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Cool Climate Elim Shiraz triumphs again at the Shiraz Challenge

Strandveld Vineyards has earned another top rating for their cool climate Shiraz in the Shiraz SA Challenge by securing a Top 12 position for the Strandveld Vineyards Syrah 2012. Last year’s competition saw the First Sighting Shiraz 2012 also achieving a Top 12 position confirming that 2012 truly was an exceptional vintage for Shiraz in […]

Winter Accommodation Special

Strandveld Vineyard Cottages – Winter Accommodation Special  Escape to the peace and tranquillity of the Strandveld this winter and enjoy a breakaway in one of our cosy cottages.  Stay 1 night for R650 Stay 2 nights for R1150 Stay 3 nights for R1500   Special offer is valid subject to availability from 16 June – […]

Food and Wine Pairing Course

Learn to pair Food and Wine with Strandveld Vineyards (and a few of South Africa’s Top Chefs & Cooks) You’ve been asked to choose the wine for the evening, and you want to choose the best option for everyone joining you at the restaurant, right? A choice that will compliment the varied choices in meals […]

Fresh new look for cool climate Strandveld Vineyards wines

Strandveld Vineyards, champions of cool climate wines from vineyards near Cape Agulhas, has revealed a brand new look for its First Sighting wines that harks back to the discovery of Africa’s southernmost tip during the era of early maritime explorers. With nautical imagery of anchors, waves, astrolabe and compass offset by a striking screw cap, […]

First Sighting Shiraz 2012 a winner in SA Shiraz Challenge

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in the Agulhas District, has claimed a cool climate victory at the 2015 Shiraz SA Challenge, securing its place in the coveted Top12 with the First Sighting Shiraz 2012.  As one of the Top12 to emerge from 202 entries, this 2012 vintage from the emerging Elim Wine Ward will step […]

A new vintage of exceptional cool climate Syrah

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in the Agulhas district, has released the 2011 vintage of its Rhône style Syrah, a fine testament to the exceptional wines that take root in the unique Elim terroir.   Shaped by a mild spring and summer fanned by unabating cool south-easterly winds with surrounding sea temperatures as low as […]

Less is more with the 2015 harvest

Small yields of exceptional quality and phenomenal fruit concentration “poles apart” from the previous, wet harvest season, is how  Winemaker Conrad Vlok describes harvest 2015 at Strandveld Vineyards, the country’s southernmost winery in the Elim Wine Ward.   “Compared with last year’s humid conditions and high rainfall, our 2015 harvest was fanned by a dry […]

Strandveld Vineyards vine leaves are ideal for dolmades

Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in Elim, is known for exceptional cool climate wines, but it would appear that their vine leaves also have what it takes to make delicious handmade dolmades. Spring is the ideal time to pick vine leaves for this traditional Greek delicacy and Strandveld’s soft, young Pinot noir leaves proved to […]

Suzán’s Dolmades Recipe

Suzán, winemaker Conrad Vlok’s wife, shares her rather adventurous savoury delight in this dolmades recipe. It is a great match with a glass of Strandveld Rosé or Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc. Ingredients for Dolmades Recipe 30-40 vine leaves (Pinot noir leaves recommended) 1 large onion 2 cloves of garlic salt and pepper 2 cups of rice, cooked […]

Wine Terms Glossary

Here is a list of commonly used words in the world of wine, with explanations, to help you learn more about wine tasting, and wine and food pairing. Acidity: In wine this refers to the freshness, tartness and sourness of the wine. Malic acid, citric acid and tartaric acid are the main acids that contribute […]

December 2014: Bubbly breakfast and trail run

Opening of Strandveld Vineyards Trail Run with Cap Classique breakfast Monday, 29 December, 06h00 for 06h30, Strandveld Vineyards Lace up your running shoes and join winemaker Conrad Vlok of Strandveld Vineyards, situated in the Agulhas district, on Monday, 29 December, for the opening of the Strandveld Trail, followed by a Méthode Cap Classique breakfast. Heading […]

September 2014: The Navigator 2012 just released

Harking back to the early explorers during the great age of discoveries, Strandveld The Navigator 2012 is a full-bodied, yet elegant wine with an adventurous spirit from Africa’s windswept southernmost vineyards. Just released, the 2012 vintage of this signature red blend is reminiscent of the classic wines of the Rhône valley, but set apart by […]

