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La Motte Recognised As Tourism Destination of the Year

Toby Megaw’s ‘Wine Bearer’ welcomes visitors to La Motte

International Tourism Day was celebrated on 27 September. The Cape Winelands District Municipality used the day as a fitting opportunity to announce the winners in its annual Mayoral Tourism Awards. La Motte Wine Estate was recognized as the winner in the category for Tourism Destination of the Year.

“We are honoured to receive acknowledgement from our local authorities. It is recognition of this kind that motivates us to further enhance our offering,” said La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg. “There is no denying the importance of tourism in the Franschhoek Valley and we deliberately focus on working together to ensure the whole community benefits”, continued Koegelenberg.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Alderman (Dr) Helena von Schlicht, Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality focused on the theme for 2018’s Tourism Month: Inclusive and Quality Growth of the Tourism Sector through Digital Transformation. The theme aligned with that of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) and highlights the need for increased investment in digital technologies to create an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism. | 021 876 8000

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: La Motte

Fire Consumes Recycling Depot

Fire destroyed the shed used by Green Spot Recycling

A fire on 4 October destroyed the La Motte facility used by Jocelyn Van der Ross’s Green Spot Recycling.

Several tonnes of sorted recyclables that were awaiting collection by a processing company went up in flames along with the corrugated iron and wood shed in which they were stored.  It is not clear how the fire started.

Help has already been forthcoming from several quarters. Asked what she most needs Van der Ross said that they need a digger loader to clear the site of the burnt-out shed, so they can start storing materials there again. Construction materials – particularly corrugated iron sheets and tar poles are also needed.

When the Tatler visited, Van der Ross and her staff were working in the open air. “Fortunately they understand,” said Van der Ross about her staff.  “We’ve struggled before and we’ll survive this too,” she added.

Anyone able to assist Green Spot Recycling can contact Jocelyn at 073 587 6132.

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Darious van Rensburg

Winners of Franschhoek Regional 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards Announced

FLTR: Gertrude Jacobs (Western Cape Department of Agriculture), Christie Davids (Agri Worker of the Year 2018) & Pieter Van Zyl (Shoprite)

The 5th annual Prestige Agri-Awards recently took place at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, where the winners for the sought after titles were announced. The initiative, previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition, honours excellence in the province’s agricultural sector.  In doing so the competition is able to acknowledge farmworkers, who make a significant contribution to our country’s economy, for their hard work.

The competition is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group, with the latter being involved with the initiative for the past seven years.

A winner, runner-up and second runner-up were selected in each of the eight categories. The winners in the respective categories are as follows:

·       General Worker: Elizabeth Gertse (Anthonij Rupert Wyne)

·       Tractor Driver: Isak Buys (Mont Rochelle)

·       Irrigation Specialist: Keenan Carstens (Boschendal)

·       Technical Operator: Vusumzi Cekiso (Leeu Estates)

·       Animal Production: Ralph Valentine (Boschendal)

·       Foreman: Stoffel Van Rooy (Leeu Estates)

·       Junior Management: Cornel Paulse (Glenwood)

·       Middle Management: Christie Davids (Anthonij Rupert Wyne)

A special award was presented to Danie Cupido of Mont Rochelle, who received the Agri Worker with the Best Potential for 2018 award.

From here on the winners in each category, as well as the regional winners, go through to the provincial adjudication, after which the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Winners will be announced at a gala event on 3 November at Nederburg Wine Estate.

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Old vines a special feature of the South African wine industry

Basil Landau’s Semillon block, planted in 1905, is one of SA’s oldest vineyards.

“An increased focus on South Africa’s old vines has elicited world-wide interest in the country’s wine heritage and the industry itself, with wines made from fruit sourced from these heritage vines proving their mettle,” says André Morgenthal of the Old Vine Project (OVP).

He says that membership of the OVP has grown from 10 members late last year, to over 40 now, including a number of cooperative producers, with over 80% of old-vine wines represented within these systems.  The rising interest in the OVP has also been seen at tastings in London and Canada, supported and organised by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), as well as locally at Klein Karoo Klassique and the US Woordfees.

Unwind with a country picnic

Settle down to a country picnic at Grande Provence this summer.

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate is tempting visitors with scrumptious country-style picnics until April 2019.

Packed to the brim with delicious artisanal foods, the Grande Country Picnic baskets include free range chicken, estate-made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, heirloom garden salad, smoked snoek pâté, olives, charcuterie and crusty farm-baked bread. The decadent rocky road Valrhona chocolate bar will satisfy any sweet tooth. The picnic basket comes with a bottle of Grande Provence’s popular Angels Tears wine of your choice as well as still or sparkling water. Vegetarian baskets are available on request.

The Grande Country Picnic is available at R650 for two people sharing or R325 for a single basket. Baskets have to be booked a day in advance and a limited number are available daily. | 021 876 8600

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Grande Provence

2018 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge

When the results of the 2018 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge were announced Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards were delighted to learn that their Culinaria Chenin Blanc made the Top 10 for the third year in a row.

“Chenin has come of age,” said chairman of the Chenin Blanc Association, Ken Forrester. “No longer just a niche grape loved by of the wine fraternity, it is acquiring a mainstream following.  More and more people are believing in it, buying it, drinking it and talking about it,” he said referring to the record number of entries in this year’s challenge, the growth in sales of Chenin Blanc this year, and the global reach of a recent social media campaign.

