South Africa

Here’s a great way to keep the World Cup gees alive…

Keep Flying is a simple idea. An idea that matters. And an idea that belongs to all of us .It believes that its all of our responsibility to fly the flag. Every South African Brand; Every South African, and to recognize what the flag symbolizes: Us, and our unity.

A unity that brought the World’s Greatest Tournament to life in a way only we could. A unity that still reverberates across continents a world away. A unity that says to the  world, and ourselves: “Hear us, each one of us, as one. Our time has truly come”

“Keep Flying” is simply that. A call to fly the flag. A call to keep flying.

For more info on this initiative visit:

Spanish Chicken and Rice- The perfect meal for the big match

The World Cup is drawing to a close as Sunday’s final between Spain and Holland will mark the end of this amazing show. It is going to be a titanic battle between these two European super teams. To give the night a Spanish flavour try this interesting and delicious Spanish recipe.

Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Rice

Serves 4

Total time 40 min



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 5-6cm pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 800ml can diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, chopped (optional)




  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until golden brown, 2 minutes per side.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine, tomatoes and their liquid, rice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the peas and cook, covered, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Spoon the chicken and rice onto individual plates and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with the olives, if desired.


Recommended wine

The well balanced Arniston Bay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon  will be the perfect match for this delicious Spanish meal.  


Hitting the right South African woodwork


Frank Lampard hit the proverbial woodwork in his famous goal that never was against the German soccer team. Mexico was also on the wrong end of an offside decision and it seems that Fifa is now singing a different tune as the referees, who made blatant errors, are being “red carded” and sent home.

To show solidarity with the teams who received calls from the referees, I suggest to drink a balanced, wooded South African wine which will never be red carded like the Arniston Bay Chardonnay.


This on(sea)side wine is slightly wooded (oak) to give a perfectly balanced wine which will help in easing the disappointment of Lampard’s South African  ‘no-goal’.

Come and enjoy our wines at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

The ever popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival has taken a different format this year as festival goers will be visiting the farms. The wines from the company of winepeopleTM have arranged a lovely programme and activities for festival goers.

Bring the family and come and enjoy some of the best wines in one of the most beautiful parts of the county.

Arniston Bay, Kumkani, Versus and Welmoed will the wines that will be showcased at this great festival.

Here are some more details about what we’re planning for the Stellenbosch Wine Festival:

  • - Kiddies corner: Face painting, jumping Castle, colouring in fun
  • - Tickle your tummies: Spitbraai/ potjiekos. The Duck Pond restaurant will be open daily.
  • - Free wine tasting!
  • - Specials on selected wines daily
  • - A complimentary cool de sac with every case of wine purchased, and other POS materials on sale.
  • - Foosball fun
  • - Massages for the ladies
  • - A jazz band
  • - A magician


For more info about the Stellenbosch Wine Festival please visit

Bloem stock up on booze as the English and Germans arrive for the big game

World Cup organisers moved on Thursday to ensure Bloemfontein bars were stocked with enough booze as the city braced for an invasion of thousands of thirsty England and Germany fans.

George Mohlakoana, chief executive of the Mangaung Local Organising Committee, said up to 25 000 English fans and up to 10 000 German supporters were expected in the city for Sunday’s match.

“Normally, in terms of our own provincial laws, Sunday is considered a day when alcohol should not be sold from wholesalers. However, you can get alcohol from restaurants and pubs.” Organisers had communicated with pubs and restaurants to make them aware of the fact that the two sets of supporters come from beer and wine drinking  cultures and that they would need to stock adequate supplies.

One of South Africa’s most popular wines, Arniston Bay will also be available at some restaurants and retailers. For those following the game on the “Tele”, be sure to enjoy this great South African wine with this great South African World Cup.


It was like playing at home- Lampard

The songs and cheers of the England supporters were absolutely amazing as the English booked their place in the knock-out phases.

It was fantastic to experience the English supporters at last night’s game. It was also  great to see thousands of South Africans cheering for England and hopefully they can go all the way.

England midfielder Frank Lampard reserved special praise for the fans.

“They were fantastic, it was like playing at home. When they are like that they’re the best in the world.”

For the fans back in England, don’t forget that you can win a trip to South Africa in the Arniston Bay promotion.

For more info visit:


An Elizabethan recipe for England’s do-or-die World Cup tie


England is playing Slovenia in a do-or die World Cup tie and all the eyes and hopes will be on the game in Port Elizabeth. I hope England will come out victorious as a number of Brits are here to support their team and experience our lovely country.

England and the English have a vast history with Port Elizabeth and I think the perfect recipe to match with this important match is an old Elizabethan recipe. Elizabethan food is fascinating for its range and breadth as “new foodstuffs” such as the tomato, potato and chives were being introduced from the New World in the late 16th century.

This Elizabethan recipe with its “New World” ingredients will also pair well with exceptional New World wine like the Arniston Bay Shiraz

The use of spices and fruit in savoury recipes during the Elizabethan era was very popular, especially with the upper classes and the Royal court. This is based on a genuine Elizabethan recipe, which have been adapted for modern day cooking.

Recipe: Spiced Elizabethan Pork and Fruit Casserole


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 700 g boned pork leg, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 300 ml red wine
  • 1 tablespoon british honey
  • 75 g stoned dates, roughly chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped herbs (rosemary, parsley & thyme)



Heat the oil and gently fry the onion and garlic for 10 minutes.

Toss the meat in the flour combined with the spices and seasoning and add to the onion.

Fry the meat, stirring occasionally until evenly browned.

Stir in the red wine with the honey and continue to cook over a medium heat, stirring for a further minute.

Add the dates and potato chunks and transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish.

Cover and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours or until the meat is thoroughly cooked.

Just before serving stir in the fresh herbs.


Uruguayan recipe for Bafana’s big game



On Wednesday Bafana Bafana takes on Uruguay in a crucial World Cup match and to get into the global (World Cup) spirit I found this amazing Uruguayan recipe.   

Uruguay shares much of the Argentine tradition of meat and lots of it. Asados of lamb and beef are a staple, and a chivito is a popular steak sandwich

Recipe: Chivito al plato

A chivito al plato would usually have the following ingredients:

1cm thick steak, 2 or 3 slices of bacon, 1 egg, ham, mozzarella cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, fried potatoes and/or potatoes with carrots and green beans salad, mayonaisse, and salt.

How to prepare a chivito al plato:

Fry the bacon and a few slices of onion. Then, in the same pan and with the bacon grease, cook the steak, adding a bit of salt when is half way done and then also adding the ham and mozzarella cheese on top of it. The mozzarella cheese should melt. Then fry the egg, use a clean pan if necessary.

Then cut the tomato in slices and start preparing the dish in the following way: Start by putting the steak with ham and mozzarella on the dish, then add the bacon, tomato, fried egg, and onion on top of it (the order can vary). Add some more tomato and the lettuce to a side along with the fries and potatoes salad. It can be done only with fries or only with tomatoes as well.

Sometimes chivitos al plato are more basic and only have meat, mozzarella, egg, ham and bacon.

Alternatively you make a chivito al pan which is more or less the same recipe but you put it on a hard bun and eat it like a sandwich

Recommended wine: The Arniston Bay Cabernet Shiraz will be the perfect match for this (soccer) match and dish.


Our opening game: Mexican dish with South African wine

This weekend the Mexicans will take on South Africa in the opening game of the Soccer World Cup. I think it will be great to make something Mexican this weekend.

