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  • You're Invited! Gauteng Portfolio Showcases 8/9 April

    Trade Invite

    We welcome all members of the Gauteng Wine Trade Community - restaurants, hotels, B & B's, and liquor stores to join us for our annual portfolio showcase. Meet the eight winemakers, taste their latest offerings and network with colleagues. As with previous years, we will be presenting one in Johannesburg and another in Pretoria. An RSVP is essential for catering and security purposes. Please email to do so with your full contact details and the names of everyone attending from your establishment.


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  • Gauteng Wine Professionals Tour 2019

    Sims & Kat jumping for joy in the vineyards

    It's that time of year again and we kicked off the 2019 Gauteng Wine Professionals tour in the wee hours of last Sunday morning at OR Tambo International Airport before driving out to Sijnn Wines at Malgas. Monday we were with Richard Kershaw Wines in Elgin and then with B Vintners and Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch. Tuesday saw us trekking out to the Swartland to visit an old Chenin Blanc vineyard with The Fledge & Co. before driving through to Paserene in Franschhoek. Wednesday our focus was in Stellenbosch first in the Helderberg with De Trafford, and then on the Helshoogte Pass with Miles Mossop Wines. It was a jam-packed trip with an incredible group of people. Here is a selection of pictures from the trip with more of them available on our Facebook page.


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  • Harvest Update from De Trafford - March 2019

    In their own words, here's a harvest update and some great pics from the De Trafford team:

    De Trafford Harvest 2019

    The end of the harvest is in sight with some of our more vigorous blocks of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot still to pick, as well as our usual little parcel of Petit Verdot. It's been an interesting, somewhat strange season with almost weekly rain in spring and slightly cooler conditions overall. We used some softer than organic, eco-friendly spray products like Trichoderma and Bacillus and this was not very effective in our conditions up against the mountain. The result was a lot of downy mildew damage to both the leaves and the pedicels/stalks, which we haven't had since 1997. This reduced the crop by about 30% (mostly Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) and meant picking was painstakingly slow, trying to remove dehydrated berries due to the stalks drying out. The good news is that 1997 turned out excellent and all our wines are still drinking well with a nutty complexity. (A bit like Amarone di Valpolicella with lower alcohol!)

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  • The Fledge & Co Harvest Update 28 February 2019

     Harvest in hand

    We are thrilled to share the unadulterated, lyrical musings of Leon Coetzee...

    Vintage 2019, seems though it will one-up the #twentyHateteen & perhaps even the 2016 & 2014 vintages as one of the of the strangest, wildest & most unpredictable of all. 

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  • Last Week in the Cape


    Not only does each year kick off with harvest, but it marks an annual trip to the Cape where I spend time with the winemakers in our portfolio strategizing and planning for the next twelve months of our calendar. 2019 is off to a promising start in so many ways and we really look forward to sharing some wonderful wines with the provinces of Gauteng, the North West, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga.

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  • The Fledge & Co. Harvest Update - 17 January 2019

    Fledge & Co. Steen Vineyard January 2019

    We just love working with Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel of The Fledge and Co. not just because they are young, wineloving, energetic and enthusiastic but because they have a great sense of humour, don't take themselves too seriously and just love experimenting. A little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll, this dynamic duo will see more than just the fruits of their labour in the vineyards this vintage - they are expecting this first child as well! 

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  • 2019 Kick Off


    Happy 2019! There's lots of excitement as harvesting has begun within our producer lineup (Mullineux Wines, David Trafford, Leon Coetzee, Paserene, Miles Mossop, Sijnn Wines, Raats Family Wines, Bruwer Raats, Richard Kershaw). We're getting great updates and insights and will aim to share these with you as they reach us. We wish everyone a succesful harvest!


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  • Winex 2018 - Done and Dusted!

    The DvF Team at Winex 2018

    Winex 2018 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. From the 24th to the 26th of October we welcomed Nicola Tipping from Mullineux, Leon Coetzee of The Fledge & Co., Miles Mossop from Miles Mossop Wines, Martin Smith from Paserene, Dudley Wilson from Richard Kershaw Wines, Charla Haasbroek-Bosman from Sijnn and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert from B Vintners Vine Exploration Company to Jozi for the once a year exposition that is RMB Winex.

    With thousands of visitors, it is Gauteng's largest wine show and an opportunity to showcase the very special wine producers we choose to work with. Held at the Sandton Convention Centre, we were delighted to see folks seek us out partly because of the fine wines and also to see what our alternative stand would look like this year. 

    It was terrific to see so many of our valued trade clients come along and we used the opportunity to showcase the newly launched Richard Kershaw Wines vintages, the Smuggler's Boot Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc and Martin Smith's The Shiner. For more on these wines contact your trade sales representative or Debi.

    Last year, we hauled a caravan in but this year we chose to upcycle with the help of Rain Productions and some repurposed pallets. And of course, our poster did not go un-noticed. Thanks to everyone that recognised, photographed, tweeted and instagramed in order to win a case of wine! We are very blessed to be the home of 57 wines with a score of 90+ from Tim Atkin, MW (17 of which scored 95 or more) and as of today, 18 wines with a Platter Wine Guide Five Star rating.

    Note the latest Platter results for the 2019 issue will be out on Monday the 5th of November.

    Download Tim Atkin's latest insightful report on South Africa by clicking here 


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  • Don’t miss the annual CWG Auction Showcase on the 22nd of August

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  • Fledge & Co. Katvis Pinot Noir

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