Raising a glass to Klink!

We’re thrilled to announce that we are finalists in the 2016 Klink Wine Tourism Awards in an all new category for hidden gems: Boutique Wineries. Eloquently described as:

“Small production”, “artisanal” or even “cult”, Boutique is more a state of mind than a number of bottles; more of an attitude than a location.

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A proud initiative of Wine Tourism South Africa, the Klink Awards’ winners are determined by the public instead of a select judging panel, honouring the opinion of those who have actually experienced the winery first-hand.

Celebrating its 6th year of showcasing the best our winelands have to offer, voting has already opened and runs until 10 March 2017. Anyone over 18 years old can cast their ‘X’ in each of the 13 categories and category winners will be determined by the number of votes received.  An additional accolade, the coveted the Supernova Award, will be presented to the wine farm with the overall most votes, likes and shares will win.

To vote, click here – scroll all the way down to the bottom of the form to find the Boutique Wineries & show us your support. Cheers!

The beauty of country living: Elgin Open Gardens

Looking for an excuse to escape the city and replenish your soul in the quiet splendour of nature, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the Elgin Valley. Just 45 minutes from Cape Town, the next two weekends are dedicated to sharing the vast and diverse beauty of our area’s natural heritage: during this year’s Elgin Open Gardens, you have an opportunity to visit can enjoy access to a selection of 20 stunning gardens in the Elgin and Bot River districts, ranging from large established country gardens (some over 50 years old), to fledgling ones.

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Bordered by the Palmiet River on one side and a tranquil lake on the other, our 3 hectare garden features a rose arbour underplanted with thyme leading to a chamomile lawn, a vertical garden ‘door’, a perennial country; woodland and indigenous gardens as well as vines and an orchard, ideal for gentle walks.

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Elgin Open Gardens

Dates: 29 – 30 October and 5 – 6 November 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Entry: R20 pp (proceeds go to Siphila Sonke and GAWS charities)

For those who want to stock up and exercise their green fingers, a number of gardens will have plants for sale, including some unusual and exotic species. If you have a creative streak, there are several exhibitions to visit too. Come hungry as there many fine restaurants in the area and most gardens will have delicious country food on offer – we’ll have delicious selection wood-fired pizzas to pair with our cool climate wines and for kids, there’s trampolines, a jungle gym and croquet to keep them entertained.

 

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For more information, please visit: elginopengardens.co.za

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Calling chardonnay lovers: #ElginCY’s for you!

We’re counting down the days til spring and it’s not just because we’re looking forward to seeing green shoots on the vines again: Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of October heralds Wines of Elgin’s first ever Chardonnay Colloquium. For those unfamiliar with Latin, “colloquium” simply means a conference or seminar – so if you love this sophisticated varietal, this is for you!

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We’re one of 16 chardonnay producers in the area (our 2015 Vineyard Selection Chardonnay received commendation in the International Wine Challenge and was recognised as a ‘Elegant and Classy White’ in the Sommeliers’ Selection) as Elgin’s an exceptional region for growing almost any grape due to its cool climate and diversity of vineyard sites. The valley’s high altitude, proximity to the ocean, cloud cover and diurnal temperatures is a match made in heaven for chardonnay’s noble grape which flourishes under these slow, cool ripening conditions.

Day 1: Friday 7th October

Lothian’s winemaker, Richard Kershaw, one of just over 300 Master of Wines in the world heads up a presentation on the Elgin wine growing region while Jamie Goode, London-based wine writer, lecturer and respected wine judge leads a seminar and tutored tasting featuring top quality international and Elgin Chardonnays at Rockhaven followed by a lavish gala dinner.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2bMNzo0

 

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Day 2: Saturday 8th October

Choose your own adventure! Select a morning and lunch session from a choice of 7 ‘topics’ and locations. We team up with Boschendal here at Lothian Vineyards from 10-12h00 to ‘From Vine to Glass – The Influence of Viticulture’, a detailed look into the terroir of the Elgin valley from a viticulture perspective – and what makes it so unique.