This recipe is so easy and delicious and your guests may even do a Mexican wave after this lovely meal

Recommended wine: To make it a South Africa and Mexican affair the Arniston Bay Pinotage will be the perfect South African representative.  


Recipe : Steak With Pepita Sauce and Warm Tortillas

Serves 4

Total Time: 20m


  • - 700g skirt steak
  • - salt and black pepper
  • - 8 15cm flour tortillas
  • - 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • - 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • - 1/4 cup pepitas /  pumpkin seed
  • - 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice




  • Heat broiler. Season the steak with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and place on a rimmed broilerproof baking sheet. Broil to the desired doneness, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Warm the tortillas according to the package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the onion, cilantro, pepitas, oil, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the steak and tortillas.



Can women ever have too many shoes?


Even though all women are affected with MCD – Manolo Compulsive Disorder – most don’t take things to Imelda Marcos extremes. But who’s to say that, with the resources, time and shelf space, they wouldn’t?

According to a UK study, British women possess £637 million (R8 billion) worth of high heels that they have never worn. ‘A woman’s predilection towards buying shoes is only occasionally a practical one,’ explains Sue Constable, a shoe heritage officer at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which holds a collection of more than 12,000 pairs. And if you’ve ever dispatched half your pay cheque on a pair of yellow neon mules with vertiginous heels, you will know exactly what she means.

But don’t worry: ‘Buying shoes fulfils another need,’ continues Constable. ‘The need to escape, to fantasise; the Cinderella factor.’ In other words, it’s enough to feel that those heels could whisk you safely down a red carpet, even if they’re more likely to end up sitting in their box.

‘For every practical purchase there is an aspirational purchase, and that is enormously beneficial for mental health and well-being,’ says Cary Cooper, a professor of psychology and health at the University of Lancaster. So, before your partner throws up his smelly trainers in protest, let him in on the cure for your addiction – increased cupboard space.


And now that you stand the chance of winning a pair of designer shoes, you’ll have even more reason to enjoy Arniston Bay wines. Send us the reason why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay wines (the wine bottle must also have a starring role in your entry), and we’ll add another pair of enviable shoes to your collection.

Enter online by clicking here

The competition closes on 31 July 2010. Terms and conditions apply. 


Show us why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay wines

-      Please note: To be eligible to enter, a bottle of Arniston Bay wine must be visible in your entry, regardless of whether it’s a photograph, video, etc


First prize: Win a pair of designer shoes (Jimmy Choos, of course!) Second prize: Win a shopping spree Third prize: Champagne hampers and salon treatments for you and 3 friends

Win Tickets to The Wine Show Jo’burg

Stand a chance to win double tickets to The Wine Show Jo’burg which will be held at The Coca Cola Dome from 4-6 June 2010.

If you want to win the tickets and you’re living area and able to attend, all you have to do is leave a comment on our Facebook page or upload a fan picture.

Alternatively you can Tweet (or ReTweet) anything with the phrase “Arniston Bay” to stand a chance to win tickets.

For more info about the show,  visit

WIN a Sex and the City hamper from Arniston Bay Bubbly

One for the ladies!

To celebrate the release of the Sex and the City movie sequal, Arniston Bay are offering a chance to win one of two hampers to the value of R500!

The hampers include a pedicure set, Sex & the City 1 DVD and a case Arniston Bay bubbly.

To enter visit:   


You can also go to  to stand a chance to win more prizes including a pair of Jimmy Choos, a shopping spree, spa treatments for you and your girls as well as bubbly.

Head over heels for Arniston Bay bubbly


Haul out your beloved heels, and huddle your girlfriends closer! Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are stepping out in style again on the big screen for the Sex and the City movie sequel. And now, Arniston Bay is giving you even more reason to celebrate: simply show us why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay bubbly and you could win a pair of designer shoes!

Distinctive, modern and definitely the best “accessory” for any occasion: you’d be forgiven for thinking we were describing an item from a SATC star’s wardrobe, when in fact we’re referring to our delectable Arniston Bay Charmat Brut. Little wonder it’s the drink of choice for fashionistas and the well-heeled for when celebrating with friends.

The link between champagne and shoes (or should we say Choos), dates back to the olden days when gentleman in fact used to drink champagne from a gorgeous lady’s shoe. In modern times, the ladies are far too fanatical about their footwear to allow such an act of opulence. (In fact, the only time they’re willing to part with their prized pairs is when kicking their feet up in Arniston or dipping their feet in the azure Arniston ocean.


Marilyn Monroe summed it up correctly when she said “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!”.  Luckily, you won’t owe much (the recommended retail price is R45) when you open a bottle of Arniston Bay Charmat Brut, a refreshing wine that’s perfect for life’s carefree moments.

Made from Colombar grapes, this non-vintage Charmat Brut is known for its fresh aromas, natural acid and zesty tropical fruit flavours. Arniston Bay winemaker, Abraham de Villiers, said: “This wine has wonderful aromas and a creamy, delicate palate, and is perfect for everything from pamper parties to a relaxing with a good book or an uplifting dinner party with friends.”

And now that you stand the chance of winning a pair of designer shoes, you’ll have even more reason to enjoy Arniston Bay wines. Send us the reason why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay wines (the wine bottle must also have a starring role in your entry), and we’ll add another pair of enviable shoes to your collection.

Email your entries to with “Head over heels for Arniston Bay” in the subject line. The competition closes on 31 July 2010. Terms and conditions apply. 



Show us why you’re head over heels for Arniston Bay wines

-      Please note: To be eligible to enter, a bottle of Arniston Bay wine must be visible in your entry, regardless of whether it’s a photograph, video, etc


First prize: Win a pair of designer shoes Second prize: Win a shopping spree Third prize: Champagne hampers and salon treatments for you and 3 friends

UK Wine Market – A robust market for South African wines

The United Kingdom tends to function as a litmus test for international wine markets.

The island nation has a long history of wine appreciation and is credited with creating the prestigious Master of Wine program as well as WSET — the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Wine is part of daily life in the U.K. and brands that enjoy success at the supermarket level often go on to achieve international fame and fortune.

England has traditionally been a robust market for French wines, so it came as a surprise to learn that South African wine sales recently surpassed French wine sales — at least in the supermarket realm.

Arniston Bay is one of the most successful South African wine brands in the UK.

This brand has been named one of the top selling wines in the UK. Arniston Bay is the fourth biggest South African brand in the UK and has a 5.8% value share and 5.6% volume share in the South African category respectively.


Rosé attracts male following

More men are starting to drink rosé wine as drier styles become more fashionable, according to leading UK supermarket buyers and suppliers.

The growing popularity of food and wine matching is also helping the rosé category to attract more male drinkers, according to Pierpaolo Petrassi MW, Tesco’s senior product development manager for wine, who said the chain’s new Great With initiative sought “to include a rosé wine for each food type”.

The cliché of rosé being a female drink is still prevalent, but less than it was, so we’re moving in the right direction. The sweet, fruity style still dominates in volume terms, but many customers are also discovering drier, more refreshing styles.

Vicky Wood from Co-op added by saying  “There has been a shift in male drinking habits towards rosé over the past 12 to 18 months, which I think has been helped, in part, by the introduction of ciders over ice and initiatives from other categories.”

