Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon dazzles at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Semillon, the white grape known for its alluring fruit profile and complexity of flavour, is not quite as familiar with wine consumers in South Africa as in its native France. Locally it is rather better known as a blending grape with especially Sauvignon Blanc, but a single varietal rendition from Franschhoek Cellar has left the judges spellbound at this year's Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2014 was crowned as the best example of the cultivar at this year's competition, receiving the Trophy for Best Semillon at the awards ceremony earlier this week.

Bellingham amongst top 10 in the World.

Bellingham Bernard Series Organic Syrah is one of the Top 10 in the world!

The 10th edition of the Syrah du Monde® international wine competition, organised by Forum Œnologie, has just come to an end. Over the course of three days, international experts tasted 374 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2016 winners, which comes as no surprise for a grape variety currently enjoying rapid growth.

Harvest Report 2016

2016 harvest particularly challenging,

and yet ...

A dry winter followed by a hot, dry summer: The winter of May to August 2015 in the Cape Winelands was cold enough to ensure proper vine dormancy but it was one of the driest in decades. A hot growing season followed that included one of the hottest Januaries that anybody can remember. There are exceptions, but mostly the dry winter and summer and the unusually hot months impacted on the yieldsfrom the 2016 harvest, which were significantly less than from the year before.


Bellingham on Kyknet

Bellingham Wines will be a feature on DSTV KYKnet channel 144 for the programme Sediment.

Be sure to watch tomorrow, April the 13th at 17:30

Sediment is in their Second season and I do believe this is DGB’s first wine to be featured on the programme.  Below is a brief description about the programme.

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Solar energy, bamboo and books

Meininger’s Wine Business International spoke to Tim Hutchinson, the DGB Group Executive Chairman, about his entrepreneurial approach to leading this dynamic player into the immediate future and beyond.
“DGB has long had its eye fixed firmly on the future,” says Tim. “In fact, we were already doing things a little differently in the 1940s, when we pioneered the wholesale sales model for wine in Paarl.” He continues, “So while we acknowledge the invaluable work