For more about the other morning ‘classes’ and lunch events, please visit: http://bit.ly/2ceJSdQ

Tickets are limited, book now to reserve your place: http://bit.ly/2bihtig

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival: taste your way from Elgin to Elim!

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Next month, the Hermanus Wine & Food Festival (HWFF) celebrates its 18th birthday with a stellar lineup of over 50 wines producers  with more than 250 wines, affording visitors a unique opportunity to discover a cornucopia of exceptional Overberg estates, varietals and vintages. Routinely voted one of South Africa’s Top 10 Wine Festivals, whether you’re a well oaked oenophile, serious collector or simply love the fermented grape, HWFF is the perfect way to discover this emerging region – and the passionate people behind the wines.

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Delicious gourmet meals, snacks and deli goodies will be available to satisfy your wine inspired appetite. Cleanse your palate with an array of handcrafted beer and ciders or tantalize your taste buds at the first ever Gin-avaria pub. Sample an exotic cocktail. Or two… Talented local musicians add to the ambiance and there’s even a kiddies corner to keep the tots happy while the adults enjoy a tipple. Make a weekend of it, stay over and explore the hidden treasures of Hermanus: look out for the majestic Cliff Path art and whale tails.

We are looking forward to sharing the subtle magic of Lothian Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir (which recently won a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards) and Isobel Rosé with you – look out for us at the Liquidity table with Lismore and Almenkerk.

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Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 

Date: 6 – 8 August 2016

Time: 11am – 5pm (and 8pm on Saturday 6th August)

Venue: Curro, Sandbaai

Cost: R100 pp (including tasting glass). Book online via Computicket to avoid disappointment here

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The Wine Village will be offering all the festival wines at cellar door prices during – a great excuse to stock your cellar!

 

Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival 2016

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Next weekend is the annual #ElginCoolFest. This year we are unable to participate due to a function at Lothian House that was booked far in advance but for anyone who appreciates the elegance of Elgin’s wines, this festival is a great excuse to get out of the city to spend a day (or two) soaking up the beauty of the autumn countryside.

Harvest 2016 has come to end – we’ve just finished picking our Viognier – an attribute of our cool climate that allows grapes to ripen slowly, gently developing a marked fullness of flavour as sugars take their time to reach optimal sweetness. But then, isn’t quality is worth waiting for?

As winter’s chill approaches, the valley’s vineyards are decked in golden hues ready to welcome visitors to the Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival from 9am – 5pm daily on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 01 May. Each participating winery offers a unique programme, offering patrons a smorgasbord of experience: last year we had sushi & beautiful music out on the deck. Here are some of our favourite moments from last year’s event:

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With award-winning wines, stunning views, bands as well as diverse and delicious culinary fare, the festival is a highlight young and old. For more information about the festival, participating wine producers and their offering, visit:  www.ecwcf.elginwine.co.za You can purchase tickets online from webtickets (click here). And if you like looking at life through a lens or the viewfinder of your smartphone, be sure to enter the #ElginCoolFest photography competition, make sure to check Elegantly Elgin’s Facebook page.

 

We’ll miss you this year but look forward to seeing you again at next year’s festival! Please note you will be able to taste our wines at Peregrine Farm Stall during the festival and if you want to arrange a private wine tasting, you can do so by emailing: stephan@lothianvineyards.com

Holiday Highlights

Summer is far from over but most of us are still reminiscing over the festive season’s fun – or dreaming about the next holiday. As the grapes slowly ripened in the sun, there was a lot going on here at Lothian…

 

There were year events:

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A 60th birthday party:

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Pampering in the garden:

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Staff Orientation:

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Christmas carols and a ‘proper’ tree:

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Dara Steingaszner of Under the Tree

 

Setting the scene for a  very romantic New Year’s Eve engagement:

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And many memorable views:

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from sunrise…

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…to sunset

 

We wish everyone the very best in 2016. From the looks of what’s happening in the vineyards, we’re in for another great vintage. Cheers!