She added that while “the sweeter white Zinfandels and White Grenaches are still extraordinarily popular” in the Co-op, sparkling rosé and still pinks from France, South Africa and Argentina “are also selling well”.

The Arniston Bay Pinotage Rosé is one of the South African rosé wines which is doing exceptionally well in the UK market. This wine has juicy cherry flavours underpinned by red apple and passion fruit notes with a lengthy close.


When it comes to beaches…SA wins hands down

South Africa boasts some of the finest beaches in the world. From the pristine coastal stretch of Cape Vidal in KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape’s famous Wild Coast, from the penguin colony of Boulders Beach to sun-drenched Camps Bay in the Western Cape.

Although our football team is not the best in world… when it comes to beaches, we can boast with some of the best in the world.

Our beaches are much more than a haven for sun-worshippers and surfers. There’s so much to see and do along our dramatic coastline, including a range of wonderful multi-day coastal hikes.

With a coastline of 3 000 kilometres, South Africa has enough beaches to accommodate thousands of sun lovers without ever getting crowded. The beaches near the larger coastal cities get most visitors, of course, and in high summer bathers might have to negotiate a tangle of tanned limbs to get from the sea to their towels.

But there are dozens of other beaches along the country’s coastline where you can find space, privacy, soft sand and clear blue waves.

One of these quite and idyllic beaches is Arniston. South East (150km) of Cape Town you will find Arniston, a tranquil fishing village, which is particularly beautiful, and out of season is all but isolated.

Arniston Bay Wines  are inspired by the tranquility and peaceful relaxation of this quaint little fishing village.

For info on SA beaches visit:

South Africa overtake France in UK wine market

SA Winelands

South Africa has overtaken France to become the fourth largest selling country for wine in the UK.

Latest figures from market analysts AC Nielsen show sales of South African wines have overtaken French for the first time in the UK wine market.

South African wine sales grew 20 percent, by volume, to 12,270,000 9L cases, compared to a decline in French wine sales of 12 percent, to 12,266,000 9L cases; South Africa is now the fourth largest selling country for wine in the UK.

Although the South African wine industry is over 350 years old, it has been in its recent history that exports have seen significant growth. In 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected president and the country became a peaceful democracy, the industry exported around 50million litres of wine, globally; by the close of 2009 exports had increased eightfold, reaching almost 400million litres.

Commenting on the news Jo Mason, UK market manager, Wines of South Africa, said: “This is a momentous occasion for the South African wine industry, which is relatively young in terms of the global export market. In 1994 our producers wouldn’t have dreamt of selling more wine to the UK than France, but now the wine landscape has changed completely. UK consumers no longer default to European wine and the quality of wine from South Africa is up there with the best in the world.

This achievement has coincided with a year where South Africa is thrust into the spotlight, as host nation for the FIFA World Cup, which should ensure continued success for our wines, as visitors flock to the Cape or crack open a bottle while watching the game.”

Read more…

Arniston Bay Brand News.

Arniston Bay is one of wine brands which contributed considerably to the rise of South African wines.  This popularity of this brand as increased amnsily in the past few year especially in the UK market.

Perfectly paired wines for Easter

The traditional dinners that many people prepare for their Easter holiday meal consist of either roasted lamb or baked ham. The tradition of roast lamb actually dates back to biblical times, to a meal that was commonly referred to as the “sacrificial lamb,” while the baked ham is an American tradition that began more out of necessity than for any other reason.

Prior to refrigeration, hogs were slaughtered in the fall and what wasn’t eaten immediately was cured and smoked to last through the springtime. These two main courses are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to pairing wines.

The perfect pairing for a Smoked Ham (or gammon) will depend on the sauce or preparation method. But in general the saltiness of the pork will probably lend itself to fruitier wines like the Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay. This wine has pineapple and melon flavours on the nose with a full fresh and crispy finish.

Roasted lamb offers a much wider variety of wine from which one can choose, including Bordeaux style , Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and  Malbec to name a few. I think the Arniston Bay Cabernet Merlot will go perfect with a roasted lamb.

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Fruits for thought at the first SA Food Bloggers Conference

The first SA Food bloggers conference was a wonderful day and will definitely become an annual event.

South African Food bloggers came together at the Cook’s Playground in Cape Town and it was amazing to meet (in person) some of the legends of SA food Blogging.

It was incredible to have online food personalities like  Browniegirl , Jeanne (the Cooksister) and Jenny (Giggling Gourmet ) under one roof at the same event.

The speakers gave very interesting views and tips and this all was fruits for thoughts.

Arniston Bay was proud to be a co-sponsor of this event and we truly hope that this event will become an annual highlight for SA food bloggers.

Read more…

Photos of this event visit can be seen here

UK wine consumers – Chance to score in the World Cup

England has one of its best chances to win the World Cup at this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The English clubs are dominating forces in Europe and the squad will be full of superstars.

For off-licences, the prospect is for increased beer sales, and with the tournament taking place in one of the fastest growing nations for UK wine sales, there’s a chance to cash in on wine as well as beer, the traditional driver of football-related drink sales.

With the tournament taking place in one of the fastest growing nations for UK wine sales, there’s a chance to cash in on wine as well as beer, the traditional driver of football-related drink sales.

Generic body Wines of South Africa is running a programme of promotions for export markets including a football-themed “Let’s Celebrate” logo to appear on bottles and marketing materials.

Individual brands are stoking up the football marketing machine too. The Company of Wine People and Percy Fox are running a promotion that will put branded Arniston Bay footballs in six-bottle cases of wine in cash and carries.

“Historically, these tournaments do tend to be dominated by the big beer brands which have large budgets to play with and command more feature in store,” says Barney Davis, brand and business development manager for the company of wine peopleTM.

“But we feel there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South Africa and wine to benefit from the fact it’s taking place in the country.

“Watching the World Cup tends to be a really sociable event for people getting together with friends, and even though football is male-dominated for big games and tournaments it tends to be more mixed groups, so people will be going along to stores to pick up wine as well as beer.

“We want to see retailers add space and feature to persuade people that when they do, they should pick up South African wine.”

Davis added that Arniston Bay would be on price promotion in multiples during the summer. “We’ll also be carrying the generic Wines of South Africa message on all packs across all channels,” he said.

Major dates for England in the World Cup

The draw for the tournament was made recently which means that retailers can now starting planning for the busiest days of sales around England games.

The first of these is on June 12 against the USA, followed on June 18 by Algeria and June 23 versus Slovenia.

Should England proceed to the second round they’ll play on either June 26 or 27 depending where they finish in their group stage.

Quarter-finals are on July 2 and 3, with the semis on July 6 and 7.

The Word Cup final is on July 11, a month to the day after the opening game between host nation South Africa and Mexico.


Arniston Bay Sponsors first SA Food Bloggers Conference

In the past, people relied mainly on traditional media to gain access to a vast array of topics. The worldwide blogosphere has revolutionised the way we communicate and has opened up channels for debate, news, entertainment and general socialising. Blogs offer a more personal communication and interaction with the blog (information portal) and its consumer.

Arniston Bay wines will be sponsoring this event and will afford food bloggers the opportunity to taste the wines and best decide which of the wines to pair their foods with.

the company of wine people™’s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Chris O’Shea, says, “We are proud to be sponsoring our easy-drinking, lifestyle wine for this occasion. It aligns perfectly with our brand essence.”

Guests attending the food bloggers conference will have the opportunity to sample relaxation at its best with the Arniston Bay varietals such as the Sparkling Rosé, Charmat, Chenin Blanc Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz Pinotage and the Pinotage Rosé.

