Take a journey of exploration to Africa’s southernmost corner and discover the unique wines of the Agulhas Wine Triangle

2019-09-09T13:00:30+00:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, Bruce Jack Wines, Events, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Once a year – for one day only – the wineries from Africa’s southernmost corner around Cape Agulhas come together to deliver a feast of flavours distinctive of this extreme wine growing area. This year the festival takes place on Saturday 9 November at the Black Oystercatcher wine farm. The wineries of the Agulhas Wine Triangle share a spirit for exploration and adventure as the pioneers of a group of exciting, new wine growing regions in South Africa which are characterized by their proximity to the coast, extreme, cooling winds and ancient soils. They are known for producing elegant, terroir driven [...]

Agulhas Wine Triangle collaborate in adapting to climate change

2019-09-18T12:49:51+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Agulhas Wine Triangle, Bruce Jack Wines, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

Tackling the prospects of climate change by sharing knowledge and experience is one of the drivers behind the formation of the Agulhas Wine Triangle (AWT). There are currently eight (8) brand owner members, located in a triangle stretching from Gansbaai in the west to Napier, across to Buffeljags and Malgas in the north east and incorporating Elim in the very south. The locally-based members are Lomond, Bruce Jack Wines, Olivedale Wines, Sijnn, Black Oystercatcher and Strandveld Vineyards. The two other members are Ghost Corner and Trizanne Signature Wines both of whom source their fruit in this area. “Climate change has made [...]

Toast with Carrie – Bruce Jack

2019-02-27T12:15:42+00:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Bruce Jack, Overberg, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

Touch HD presents Toast with Carrie. Carrie Adams chats to, our very own, Bruce Jack in this podcast. Content hosted by iono.fm According to Carrie, he is one of the most engaging characters in the global wine trade. His farm produces a complex and delicious Pinot Noir made from a single vineyard in a pocket of the Overberg.

Gardener boasts green fingers

2019-02-27T07:46:14+00:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Headstart Trust, Overberg, The Drift Estate|

Photo credit: Ora Laubscher Translated from original article by Ora Laubscher, published in the Gazette 5 February 2019   “I lovingly attend to this garden and am so happy to see that the people passing by always have something nice to say and are really interested in it,” says gardener Saul Swart. Protea Primary in Napier is on of the few schools in the region that can still boast a sustainable vegetable garden on the school grounds. According to Saul, the vegetable garden project was launched about a year ago with the support of The Drift, an estate outside Napier. Comparing [...]

Excerpt’s from: South Africa’s cool-climate whites and scorching reds: why the country has it all

2018-11-21T11:05:50+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bonfire Hill Wines, Moveable Feast, News, Over the Moon, Overberg, Review, The Drift Estate, There Are Still Mysteries, Wine|

South Africa is on its game for white wines Wine lovers, take note: South Africa is on its game for white wines! The country’s whites are now deserving of every wine consumer’s attention, not least for the excellent value they have to offer. As James and I tasted through almost 500 wines from the country in May this year, we could not help but be amazed as one outstanding flight followed the next of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc. Until only too recently, much of the white grapes grown in the Cape found their way into bulk wine, [...]

The Headstart Trust – community initiatives for 2018

2018-11-21T11:21:57+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Bruce Jack, Headstart Trust, News, Overberg|

We continue to assist the young learners of Protea Primary in Napier. Mariska Purdy, the Drift Estate administrator, had established last year that the school had a lack of basic stationery required for the last two school terms. Dave Boulle, owner of Mason Complete Office Solutions,  sponsored the stationery last year. This year the top of the wish list was a need for a variety of art materials. Thanks to generous donations from some of our private customers, the JDI Foundation and funds raised at The Drift Estate annual Solstice Dinner. The Trust was able to purchase the art supplies this [...]

Notes from a Japanese intern at The Drift Estate

2018-11-21T11:23:49+00:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: News, Overberg, The Drift Estate, Wine|

by Naoko Ikeda I have just finished two weeks of a 2018 harvest internship at The Drift Estate. I am one of four women selected from over a hundred applicants, from all over the world, to join the Women in Wine program promoted by PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, of which The Drift Estate is a member). I applied because I wanted to know how to make wine. As a wine professional based in Hong Kong, I know how to taste and sell wines but my knowledge lacked practical experience. The reason I chose South Africa is the wines [...]

McGregor Poetry Festival

2018-10-05T13:44:54+00:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Overberg|

For anyone who has a linguistic leaning, wonder for the written word or is vocal about verse, then flag the weekend of August 27-30th with happy exclamation marks & plan a country getaway to McGregor for the third annual Poetry Festival. Over fifty poets from around South Africa are expected at this year’s festival, ranging from well known names to brand new bards.  The festival offers a relaxed and intimate setting in which to appreciate this rhythmic art form in the beautiful Breede River Valley village: listen to readings, enter discussions, participle in workshops or take centre stage during the open [...]

Hermanus Fynarts: A Festival Blending Wine & Art

2018-10-05T13:52:47+00:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: Overberg|

There are many reasons to visit Hermanus: this seaside village boasts excellent whale viewing, beautiful beaches, great shopping (in the Overberg), excellent wine and gourmet food. There’s also a thriving artistic hub of galleries, painters, sculptures, jewellers, ceramists, writers and photographers. Eleven days of workshops, concerts, exhibitions, performances and other inspiring events makes Hermanus Fynarts part festival and part ‘winter school’. Vastly popular, Hermanus Fynarts is in its third year and has a ‘Pop-up Festival Kitchen’ offering two daily demonstrations and a gala dinner at Bona Dea in the majestic Hemel en Aarde Valley. Look out for a little foreign influence [...]

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival

2018-10-05T14:10:43+00:00April 28th, 2015|Categories: Overberg|

The Overberg is becoming increasingly well known for its exceptional wine (and charming wine farms). Festivals are a wonderful way to get a taste for what the region has to offer. If you missed Botriver’s Barrels & Beards earlier this month, make sure you make it to Elgin’s Cool Wine and Country festival this weekend. Less than an hour from the Mother City, the naturally beautiful Elgin Valley is a somewhat undiscovered gem of the Overberg as its true character is only revealed once you leave the N2 and meander through its rolling valleys. It also has a rather unique climate [...]