South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, will exhibit the work of its Western Cape Winners and Finalists at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town from 6-26 June 2019. The exhibition will open from 18h00 on Thursday the 6th of June and will form part of the popular First Thursdays circuit in the inner city. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to engage with the diverse range of art and design works from the competition’s various entry categories, namely, Fashion, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Jewellery, Film and Architecture. Entries into the PPC Imaginarium Awards must aim to express innovation through the medium of concrete. Although there were no Film or Architecture Finalists from the Western Cape, on the whole, the region fared well in the competition, with 14 out of 67 national Finalists hailing from the Cape, from which four Winners were selected. Notably, Cheryl Traub Adler received the runner-up award in the Fashion category for a conceptual garment titled My Mother’s Dress; Joani Groenewald was the runner-up in the Jewellery category for a ring called Keree 3; Jon-Peer Bouwer was the runner-up in the Industrial Design category for his Lime Light pendant; and Jomar Dreyer was the national winner of the Industrial Design category for his gravity-defying and fully operational Vertical Concrete Record Player. The AVA exhibition will include all the works of the Western Cape Finalists and the pieces will be available for sale from the gallery. The participating artists and designers include Bronte McDonald, Dean Louw, Ingrid and Ryan Roberts, Lene Swartz, Lianne Tyler, Petra Thorsen, Tangeni Kambudu, Tendai Gava and Thunk Design. Since launching in South Africa six years ago in 2014, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has highlighted top emerging talent. The prestigious competition extended its reach from South Africa to Zimbabwe in 2018 and ran its second PPC Imaginarium Awards in . . .
The new head winemaker at Distell is Andrea Freeborough. Cellar-master at Nederburg since 2015, she will be leaving her position at the Paarl winery at the end of May to take up her new role in overseeing the production of South Africa’s largest wine portfolio. Distell’s diverse and globally traded range extends from premium brands such as Nederburg, Durbanville Hills, Fleur du Cap and Alto (which, amongst others, now form part of Distell’s new premium wine company, Libertas Vineyards & Estates), all the way through to more mainstream offerings such as 4thStreet, Two Oceans and Drostdy Hof. “Andrea will be carefully looking after our wine brands from a top-line perspective, managing all aspects of winemaking by working hand-in-hand with our talented winemakers and viticulturists,” says Johan Venter, who heads up Distell’s Centre of Excellence: Intrinsic, and to whom she will be reporting in her new role. “With her impressive qualifications, excellent sensorial instinct, and close to two decades of successful winemaking experience under the belt, Andrea has certainly proven her ability to lead top-performing teams, to innovate and experiment, and to simultaneously create specialty wines and those aimed at broad appeal. “This makes her ideally placed for the role of Distell head winemaker. We are confident that with Andrea’s solid track record in running a cellar, making wine, and dealing with a multitude of people, processes and departments, she will provide outstanding direction and inspiration to our wine brands.” Armed with BSc Hons degrees in viticulture and oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, Freeborough’s working life began as an assistant winemaker at Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch. Less than three years later she was appointed a fully-fledged winemaker, working under Nederburg cellar-master Razvan Macici, producing the whites. Obviously with great proficiency, because four-and-a-half years later, still in her very early 30s, she . . .
TOKARA Shiraz releases wild herbs and berries in your glass TOKARA Shiraz 2017, the latest red wine to be released from this acclaimed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate, is a deliciously juicy wine made to share. Crafted from TOKARA vineyards on the foothills of the Simonsberg, this barrel-aged wine presents a cacophony of flavours leaping from your glass. You’ll find succulent plums, blackberries and briar fruit with subtle notes of dried herbs, black olives and rosemary. The characteristic spiciness associated with Shiraz becomes evident on the palate supported by vivid red berries and plums. Fine chalky tannins leave a lasting, dry finish. TOKARA Shiraz 2017 drinks beautifully slightly chilled, or enjoy it with roast pork loin, quail or duck breast. It has a cellar door price of R120 per bottle and is available at leading stores countrywide. For more information or online wine purchases, visit www.tokara.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Gold rush for TOKARA white wines in UK awards season TOKARA wines have triumphed with a total of three gold medals at two highly contested UK wine competitions, the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA). Bringing home London gold from the IWC, is the TOKARA Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2017, whilst the Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and the flagship Director’s Reserve White 2016 impressed sommeliers in the SWA gold medal stakes. The Elgin Sauvignon Blanc which earned winemaker Stuart Botha a FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 ranking on home turf last year, also received the SWA Food Match award. The SWA is Britain’s only on-trade wine competition, focusing on wines served in hotels, bars, and restaurants across the world. Described as ‘a classic South African style of Sauvignon Blanc’, and ‘a good partner for springtime dishes with herbs’ by the judging panel, the Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 stems from TOKARA’s Highlands farm in Elgin. This cool climate region produces some of the best renditions of this variety, with fresh acidity and purity of fruit in perfect balance. “There is an amazing freshness as the wine enters the palate, with clean citrus flavours leading to a creamy mid-palate and a lingering crisp finish. This Sauvignon Blanc shows remarkable ageability and will evolve with correct cellaring over the next few years,” says winemaker Stuart Botha. The TOKARA Director’s Reserve White 2016 is described by The Fat Duck’s Annamaria Juhasz as an ‘excellent wine’ that ‘needs some creamy seafood’. This classic Bordeaux-style Sauvignon blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%) blend is made from grapes grown on the highest slopes of TOKARA’s Stellenbosch property. “This is a wonderfully complex wine with rich layers of ripe quince, passion fruit and baked apples, rounded off by hints of lemon grass, toasted almonds and freshly baked brioche. It finishes with amazing clarity and depth with a . . .