“We are very excited to introduce the full range of Arniston Bay wines to the food bloggers and are hoping that the success of the conference will be extended to Johannesburg and Cape Town, although cyber space may have no limits having an actual event for the bloggers to attend is a great way for them to extend their knowledge and get to meet their fellow bloggers.”

South Africa has seen a remarkable usage increase in the local blogosphere, with the number of active blogs increasing from 600 in December 2006 to 3789 a year later in December 2007. These statistics are a result of a 2008/2009 survey of Online Media in South Africa, conducted by media researcher and commentator, Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx and the Online Publishers Association.

With South African Internet services set to expand, consumers are set to have more connectivity choice than ever before. South Africa’s Internet population is expected to grow as much in the next five years as it has in the 15 years since the Internet became commercially available in South Africa, according to the latest World Wide Worx Internet Access in South Africa 2008 report.

The increased growth rate is expected to continue for the next five years, taking the Internet user population to the 9-million mark by 2014.

These statistics will have a direct effect on how prevalent blogging is in South Africa and how it will continue to grow year-on-year, Food24 is SA’s biggest online food community and will be using this conference as an opportunity to meet their sometimes anonymous members and offer advice on how to make a blog successful.

The first food bloggers conference will be taking place on Sunday 21 March in Cape Town at the Giggling Gourmet’s Cooks Playground.

The conference will include talks by guest speakers such as; award-winning blogger Jeanne Horak-Druiff, the talented food styler Nina Timm, Editor-in-chief of Women24, Food24 and Parent24 Sam Wilson and professional book editor and author of the blog Scruptuous SA Jane-Anne Hobbs.

Tickets to the conference are R430 per person, visit: for more information.

South Africa shines at Green Wine awards


South African wine companies dominated the results of the inaugural Drinks Business Green Awards in London.

Dr Paul Cluver, founder of Paul Cluver Wines, received arguably the highest accolade, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his ongoing, visionary approach to conservation and exemplary environmental credentials. Dr. Cluver is also the Chairman of the company of wine people TM ‘s board of directors.

Inge Kotzé of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative was awarded the Personality Award and Backsberg walked away with the Sustainability Award. Paul Cluver Wines and Stellar Organics were named runners-up in the Ethical Award category, giving South Africa a notable presence in four of the eight award results.

The Drinks Business Green Awards are designed to highlight and reward leadership on environment, sustainability and climate change, by drinks companies worldwide.

Commenting on the success, Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) said: “This is a significant moment in the development of South Africa’s green credentials and we are delighted so many of our champions are being recognised for the substantial contributions they are making to the advancement of sustainable practice in the wine industry.  South Africa is a leader in production integrity and is committed to working in harmony with the environment to ensure long-term sustainable and profitable growth.”


Arniston Bay Brand News:

One of the leading South African brand in the UK, Arniston Bay,  has also introduced environmentally friendly initiatives. Arniston Bay introduced the environmentally friendly wine pouch and has also reduced the weight of wine bottles in some of our ranges.

We congratulate and salute our fellow South Africans , within the wine industry,  in their efforts to save our environment.

Valentine’s Wine winners

Congratulations to Joanita Christie and Derek Mitchell

joanita-christie1 derek-mitchell Their Facebook comments were judge to be the best and they have each won an Arniston Bay wine hamper.

What girls want: Arniston Bay


Out of the way boys! This one’s for the girls! Cape Town girls looking for a dazzling night out will get the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and be care-free by filling their glasses with the fresh, crisp wine and enjoy the 5FM Girls’ Night Out, coming to the Cape Town Women’s Show on Friday, February 19.

The company of wine peopleTM‘s Brands and Business Development Manager, Corne Oosthuizen, says, “We are proud to be sponsoring our care-free, wines for an event of this nature. It aligns perfectly with our uniquely relaxing brand of Arniston Bay wines.”

Get your four closest girlfriends together, and join Sureshnie and your fav 5FM girls at the CTICC. 5FM will be treating the ladies to a fashion show, an Elle magazine trend workshop, a hot set from 5FM’s female DJs and a live performance by Gang of Instrumentals!

Listen to Sureshnie Rider’s show (Mon-Thurs, 11pm-1am) for details on how to get onto the guest list. “We will be showcasing our wines at both The Women’s Show and The Girls’ Night Out Party and are very excited to introduce the ladies of Cape Town to our blush pink, new sparkling Rosé which is an ideal drink for a girls night out,” he continues.

Listen to Sureshnie Rider’s show (Mon-Thurs, 11pm-1am) for details on how to get onto the guest list.

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South African wines a hit in the UK


South Africa continues to rank as the fastest-growing wine category in the UK.

New data shows, and Wines of SA (Wosa) CEO Su Birch believes exports of packaged wines could grow 10% in volume this year, provided the rand doesn’t strengthen materially.

Sales figures released by AC Nielsen for the UK, South Africa’s biggest wine export destination, show that local wines have increased their volume share of the market from 10.4% in 2008 to 12.3% in 2009.

Although still in fourth place, the country is now virtually on a par with France, which occupies third position with 12.4%, behind Australia and the US.

Birch added that the South African brands to have performed exceptionally well included First Cape, Kumala, Arniston Bay, Two Oceans and KWV.

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SA Wine Industry to reduce impact with new light-weight bottles


As South Africa continues to defy the global economic downturn by annually lifting the export of its packaged wines, it is making concerted moves to lower the weight of its wine bottles and so maintain its status as one of the world’s most eco-progressive winemaking nations and a leader in production integrity.

From this year, 750-ml wine bottles closed with screwcaps and weighing only 350 grams will be available to local wine producers. These compare with an average bottle weight of over 500 grams just four years ago.

“As we raise our export volumes of mostly bottled wines, we also increase our carbon emissions, so it becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” explained Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), one of the leading champions of the country’s efforts to grow, make and market wines in a way that is least harmful to the environment.

She said the wine industry body, SA Wine Industry Information Systems (SAWIS), had calculated that for every 10 million litres of wine shipped in bulk, just over 107 jobs would be lost. “This figure does not even factor in the multiplier effect that such job losses bring. It has, for example, been reported that for every one of Unilever’s direct jobs in South Africa, another 22 workers depend on the company for at least a part of their livelihood. This is an indication of just how crucial each job is to a developing economy such as ours.”

While many players in the South African wine industry had actively supported bottle recycling programmes in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment, efforts were now being accelerated to focus on light-weight wine bottles as well.

According to Consol Glass, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of glass containers for the beverage industry, until 2006 the average weight of a 750ml non-returnable wine bottle was 516 grams, which by last year had dropped to 437 grams, a decrease of 15%. The new light-weight bottle will bring down the average still further.

She said the sturdy, light-weighted bottles, apart from strengthening South Africa’s reputation for environmentally responsible wine production, would also address the demands of leading retailers. Also keen to enhance their sustainability credentials, the multiple grocer chains were responding to high-profile media and consumer calls for more eco-friendly packaging.

Birch added that alternative wine packaging, such as the wine pouch offered by leading export brand, Arniston Bay, had also been welcomed in many export markets. South African bag-in-box wines were also very popular, particularly in Scandinavia.



South Africa wins market share fight

South African wine has achieved the largest increase in UK market share during 2009, according to the latest Nielsen figures.

