Don’t miss it! Come and Support Michael Academy Learning Centre for Special Needs Children this Wednesday. Registration will be open at 5:30pm and the 5km Full Moon Fun Run/ Walk begins at 6:30pm – R50 is all it costs which includes a yummy boerewors roll and coffee will be available for purchase. Put on you running shoes and I will see you there!
Don’t Miss It!!!
The newly renovated Carlucci’s at Meerendal Wine Estate is now open! It is sensual in simplicity, homey with an intriguing atmosphere. Come on down and experience the fresh ambience.
In other breaking news!
Meerendal will be represented in Wines of South Africa’s (WOSA) trade tasting on Monday the 4th of September in Holland. Five of our superb wines will be showcased, namely: Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Merlot 2014, Pinotage 2014, Shiraz 2010 and Heritage Block Pinotage 2010.
For more information on WOSA and the trade tasting, please follow the link below:
Meerendal founded BIGFEET Elephant Foundation, a charity involved in the wellbeing of Elephants in 2013.
Since then, more than R 200 000 has been raised through various initiatives, amongst others it’s BIGFEET Pressed for Elephants wine, a truly unique wine blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz and Malbec.
To save elephants from the Ivory trade and poachers, Meerendal donates R1 of every bottle sold to the “Elephants Alive” Foundation (www.elephantsalive.com).
BIGFEET Pressed for Elephants wine is a medium bodied, natural sweet wine with a beautiful bright red colour. A fruity fragrance on the nose with fresh ripe strawberries and cherries on the palate. A delicious, easy drinking wine paired exceptionally well with pastas and pizza.
The new group arrived on Sunday, 30th of July 2017 and will be with us on the Estate until Friday evening, 04th of August 2017.
Throughout the week, Academy students will gain knowledge in grape vine pruning, as well as basic cellar and laboratory work. Their wine making techniques will be enhanced with lecturers in both “South African Wine” and “Wines of the World” courses of the Cape Wine Academy.
We welcome the Team to Meerendal Wine Estate and trust that they will enjoy the program with Cellar Master and Wine Maker Liza Goodwin and Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard. We hope that the Meerendal Wine Academy certificate will instil in each individual team member a passion for Wine Making in the romantic world of Wine.
Are you looking for a quiet retreat whilst enjoying award winning wine by the fireplace?
Look no further! Meerendal Boutique Hotel is adding a dash of warmth to the cold season with the good news of its 2017 winter accommodation special. Valid until 31st of August 2017 the incredible package is sold for R1200 per room per night. The package includes a bottle of Meerendal wine, bed and breakfast at either restaurant on the Estate and your accommodation.
The boutique hotel offers Luxury Cape Dutch Style accommodation options ranging from Suites and Luxury Rooms to our beautifully designed Garden Suites. With an emphasis on stylish simplicity, all Suites and Luxury Rooms are uniquely designed with all the necessities to ensure Four Star Luxury.
With privileged access to the farm, guests staying at the hotel will be able to savour the best of Meerendal Wine Estate. Explore the estate on foot, following trails that take you through the vineyards or be adventurous and hire out a mountain bike. The estate also offers wine tasting and gin, vodka and whiskey tasting – and plenty of opportunity to sit, read, relax and take in the immaculate views of the vineyards and surrounding mountains.
Dining options include CROWN restaurant and Carlucci’s restaurant. Room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner is an available option. Come and enjoy a glass of Meerendal’s finest wine by the fireplace this winter!
Ideal for couples, families, corporate, as well as friends.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 975 1655
The profile of South African wine is set to attract greater international attention now that a new Wine of Origin District named after Cape Town, one of the world’s foremost tourism brands, has been approved by the South African Wine and Spirit Board. This ground-breaking move aimed at elevating the profile of South African wine through a direct association to Cape Town will unite the wine wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay under the inclusive name Wine of Origin Cape Town.
A total of 30 wineries, including some of South Africa’s leading brands such as Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal, Buitenverwachting and Cape Point Vineyards will join forces under Wine of Origin Cape Town, capitalising on the global recognition Cape Town has achieved as an international tourist destination and sought-after lifestyle brand.
According to Rico Basson, CEO of South African wine producers’ organisation Vinpro, an official Cape Town wine district automatically links the local wine industry to one of the leading place names in international tourism, lifestyle and business. “The collaboration between the various wards and wineries in coming together to form the new wine district is a huge step forward for the South African wine industry,” he says.
“It is an example of innovative co-operation in harnessing producers to market their respective regions under one name, the name Cape Town being much-needed for South African wine to present itself as a global player. As a wine region, Cape Town now encapsulates a wonderful set of dynamics in terms of heritage, culture and modern wine styles. South Africa is already well-known for our wine tourism offering and this new development will add to integrating our strategy of innovative marketing.”
Basson said the wards involved are incorporated in a unique area of the Cape Winelands that includes wards surrounded by the effect of the Atlantic Ocean and representing a similar geography. “South Africa’s Wine of Origin legislation is highly acknowledged and respected as one of the best implemented and regulated in the world, so besides the tremendous marketing opportunities Wine of Origin Cape Town holds, the region represents a wine-making and grape-growing entity with vast similarities.”
Duimpie Bayly, chairman of the Wine and Spirit Board’s Demarcation Committee, says that from a wine production side, the wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay are meant to be together. “We considered the various wards in the new proposed district and found great similarity in terroir as well as clear boundaries in a district that at its furthest point is 36km from the Cape Town City Centre,” he says.
