CAPE TOWN, After four years of grueling work and tireless fund-raising, the Eyethu Skatepark, a Rotary Hout Bay Initiative supported by Eyethu Volunteers, will officially break-ground by the end of October this year. The organisations’ co-founder and Head Design Architect, Lawden Holmes, received the green light from the CoCT Planning and Building Development Management Department just over a week ago and since then it has been all systems go to try get the skatepark built by the end of the year. “The entire team has been working so hard over the last four years, and this year has been particularly tough. So when we heard the news that we could start the build we were thrilled”, says Keith Bull, Rotary Hout Bay Club president. “We’re also lucky to have Amandla Construction on board to provide all of the ground clearing, levelling, initial ground testing and core construction for free. This is invaluable and proves how committed the entire community is to this project. MICA Hardware Hout Bay have also generously promised to provide all building material at cost price, a massive value to a project of this size.” The Eyethu Skatepark project started four years when our community leader, MJ Johnson posted on Facebook the need for a community skatepark in the area. Rotary Hout Bay were at the time looking for a new project to support, and heeded the community call for a safe space for skaters in the community to call home. The support from the local and greater community has been staggering. Vicki Scheffel, Eyethu Skatepark project co-ordinator says, “the response we’ve had from the public has been staggering, from our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and a golf day, we raised over R270 000. All of the Rotary Clubs have come to the party and supported this project, with our own Hout Bay Rotary club donating R100 000 to the project. Every person who has assisted in donating money, time and consumables to this project is to thank. It’s really been a team effort, . . .
Drakenstein Local Tourism Association used the recently held Cape Wine 2018 to showcase the proud heritage and award-winning wines of the Paarl and Wellington regions. With 352 producers attending this year’s event, Cape Wine is considered to be the flagship business showcase of the South African wine industry and is presented by Wines of South Africa every three years. The DLTA hosted a special evening for sommeliers, restaurant owners, wine merchants and marketers from around the globe with ten participating winemakers at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. Celebrity chef Mynhardt Joubert conceptualized an impressive ten-course food and wine pairing that emphasized the culinary history and unique taste of terroir of the region. According to Annelize Stroebel, general manager of the tourism association, Cape Wine presented an incredible opportunity for Paarl and Wellington to feature their unique wine offerings. “Paarl is the second oldest wine route in South Africa and we definitely wanted to focus on our impressive winemaking heritage. The imposing venue was perfectly suited to our theme and chef Mynhardt’s unique twists on South African culinary favourites paired perfectly with the best wines of the region absolutely wowed the guests.” Wineries included Boland Cellar, Doolhof, Diemersfontein, Landskroon, Linton Park, Painted Wolf Wines, Pearl Mountain Wines, Perdeberg Group, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Ridgeback. Each winery had the opportunity to present a selection of their wines before one wine was paired with a specific course. The delectable menu started with traditional mosbolletjie and kaiing bread served with nastergal (belladonna) and lavender, a Wamakersvallei strawberry and beetroot salad and a waterblommetjie (indigenous pond lilly) soup served with home cured acorn fed pancetta from Wellington with micro herbs and olive oil. Then guests could sample a Cape favourite snoek (local fish) and sweet potatoes before enjoying some true Malay . . .
Need down time to focus on yourself, prepare for the upcoming week, and reconnect with the people closest to you? Why not take a weekend away, escape to the Botrivier and sunny beaches of Hermanus, to do just that. With Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge being just a hop, skip and (an hours) jump from Cape Town, it’s the perfect spot to unwind whilst you still get to enjoy the finer things in life. If you need an excuse to go away for the weekend, general manager at Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge shares 4 reasons, why a weekend out of the city every once in a while is good for you. 1) Peace and quiet There’s something special about escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Whether you’re taking a trip by yourself, with family, or a group of friends, you’ll be able to regroup, and hear yourself think again! 2) Star gazing No, not the Hollywood kind- the ones up in the sky. We seldom see them because of the smog that pollutes the air around us in the city. Trying to spot the Southern Cross while feasting your eyes on the crystal clear night winter skies, will stay in your memory forever. 3) The views Who doesn’t love a good view? At Endless Vineyards there is just that- picture perfect sights, vineyards, and a whole lot of nature. It’s a backdrop that’ll make you forget about your cellphone for a while, and ‘force’ you to sit and absorb the natural beauty around you. This kind of beauty really does help in settling your stresses or tensions and soothing your soul. 4) Delectable dishes With any holiday getaway, comes the pleasure of staying well away from any pot, pan or spatula. At Endless Vineyards, it’s not just about the perfect setting, but also the award-winning restaurant, Forage @ Wildekrans, that caters to everyone’s needs. It’s a restaurant that is forever developing and changing to suit each season during the year. The chefs go out into the pastures, and forage whatever ingredients they can, in order to produce a completely . . .