Its performance takes the country from 10.4% of the off-trade market to 12.3% in the year to December 26, 2009.

The South African category also grew 24% by value and 23% by volume in the same period.

“South Africa’s market share is now only 0.1% behind France, which is in decline, falling to 12.4% by volume,” said generic body Wines of South Africa.

Exports to the UK were up 14% by volume. This growth maintains the UK’s position as the leading export market for the South African wine industry, accounting for 32% of total global exports.

Al the leading South African brands, including First Cape Kumala, Arniston Bay, Two Oceans and KWV, enjoyed exceptional growth in 2009.

The figures also show that growth in the South African wine category is not exclusively at the lower end of the market, with a 15% uplift in value sales of wines above £5, a 27% increase in wines above £7 and 43% increase in wines above £10.


Put your feet up or let your hair down with Arniston Bay at the 5FM Girls Night Out Party


Lifestyle brand Arniston Bay is proud to announce that it will be the wine sponsor at the 5FM Girls Night Out party.

This event will be held at the Cape Town Convention Centre on Friday 19 February and promises to be a great night.  The party will again be hosted by Sureshnie Rider, fashion shows by the finest designers, music by top SA Bands like Flash Republic & Tamara Dey.  5FM also indicated that they will host a week long competition on air and listeners will be able to win tickets to this exclusive event.

Which wine for the summer braai?


Braai (or BBQ) is a big part of the South African summer and various social events and gatherings consists of a braai.

But what is the right sort of wine to offer at a braai? Let’s get one thing straight: there isn’t a right sort! The wine you choose for your braai should be one that you enjoy drinking, not necessarily one that you think you should enjoy. Set the tone for a light-hearted and relaxed event.

Rosé So if you love a glass of rosé on a summer’s evening, welcome your guests with a chilled dry rosé, which combines the crispness of white wine with the flavours of strawberry or watermelon.

Sparkling wine

Or greet them with a glass of fizzy Sparkling wine. Chilled, pink maybe, it’ll add a touch of sophisticated fun to any garden gathering.

Bearing in mind that both white and red wines can be light-, medium- or full-bodied, vegetables, white meat and fish are light in character and respond best to a sympathetic wine, while red meats can handle a more robust accompaniment.

We’ll make some suggestions but remember, it’s your party and you’re supposed to enjoy it too, so choose what you’re happy with.

Most red wines

Will go well with simple barbecued (braai-ed)  meats. Try a young Cabernet Sauvignon or light fruity French wine.

Sauvignon Blanc

A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or another white wine with a high acidity content will go well with plain braai-ed meat. Look for one that promises a crisp and intensely aromatic experience.

Or saucy?

For meat covered in barbecue sauce, you want a wine that won’t try to compete with the flavour but will complement it. A young fruity, spicy red would be ideal. Try a Shiraz or a more traditional French Cotes du Rhone, which sometimes has a smoky aroma of its own.


If you notice that you’re running out of chilled wine, pop a bottle or two in the freezer for half an hour. Take them out and keep them in a bucket of cold water and some ice. Use cooler sleeves that are available at most off-licences.

To keep a large number of bottles cool, three-quarter fill a clean dustbin with cold water and ice. Place the bottles in a bin bag and put the secured bin bag in the bucket.


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A perfect example of a great young Cabernet Sauvignon is  the Arniston Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 . This wine has berry fruit aromas with hints of mint and nutmeg.


Another wine that goes well with a braai is the Arniston Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009.This wine has cut grass and green pea aromas with a crisp acidity and a good length.


World Cup set to increase SA wine sales


South Africa’s wine industry expects increased global sales in 2010, although the strong and volatile rand threatens its long-term prospects. This is according to Su Birch, CEO of  Wines of South Africa

The sector expects the 2010 Fifa World Cup – which kicks off on June 11 – to boost sales hurt by a global economic crisis and weakened economies in key export markets across Europe and in the US.

South African wine producers and exporters were planning to use the world’s most-watched sports spectacle to increase marketing and the association is organising special braai festivals in key nations competing in the tournament, she said.

Leading supermarket retailers in Europe, such as Sainsbury and Tesco, were also eager to promote South African wines.

“There is huge interest and excitement around 2010. There isn’t a supermarket group in Europe that doesn’t want to do a South African promotion,” Birch said.

The estimated 450000 foreign tourists expected to attend the World Cup will be able to pick up quality wines – usually seen on European shelves – for about R30.

Exports for South Africa’s packaged wines were expected to increase by between 10% to 15% in 2010, Birch said, adding: “The interest around South Africa and South African wines as a result of 2010 is just phenomenal.”

But the strength of the rand – which gained about 30% against the dollar – was a concern for the industry. Analysts say the stronger rand has hit exporters hard as Africa’s strongest economy tries to recover after exiting its first recession in 17 years in the third quarter of last year.

“The currency is a huge worry and we fear that if it doesn’t move it will, in the long term, be the death knell of the industry,” Birch said. “It is crippling because nobody can make any [profit] margins and what is worse is the huge volatility.”

Birch said the industry, which employs some 250000 people, and last year celebrated its 350th anniversary, was struggling despite exports surging by 335% between 1995 and 2007. “The industry is really in financial trouble. There is no new [vine] planting going on, so we are not going to sustain growth,” she said.


Arniston Bay Brand News

The 2010 World Cup will add impetus to already successful and fast growing brands like Arniston Bay. The Arniston Bay wine brand has experienced a marked sales increase over the past year – latest figures reveal that off-trade sales are up 29% by value and 31% by volume (AC Nielsen: 52 weeks to 05 September 2009)

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Drinking and Driving over the Festive Season?


Drinking and Driving over the Festive Season? Then it’s time to ask Goodfellas to the party.

Cathy Marston writes  “Sadly, I realise that this is not the norm here in SA. The drink-driving stats in this country are horrendous with alcohol being blamed for 50% of the 18,000 deaths on our roads every year – yes, that number is correct – 18,000 deaths a year. A massive sea-change is needed in people’s attitudes to drinking and driving, and one company which is providing a real alternative to this is Goodfellas. They offer a membership service which you can call after one too many drinks and they will come to wherever you are and drive you safely home in your own car.”

According to Alison Brussow, marketing manager for Goodfellas, all the drivers have to pass stringent background checks, driving tests on both manual and automatic cars and undergo regular training by the company. Both Morell and Mogamat had branded uniforms and ID cards and we were given their names by the call centre when we rang to book the service so there was no possibility of any mistakes. And we felt completely safe in their hands – much more so than when we pick up a random taxi from the rank, something which is an added boon for women going home on their own as well.

Drinking and driving is a complete social no-no in the UK – if ever I contemplated getting behind the wheel after a few drinks, then the thought of my friends’ total disgust and disapproval is always enough to change my mind. I have heard various excuses over the years such as “Well, we have to drink and drive in SA because we have no public transport!” or “I’m a really good driver so alcohol doesn’t affect me like other people” and really folks, enough is enough. The choices are simple -

  • – Drink, but don’t drive
  • – Drive, but don’t drink
  • – Call Goodfellas or somebody like them.

and with the Festive season in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities to use a service like this and I fully intend to do so. After all, if it’s good enough for the Sharks, for South African Breweries and for Bob Skinstad, then it’s good enough for me too.” Tel:   0861 433 552

Source: food24


Arniston Bay Brand News

Arniston Bay supports this initiative and urges consumers to make use of this service.

