1. A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines

    A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines
    Book Now! We are really excited to be welcoming Haute Cabriere's cellar master, Takuan von Arnim to the UK this week. He will be hosting two events in celebration of Haute Cabriere's wonderful wines. Our London event is sold out, but there are still a few places at our food and wine pairing event this Saturday evening, to be held at our Shropshire...
  2. Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018

    Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018
    You are invited to join Takuan von Arnim, Cellar Master of Haute Cabriere, for two exclusive evenings hosted by Hard To Find Wines in London and Shropshire in March 2018 Meet the Cellar Master: Thursday, 8 March at High Timber Restaurant in London, EC4V 3PA from 6.30pm. For more information and your FREE ticket, CLICK HERE. An Evening of Food and Wine with Haute Cabriere: Saturday...
  3. New Arrivals from Franschhoek!

    New Arrivals from Franschhoek!
    Our latest shipment of South African wines has arrived! We are excited to announce that, for the first time, outstanding quality wines from Stony Brook, Le Lude and Infinity Wines are available through Hard To Find Wines. We are also delighted to have received some gems from GlenWood including final stock of the Chardonnay Vigneron's Selection 2015. It's the last chance to buy this vintage so don't delay! STONY BROOK VINEYARDS An old world winemaking philosophy paired with an exploratory planting and assemblage strategy have allowed Stony Brook's winemaker, Craig McNaught to beautifully express the true terroir of their unique position in Franschhoek. Here are four of the wide range of small volume wines we have available from Stony Brook. For the full selection, click here. Continue reading →
  4. Christmas is Coming

    Christmas is Coming
    Are you wondering which wines you should serve with your Christmas meal? Hard To Find Wines is here to help you with a wide selection of wines perfect for Christmas celebrations.  Mark Davies has specifically picked the wines listed below as the perfect Christmas selection. The list includes sparkling wine, red wines, white wines and fortified wine. Sparkling Wine for Christmas Langlois...
  5. Autumn Wines for Autumn Times

    Autumn Wines for Autumn Times
    The weather in the UK is turning chilly, nights are getting longer and with the first light fall of snow hitting Scotland just this past weekend, we are most definitely in the midst of autumn. While the harvest festivals and bonfire night let us know that we are nearly in winter, we are not quite there yet. So sometimes when it comes...
  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 Award-Winning Wines

    GlenWood's Award-Winning Wines
    We are really excited to be welcoming GlenWood Vineyards' winemaker, DP Burger, to our Shropshire Tasting Rooms this Friday evening. DP will be hosting a food and wine pairing that will feature six of GlenWood’s wines. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk. A brief history of GlenWood Vineyards GlenWood started it's history as a general farm in 1811 in the Roberstvlei area of Franschhoek. In 1986, Alastair Wood purchased the GlenWood property. His farming dream was to produce wine. “This property immediately attracted me because, not only was it suitable for farming grapes to make quality wine, but it also gave me a wonderful sense of being at the very heart of nature while still being close to the village”, Alastair said. DP joined the team shortly thereafter and spearheaded the property's development over the following twelve years, until the farm was fully planted. Continue reading →
  8. Meet Mark Davies - an interview

    Meet Mark Davies - an interview
    We caught up with Mark Davies, Director of Hard To Find Wines recently and put some questions to him about the business, wine and life in general (well, as it pertains to wine of course!). Question: Please briefly explain your role at HTFW. I am currently a man with many hats. From sourcing new wines and liaising with existing suppliers, keeping the website up to date (as much as possible) and boxing and sending the wines from our warehouse. All in all very much a plate spinner and juggler! Question: How did you get into the industry? Out of university I spent several years working in the catering industry as a chef, so was always surrounded by wine and people with a thorough knowledge of wines. Having worked unsociable hours in a hot and steamy kitchen for 5 years it was an easy decision to jump ship and enter the world of wine importing. Question: What convinced you to start HTFW? A friend had been working in the wine industry specialising in South African wines and operating on a local basis and was looking to expand his business. In partnership Hard to Find Wines was established. Question: How did HTFW begin? Continue reading →
  9. Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future

    Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future
    Sustainability and Community Achim and Takuan von Arnim’s wine growing philosophy is set out on the sides of a sundial at the entrance to the Haute Cabriere Cellar: Sun Soil Vine Man. This represents their understanding that the elements of nature: sun and soil, work together with the vine to produce great wine, with man gently and respectfully orchestrating these elements as they create the eventual outcome and expression of the vintage. “Great wines are grown” summarises this perfectly. The three building blocks that form the foundation of Haute Cabriere are: family, focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Franschhoek. Continue reading →
  10. Haute Cabriere – Part 2: Innovation

    Haute Cabriere – Part 2: Innovation
    Innovation With as distinguished a history as that of Haute Cabriere, it is impressive that the estate has such a passion and drive towards innovation, whilst still showing a great respect and wonder for the past. Pioneering has been with Haute Cabriere since the beginning. So what stories of innovation surround where Haute Cabriere is now? There are many, so here we focus on just a small selection that show what makes Haute Cabriere a wine estate that is constantly innovating and developing. Continue reading →

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