Past auction gems on Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Charity Auction Eight unique lots of previous Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines will go under the hammer as individual charity items at the 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 29 September 2018. This year marks the first time that auction goers will be able to bid on multiple charity lots and pay it forward for the development of young winemakers and viticulturists; and the transformation of the South African wine industry. Each charity lot comprises 12 bottles – two bottles each of six different Cape Winemakers Guild wines from previous auctions meticulously selected from the Guild’s temperature controlled vinoteque and presented in beautiful wooden boxes. These rare, individually crafted collectors’ items give wine connoisseurs the opportunity to get their hands on otherwise unobtainable wines. Every year the Guild members contribute towards noteworthy charity items to be auctioned off in aid of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust, sponsors of the highly successful Protégé Programme, a mentorship scheme for talented winemakers and viticulturists. Final year Protégés have the opportunity to plough back into the programme with their own protégé wines sold at gala dinners in Johannesburg and Cape Town. At this year’s Johannesburg gala dinner, Protégé Banele Vakele’s ‘Tembela’ 2017 red blend raised an astonishing R50 000 for two bottles. Fellow third year Protégé, Sydney Mello’s The Custodian Chardonnay 2017 Méthode Cap Classique brought in R27 000, while Maryna Huysamen’s Longshot Semillon 2017 was sold for R25 000. In addition to the Guild’s own fundraising initiatives, Nedbank, a longstanding partner, donated a substantial R750 000 through the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust to the Protégé Programme in 2018. Other organisations which support the programme include Amorim Cork, the Cape Cooperage Group, African Cellar Suppliers, . . .
A Permaculture Garden for The Farm Community At the SanLucar citrus farm in Rooihoogte (Western Cape), the company promotes long-term agriculture - an inspiring project that not only provides fresh and healthy food, but also offers new perspectives. (Cape Town, 13 September). Alphonso´s working day begins at dawn: Under loud clucking he gets his hens going. Their mobile coop is located in a garden that is unusual - and new. It Is a "permaculture garden" set up on the Rooihoogte citrus farm run by SanLucar, an international premium brand for fruit and vegetables, near Porterville. In harmony with people and nature Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture: Through natural gardeners working on the project processes, a self-sustaining ecosystem is created that provides fresh and healthy food for the community living on the citrus farm. The residents take care of the cultivation of the garden. Produce gets sold at the Rooihoogte farm shop, which is collectively owned by the farming community. Eugenie Grobler, who steers the community development journey at Rooihoogte explains: Our approach is to identify projects that will address multiple needs at the same time to maximize impact. Our development approach resonates with the permaculture approach of seeking ways to promote self-sustaining ecosystems to take root. The combination of a community owned shop and garden makes sense. Not only can we provide top quality nutritious fruit and vegetables year round, we can also do this at a low cost. The profit from sales goes back to the community and we are learning how to grow food in harmony with nature. But that's not all: "With this garden we build community as we work and dream together. Especially for the younger ones we create an exciting task to develop the skills necessary for the management of such a project. It may even help young people to earn a living in the future." Our chickens are important members of the community! The chickens help to get the . . .
Take an extra special culinary journey around South Africa this Heritage Day at The Conservatory restaurant for lunch. Bring all your family and friends and enjoy a celebration of traditional cuisine inspired by the flavours from all the corners of our beautiful country. First Course SPRINGBOK TARTARE BOWL with beetroot chutney, apricot & gooseberry emulsion, rooster koek & PICKLED FISH SALAD BOWL with coriander salsa, crispy onions SERVED WITH A CHOICE OF an amarula inspired martini or a craft beer Second Course LAMB & LENTIL BOBOTIE BOWL with sultanas, almonds, roti, sambals & BRAAI WORS BOWL with stiff mielie pap, spicy chakalaka SERVED WITH A CHOICE OF a glass of chenin blanc, viognier or pinotage Dessert AMARULA CREAM PARFAIT BOWL compressed mango & apple, macadamia nut crumble VENUE: The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia PRICE: R350 per person CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
95 At Morgenster brings an Italian summer revival to the Winelands Savour modern Italian dishes at their best in the Cape Winelands this summer at Chef Giorgio Nava’s 95 At Morgenster, reopening for the season from 4 October 2018. 95 At Morgenster, established in 2015 as an Italian collaboration of authentic Italian food, top class wines and olive oil, brings a contemporary twist to the magnificent surroundings of Morgenster Wine Estate in Somerset West during the summer season. Known for uncompromising quality and perfectly prepared dishes with the utmost respect for quality ingredients, Nava’s Milanese flair is tangible on every plate. This is delicious, honest food that lets all the ingredients speak for themselves in true Italian minimalist fashion. Think fresh oysters, classic caprese with creamy artisanal burrata mozzarella, hand cut salmon or steak tartare, delicate slivers of carpaccio, velvet textured hand-made pasta, beautifully prepared line fish, and a fine selection of prime cuts. His legendary chocolate lava fondant or handmade ice cream are just some of the tempting treasures in the dessert line-up. While authenticity remains the bedrock of all the dishes at 95 At Morgenster, Nava’s modern Italian touch is evident in the beautiful plating and wide variety of lighter dishes visitors can enjoy in this tranquil setting. The 95 At Morgenster mixologist has also been working on refreshing new summer cocktails from the bar. Whether you opt for the minimalist interiors adorned with contemporary art, the sun filled conservatory or al fresco overlooking the farm dam, you can expect one of the finest food and wine experiences in the Cape Winelands. As of 4 October 2018, 95 At Morgenster is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and for Sunday lunch. Call 021-204 7048 or email email@example.com to reserve your table. