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Blaauwklippen – South Africa’s Zinfandel Powerhouse

Read the wonderful article from the Winetimes.co.za website about our magnificent Zinfandel experience. Last month wine media and trade representatives flocked to Blaauklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch to celebrate the tenth Zinfandel vintage of the estate’s Cellar Master, Rolf Zeitvogel. Apart from its 300-year history, Blaauwklippen is also one of …

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Konfetti Laat Reeds Wêreldwyd Koppe Draai

Sien die aanhegsel vir ‘n fantastiese artikel oor Konfetti wat grotendeels hier op Blaauwklippen opgeneem is. “Ek dink Suid-Afrikaanse gehore word onderskat wanneer dit kom by Afrikaanse flieks. Dit is ‘n baie meer gesofistikeerde gehoor vir wie daar dikwels net toilethumor opgedis word.” Read more here

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April Newsletter

AS THE FIRST SIGNS OF AUTUMN… …become visible I can happily report that most of the harvest is safely fermenting in the cellar. Shorter days also mean new trading hours and on the 28th of March we stopped our tapas and dinner offering, but look forward to still welcoming you …

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Zinfandel Tasting 12 March 14

BLAAUWKLIPPEN’S ZINFANDEL JOURNEY Blaauwklippen Vineyards in Stellenbosch has a rich and colourful Zinfandel history and is widely regarded as the South-African market leader when it comes to the production of this grape varietal that enjoys immense popularity in the USA as well as Eurpoe under the name Primitivo. Blaauwklippen was …

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March Newsletter 2014

THE FIRST PICK What a magical time to work on a wine farm! Yes, we are harvesting and you can smell the grape fragrance in the air. We have picked our first grapes of the 2014 harvest on Wednesday the 12th of February. These grapes may very well be used …

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February Newsletter 2014

EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR LIFE February is the shortest month of the year, which might be the reason why it feels as if so much is happening in such a short time frame! We are preparing for the 2014 harvest and February is also the month of love at Blaauwklippen.

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January Newsletter 2014

IT IS OFFICIALLY A NEW YEAR We hope that it will be a great one for you and everyone you hold dear! The first good news for 2014 is that we have released our 2008 Blaauwklippen Vineyard Selection Zinfandel and we cannot think of a better way to welcome the …

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November Newsletter 2013

IT IS BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE… ….no, not Christmas yet, but summer! It is that time of the year when the days become longer and brighter, which means Tapas season at Blaauwklippen has arrived. Starting on 27 November you can enjoy a relaxed lounge atmosphere at our beautiful …

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October Newsletter 2013

September has treated us well, we received great news about our entries at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, the Blaauwklippen Zinfandel Vineyard Selection 2010 clenching Gold and the Blaauwklippen Shiraz Cultivar Selection 2011 seizing Silver.

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KWAZULU-NATAL WINE SOCIETY TRUMPS TOP BLENDS IN 30th ANNUAL BBC

The Natalia Wine Society from the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal walked away with the blending glory when they were announced the winners of Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, beating 90 other blends! This blending competition, celebrating 30 years of bringing the wine industry closer to the consumer through this fun, yet informative blending …

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September Newsletter 2013

September is a special month on the Blaauwklippen calendar. Not only does the month mark the start of a new season, spring, it is also when we announce the winner of the annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition. On the 13th of September we will know whose blend will be bottled for …

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Newsletter August 2013

On the 9th of August we celebrate National Women’s Day in South Africa. This day commemorates the national march of women in 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry special identification documents during the apartheid era.

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Fine Brandy Fusion 2013

South Africa’s premier brandy event.   Fine Brandy Fusion is a celebration of the finer side of South African brandy.   Featuring all major brands as well as the trendiest lifestyle partners, Fine Brandy Fusion is all about Sharing The Spirit!   Follow the link below to see the photos …

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Horses And Ponies ‘will be on leave’

Everybody needs a break: even our horses and ponies. They are on ‘leave’ between 12 to 26 July 2013 and 2 to 16 August 2013.   No Family Market pony rides as well as wedding couples that would want to use the single carriage will be available during these dates.

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Newsletter July 2013

AWESOME WINTER GLORY Winter is here in all her awesome glory and for the first time in the history of hosting our Sunday market we had to cancel, due to inclement weather conditions on the 2nd of June. Talking about awesome glory, we are thrilled to report that our Before …

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The Ball of HOPE 2013

Once again the annual Ball of HOPE, organized by HOPE Cape Town and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in co-operation with the Westin Hotel was a highlight on the social calendar of Cape Town.   See who attended this event

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Newsletter June 2013

#1 Dad It is hard to believe we are half way through 2013 already! In the Cape, June brings rain, snow-capped mountains and of course Father’s Day, traditionally celebrated on the third Sunday of this month. Did you know, economists estimate that Americans spend more than one billion dollars every …

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Blaauwklippen featured in Cape Times!

Blaauwklippen is one of the oldest, most graceful wine estates and lies just outside Stellenbosch. The estate offers a variety of food and activity options for adults and kids – enough to keep everyone happy. And the wine is good too. Barouche, the main restaurant, spills out from a mail …

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Newsletter May 2013

Winter is bringing a change There is a definite bite in the air as Mother Nature prepares to welcome Winter. We take our “cue” from the seasons and from the 6th of May we will be operating on “winter hours”, meaning the restaurant will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. …

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Newsletter April 2013

The season is changing What I love most about my position as a winemaker is that I am so acutely aware of how the seasons change, as seasons influence vintages. Autumn is here and all the grapes are fermenting in the cellar. We give thanks for a successful harvest.   …

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Zinfandel Tasting

Blaauwklippen is widely regarded as the South-African market leader when it comes to the production of Zinfandel, a grape varietal that enjoys immense popularity in the USA.   The 6th annual Blaauwklippen International Zinfandel tasting took place at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Cape Town on Thursday 7 March 2013. …

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Blaauwklippen Zinfandel Reserve preferred to top Australian Zinfandels! – Chris von Ulmenstein

Last week Blaauwklippen hosted its sixth International Zinfandel Tasting, this year choosing to compare its Zinfandel wines against four from Australia. The thirty or so wine writers attending judged the Blaauwklippen Zinfandel Reserve to be better than the Australian counterparts. The tasting was led by Rolf Zeitvogel, Cellarmaster and CEO …

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Newsletter March 2013

Time Marches On… I can hardly believe we are almost in the third month of 2013! By the time you read this our White Zinfandel will be happily fermenting in the cellar and the harvest will be in full swing. Jazz Evening We bottled some new releases, among others the …

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Twilight Christmas Market

We will host our second annual Christmas market on the 17th – 22nd December 2012. The idea surrounding the Christmas market is to bring the classical European Christmas markets to the heart of the Cape Winelands.     A delectable variety of prepared food will be on offer as well as …

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Newsletter November 2012

The Year So Far   I love the feeling of excitement as the festive season approaches and I hope that you will be spending some time with us here at Blaauwklippen. Whether it is enjoying High Tea, relaxing after work at our Tapas Sundowners Lounge, Lunch, Wine Tasting or visiting …

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High tea & Tapas

Enjoy a sumptuous High Tea with a “twist” as well as a tasty Tapas experience at one of South Africa’s oldest wine estates. To welcome Summer Blaauwklippen Vineyards, situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West recently added High Tea and an afternoon Tapas Sundowner Lounge as part of …

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Newsletter June 2012

I love winter, and how true is the quote from William Blake, the famous English poet: In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. We are almost ready to start enjoying the fruits of our harvest and the wines from the 2012 vintage are looking fantastic. We will …

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