Stellenbosch and its Wine Routes 2013 brochure

  The Stellenbosch and its Wine Routes 2013 brochure is now available as an e-book. For listings of wine farms, accommodation, restaurants, conference facilities and much more, click here.

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. Media and wine trade were […]

Wine of the week – Mike Bampfield-Duggan

Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch first planted the variety Zinfandel in 1978. From this bush vine vineyard, then winemaker Walter Finlayson won the Diner’s Club Winemaker of the year Award in 1981 for the 1980 Blaauwklippen Zinfandel — quite an achievement for a variety virtually unheard of in the Cape.   To see the full […]

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 of Blaauwklippen, and passionate about […]

‘Before And After’, Blaauwklippen’s glorious mistake – Dave March

Imagine using Zinfandel grapes, a variety from Italy (Primativo) better known in California, and Malbec, a French variety, better known in Argentina. Then, having tried and discarded Cabernet Sauvignon as a botrytised Noble Late Harvest, imagine turning Zinfandel into a desert wine with some 140grams of Residual Sugar and maybe adding some Malbec when felt […]

Putting the ‘Z’ in zinfandel – Melvyn Minnar

Ever a stranger on most shores, Blaauwklippen’s is a stand-out local version. It is in the nature of adventurous (and talented) winemakers (and artists) to explore beyond the obvious. And other that all those strangely-named grape varieties that are now coming into fashion in our wine country, zinfandel is the old-boys’ club cellar challenger. How […]

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 Blaauwklippen Cultivar Selection Rosé, produced […]