the panel are Cape Wine Masters Dr Winnie Bowman and René Groenewald, as well as Heidi Duminy, Francois Rautenbach, Dr Carien Coetzee, Cathy Marston, Christian Eedes, Fiona McDonald, Joseph Dhafana, and Malu Lambert. During this competition, South Africa’s exciting Sauvignon Blanc regions will also be showcased through daily excursions to Durbanville, Constantia and Stellenbosch, and with special dinners hosted by Diemersdal, Groot Constantia, and Vergelegen.

Bringing this competition to home soil was no mean feat. “Collective support from the industry was instrumental in making this bid a reality,” says Botha. “We are extremely thankful for the support of our platinum partners, Vinventions, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (handling the technical organisation of the tastings), the National Convention Bureau and WESGRO, and our bronze partners Boutes, Tonnellerie Garonnaise, Tonnellerie Sylvain, Enartis, Beveratech, FNB, Porex, Hillebrand GORI, and Anchor Yeast, as well as all other event and media partners.

For more information, visit www.sauvignonblanc.com or contact Sauvignon Blanc SA at info@sauvignonblanc.com or 082 808 1114 for more information.



Muratie are hosting a series of Sunset Sessions in February and March 2023, featuring talented local musicians. These events will provide an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy a slower pace at this historic family estate, soaking up the summer sun, surrounded with friends, while enjoying the live music, beautiful sunset views of vineyards with Table Mountain in the distance, good food and a glass of your favourite Muratie wine.

Basson Laubscher is one of South Africa’s foremost blues guitarists and songwriters. He has been playing professionally for 13 years, both as session guitarist and solo artist with his band, The Violent Free Peace. He has released two solo albums, both to critical acclaim, and he is the lead guitarist for Afrikaans stalwart Valiant Swart, as well as the legendary Blues Broers. Before that he played in the much-celebrated Afrikaans band, Zinkplaat. He has played on numerous albums, toured extensively both locally and abroad, and is a highly in-demand player.

The venue offers spacious table seating and lawn area, so feel free to bring your own picnic blankets.

Show details:

  • Doors open at 16h00
  • Sunset food is served from 16h00 until 18h00
  • Table and lawn seating available on a first come, first served basis
  • Selected Farm Kitchen menu available to order on the day
  • Muratie bar – wine/beer/soft drinks
  • Music starts at 17h00


Please note:

  • No dogs allowed
  • No own food & drinks



The Manor at Nederburg in Paarl is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, 14 February) one to cherish and remember. 

Couples can choose between two superb lunch (12:00 to 16:00) and dinner (17:00 to 21:00) options: a romantic picnic in the beautiful garden at R650 per couple, or, delicious platters of food served to your table on the terrace of the manor house, offered at R600 per couple. 

Both options are available for lunch and dinner.  So yes, you can have a picnic or enjoy platters on the terrace while the sun sets over the lush vineyards and majestic Drakenstein Mountains, if you can’t make the lunch gathering.        

There’ll be live musical entertainment on the terrace by local artist John Niel, who’ll be setting the mood with an array of old and new romantic songs.   

The Valentine’s picnic basket serves two adults, and includes all you’ll need, from delicious food and drink, crockery and cutlery to glassware, napkins, a blanket and cushions. The scrumptious line-up features cold meats, cheeses, pâtés, nuts, olives, fresh fruit, bread and lavash, chicken salad, tomato and goat cheese tartlets, avocado and grapefruit salad as well as decadent chocolate brownie squares, strawberries & chocolate ganache, and strawberry coulis.  When it comes to wine, select your choice of a bottle of Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut sparkling wine, or any one of the varietal and blended wines that form part of the Nederburg’s The Winemasters collection. Soft drinks, mineral waters, beers, ciders and hot beverages will be available at an extra cost.

The Valentine’s terrace platters and small plates, also serving two, offer vegetable spring rolls with a soy dipping sauce; mushroom and feta tartlets; fresh garden salad; crispy squid with Chenin blanc, garlic and coriander crème and a citrus dressing; beef bitterballen and mustard sauce; artisanal cheeses and cold meats with homemade bread and crackers; decadent chocolate brownie squares, strawberries & chocolate ganache, and strawberry coulis; as well as your choice of a bottle of Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut sparkling wine, or any wine in Nederburg’s The Winemasters collection.  Order soft drinks, mineral waters, beers, ciders and hot beverages from your waitron as an additional extra to be added to your account.   

