The foundation of the wine industry is not lily-white - it lies in the rich melting pot of the people who called the Cape their home in days gone by.
As the reputation of Cape wines grow over the years, a panel of 29 has selected its top 20 winemakers from the celebrated region.
Dining is an adventure in choice, so much so that the exotic is now de rigueur. Still, are we ready for brain custard?
Tim James discovers the tale behind winemaker Giorgio dalla Cia's wines and grappas.
South Africa wins more than its share of titles such as "Best Brandy in the World" in international competitions.
Last week, I visited a farm called Solitude. Or should Eenzaamheid be translated as "loneliness"?
Grappa was once rough trade, the uncouth Italian peasant not fit to associate with the aristocratic grape spirit, cognac.
Expertise in hedonic or aesthetic matters must always be trumped by personal taste.
A happy whiff of change wafts over the wines to be sold at the Cape Winemakers' Guild auction in October.
Stellenrust makes great wines at good prices, one of which is a beautiful blonde with brains and personality.
The Parks Winery may sound rather posh, but itâ€™s actually a space previously known as â€śStuartâ€™s garageâ€ť.
At the foot of towering mountains in the remotest corner of the Franschhoek valley lies one of the most successful wineries in the Cape.
If the idea that happy employees make for delicious wines is true, itâ€™s no wonder that Meerlust is on top.
One of the worldâ€™s iconic pieces of kitsch is coming to Cape wine country.
South African winemakers have a wonderful love affair with the concept of blending, especially this Bordeaux blend.
Cape wine continues to develop in exciting ways. A recent visit to the Hemel-en-Aarde area proved that fact to me once more.
You like shiraz? You got it â€” in volume. Some call it syrah and much under both names is good, some very good indeed.
Hollywood star couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can hardly be accused of cashing in on their celebrity to sell the wine from their France estate.