15th annual Elgin Open Gardens

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If you’ve got green fingers, love gardening or are looking for a great day out in the country, be sure to diarize this year’s Elgin Open Gardens. Less than an hour drive from Cape Town, you can enjoy access to a magnificent collection of 21 beautiful gardens in the Elgin-Grabouw, Vyeboom and Bot River areas. Over two consecutive weekends starting on Saturday, 31 October, these gardens will be open between 10am and 5pm, ranging from old, established English style havens to indigenous contemporary landscapes. There will also be several art exhibitions and a birding workshop.

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The expansive gardens of Lothian are distinguished by nature with impressive natural water features of the Palmiet River, a tranquil lake and numerous ponds as well as an orchard, vertical garden, perennial country garden, woodland garden, indigenous garden, rose arbour and a chamomile lawn, ideal for gentle walks. Wine tasting, tea and sushi will be available for adults with trampolines, a jungle gym and croquet for the kids. Entry is R20 (proceeds go to Siphila Sonke and GAWS charities)

 

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For more information, visit www.elginopengardens.co.za.

New life at Lothian…

Spring is always a delightful time: the pruned vines start to sprout fresh green leaves and evidence of new life can be seen all over the farm. At the end of August, a beautiful filly Shamira was born to Amani.

 

Spring addition at Lothian's stables: little Shamira

Spring addition at Lothian’s stables: little Shamira

 

Amani (meaning ‘hope and aspiration’) has been a rather grumpy horse who longed for a foal, struggling with false pregnancies and other complications over the past three years. Autumn and winter were seasons of sadness: one of the peacocks flew away, Amani once again failed to conceive and the family’s beloved pony, Shaman, died. Touchingly, the missing peacock appeared in the tree above Shaman’s grave for one evening as if paying his respects before flying off into great beyond and two weeks after Shaman’s passing, Amani was pregnant (the shire’s rather aptly called Lucky!). To celebrate the continuation of life, the new arrival was christened ‘Amira’ (meaning ‘princess’ and being full of life) but the family decided to had ‘SH‘ to honour the memory of Shaman so her name became Shamira. Amani is now much happier and more relaxed, clearly loving her role as proud mom.

May there be much joy and prosperity at Lothian Vineyards in the coming seasons.

 

 

 

Lothian Vineyards Collaborates with Elizabeth Arden for The Perfect Perfume & Wine Paring

Wednesday 27th August – We at Lothian Vineyards had the incredible opportunity of collaborating with both the acclaimed Young Blood Gallery and Cheyne Morrisby to launch the captivating new fragrance from Elizabeth Arden, Untold Absolu. In doing so, our task was to pair our wines to the fragrance notes of the perfume as well as six courses of fine dining in order to enhance a total sensory journey of Untold Absolu.

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The evening started with our newly released MCC paired perfectly to the chilli salt squid canapé.

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Once seated, the tasting note of CAPTIVATING was enhanced by our first public tasting of Lothian Vineyards Isobel Rose and paired to a pink pepper tuna tataki and delicate pickled plum.

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The second course of REFINED allowed our Lothian Vineyards Riesling to perfectly reflect the tasting notes with a course of poached crayfish in jasmine and ginger tea, ikura caviar, cardamom and pear jelly.

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GLAMOROUS brought us bamboo smoked duck breast, date and water chestnut gyoza with sweet miso. Without a second thought, this could not have paired better than with our very own glamorous Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay.

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The Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir, being the show stopper that it is, was served with the main course, MYSTERIOUS. 5 spice pork belly, corn and cumin puree, potato and coconut dumpling, and vanilla infused fuji apple tempura – the perfect dish for the perfect wine.

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To end, SENSUAL was a combination of the Noble Late Harvest dessert wine bringing to life dark chocolate, tonka bean, black sesame brittle and white miso butterscotch which stole the show.

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The evening was a total sensory indulgence of texture, taste and smell, surrounded by beautiful artwork, sensational food and our outstanding 2013 vintages to bring the fragrance to life.

Follow the official launch hashtag of #UntoldArden and of course our very own #LothianLife and #LothianVineyards

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