South Africans drink less wine but wine exports still increase


In the year to end-October South Africans have scaled down their wine and brandy consumption, but in export markets more South African wine has flowed from bottles than in the previous corresponding period.

A statement issued by Yvette van der Merwe, managing executive of SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (Sawis), reported that domestic sales of natural wine fell 5.7% over the 12 months, and those of brandy 8.8%. Bulk wine exports were 20% down.

Exports of packaged wine, however, increased 9.4% during the period.

The combination of the economic downturn, which caused a drop in sales, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which should boost sales, is expected to result in domestic sales of wine and brandy remaining more or less stable in 2010, the statement continued.

Van der Merwe said there are various factors affecting wine exports, and it is therefore impossible to make any forecasts. These factors included the strong exchange rate, the economic chaos in South Africa’s principal export markets, the non-profitability of South African wines in core markets such as Britain, and the availability of the product.


Arniston Bay Brand News

South African wine brands like Arniston Bay are doing exceptionally well in the UK market. The Arniston Bay wine brand has experienced a marked sales increase over the past year – latest figures reveal that off-trade sales are up 29% by value and 31% by volume (AC Nielsen: 52 weeks to 05 September 2009).


Greening the festive season


Christmas is about excess and extravagance – the glittering decorations, mountain of gifts at the bottom of the dusty, plastic tree and numerous dishes of traditional Christmas fare are all part of what makes Christmas so divine and decadent.

Christmas is also made special by the fact that we actually stop to spend time with one another, wrapping gifts, cooking up a storm and taking a moment to appreciate our relationships. You might think that becoming more aware of the environment means skimping on what makes Christmas special. But going green this Christmas can only make the festive season that much more memorable.

Get the kids involved while you’re at it and teach them to be less wasteful and more considerate of the environment. This is a perfect way to make a difference during what is considered a time of giving.

Real or fake tree?

To reduce your impact on the environment this year, consider what type of Christmas tree you’ll be putting up. Though a fake tree is convenient and easy, it’s also made of substances that are harmful to the environment and therefore has a heavy carbon footprint.

Rather, consider going to your local garden nursery to buy a tree or bush that you can plant in your garden after the festive season. Using an indigenous plant as your Christmas tree and planting it afterwards is a really great idea that will mean doing your bit for the continuation of our local flora.

If you must have the branch of a real pine tree, make sure you get hold of an ‘organically grown’ one and when you’re finished, dispose of it properly by taking it to your local waste management area.

Christmas tree décor

Popcorn tinsel, twig stars and marshmallow angels are a great way to decorate the tree and they’re a lot more eco-friendly than tinsel and mass-produced plastic baubles. Be creative and recycle bottle tops or press flowers from the garden and string them up for a beautiful effect.


Gifts that are handcrafted are always that much more special and unique, and you’ll be surprised at the choice and ingenuity of handcrafted products. An electric guitar made out of jerry cans or a beautiful wooden biltong slicer are some examples of finely handcrafted products. Do your Christmas shopping at the flea market this year to reduce your consumption of mass-produced products.

Give the gift of time to your friends and family. Make up vouchers that your loved ones can use that will involve time spent with you. ‘A picnic at the park’ or ‘a day out shopping’ or even an offer to babysit so parents can have some time to do their own thing are all ways of showing your appreciation of those you love.

Edible gifts – a bag of beautifully decorated cookies or yummy brandy snaps festively wrapped are fantastic gifts that will please the sweet-toothed.

Coloured lights are a big part of what makes Christmas so festive and by using LED lights – which use significantly less electricity, yet last at least 100 times longer than a normal bulb – you can reduce your impact on the environment. In fact, if we were to change all of our home lighting to LED, we’d save a lot of electricity. LED festive lighting should be readily available at your nearest convenience store.

It’s a wrap

Recycle old Christmas cards by cutting up the fronts and adding these to recycled paper backs to give them a new lease on life.

Wrapping paper – try novel ideas like old newspaper and brown paper with a home-made decoration attached…

Lastly… recycle.

All the packaging that you’ll be opening this festive season will go to good use if it’s recycled. Set up your recycle bins now and encourage the whole family to get used to the idea ahead of the big feast. Remember: glass, plastic, cans and paper are all recyclable.

There is so much that you can do that will ensure that your home is environmentally-friendly for the holidays. Be part of the change that needs to happen to ensure that we preserve our earth for many, many festive seasons more.



Arniston Bay Brand News

Arniston Bay believes in sustainable practices to protect our environment. This is reflected by initiatives like wine pouches (Astrapouch) and the Arniston Bay Tides Range which is being bottled in lighter weight glass (nearly 100g less in weight than the previous bottle).

FIFA amazed by Cape Town’s beauty


With the eyes of the world on Cape Town for the 2010 World Cup draw it seems that FIFA is overwhelmed by the Mother City.

In an article on the official FIFA website , comments on the beauty of Cape Town and the surrounding attractions are stated . It states that “Cape Town’s popularity as a holiday destination has as much to do with the areas that thrive just outside its borders as the attractions that lie within the Mother City itself”

The Cape Winelands , Whale country and the bigger Cape Town attractions are indicated in this article.

They had the following to say about The Cape Winelands: “This is a place where elegance meets untamed nature, where immaculate vineyards are pressed against unruly mountains and in which small-town charm is combined with well-traveled sensibilities. Visitors to the Cape Winelands can easily spend anything from a single afternoon to a few days exploring the various wine estates and towns, the most famous of which are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.”

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Arniston Bay Brand News

Cape Town and it’s surroundings  is renowned for it beautiful beaches and scenery. Arniston Bay Wines is named after a beautiful little beach village, Arniston, which situated 150km from Cape Town.



South Africa is the fastest growing wine-supplying country in Britain


According to a recent Telegraph article South Africa’s wines are improving in leaps and bounds and there has been a dramatic increase in quality.

South Africa is currently the world’s ninth largest wine producer with more than 600 wineries and 6,000 wines. It is the fastest growing wine-supplying country in Britain, with a 12.1 per cent share of the market, hot on the heels of Italy and France (13 and 13.1 per cent, respectively).

It further states that this market share improvement is driven by the big brands such as Arniston Bay

Arniston Bay Brand News

The Arniston Bay wine brand has experienced a marked sales increase over the past year – latest figures reveal that off-trade sales are up 29% by value and 31% by volume (AC Nielsen: 52 weeks to 05 September 2009).

Read the full Telegraph article.

South African Wine needs a Bond movie


Last year the Californian wine industry got a shot in the arm when the film ‘Bottle Shock’ told the stories of the blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris”. This event put Californian wine on the map and the movie reminded consumers of the quality wine that comes from that region.

New Zealand filmmakers are set to make a film about a journalist’s first winemaking experiences in Marlborough.

Based on the 2007 book, First Big Crush: The Down and Dirty on Making Great Wine Down Under. This book recounts a year in the life of US journalist Eric Arnold as he sets out to make wine in New Zealand. The production team is currently searching for a screenwriter. This film will also give New Zealand wine a lift and will improve the image of their wines.

Maybe South Africa must also make a film about South African wine. Previous films from South Africa like Tsotsi and District 9 does not really attract visitors or wine drinkers to South Africa. Maybe South Africa must make a period drama of the Vryburger revolt when Adam Tas , Jakobus van der Heyden and others rebelled. Van der Heyden was one of the original owners / farmers of Welmoed and he was prominent and brave during this rebellion.

