David Bristow: The cottages at Beaumont Wines

On moving to the Cape around three decades ago, having explored most of the mountains of the region, what next gave me unlimited pleasure was spending weekends in the winelands. Lucky for me I was married (back then) to someone in the wine business so the world was a Champagne swilled oyster. These days it […]

April 24, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Into the Wild West

After a long and typically boozy lunch at the Strandloper beach restaurant in Langebaan, you would be forgiven for thinking you had woken up in a quirkily Cape version of Jurassic Park, especially if you decided to take a quick look at the West Coast Fossil Park on Langebaanweg. It’s just so odd and unexpected. […]

April 9, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Of Men and Wine, Noble and Not-so

No self-respecting student in the Cape over the past eight decades, since 1936 specifically, would face the year without the character-building help of another colourful local celebrity, Adam Tas – dead for nearly three centuries but the name behind a favourite winelands label. The year in which Tassenberg, known affectionately as Tassies, was launched by […]

April 3, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Cape Town’s unfinished flyovers and how SA’s oldest vine was saved

This missive is dedicated to the connection between some curious unfinished flyovers and a glass of wine. Continuing the musical theme from my first missive, this one is to be sung to tune of “Stranger Than Fiction” from the pen and piano of Joe Jackson, one of the most versatile musicians of the past 40 […]

March 10, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: The history of Groot Constantia

Although Steenberg is the oldest private estate in the Constantia valley, having been granted to Free Burghers Hans and Catharina Ras, Groot Constantia is really its grande old dame. It was Groot, or Grand, Constantia that put Constantia on the international wine map, as well as being its stand-out estate for more than 300 years. […]

February 25, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Great Rift Valley Wines

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste … Well, I’m not really, but I thought a musical introduction would be a fine way to get going on Travel on Winemag. Back in the day I was more of a Beatles fan but you have to give credit to the […]

February 13, 2015
by David Bristow
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Best sundowner spots in Cape Town

Location counts for a lot but restaurants with a great setting or spectacular views often become complacent. It’s not the case with the establishments below. Beau Constantia, Constantia www.beauconstantia.com Perched on the Constantia side of Table Mountain, Beau Constantia’s ultra-modern tasting room building looks out over vineyards, mountains and the city’s southern suburbs.  Floor-to-ceiling glass […]

January 16, 2015
by Emma Odendaal
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Markets in the winelands

A round-up of some of the best markets in the Cape winelands. Blaauwklippen Family Market, Stellenbosch Sundays, 10am to 3pm www.blaauwklippen.com Families are welcome! Expect arts, crafts, food and a chance to pet the farm animals. Buy something to eat and drink (no BYO) and relax on the lawns with a picnic blanket while listening […]

December 4, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 0 Comments
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