2018 Platter guide launched at Table Bay Hotel
Records were hit with 111 Five Star wines being awarded this year. Congrats to Raats Family Wines, who walked away with the coveted Winery of the Year award, with 5 of their wines achieving 5 stars, and 3 more allocated to Bruwer Raats' partnerships, viz Mvemve Raats and B Vintners.(his cousin Gavin Bruwer Slabber)

The first 5 wines are from Raats Family Wines, then B Vintners (2) and Mvemve Raats (1):

The prestigious Red Wine of the Year accolade was awarded to last year’s Winery of the Year, Nederburg Wines, for their Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

White Wine of the Year was handed to The Foundry for the Grenache Blanc 2015.

Unfortified Dessert Wine of the Year was awarded to Klein Constantia Estate for Vin de Constance 2013;

The inaugural Fortified Dessert Wine of the Year went to Beaumont Family Wines for the Starboard Dessert Wine NV.

Congratulations also to Richard Kershaw - as he has four 5-star wines this year!

I have been attending the Platter launch for most of the 21 years I have been in the industry, with the first  ones taking place at the lovely calm rural Devon Valley Hotel. Over the years it has moved a few times, to Capelands just outside Somerset West, and then the Vineyard Hotel. It has always been a very intimate affair, with a few very amusing tidbits from previous publisher Andrew McDowell and Philip van Zyl, who would regale us with stories of the new and bold and different for the year.  This year was in fact Philip's 20th edition of Platter - a major achievement!
Because of the large number of Five-star recipients, each winery was not called up on stage to receive their award. They were called out in groups of 10, and there was no real opportunity to see who they were and to give each of them a well-deserved round of applause.  I am usually critical of awards dinners going on for too long, but I really think these wineries deserved just a little more time in the limelight.
The evening started had quite late, with us milling about for quite some time before the announcements. I think that this time could have been better spent somehow acknowledging the top wines and wineries. It is always tricky to find the right balance, but I think these top wineries deserved just a little more time to shine.  For those who have had many years of achieving 5-star status it was perhaps less of an issue, but for those first-timers I think it was disappointing.

Notwithstanding, South African wines are showing an exponential increase in quality and value and hearty congratulations go to all these top end wineries and wines. is proud to have so many of them as clients.

Sunday, 05 November 2017
Pinotage & Biltong Fest Rocks Gauteng
International Pinotage Day was celebrated with enthusiasm this past weekend in the shady gardens of the Leriba Hotel in Centurion, when around 1000 fans descended on the 18 wineries presenting their Pinotage’s, paired with interesting biltong flavours by Billa ‘B & Co Biltong Deli, a new local biltong outlet.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Noble Vice Wine & Culinary Event at Old Biscuit Mill
The Old Biscuit Mill proved to be the perfect setting for Noble Vice Wine & Culinary Event. Said to be a gathering of the curious and enlightened, the 250+ guests were not disappointed by this bucket-list-worthy food and wine event.

The line-up of 25 wine producers included some avant-garde, new generation winemakers and the event offered an intimate and informative sampling of some of their best wines. Noble Vice's selection for the day aimed at featuring wines that speak of a place and personality and they definitely hit the mark. The Swartland was well represented with names such as AA Badenhorst, Mullineux Wines, David & Nadia, Huis van Chevallerie pouring some of their expressive wines. Other favourites included Stellenbosch producers such as Kaapzicht , Craven Wines and Keermont Vineyards.

Also on offer for the day was curated food from 6 talented chefs alongside a program of premium local musicians and the city's finest merchants, making this heaven for wine and food lovers.
Monday, 28 August 2017
Chenin Showcase at Cape Grace
The Chenin Blanc Association is really making a lot of noise about Chenin this year, and, alongside their #DrinkChenin Day on Sat 17th June, on Monday 19th June, most Chenin producers gathered at the Cape Grace in the V&A Waterfront to showcase their Chenins in their different styles. MCC; Fresh and Fruity/ Sur Lie / Lightly Wooded; Barrel Fermented; Rich & Ripe/ Barrel Fermented; Older Chenin Blancs; Rich and Ripe /Barrel Fermented Chenin Blancs and Dessert Wines.
The wines were accompanied by the most delicious canapes by the Cape Grace.
Monday, 26 June 2017
The Trade Show at Vista Marina
The Waterfront was very calm and still on Tuesday 6th June. It was the calm before the mighty storm which hit Cape Town on Tuesday night and Wednesday, wreaking havoc throughout!
But in the pre-storm calm, wineries were plying their trade to the trade - at the lovely new restaurant in the V&A Waterfront - called Vista Marina, where I hear they have great jazz on.
Wines on show were Kaapzicht, Raka, Oldenburg, Belfield, Corder Family Wines, Nala (a new black-owned brand, which means Prosperity), Morgenhof, Genevieve (the lovely bubbly by Melissa - and now she does a Zero Dosage too), Hermanuspieterstontein, Migliarana, Deux Freres, Mont du Toit and a few others.
Thursday, 08 June 2017
Chenin Magic under the moonlight
The Chenin Association is really raising the bar and on Tues 11 April, almost every member of the association showcased their stunning Chenins at the Magic Chenin & Jazz evening at the Grand Beach cafe just outside the Waterfront.  The moon was full, the sea was still, the Chenins were delicious, varied and aplenty.  From bubble Sparklehorse MCC from Ken Forrester, to a range of single-vineyards bottles at Mulderbosch, to wooded and unwooded to Family Reserve from Kleine Zalze to the high altitude chenins from Cederberg and Tierhoek. Of course the Rudera Robusto, the various Breedekloof variations to the stickies from Joostenburg and Beaumont. Simply delicious. What a pity there were not more people there to enjoy this magnificent bounty.