I think the best would be for a James Bond movie that playoff in Cape Town. A car chase on Chapman’s Peak, the villain lives on a wine estate and he only drinks Pinotage.

The Bond girl can be called Chenin Blanc and she is a Big Wave surfer. She can have a Ursulla Andress / Halle Berry beach bikini scene on Arniston,  where Bond awaits sipping (Arniston Bay) sparkling wine on this idyllic beach.

The final scene can be Table Mountain Cable Car action scene or something.

Maybe Gavin Hood or Neill Blomkamp must get involved because a blockbuster movie will make the wine world see South African wine in a new light.

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) unveils 2010 campaigns

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is planning a series of international braai festivals, a World Cup for sommeliers, and a range of other novel initiatives to highlight abroad South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup. 


The braai festivals, to be held in key export destinations such as the UK, Holland, Germany, Scandinavia and countries in Latin America and the Far East, will be scheduled to co-incide with important matches of next year’s tournament.  The events will feature high-profile South African chefs, as well as winemakers at venues where matches are being televised.

Linked to the braai festival concept is the publication and international distribution of a book of special braai recipes created by local winemakers to match their wines.  The compendium of recipes will appear with styled photographs, and marketers all over the world will have access to the recipes and images to use in their South African wine campaigns.

A World Cup for sommeliers, to be held in a number of countries selling South African wine, is intended to increase awareness of local wines among on-consumption buyers. The winning contestant from each participating country, judged on the basis of their ability to identify a series of local wines and pair them successfully with foods, will be flown to South Africa late in 2010 for the finals.

WOSA has also developed a special logo for 2010 that includes a soccer ball, approved by FIFA. It will be available to producers to feature in their marketing material and on wine bottles in those countries where legislation permits. In Sweden, for example, local legislation forbids a link between alcohol and sport in any advertising or merchandising.

The organisation’s CEO, Su Birch, said an animated wine and soccer video was being produced for release at next year’s ProWein trade exhibition in Germany in March, and which would be made available internationally.

These braai festivals will give South African wine brands like Arniston Bay wine and Welmoed wine the change to associative with uniquely South African cuisine and social events surrounding the 2010 World Cup.  


Arniston Bay Toasts to the Launch of Top Travel

jeannie-janez Arniston Bay wines sponsored the wine for the launch of Top Billing’s latest initiative, Top Travel, in Johannesburg to ensure everyone toasts the journey presenters Jeannie D and Janez Vermeiren are embarking on.

the company of wine peopleTM‘s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Chris O’Shea, says, “We are proud to be sponsoring our easy-drinking, lifestyle wine for this occasion. It aligns perfectly with our brand essence.”

The Valpre Top Travel programme commences on Wednesday 7th October on SABC 3 at 8pm. Jeannie D and Janez Vermeiren embark on a 26-week journey around the globe in search of all things premium and rare.

High-profile guests attending the launch had the opportunity to sample the easy drinking wines with varietals such as the Arniston Bay Sparkling Brut, Arniston Bay Sparkling Rose, Arniston Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Arniston Bay Reserve Shiraz.

Roast Rack of Lamb – The perfect Heritage Day dish


A roast rack of Karoo lamb is just the right dish to prepare on Heritage Day. This dish maybe time consuming to prepare but the result is an amazingly delicious dish which is well worth the effort.

To keep within the heritage theme, serve this meal with a uniquely South African Pinotage. The Arniston Bay Pinotage 2008 is a well balanced wine with vanilla tones and savoury flavours. This wine is a great match for the South African Karoo lamb.

Serves 4 – 6

  • 2 racks of lamb, 600 – 800 g each, trimmed
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons  salt
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary, thyme, or lavender sprigs
  1. Prepare the racks of lamb at least 1 hour (or up to 4 hours) before cooking: Chop together the garlic, salt, rosemary, and pepper to make a coarse rub. Rub the racks with the mixture, cover, and set aside. (If you are not going to cook them within 2 hours, refrigerate, then bring to room temperature an hour before cooking.)
  2. Preheat oven to 220° C. Heat a roasting pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Pat the racks of lamb dry with paper towels and coat lightly with the olive oil. Place the racks flesh-side down in the pan. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 65° C for medium rare
  3. Transfer the racks to a carving board. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice between the ribs to separate the chops for serving. Garnish with the fresh herb sprigs

Source: realsimple

Arniston Bay continues the strong performance in UK wine market


The dynamic South African wine brand, Arniston Bay, is continuing its great performance in the UK market. AC Nielsen figures reveal that Arniston Bay off-trade sales are up 30% by value and 31% by volume, making the brand one of the fastest growing in the UK.

Barney Davis, brand and business development manager for the company of wine peopleTM said that a new range – The Lighthouse Collection – has been added to the Arniston Bay brand.

The new range extensions will be presented at the Wines of South Africa Mega Tasting on October 13 and 14, and will include The Lighthouse Collection from Arniston Bay plus new 2009 vintages the brand.

The Lighthouse Collection is a range of lower alcohol wines at 10-11 per cent volume, that aim to address some of the challenges relating to health and the environment. They are available in red, white and rosé varietals with an RRSP of £4.99, they are presented in lightweight glass bottles to reduce packaging waste and lower the overall environmental impact of the product.

Davis added that  ‘For us, this year’s WOSA Mega Tasting offers the chance to highlight to both the trade and the consumer the strong sales momentum that we have seen for the Arniston Bay brand over the past twelve months. At the company of wine peopleTM we are focused on building strong, sustainable brands in core markets with sufficient investment in quality, packaging and innovation that competes head on with the best that other wine countries have to offer. With the help of Percy Fox & Co we expect to see the success that we’ve seen for Arniston Bay mirrored across our entire portfolio of wines.”


Michael Olivier full of praise for the Arniston Bay Pinotage Rosé


South African wine personality, Michael Olivier, was full of praise for the Arniston Bay Pinotage Rosé.

He said: “This is a classical Pinotage Rosé. It’s got just the most wonderful red fruity berry nose. There is also a little bit of Muscat and delicious strawberry. The wine has a lovely crisp tangy dry finish. Great with food and great on its own”

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Michael Olivier applauds Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc/ Chardonnay


The well known South African food and wine writer, Michael Olivier recently heaped praise on the easy-drinking Arniston Bay Chenin Blanc/ Chardonnay.

He said: “This is such a lovely, lovely wine. Pale straw in colour  and you can pick up some pineapple and ripe melon on the nose.” He added that wine has a “lovely sort of full feeling on the palate” and concluded by saying “this is a barefoot wine” especially for those beach and pool moments.

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What tickles you pink? Win with Arniston Bay


You’ll fall in love with Arniston Bay’s new sparkling Rosé: this blush pink wine with its romantic overtones is ideal for adding some fizz to a series of social situations. Regardless of the reason for celebration, this bubbly is the drink of choice when toasting a memorable occasion.

Win, win, win!

Tickled Pink essentially means to be delighted and Arniston Bay is offering you the opportunity to be delighted and win with the new Arniston Bay Sparkling Rosé.

All you have to do is to visit iafrica and tell us what tickles you pink and the three most original entries will win a case of the new Arniston Bay Sparkline Rosé.

Created by winemaker Abraham de Villiers, this non-vintage Charmat Rosé is a delicate ensemble of forest berry, rose petal, violets, white cherry and peach aromas on the nose, zesty tropical fruit flavours and a tingle of fresh, crisp bubbles on the palate.