“We looked at the marketing potential of the new district, but remained scientific in determining the physical similarities of the wards using the latest GIS technology available. After our findings and recommendation for this new wine district, the Demarcation Committee received no objections whatsoever and are now excited to add the new district to our Wine of Origin system.”
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the new Cape Town’ Wine of Origin demarcation will increase global awareness of South African wine.
“This is exciting news for our wine industry. Cape Town’s brand as a leading, quality tourism and investment destination is already well established. Bringing our wine offering under this same banner is a natural fit, and one which will dramatically accelerate global market recognition of our produce. This move will deliver benefits to both our tourism and wine industries.
“The Wine of Origin Cape Town campaign is also aligned to the Western Cape’s Project Khulisa economic strategy, which is seeking to grow jobs in tourism and in wine, through increased exports. I would like to commend Vinpro, sector players and the wineries involved for their hard work in leading this initiative.”
According to Siobhan Thompson, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the wine industry’s international marketing arm, the new designation of Wine of Cape Town will boost the profile of the country’s wines and winelands internationally.
“As a destination, Cape Town has long been a firm favourite among international travellers and has a strong reputation for not only its beauty, but also its flavours, be it wine and food and, of course, its people. This new appellation will not only hold positive rewards for the region, but also for South African wine as a whole as it will surely draw instant recognition due to the popularity Cape Town enjoys abroad. WOSA looks forward to marketing it in our key markets with our international teams.”
Martin Moore, chairman of the Durbanville Wine Valley which will now see its wines fall under the Wine of Origin Cape Town banner, says the joining of the Northern and Southern suburb wineries surrounding Table Mountain and Cape Town is one of the most exciting recent developments in the wine industry.
“Durbanville, Constantia and the other wards involved share the cool climate linked to the Atlantic seaboard as well as the ‘cool’ vibrancy with which the Cape Town brand is associated,” he says. “Myself and the other Durbanville wineries look forward to being linked to a name that is well-known internationally and is historically the Mother City of the South African wine industry.”
As one of South Africa’s most recognised wine regions, members of the Constantia Wine Route are equally upbeat about the new association with Cape Town. “The linearity in terms of geographical aspects with regards to the growing of wine grapes in the different wards is complemented by an exciting diversity in culture, scenery and tourist offerings,” says John Loubser, chairman of the Constantia Wine Route.
“While we are now proudly Cape Town wineries, each of the areas and individual wineries will still offer tourists and wine lovers the individual wine experiences for which we have become known. Only now we can do it together under the name of one of the world’s most dynamic place names that resonates with consumers world-wide.”
Now that the legislation has been approved, a new destination marketing organisation representing Wine of Origin Cape Town will be rolled out over the next few months.
Want to dive into the wonderful world of winemaking?
Meerendal Wine Estate now offers the opportunity to experience all aspects of wine making from the vineyard to the cellar, official wine tasting courses (in partnership with the Cape Wine Academy) and working on a top class wine estate.
Join the Meerendal Wine Academy and enjoy the annual harvest with Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard and share their passion on a journey through the romantic world of wine, make your own wine and receive your personal bottle one year later.
Course 1: 13 February – 24 February 2017
Course 2: 27 February – 10 March 2017
More information can be found here: www.meerendal.co.za/wine-academy
The latest wine to join the line-up of world-class Meerendal wines is INTENSIO.
This extraordinary wine was created through the collaboration between Meerendal’s Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Italian Maestro Dr. Stefano Contini.
True to the Meerendal tradition, winemaking has been in a woman’s hands for the past 18 years. Following in the footsteps of Christina Stans, the current cellar master Liza Goodwin is always striving to produce unique wines of outstanding quality. This time she wanted to create something new and extraordinary for South Africa. To do so she wanted to find out more about European winemaking and decided on an Italian technique used in the region of Veneto. She exchanged ideas and experiences with Italian maestro and winemaker Dr. Stefano Contini and they decided to make a wine exceptional and special in every aspect.
“The aim when INTENSIO was produced was to realise in the finished wine the intensity of colour, flavour and tannins present in the dried grapes so typical of the red wines from the Veneto region, in Italy. Yet in every way so different because of its South African heritage – this wine with all its intricate layers personifies the vast richness, culture and beauty that is South Africa.” (Liza Goodwin, Meerendal Cellar Master)
This off dry wine shows a vibrancy and freshness although it is very powerful and full bodied. The intense tannins and extract seamlessly integrate with the delicate fruit. The oak is not too overt, although it spent 15 months in barrel. This wine is best enjoyed with a hearty stew or a well-aged hard cheese.
We are excited to announce that our tasting room has moved! You’ll now find it right next to Carlucci’s Deli.
Find out more here: www.meerendal.co.za/wine/wine-tasting-deli
This year marked the launch of “Project X”, a secret project aimed at developing a masterpiece in the Meerendal cellar.
Meerendal’s wine maker and cellar master, Liza Goodwin has been working alongside a famous Italian Oenologist to create this unique wine at Meerendal Wine Estate.
Carefully selected Pinotage grapes were hand-picked early morning and were hung on large nets in perfect drying conditions in the cellar. After 30 days the matured grapes were taken down, crushed and carefully transported to the cellar’s traditional open concrete fermenters, of which very few remain in use around the Western Cape.
Currently this unique wine with it’s intense flavours and aromas matures in French oak barrels within the Meerendal cellar, slowly developing towards the final result of the much anticipated “Project X”.
More will be revealed soon…
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