Enjoy the splendour of a perfect two-day private family retreat in the Franschhoek winelands and take advantage of the luxurious Grande Provence winter accommodation offer. This tailor-made family experience at La Provençale, the secluded hide-away at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate, offers wonderful value and a host of activities that parents and children can do together. Situated in the vineyards, La Provençale is an idyllic weekend or holiday destination for small groups or a family of four. Guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by hibernating vines and sweeping views this is the quintessential private getaway. The La Provençale family experience includes breakfast and dinner with exciting activities for young and old, including a French-style picnic lunch beside the vines, weather permitting, and a ride on the hop-on, hop-off, Franschhoek Wine Tram to discover this French inspired valley. Adults can explore the variety of elegant wines paired with canapés during A Taste of Grande Provence, while the children enjoy a grape juice version. For a special treat, guests are spoilt with delicious Shiraz truffles crafted on the estate. There is a wide selection of family-friendly activities on offer in the Franschhoek Valley. Adventurers can explore hiking trails, fly fishing or paragliding, while select antique shops, The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Huguenot Memorial Museum will take you back in time. Tours can be arranged on request. The Family Package is priced for two adults and two children under 12 sharing, at a special winter rate of R15 492.00 for two nights from 01 May 2019 until the end of September. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Constantia Glen named top SA White Wine and Sauvignon Blanc at IWC Constantia Glen has triumphed as South Africa’s best white wine overall and top Sauvignon Blanc clinching two trophies at the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. Applauding the Constantia Glen 2018 Sauvignon Blanc as top achiever overall with a score of 96/100, the judges described the wine as “breezy, stony but succulent” that showcases “a disciplined and deep core and intricate aromatics of flint and Cape gooseberry”. Now in its 36th year, the IWC is widely held as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. The 2018 vintage is a classic Constantia Sauvignon, exemplifying elegance, texture and freshness. “This was a particularly cool vintage with a very long ripening period for our Sauvignon blanc vines. This allowed for good concentration of flavour and phenomenal acidity in the grapes, resulting in a punchy, zesty and vibrant wine despite the severe drought that Cape Town suffered during the 2018 season,” says winemaker Justin van Wyk. The award-winning Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is available directly from the estate, as well as at fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at the cellar door for R180 per bottle. Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open from 11h00 till 18h00 from Sunday to Thursday and 11h00 till 20h00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Booking via http://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail email@example.com, visit www.constantiaglen.com, www.facebook.com/ConstantiaGlen or follow @ConstantiaGlen on Twitter and Instagram. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The recently hosted World Travel Market was themed around responsible tourism and the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association (DLTA) used the opportunity to gauge to what extent their members were engaging in responsible tourism practices. According to DLTA general manager Annelize Stroebel, it was encouraging to see that tourism role players in the region were actively embracing responsible tourism. “Obviously we would like to encourage all our members to focus on responsible tourism as this guarantees the sustainability of our future in tourism. We commend our tourism partners, who have adopted these practices and encourage others to follow their example,” mentions Stroebel. Responsible tourism activities range from social to ecological strategies. Preferential employment to unqualified youngsters, in-service training, skills development and community involvement include some of the core practices of establishments such as Wellington Country House, Imbuko Wines, Bontebok Ridge Reserve and The Hurst Campus. Both Bosman Family Vineyards and Diemersfontein have implemented joint shareholding and co-ownership agreements with their workers. Ecological responsibility forms the cornerstone for several other Wellington-based members, including Linton Park with its intensive conservation efforts with renosterveld rehabilitation, waste water management and alien vegetation removal projects. Upland Organic Wine and Brandy Estate have been committed to organic farming principles for over seventeen years, while Jacaranda Wine and Guest Farm also employ organic practices in their vineyards. Bartholomeus Klip has received several commendations for its conservation efforts. In Paarl, several tourism members are involved with animal conservation programmes, including Painted Wolf Wines and Ashia. Job creation and programmes to eleviate unemployment are strong focus areas for Nederburg Wines through their Qhubeka project. Other Paarl business going the green route include . . .
