We visit Franschhoek each year when in South Africa and are pleased to be back and to catch up with the Wineries we buy from in this area.
Today our first visit is to Stony Brook. We are greeted by Joy McNaught who with her husband Nigel founded Stony Brook to satisfy their love of quality wines.
Whilst here we take the opportunity to explore different Vineyards with the hope of finding new wines to add to our stock.
There are over 100 Wineries in the Stellenbosch area, so getting a recommendation is always helpful and this is how we found Bellevue Winery.
Tasting treat at Clos Malverne
After three days staying with friends we get back on the Wine Trail.
We are at Clos Malverne to meet with Suzanne and decide on which wines to add to our shipment. Today we had a Tasting Treat a ‘Wine and Ice Cream Pairing Menu’ WOW this was something special and I will try and replicate on our return.
We are now staying at the most southerly area in South Africa,it is not Cape of Good Hope but Cape Agulhas where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean the coast is very rugged and the sea both dramatic and stunning.
We stock one wine from this area Black Oystercatcher and we are staying at the property.
Fish/Shrimp Chowder is one of my favourite recipes and I have been cooking this soup since the 60's. don't be afraid to change the fish or even do a chicken version.
This recipe is just a guide - please try different versions and please let me know if you find something really delicious.
What a lovely lady!
This is the last day of our 3 week tasting trip and what a place to finish at Pierre & Fils Brigandat Champagne.
Madam Brigandat gave us a tour of the winery and then a degustation, what a warm and kind lady she is,
Back in the car and we have arrived in the Cotes du Rhone to visit Domaine Grangeneuve.
The Bour family started this Domaine in the mid 60’s, its geographical position in the heart of the Rhone Valley is crucial and gives the character to wines crafted at this vineyard.
Domaine Grangette – Picpoul de Pinet
Grangette is situated in the northern region of Languedoc and is where we purchase one of our most popular white wines Picpoul de Pinet. The welcome here is always very warm this is the fifth year we have visited this small family owned vineyard.
Chateau Rouquette sur Mer
After a lovely relaxing weekend we drive towards the sea where we call in on Chateau Rouquette sur Mer.
We have an appointment with Jacques and Francois (the father and son team here) Rouquette in the La Clape region of Languedoc, this is one of the largest Chateau’s we buy from, in total the estate covers 420 hectares but only 50 hectares are planted with vines.
Last evening we stayed with friends from the UK who have kindly welcomed us for the weekend whilst we are visiting vineyards in the Languedoc region - back on the wine tasting trail we are to travelling to two different Domaines today.
First visit to Chateau Spencer la Pujade in the Corbieres region of Southern France.
Domaine Treloar – Harvest has started.
First thing today we leave Spain after nine very enjoyable days visiting our suppliers, travelling daily through the beautiful countryside and receiving a warm welcome where ever we stayed.
Over the boarder to France and to Domaine Treloar, this is one of the original Wineries we bought from, Jonathan and Rachel own this 12 hectare’s vineyard.
We have travelled across the plains of Spain at the foothills of the Pyrenees and arrive at Almiral de la Font which is situated a few miles South of Barcelona.
This is our first visit to the Winery although we have stocked the two wines made here for a year. Paul the owner gave us a tour of the vineyard which is a small estate of only 5 hectares.
Rioja is a very beautiful place and today there isn’t a cloud in the sky and light breeze – Perfecfto!
Rioja wines have featured on our list since we started selling wine in 2010 and today we are to visit two Bodegas, firstly Bodegas Urbina and then we visit David Moreno who we found on a cycling trip many years ago in 2005.
We promised ourselves a couple of days by the pool to relax - however we were told of couple of vineyards which were worth visiting!
First visit to Bosman Vineyard where we were turned away at the tasting room door as hosting a private tasting for Sainsburys, Waitrose and Majestic - INSULT OR WAIT!!!!
Not deterred went to the 2nd recommendation which was 100% worth leaving the pool for.
Nabygelegen Private Cellar is a special place to visit.
Just one mile from Lynx is another carte-du-vin favourite ' La Chataigne '.
Suzanne and Richard were here to welcome us, they are having a busy year not just with the harvest - picking has just started - they are also are building a new tasting room which will be situated in the vineyard ,near to their Holiday Cottages so making management of the whole business more streamlined.
We tasted the new vintages and have bought wines needed to re-stock the cellar in UK