Couples joining the Valentine’s festivities at The Manor will each receive a complimentary wine cocktail on arrival, together with a small gift pack with a bath bomb and sweet cookies. 

Make your reservation by contacting the team at The Manor on 021 877 5155 or info@nederburg.com.    

Please note, items from The Manor’s à la carte menu will not be available on 14 February, and regretfully, no-one under 18 years of age can be accommodated. 



Take a leisurely drive out to Paarl for Nederburg’s relaxing Sunset Stoep Sessions, happening late afternoon every Saturday during the warm summer months (until April). 

Expect laid-back entertainment by some top-notch local musicians, savour a glass of wine and feast on local flavours served on platters, all whilst watching the sun set over the lush vineyards and majestic Drakenstein Mountains.

Bring the kids along to enjoy the play area in the garden with games, jungle gyms and zip-lines, a tree house, swings and more. Lawn games for adults are also available. 

Guests above the age of 18 are served a complimentary sundowner at 17:30. 

The live music performances start at 15:00 (until 18:00).

Entrance is free, but booking is essential by contacting The Manor on 021 877 5155 or info@nederburg.com

The line-up of artists for February:

  • 4 February: R&B (musical duo Ricardo Simon and Brandon Baartman)

Ricardo has been pursuing music from an early age, starting with gospel music (drums and vocals) in church. His dad bought him his first drum kit when he was 16 years old, and the rest is history. Brandon is a talented jazz studying musician with over 15 years of experience.  A skilled guitarist with rich vocals, he covers genres from jazz, soft rock and reggae to blues, pop, hip-hop, ballads, rock ‘n roll, and more.

  • 11 February:  JP Zeelie

JP is a contemporary country singer-songwriter who believes in creating feel-good musical experiences. At home, in a band or as a stripped down one-man acoustic show, he will leave you wanting more!

  • 18 February:  Chris Rain

A soulful acoustic singer-songwriter and cover artist with an original and melodic approach to the songs he performs, Chris is considered an ‘old soul’. He loves the music of simpler times and have dedicated most of his 11 years in the industry to perfect his talent and interpretation of songs.

  • 25 February:  Tyan Odendal

Tyan, an acoustic artist from Cape Town, performs a mixture of covers, old and new, that people recognize and sing along with. He adds extra flavour to his live music by looping and layering certain beats and acoustic guitar sounds.


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Muratie will be hosting a series of five Sunset Sessions in January, February and March 2023, featuring talented local musicians. These events will provide an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy a slower pace at this historic family estate, soaking up the summer sun, surrounded with friends, while enjoying the live music, beautiful sunset views of vineyards with Table Mountain in the distance, good food and a glass of your favourite Muratie wine.


Nick Turner accomplished South African singer and songwriter, and his nimble-fingered musical compadres, Jonny Blundell and Schalk Joubert, will take you on a riveting musical ride from Brooklyn to the Mother City, from England to Loeriesfontein and beyond. Nick’s music effortlessly spans genres with influences ranging from rock, reggae, and afro-pop to ghoema, hip-hop and jazz.

The venue offers spacious table seating and lawn area, so feel free to bring your own picnic blankets.

Show details:

  • Doors open at 16h00
  • Sunset food is served from 16h00 until 18h00
  • Table and lawn seating available on a first come, first served basis
  • Selected Farm Kitchen menu available to order on the day
  • Muratie bar – wine/beer/soft drinks
  • Music starts at 17h00


Please note:

  • No dogs allowed
  • No own food & drinks




Start your new year on a happy high by joining the colourful, annual harvest parade on Saturday, 28 January, in Stellenbosch – the heartland of South African wine. Adding to its prominence, the event takes place in the very same week that South Africa commemorates the 364th year since wine was first made in Mzansi.

Ours is the only country in the world with a recorded official date – 2 February 1659 – for this occasion. Harvest festivals are however ubiquitous in wine farming communities around the world, and serve not only to celebrate but also to bless the impending season when grapes are gathered for the new wine.

“Harvest is the moment Mother Nature reveals her reward for a year’s worth of care for the vineyards,” shares Stellenbosch Wine Routes manager Elmarie Rabe.

The Stellenbosch Wine Harvest Parade takes place in collaboration with the local municipality and Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the country’s oldest wine route. 