Look out for this event next year and book early - it is now fixed on the calendar at the full moon before Easter - says the King of Chenin - Ken Forrester!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017 in action

This year's Stellenbosch Wine Festival looked more like a music festival than a wine fest - with the biggest stage I have ever seen!  Plenty of wine stands, foodie delights and I was very pleased to discover that Stellenrust has in fact made (possibly) the first ''Prosecco" styled bubbly in South Africa - and then with a Chenin of course. It is delicious, fresh, yeasty, and incredibly well priced. I look forward to drinking copious amounts of it and selling it through our online shop.

Sunday, 26 February 2017
Platter launch of 2017 at Table Bay Hotel
The Platter guide for 2017 was launched at the Table Bay hotel on Monday 31 Oct 2016.  It really was a night for the big producers to show that they can make not just volume but great quality too. The Winery of the Year was won by a big producer making 3 000 000 cases a year - Nederburg, and this was the 2nd time they have won this prestigious title.  The White Wine of the year also went to a largish producer - Stellenrust - for their 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 and Red Wine of the year to The Winery of Good Hope for their Radford Dale Black Rock 2014, and the Dessert Wine again to Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines - for their Straw Wine 2015; There were lots of newcomers to the 5-star list this year, and another big producer Kleine Zalze winning 3 Five Star awards.  Hamilton Russell must be the only winery to have ALL (2) of their wines achieving 5-star status!/p
Monday, 31 October 2016
Mandy's Vineyard Cottage at Kaapzicht Estate
Mandy's Vineyard Cottage, which is nestled amongst the vines, is a quaint two-roomed cottage with large veranda and outdoor braai. The cottage is fully self-catering with en-suite bathroom and air-con.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Platter's 2015 Launch at Mount Nelson
The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2015 was launched at a gathering of the who’s who of the wine industry at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel last night. Diners Club and Platter’s are delighted to announce that the Swartland-based Sadie Family Wines is the Guide’s Winery of the Year for a historic second time. The winery first took the honour in 2010 and it is the only winery to emerge from this year’s stringent judging process with three maximum five star ratings for the 2015 edition of Platter’s. Congratulations further go to De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012, hailed as Red Wine of the Year, and DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013, celebrated as the White Wine of the Year. The 2015 guide features 50 five star wines and one new five star brandy.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Kaapzicht Soccer & Sports Club
Kaapzicht Soccer & Sports Club
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Horse Riding for Handicapped Children
Maryke lives on Kaapzicht Estate, she has a heart for horses and children: after rescuing several horses and ponies from animal welfare she trained them for riding sessions with handicapped and traumatized children. Several times a week horses and handicapped children enjoy each other's company in Kaapzicht's beautiful nature. See more about Maryke's project on Facebook: Haven of Hope Equine Aid Centre.
Monday, 08 April 2013
Kaapzicht Farming Community
Kaapzicht Wine Estate farming community
Monday, 08 April 2013
WINE.CO.ZA - Spotlight on Kaapzicht for Oct 2012
Judy Brower visited Kaapzicht for the October Spotlight theme on Accolade Alley - and Danie Steytler jnr's Chenin just won Gold at Michelangelo and their Vision also awarded recently.
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Kaapzicht Landscapes

Wednesday, 09 November 2011
Kaapzicht Farming Activities

Wednesday, 09 November 2011
Kaapzicht Family & Friends

Friday, 22 October 2010
Kaapzicht After-School-Club (ASC)
When Pebbles introduced us to the idea of starting an After-School-Club in the hall next door to the Kindergarden it made perfect sense: instead of hanging around in the afternoons, being bored and tempted to try out drugs and do nonsense, our ~ 45 school children are now being helped with their school work by 2 teachers who come to us from town every afternoon.
Monday, 13 September 2010
Kaapzicht Kindergarten
In 2008 I was approached by the charity organisation "Pebbles", who do wonderful social work on farms. They offered to help us get the Kindergarten going again by sponsoring all the new furniture and toys and games and by taking over the responsibility of training and monitoring 2 young ladies from the midst of our own community as new Kindergarten teachers.
Monday, 13 September 2010
Kaapzicht celebrated the opening of the soccer world cup
On Friday afternoon, 11th June 2010, Kaapzicht celebrated the opening of the soccer world cup and the start of the first match between South Africa and Mexico. We surprised our workers by handing them not only their payslip, but also a yellow Bafana-Bafana T-shirt (our National Soccer team's colours) and instead of sending them home after a week's work, we invited them to watch the opening ceremony live on a big screen in our hall.
Monday, 13 September 2010

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