De Villiers said: “This is a great value sparkler which adds an extra dimension to the Arniston Bay portfolio. This pretty pink sparkler shows a deliciously fruity palate with notes of red berry fruits, and is superb when served as an aperitif, ripe fruit, seafood linguine or spicy Thai curry.”

The launch of the Arniston Bay sparkling Rosé follows on the recent success of the Arniston Bay sparkling Brut, and further enhances the range of easy-drinking wines in the extensive Arniston Bay portfolio.

The new addition to the range satisfies a number of consumer occasions and needs, and fits in with the style and image of the popular lifestyle brand.

*Competition Closes: 30th September 2009 winners will be notified by telephone and email.

Wine Hamper Winner #2

Congratulations to Kate Handley.

Kate Handley

Kate Handley

Kate is the lucky Facebook fan of the month and has won an Arniston Bay wine hamper.

Become a Facebook Fan of Arniston Bay and stand a chance to win wine hampers: Arniston Bay Facebook Page

Book Review: South African Wine Tourism Handbook 2009


As the title reads, this Wine Tourism Handbook is South Africa’s Ultimate Guide to the Cape Winelands full of useful and practical information you can use to visit wine regions, cellar doors and restaurants with the help of  maps and contact details for the wineries and more.

First thing the book does for someone like me who has been to South Africa before is it transports you instantly to the beautiful Cape Winelands region where small mountains adore as the backdrop for most of the vineyards and make them look picture perfect.

For a first time visitor, the book is an excellent companion and a complete guide to help understand the South African wines. It includes the history, the grape varietals grown, the environmental issues involved. It helps you understand the labels, wine styles and all the regions, Districts and Wards.

It also gives useful advice on the cellars where one can taste wines, tips on wining and dining and various wineland activities to help you make the trip well rounded. It does not purport to be exhaustive but is extremely practical for a first time tourist or even repeat visitors. For someone who is not much into wine, it might even convert them into wine lovers and value-add to their trip. It is truly a practical 101 type or course book on South Africa as a wine destinations.

Although the information on accommodation is too abridged, it does highlight specific wineries to visit due to their significance-historic or otherwise as also several places for stay because of their special charm. It does list the basics for a tourist though.

The Guide has been organized to help you traverse the various wine routes and not according to the regions. It starts with taking you through the Coastal routes-starting naturally with Constantia, Darling, Durbanville, Franschhoek, Paarl, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Tulbagh and Wellington. The accompanying maps are very clear and give specific location of the wineries in these Districts and Wards.

From there it takes you to the inland wine routes starting with Breederkloof, Klein Karoo, Northern Cape, Olifants River, Robertson and the capital of co-operative wineries- Worcester. Mountain Routes include trips to Aguilhas & Elim, Elgin & Bot River and walker Bay.

The book is in full colour and art paper with lots of pictures that make a very conducive reading. Perhaps for financial reasons, it is full of sponsored winery ads. Before it takes you to various wine cellars where tasting is possible, it helps a first time taster learn the basics of tasting sitting on your armchair in the privacy of your home.

Read Subhash Arora’s review:

Join Versus and Welmoed for a glass of wine


Funky wine brand Versus and traditional, value-for-money Welmoed will be exhibiting at the upcoming Stellenbosch Wine Festival.

Join us at the Versus and Welmoed stand in Hall B at Paul Roos in Stellenbosch to taste some of our award-winning wines.

The Welmoed range maintains its proud winemaking tradition. The brand has built up a solid reputation both in South Africa and selected international markets. The range is led by varietal specifics, and placing quality ahead of price, these approachable wines combine a proud sense of history with Welmoed’s distinctive carefully crafted approach.

Versus wine brand will wow the younger audience with its uncomplicated, easy-drinking wines, and consumers are also afforded the opportunity to sample Versus new Naturally Sweet range.

Massive Market Day Wine Sale


We’re having another Market Day wine sale at our Welmoed cellar door in Stellenbosch.

Dates: Thursday 30 July to Saturday 1 August 2009

Venue: Welmoed Cellar door. Here are the directions: Directions to Welmoed

The following wines will be on sale:


If you’d like more details regarding the sale, please contact Anri or Zoliswa at our cellar door on 021 881 8062

South African Wine more popular than French wine in UK market


South African wines continue to go from strength to strength in the UK market as it moves past French wines to claim the fourth spot. Wine from Australia, USA and Italy are still more popular but the gap is decreasing.

Latest market figures from analysts Nielsen show that drinkers prefer reds, whites and rosés from Italy and South Africa – which has only exported to Britain since the end of apartheid in the mid-Nineties – to those from the traditional home of wine. With demand for Chilean wine also rising fast, France could even slump into sixth.

Wine experts said France had been hit by high costs in its small vineyards, the strength of the euro, damaging petty disputes between its 21 wine regions and changing tastes during the recession. The country has seen the mass vin de table market virtually wiped out by the influx of cheap wines from the New World.

The collapse is so severe that British retailers and importers, including Tesco and Morrisons, have even clubbed together to advise the French government on how to improve the image of its wine.

Brian Howard, business development director of Wine Intelligence consultancy, said the recession accelerated the trend: “It is not as if Britain’s 27.9million adult regular wine drinkers have woken up and said ‘I’m not going to drink French wine today’.

“French is still preferred in the over-£6 category but we have seen a move away from formal occasions at home when traditionally a big French Bordeaux or Burgundy would be the must have.”

South African wines have been particularly popular over the past year because the rand is weaker than the pound, allowing supermarkets to lower prices. The average price of a South African bottle sold in Britain is £4.25.


Wine Hamper Winner

Congratulations to Ramona-Lee Scott.

Ramona-Lee Scott

Ramona-Lee Scott

Ramona-Lee is the lucky Facebook fan of the month and has won an Arniston Bay wine hamper.

Become a Facebook Fan of Arniston Bay and stand a chance to win wine hampers: Arniston Bay Facebook Page

New Gourmet Lane at Stellenbosch Wine Festival


Indulge in delectable gourmet treats that will tantalise your senses at the new Gourmet Lane at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, which takes place from 30 July to 2 August at the Paul Roos Centre.

Top restaurants in the Winelands area will be serving their best dishes for festival goers to enjoy,   Tuck into signature dishes paired with local wines of favourite Stellenbosch eateries – 96 Winery Road, Overture, Terroir, Volkskombuis, Joostenberg Bistro and the Barouche Restaurant (Blaauwklippen). Each Gourmet Lane restaurant will team up with a local wine estate to create a truly wonderful food and wine pairing experience. The gourmet treats will be available at R30 to R40 per dish including a glass of wine.

Over the years, Stellenbosch has become a true gourmet destination attracting food and wine lovers from all over the world with no less than three local restaurants making the country’s Top 10 Eat Out 2009 poll.

Festival goers can also visit the Clover Demonstration Kitchen where chefs will be cooking up a storm with fun themes such as Get your Game on, Magical Mushrooms, The ultimate tasting menu and Kids with Clover. Raffle tickets will be sold at each demonstration, giving you the chance of winning a wonderful Clover hamper. Funds raised from the ticket sales will be donated to the Clover Mama Afrika Project.

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival is a popular destination for both local and international visitors and has become a winelands tradition during the winter months. This year, festival goers can enjoy a selection of over 500 wines and gourmet delights from 170 exhibitors all under one roof.


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