Annually at an allotted date, the streets of Stellenbosch are lined with watchers who come to see the floats and their dressed-up entourage. Among them are winemakers and workers, and lovers of wine too. It starts mid-morning at the Toy Museum in Market Street and winds its way among the town’s renowned oak lined streets to conclude at the Town Hall for a short ceremony. Here, the Mayor of Stellenbosch, who is also the festival patron, will officially bless the harvest. The parade will then depart and conclude back in Market Street.

The hotly contested trophies for best spirit and best float will also be awarded and the wine route encourages young and old to come and cheer them on.

Date                            Saturday, 28 January 2023

Time                            The parade starts at 09:30 at the Toy Museum, Market Street.


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Don’t miss the opportunity to join the greatest Italian wine event in town.

Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading Italian wine and food media company, is back in Cape Town with the Top Italian Wines Roadshow bringing a selection of the best premium wines of Italy to the V&A Waterfront on Thursday, 26 January 2023.

One of 10 stops on the world tour this year, Cape Town joins major cities including Seoul, Sao Paulo, Miami, Mexico City and Sydney on this showcase of top tier Italian wines.

The interactive walk-around wine tasting, dedicated entirely to premium wines from across the boot of Italy, gives the South African wine industry and wine lovers the opportunity to taste 150 of the best Italian wines from almost 40 wineries all under one roof. It is an unmatchable occasion to discover Italy’s diverse terroirs, appellations and the most important wine denominations.

Masterclasses led by wine expert and senior editor of Italy’s definitive wine guide, Vini d’Italia, Marco Sabellico, offer an in-depth experience for the more serious wine enthusiast on the day.

Another highlight of the show is the award ceremony when Gambero Rosso announces its latest restaurant list featuring the most authentic Italian trattorias, wine bars and pizzerias in Cape Town according to ratings by the digital guide, Top Italian Restaurants.

The interest in Italian wines among South African consumers has seen a significant upturn judging by the increase in imports. During the first three months of 2022, imports of Italian still and sparkling wines grew by almost 83,5% from a value of €477,552 in 2021 to €875,855 in 2022, bringing Italy’s market share in South Africa based on the first quarter of 2022 to almost 8,9%. During the same period, France reduced its South African market share by just over 1,3%.

Wine enthusiasts interested in attending the Top Italian Wines Road Show can contact gudrun@gc-com.co.za for further information.



Settle into the balmy evenings of the season by joining celebrated wineries at the Stellenbosch Street Soirees. A favourite for friends to catch up over fine food and wine beneath famous oaks and wine-lovers seeking to experience the heartland of South African wine in all its glory, the Street Soirees are the place to be.

Unsurprisingly, the Stellenbosch Street Soirees have become an annual highlight of the region. It offers enthusiasts the opportunity to taste wine and socialise in an elegant setting amongst towering oaks at the Cape’s finest time of the year. As is the tradition, sumptuous street food from local purveyors including renowned chef Bertus Basson’s De Vrije Burger, will be on offer, along with smooth and contemporary music.

The dates for this year’s Street Soirees are 18 January, 1 and 15 February and, 1 and 15 March. Each evening’s activities run from 18:00 to 20:00. Between 15 and 25 wineries will participate per event.

“The Stellenbosch Street Soirees have really taken on a life of their own since launching in 2011,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes manager Elmarie Rabe. “Nonetheless, they continue to gain momentum. It’s always a treat to catch the happy surprise on the faces of visitors who unexpectedly happen on the festivities in the closed-off Drostdy Street.

“It’s a lot of fun and we always encourage people to stick around afterwards for dinner at one of the stunning restaurants within walking distance, or even continue the party at one of Stellenbosch’s many wine bars,” she says.

The Street Soirees were conceptualised to provide visitors with a taste of Stellenbosch life, but also as an opportunity for locals to enjoy their town. Not only celebrated for its wines, Stellenbosch has established a firm reputation for the quality of its hospitality, restaurants and accommodation; classic style and urban appeal.


Tickets:                       R170pp (includes a glass and 10 tasting tokens)

Buy online:                  Tickets available via Plankton

For more information, email info@wineroute.co.za or call 021 886 4310. Learn more about Stellenbosch’s reputation for food, wine, history and culture at www.wineroute.co.za or www.visitstellenbosch.org.

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