The Paarl Art Society hosted their first meeting of the year at Bergriver Brewery and unveiled their brand new logo. The society was started in 2018 and already has over 100 members. According to chairperson Nanette Ranger, the society was established to create a platform for expression through art initiatives and projects. “The society was founded with an ethos of inclusivity in which all genders, ethnicities, religions and ages are encouraged to join and participate and where all forms of art will be encouraged and celebrated. It aims to be a vehicle for imaginative, artistic expression in our town and surrounds,” explains Ranger, a renowned local sculptor. The society is open to all artists, creatives and art lovers and will meet on a monthly basis for discussions, demonstrations, excursions and meetings. Membership to the society is currently free and members are invited to take part in joint creative endeavors. For more information find Paarl Art Society on Facebook. Annelize Stroebel, general manager of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association, was excited about the growth of the society. “Paarl and surrounds have always been home to number of extremely gifted artists from various genres and we are thrilled that a collective platform has been created to give exposure to the incredible talent in our region. We are confident that this will be another aspect of Paarl that will appeal to tourists and create yet another opportunity to showcase our amazing offerings.” The Paarl Art Society will connect artists and other creatives in Paarl through a database and share news of upcoming exhibitions, art initiatives, art competitions and festivals. Members will also be able to advertise their own initiatives through the society on this platform. A logo competition was launched to establish a new brand identity for the Paarl Art Society and the winning logo was designed by Monique de Villiers, assistant winemaker at Boland Cellar. CLICK HERE to submit . . .
Arabella Country Estate, consistently voted as one of the top residential estates in South Africa, has recently undertaken a full rebrand in order to bring their current look and feel more in line with their natural surroundings and eco-system. “With the popularity of residential estates in South Africa, we felt it was very important to align our estate’s look and feel with all that we stand for and offer our home-owners,” explains estate manager, Dirk Uys. Situated on the shores of the Bot River Lagoon and within the world renowned Kogelberg Biosphere, the estate contracted in the services of a relationship marketing specialist to help highlight the natural beauty of all the estate has to offer. The new look logo was developed in tandem with the positioning strapline, creating a 'cohesive whole', which emphasises and embodies "Home to fynbos & fine living" - almost like a mini ecosystem. The more contemporary logo opens the brand to a slightly younger market, radiating a warm, welcoming invitation to the target audience, inviting them to become part of something truly special. From the logo to the hand-drawn styled strapline and watercolour elements used in the brand collateral, there is an appreciation for the beauty of the environment that radiates through the elements. The photos and textures are like art pieces, causing the reader to take a moment to appreciate it – the same as one would in nature. The new copy used in the adverts is warm and inviting. Using words like 'pristine', it speaks about the unique offerings of the estate – residential, spa, hotel, and golf – in the same gentle, sensitive, and inviting sense that one would talk about nature. To see the new look for yourself please visit: Website – www.arabellacountryestate.co.za Facebook – @ArabellaCountryEstate Twitter – @ArabellaEstate Instagram - @arabellacountryestate CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
TASTING PLEASURES IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT HERMANUS FYNARTS WINE PLUS 2019 THE sixth Wine Plus programme – now a firm favourite of the dynamic Hermanus FynArts festival – takes a few new turns this year. Although each of the seven presentations is a well-worth stand-alone, the complete series is designed to bolster the overall theme of 2019: a closer look at the tasting pleasures of fine wine. This year Wine Plus has a new home and date slot. The presentations shift toward the end of the festival, from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, 15, as a kind of ‘wine long weekend’. The venue is new: The Wine Glass in the centre of town is finely-tuned to those pleasures we anticipate, and, with time slots of 11a.m. and 5p.m., geared to provide sustenance from their popular menu. Responding to requests from previous Wine Plus fans, and bearing in mind the arts festival rationale of FynArts, presentations will be finer tuned to provide patrons with instructive direction during the tasting-talks. Exploring the theme - the tasting pleasures of the fine art of wine – will involve a little educational next to the super samples that will be poured. The idea is to provide those not too familiar with the how and what with an introduction and guide of tasting and joy of wine today. To provide a glimpse on just how exciting contemporary South African wine is, the programme will offer ‘snapshots’ of three of today’s newsworthy regions and three varietal wines that define our unique winelands. Wine Plus is curated for its sixth iteration by Melvyn Minnaar, who was honoured last year by Veritas for his contribution to SA wine. Presenters comprise some of the movers and shakers in contemporary local wine. To start the series, who better than our own international Master of Wine, Cathy van Zyl? She returns from judging a few global competitions to share her passion in the first introductory tasting labelled “Discovering the Pleasure” on Thursday, 13th. Her choice of eight wines . . .