Roodeberg turns 70!

Did you know that Roodeberg, the legendary red blend that has been bringing friends together across the globe since 1949, is celebrating its 70th birthday this year?

In celebration, we’ve taken the liberty of interviewing their winemaker, Louwritz Louw. He’s been part of the Roodeberg family for quite a few years now. He started at KWV in 2012 and 2013 was his first vintage making Roodeberg. That year’s vintage was a big harvest and with Louw still finding his feet in the cellar, it was a rocky ride. But, looking back, that is the vintage that brings back some of the best memories for him.

Roodeberg is a brand with a very rich history. “For me it has always been a true honour to be part of the team,” says Louw.

When it comes to winemaking, Louwritz’s motto is to take it day by day. He says that wines in the cellar are different every day of every year and you need to adjust your decisions accordingly. The latest vintage of Roodeberg (the 2017 vintage) is one of the best yet, according to him. “It’s vibrant, juicy and has lots of ageing potential.” This vintage will be available on their online shop at the end of April 2019.

Roodeberg fans can look forward to a couple of birthday happenings this year. As they share their 70th birthday with two other big names in South Africa (Sarie Magazine and the Labia, Cape Town’s much loved only independent cinema) 2019 is going to be filled with celebrations. In May, Roodeberg will be joining the Labia Cinema for a 70th Anniversary function and in July they will be joining Sarie at a couple of celebratory dinners. Roodeberg will also be running some promotions in store throughout the year and you’ll have to keep an eye out for the 1949 commemorative wine that they will be bringing out later this year.

Louw says his ideal food and wine pairing is a cab sav based blend or a dense Cabernet Sauvignon with a beef fillet. The weirdest food and wine pairing he has ever come across is a spicy white wine with a peanut butter jelly sandwich.

If you are looking for Roodeberg wines to buy to keep for years to come, Louw suggests the 2017 vintage or the 2016 vintage, which is more full bodied. Of course, the ageing conditions are very important. Buy your 2016 vintage HERE.

 

WATERFORD OF STELLENBOSCH WINS GLOBAL WINE TOURISM AWARD

Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, widely acknowledged for its commitment to sustainable wine-growing and wine making, has been judged South Africa’s winner of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards. It joins seven other wineries across the globe, announced as the best in their respective countries at an awards ceremony in Mendoza, Argentina, last night (November 6).

Waterford Estate

Waterford Estate

The GWC is a network of some of the world’s leading wine-producing areas created to share and promote international best practice in wine tourism, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry. Its Best of Wine Tourism judges are drawn from amongst the world’s leading tourism, food, hospitality, architectural, landscape gardening and cultural experts.

South Africa is represented on the GWC network by the Cape Town-Cape Winelands chapter. Other members are Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa (United States), Mendoza (Argentina), Valparaiso-Casablanca and (Chile).

As South Africa‘s Best of Wine Tourism Award winner, Waterford has been ranked with other celebrated wineries from around the world. These are Rioja’s historic Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta; the St Emilion estate, Château La Croizille, also steeped in history; the 17th-generation Weingut Dr Hinkel in Framershein; Trapiche, which is Argentina’s biggest wine producer and a multi-award winner; the highly rated Museu do Douro in Portugal, that represents the cultural heritage of the famous wine region and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the acclaimed HALL Wines of the Napa Valley and Chile’s Casablanca Valley Restaurant Macerado at Viñamar that specialises in pairing foods with sparkling wines.

Waterford, a 120 hectare property on the slopes of the Helderberg, took top place in the competition’s sustainable wine tourism and the wine tourism service categories. The winery has often been lauded for its biodiversity-focused vineyard safari experience, as well as for its vintage tastings and wine and chocolate pairings, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Waterford Estate

Waterford Estate

Co-owned by IT magnate Jeremy Ord and one of South Africa‘s most respected winemakers, Kevin Arnold, Waterford has been one of the Best of Wine Tourism Award‘s strongest contenders in past years, regularly achieving high scores across a number of categories.

Babylonstoren, that lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Paarl and Franschhoek, came second. Owned by Naspers chairman-designate Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos, it won both the accommodation and architecture and landscape categories.

Newcomer, Cavalli won the arts and culture category, while Waterkloof won the category for best wine tourism restaurant and KWV won for innovative wine tourism experiences.

Speaking on behalf of the local GWC chapter, André Morgenthal said the Best of Wine Tourism Awards had over the years become an important incentive for wine producers to develop world-class connoisseur experiences for visitors.

Cape Town recently reaffirmed its global popularity as a travel destination, moving from 11th to fourth position in last month’s Condé Nast Traveler‘s annual reader choice awards. The offerings of the Cape Winelands were a significant contributor to public perceptions.

FULL LIST OF GREAT WINE CAPITALS BEST OF WINE TOURISM RESULTS: CAPE TOWN/CAPE WINELANDS

ACCOMMODATION
1 Babylonstoren
2 Grande Provence
3 Steenberg

ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPES
1 Babylonstoren
2 Vergelegen
3 Cavalli

ART & CULTURE
1 Cavalli
2 Vergelegen
3 Grande Provence

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES
1 KWV
2 Creation
3 Solms Delta

SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES
1 Waterford
2 La Motte
3 Vergelegen

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS
1 Waterkloof
2 Delaire Indochine
3 Cavalli

WINE TOURISM SERVICE
1 Waterford
2 Steenberg
3 Vergelegen