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Steenberg’s resolute focus on creating Sauvignon Blancs that express a unique sense of place, has been rewarded with their flagship blend and all three single varietal tiers, breaking the venerable 90 point barrier in the highly respected Tim Atkin 2018 South African Special Report. Top scorer again this year with 94/100, is the Sauvignon Blanc driven signature blend, Magna Carta 2017. Atkin’s consistent 94 point score for the past three vintages underpins the standing of this phenomenal blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60%) and Semillon (40%) as a South African benchmark wine. Showing absolute fruit purity and clean minerality, this wine is a quintessential expression of the Steenberg terroir in the Constantia wine valley. For the second year running, all three Steenberg Sauvignon Blancs have made the Atkin cut. Taking pole position on 93 points is the richly layered Rattlesnake 2017, followed by the single vineyard Black Swan 2017 on 92 and the soon to be released estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 on 90. “Almost 30 years of constant investment into the soil and vine health, combined with new clones and new plantings on a site well suited to this grape variety has put Steenberg in a favourable position to create truly unique terroir specific Sauvignon Blancs. It is great to receive this type of feedback, acknowledging that we are on the right track but the journey is by no means complete,” says cellar master JD Pretorius. Their distinctive terroir on the foothills of Steenberg Mountain can be attributed to the synergy between the cool prevailing south easterly winds that blow off the ocean during summer months and lean soils of decomposed granite that impart the characteristic minerality to the wines. Steenberg’s flagship grande cuvée, Lady R MCC 2013, and the 2017 Semillon also hit the high notes in the 2018 Atkin report, scoring 93 points for their respective second consecutive vintages. Leading the pack for the red wines are Steenberg’s flagship red, Catharina . . .
Heritage Day salutes weekend braais at Grande Provence - Monday, 24 September, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek Enjoy the laid-back side of Franschhoek with delicious country-style food and weekend family braais at The Bistro at Grande Provence, starting on Heritage Day, on Monday, 24 September 2018, on this picture perfect wine estate. The Heritage Day Braai will be held under the oaks on the lawns of the new Bistro. Meat lovers can delight in a variety of braai specialities prepared on the coals in traditional half drums. This is authentic South African heritage at its best for family and friends. The Bistro’s harvest table, laden with fresh salads, home-baked breads and sweet treats, completes this easy-going lunch experience. Wine is as important as the food at a braai and with the wide selection of Grande Provence wines, you will be spoilt for choice. The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and offers daily specials such as quiches, soups, salads and the most glorious cakes. Platters of local artisanal cheeses and fresh west coast oysters can be ordered separately. The Heritage Day Braai and subsequent weekend braais on Saturdays and Sundays, are available at R320 per person for adults and R160 per child under 12. The braai starts at 12h00 and pre-paid booking is essential. Call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Constantia Glen wines applauded in Atkin SA Wine Report Constantia Glen has once again stepped into the international limelight with all four flagship Bordeaux-style wines breaking the venerable 90 point barrier and one included in the elite selection in the highly respected Tim Atkin 2018 South African Special Report. Top scorer this year with a whopping 95/100 for the second consecutive vintage, is Constantia Glen TWO 2017, one of Atkin’s stand out South African wines that can compare with the best in the world. The 2017 vintage of this meticulous blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Sémillon already boasts a gold medal from the 2018 International Wine Challenge (IWC) held in London. The wine was also scored 94/100 by British Master of Wine Derek Smedley and received 90+ points from leading wine commentator, Neal Martin of Vinous.com. The other Constantia Glen wines applauded by Atkin are the flagship red, Constantia Glen FIVE 2014 with 92 points, the Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018 on 91 and the Constantia Glen THREE 2015 achieving 90. Atkin, a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine commentator with over 30 years’ experience under his belt, has extensive knowledge when it comes to South African wines. He tasted almost 1 980 local wines for his 2018 South African Special Report, now in its seventh year and his largest yet. These acclaimed Constantia Glen wines are all available directly from the estate, as well as fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. 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 10h00 till 17h00 from Sunday to Friday and 10h00 till 20h00 on 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 . . .