2010 Vintage of Rhone style Syrah released

Rhône-style Strandveld Syrah 2010 a fine expression of unique Elim terroir Strandveld Vineyards, Africa’s southernmost winery in Elim, South Africa’s youngest wine appellation, has released the 2010 vintage of its full blooded Rhone-style Syrah. This robust red is a fine expression of the unique terroir of this exciting wind swept, cool climate wine ward. Polished […]

February 2014: Getting the cellar ready

A new vintage means we need to get our tanks emptied and our cellar cleared, so it was time to bottle and pack the wine from the last vintage. Conrad checks the bottles to make sure they are filled correctly and ready to be packed into the First Sighting boxes. Soon that lovely red cap will be […]

Valentine’s Day Harvest: 14 February 2014

Today, Valentine’s Day, we bought our first grapes into the cellar to kick off the 2014 harvest. Adamastor is definitely overseeing this harvest by bringing a strong South Easter with a few drops of rain just to remind us of his presence! Photographs taken by Sharon Brink

January 2014: Spittlebugs

I never knew that the strange foamy, snowy looking décor on fynbos comes from…. Spittlebugs ?! Post compiled by Ilse Zeitsman and Sharon Brink

January 2014: Fading Away

  FADING AWAY In a sense it’s a pity as the Overberg – and specifically the Elim district – is lush with colour in winter and in spring. But there comes a time when the landscape fades to natural earthy colours because it is that time of year. And that time of year is now […]

January 2014: A Gaggle of Geese

A GAGGLE OF GEESE Somewhere at the start of 2012 someone from the district brought an old black and white photograph of his mom standing on the stoep of the farm house at Strandveld Vineyards. The photograph dates back to the early 1900’s. The lady on the stoep leans against one of the pillars and […]

January 2014: Fuzzy Worms

  FUZZY WORMS Nobody likes me, everyone hates me… who remembers this silly  childhood song?! Worms aren’t nearly as grillerig as some squeamish people claim. Look closely at these Eutricha capensis, the Cape lappet moth – purplish tufts on the head seem to celebrate life. A fuzzy wuzzy worm, but a beautiful worm nevertheless. The […]

January 2014: Malachite Sunbird

  MALACHITE SUNBIRD Emerald green. Where else do you see emerald green like this? A rhetorical question indeed. And – with a name like ‘sunbird’! It evokes images of pure summery happiness, surpassed by very little in nature. And yes, also to be found at Strandveld Vineyards! Post compiled by Ilse Zeitsman and Sharon Brink

January 2014: Steenbokkie

STEENBOKKIES Steenbokkies are gentle creatures who – especially at Strandveld Vineyards – roam at night. They tend to move around on their own which – alas – make them an easy prey for caracal, and caracal are quite prevalent in the Overberg. Driving (or walking) around Strandveld Vineyards early in the morning, steenbokkies are often […]

January 2014: Camping

CAMPING IN A CARAVAN NEXT TO A VERY BIG “DAM” D(i)e Dam(me) is one of the closest camping grounds to Strandveld Vineyards. No fancy schmancy here but instead there are very few places where you will be as close to the ocean. The beach stretches for ever and a day; and this area is very […]

December 2013: Pole Planting Invention

WORKING HARD FOR YOUR MONEY To dig a hole for an anchor pole in the coffee soil, takes two men about 15 minutes. Read this sentence again – 15 minutes, 2 men, one hole for one pole. This takes far too long and it’s not making economical use of labour. So winemaker Conrad and farm […]

December 2013: Happy Daisies

DAISIES SIGNIFY HAPPINESS Not many places where you will find daisies growing on the beach. These yellow daisies (some people call them butter cups in the vernacular of the district) are typical of the Strandveld – and in a way they characterise the Strandvelders: laidback, mostly happy and embedded in the district. Post compiled by […]

December 2013: Cape Sugarbird

“Hello Everyone. My name is Sugar and I’m addicted to the nectar in pincushions. I keep an eye on all the workings at Strandveld Vineyards. While they imbibe wine, I stick to nectar though I do hear that their wine can be described as nectar of the gods…” The Cape Sugarbird is one of six […]