“The versatility of Chenin, its diversity of wine styles and its great food-friendliness, all point towards its rising acceptance among local consumers.  This is in line with the growing international interest in the grape, increasingly seen abroad as South Africa’s calling card.”

The challenge drew 113 wooded and 46 unwooded entries, all tasted blind by the five-member panel, with 27 wines shortlisted for the final top ten line-up.

Cathy van Zyl MW, the chairman of the judges, said that the winning wines were largely sourced from older vineyards. “While one of the winners comes from 12-year old vines, the others come from vines that are older than 27 years. Indeed, the oldest vineyard in the line-up is 65-years old.”

Fruit for the winning wines was sourced from as far afield as the Cederberg, Stellenbosch including Bottelary and Faure, Darling, Elgin, Durbanville, the Swartland, specifically Voor-Paardeberg, Perdeberg, Malmesbury, Tygerberg, Slanghoek, Wellington and Bot River.

UK wine consultant Simon Field MW, a specialist on wines from the Loire in France, where Chenin originates and the only foreign judge on the panel, was impressed with the line-up of what he called very polished, palatable and professional wines and their multiplicity of expression.  “A definitively South African Chenin style was apparent to me – riper, more fruit-forward and floral, with qualities of nectarine and other yellow fruit, some beeswax and honey. The whole experience gave me a fascinating new perspective on Chenin.”

Pointing to the availability of Chenin excellence at accessible prices, Willie du Plessis, Standard Bank SA’s executive head of business banking for the Western Cape, noted that the average price of the top 10 wines was R200. “These world-class wines offer outstanding value, with winners retailing at R70, R90, R120 before rising to the highest price of R375.”

He confirmed a prize of R25 000 for each of the winning wines. The money would need “to reinforce economic and social benefits in the workplace”, in accordance with the conditions of the challenge.  “We believe the honour of making it onto the Top Ten list should extend to the workers as well as the brand owners.”

The winning wines (listed alphabetically) are: Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2016, DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017, Jean Daneel Wines Signature Chenin Blanc 2016 (debut), Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2016, Mulderbosch Vineyards Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2017 (debut), Slanghoek Wynkelder Legends Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2016 (debut), Spier Wines 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2017, Stellenrust ‘53’ Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2017, Wellington Wines La Cave Chenin Blanc 2016 (debut) and Wildekrans Barrel Select Chenin Blanc Reserve 2017 (debut).

Test: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied | 021 876 8002

Your name on a wall for a good cause

Superfluous parquet floor tiles like the one in the photo are being ‘sold’ at R500 each to bring the Franschhoek Theatre project to completion.

If you haven’t yet bought a wooden parquet tile in support of the Franschhoek Theatre Project at Franschhoek High School your time could be running out. The project team says that sales are brisk and an ever-decreasing number remain to be sold.

As part of the final fundraising push a limited number of teak parquet tiles are being sold. The tiles, original to the historic building, are superfluous to the theatre’s flooring needs as some previously parqueted areas are being carpeted. Some of these superfluous parquet tiles are being ‘sold’ at R500 each to finance the final touches to the theatre.

Everyone who ‘buys’ a parquet tile will have their name, or that of someone they nominate, inscribed on the tile which will then be installed on a feature wall in the theatre as an everlasting sign of gratitude. (Please note that inscriptions are limited to 32 characters, including spaces.

Payment details are as follows:

Full Swing Trading 598 t/a Rose Cottages

Standard Bank, Franschhoek 051001

Account No 200880012

As reference, please use F Theatre, your initial and surname.

To ease administration, the funds will be collected and ring-fenced in this account before being paid into the school account.

Send your name, the number of tiles you wish to ‘buy’ and the name(s) you wish to have inscribed on the tile(s) to Ronelle who is administering the project. Her email is

Text & Image: Editorial Desk

Water restrictions relaxed to Level 5

By mid-September the Berg River Dam was close to capacity.

In a media statement on 11 September the executive mayor of Stellenbosch, Adv. Gesie van Deventer, announced that water restrictions will be relaxed from Level 6B to Level 5 from 1 October 2018. 

R8.6 million green library opened in Groendal

Dir. Gerald Esau, Mayor Gesie van Deventer, Dir. Cecilia Sanie and Cllr. Minnie Petersen cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Groendal Library.

Mayor Gesie van Deventer officially opened the new Groendal Library on Friday, 7 September 2018.  The new library is a state-of-the-art green building and is also one of the first libraries in the province to be equipped with a section for the visually impaired.

Construction on the library began in May 2017. The total cost of the project was R8.663 million, of which the provincial government contributed R7 million and the municipality the remainder.

The new library replaces the previous container library that served the Groendal community since 2007.

Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne celebrates its first decade

2006 was the year NASA launched its New Horizons space probe mission to Pluto. It was also the year in which conservationist Steve Irwin fatally tangled with a sting ray, violent protests were sparked by satirical cartoons published in a Danish publication and Google snapped up YouTube for $1.65 billion.

Meanwhile, in Franschhoek, Belgian couple Jean-Phillipe (JP) and Isabelle Colmant undertook the first harvest at the smallholding they relocated to in 2002.

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