1. Bladen's Summer Success

    Bladen's Summer Success
    Bladen Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand is a boutique winery that makes small batches of handcrafted wines loved by so many of our customers. Chris Macdonald of Bladen has given us a short summary of Bladen's summer success. Vintage has almost finished, and with the weather being so perfect it was a wonderful early harvest. We are all feeling pretty...
  2. Constant Innovation at Haute Cabriere

    Constant Innovation at Haute Cabriere
    Our Marketing Team visited Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek, South Africa today ahead of our UK Tasting Events on the 21st and 23rd March. We were warmly welcomed by Eben Bruintjies and Janine Snyders and their team in the Haute Cabriere tasting room and restaurant. The tasting room was bustling with visitors from all over the world on this beautiful autumn...
  3. Five Fun Itinerary Ideas - Cape Winelands

    Five Fun Itinerary Ideas - Cape Winelands
    It's the start of the summer season in South Africa and that means it's the time of year that visitors from the UK make their way to the Cape Winelands. Here are five must do's to add to any itinerary when visiting Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Picnics at Mont Rochelle In addition to the Country Kitchen and Miko Restaurant, Mont Rochelle...
  4. Welcome to Quinta do Ermízio!

    Welcome to Quinta do Ermízio!
    This week, Hard To Find Wines welcomes Quinta do Ermízio, a tiny vineyard producing just 3 handmade whites in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal (40,000 bottles per year in total). Quinta do Ermízio has been passionately producing Alvarinho, Loureiro and Trajadura wines for generations. Concept Quinta do Ermízio believes that wine profile and character begins in the vineyard. The wine-making technology used in the...
  5. GlenWood: Bottling their 2017 Merlot

    GlenWood: Bottling their 2017 Merlot
    We had the privilege of observing the bottling of GlenWood's 2017 Merlot on Friday, 2 February 2018. What an exciting morning! Here are some photos of the process. [caption id="attachment_1183" align="alignleft" width="640"]A photo of Merlot being pumped from the tank Merlot being pumped from the tank to the bottling plant[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1188" align="alignleft" width="640"]A photo of the bottling trailer The wine is pumped to the bottling trailer[/caption] Continue reading →
  6. Haute Cabriere Launches New Summer Menus

    Haute Cabriere Launches New Summer Menus
    Haute Cabriere, an iconic Franschhoek wine farm and a favourite stop on many of our clients' visits to South Africa, has released their 2017 summer menus. To complement the new menus and the beautiful setting of their location, Haute Cabriere will be extending their Tasting Room and Restaurant opening hours from 1 November. “With summer approaching it only makes sense to make this beautiful setting available for longer, and extend our food and wine offering,” comments Marketing Manager Lientjie McLachlan. New tasting room tapas and oyster menu for summer The Tasting Room will extend its hours 1 November 2017, and will be open from Mondays to Saturdays and Public Holidays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. A tapas-style, small plates menu has been introduced at the Tasting Room as a perfect accompaniment to the range of Haute Cabriere wines and Méthode Cap Classiques.  Various plates of tapas style food from Haute Cabriere's Tasting Room summer menus with Haute Cabriere's Pierre Jourdan Brut and other wines The small plates menu will be served on the terrace from 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday during the South African summer season to allow guests to linger a little longer while taking in views of the valley. Restaurant dining now open seven days a week Continue reading →
  7. GlenWood's People, Community and Environment

    GlenWood's People, Community and Environment
    In our previous post on GlenWood, we learned about their history, philosophy and award-winning wines. This post will look at their commitment to people, community and environment as well as the awards and accreditation they and their people have achieved in recent years. People GlenWood is committed to the development of its people and includes this as an element in its business planning and strategy. TRAINING AND AWARDS Over the past few years the following awards have been won by people on the GlenWood team: - Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year - South African Cellar Worker of the Year. GlenWood's Assistant Farm Manager since 2011, Cornel Paulse won Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year in 2013 and 2015 and placed third in the Western Cape's Farm Worker of the Year in 2015. "In line with our staff development programme, we are currently training two people who we hope to enter next year," said Zinaschke Steyn, GlenWood's Assistant Winemaker. Continue reading →
  8. Bladen's Award Winning Wines

    [caption id="attachment_734" align="alignleft" width="863"]A lineup of Bladen's wine selection including pinot rose, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, riesling Photo: Bladen Wines[/caption] It is winter now in New Zealand and Christine and Dave Macdonald of Bladen Wines, based in the Marlborough area are hard at work on the results of the 2017 harvest. "The 2016 vintage wines have been fantastic and we are thrilled to still have enough stock to run us through a little longer as the 2017 harvest was smaller than we had hoped for.  However, this last vintage is showing great promise from the tanks and barrels we are sampling and the first of these wines will be bottled very shortly," said Christine. Continue reading →
  9. Mont Rochelle Wines Now Available in the UK

    Mont Rochelle Wines Now Available in the UK
    Mont Rochelle in the French Quarter of Franschhoek is the newest addition to Virgin Limited Edition and was purchased by the Richard Branson company back in 2014. Since then the old farm has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, as well as investing heavily into the infrastructure of the wine farm. The vineyard is located in a perfect position within...
  10. New wines from Vierkoppen available now

    New wines from Vierkoppen available now
    When approached a few months back by Vierkoppen to see if we were interested in stocking their wines, there was a hint of trepidation. This is in no small part to the fact that the location of this vineyard in Robertson, South Africa, holds mixed feelings for me. If we were to rewind 10 years, Robertson was hardly considered as...

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