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A new world of opportunity for the Cape Winelands

By Admin | 24 November 2016

Graff Diamonds’ charitable initiative, For Africa’s Children Every Time (FACET), is delighted to announce the expansion of the Graff Mobile Learning Centre fleet in the heart of South Africa’s Cape winelands.

 

In partnership with the Pebbles Project, three additional mobile units will be joining the mobile library and computer lab which have been in operation since September 2014. Founder and director of the Pebbles Project, Sophia Warner, explains, “The three new Mobile Learning Centres are literally ‘opportunities on wheels’. They’ve taken our after-school programme to a whole new level and will have an even greater impact within the community.”

 

The centres provide much needed after-school support for scholars between the ages of 6 to 18 years whom attend local public schools throughout the Cape Winelands region from Stellenbosch Valley, home to Delaire Graff Estate, to Citrusdal in the Cederberg Mountains. The FACET Mobile Learning Centres have grown to include 2 computer labs, 2 travelling libraries and a multi-purpose vehicle for more remote areas. 

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BOSMAN FAMILY VINEYARDS RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES

By Admin | 16 November 2016

BOSMAN FAMILY VINEYARDS was recognised for their ethical business practices emerging as winners of the coveted ‘Ethical Company of the year’ award at the Drinks Business Green Awards in London on Monday, the 14th of November 2016.

The Ethical Award is awarded to “a company or product whose foundations are firmly based in, and dedicated to, the community and/or environment where they are based” and Bosman Family Vineyards is honoured and proud to be accredited an award in this category.

“It is an honour and big motivation to build on our vision, by improving quality of life for everyone involved with our farming practices.” says managing director, Petrus Bosman.  “We have tremendous appreciation for our customers, such as Sainsbury, Coop, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and the new Bosman UK that have supported us over the years to make dreams come alive’.

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South African Cellar Worker of the Year announced

By Admin | 9 November 2016

Ivan Xelelo, a senior cellar assistant at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, has been named SA Cellar Worker of the Year 2016, taking a big step closer to realising his dream of becoming a winemaker.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

On a recent trip to South Africa, I was treated to a remarkable, one-off tasting. It was of Mèthode Cap Classique (MCC), which is the South African name for bottle-fermented sparkling wines. Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring, who I was travelling with, has a keen interest in sparkling wine, as do I, and so we were thrilled when WOSA managed to get word out that we wanted to do a serious, in-depth deep-dive into MCC, to see how things are going with sparkling wines here.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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