Posted In Nelspruit, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

All you need to know about Nelspruit Wine Farms

FWt Editor | November 10, 2015

Nelspruit is not usually known for it wine farms like South Africa’s Cape region however passionate wine lovers have invested years and their expert farming knowledge to produce some fantastic wines in the Neslpruit area.

Two of these wine farms include Rottcher Wineries and Gilbey Distillers & Vintners.

Rottcher Wineries is no normal wine farm however. It is incredibly unique. Using an age-old traditional method of fermentation, Rottcher Wineries manufactures there one of a kind Avalencia orange-wine which is similar sherry or port. It’s Sweet, Dry, Ginger and Chilli Avalencia are famous within the region. Nelspruit is one of the best areas to grown Oranges and citrus in the world, and there are many amazing road side stalls where travelers can stop to buy freshly squeezed Orange juice for ridiculously low prices.

The pioneer of Orange wine Mr Rottcher, who was a missionary in Kwa-Zulu Natal, started the Sonnengold Orange Winery near Greytown in 1916.  This was because the missionary had no wine to serve at Church and so chose to make his very own wine. Oranges were plentiful int he region and so it was an easy choice of what ingredients to use.

Unknowingly he launched an industry that would endure right up to the present day. His grandson, Kurt Rottcher, moved to White River in the 1950’s and even though he was an engineer, he kept up the family tradition of producing wines from oranges.

Rottcher Wineries officially started in White River in 1959 on the Heidelberg Road just outside Nelspruit, where the White River Sawmills are today. In 1967 Kurt moved the winery to Farm Magnifique on the Nelspruit/White River main road where production continued and grew until he retired in 1983. When Kurt’s retired he sold the winery to Koot & Laura Van Den Heever, who had recently moved to White River from Johannesburg. In 2008 Koot’s niece, Christine Nel and her husband Jaco, took over  and moved the winery to its current location at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

In the beginning of 2012 Frank Theron bought Rottcher Wineries. Urged on by his friends and assisted by the former owners, and greatly motivated by his personal passion for wine and his personal hobby of collecting all kinds of wines, he took over with energy, passion and enthusiasm. He immediately decided that innovation and spark was required in order to push the business forward which caused him to expand and introduce an exciting selection of new products.

All of Rottcher Wineries products can be found in store at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

These days wine can only be called os if it is made from Grapes and this is why Rottcher Winery calls it’s products Avalencia.

If you are ever in the Nelspruit or White River area make sure you stop in at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre to take a tour of the winery and taste all of the different styles of Avalencia.

Valencia is first fermented using a very specific kind of yeast, then it is vat-matured for a minimum of six months, then  it is refined, racked if necessary, filtered and bottled. Unlike wine, Avalencia does not oxidise easily, and it matures well in the bottle when stored correctly.

Nelspruit is an amazing area and gateway to the Kruger National Park. You will definitely want to stay there for longer than a day, so make sure you enjoy the large variety of wonderful Nelspruit B&B and Guesthouses.

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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

Benefits Of Wine Farming In South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The South African wine has reached various markets across the globe. Cape Town has always stood a wonderful place to offer the world the best vineyard. The presence of wine lands have made South Africa to produce the greatest wine in the world.

Cape Town has grown very fast economically and this has brought array of benefits to South Africa. The wine has an access to the international markets. This has given the South African economy an enormous boost. The economic growth and development that has been growing by leaps and bounds in South Africa to some great extent, it can be attributed to the expansive wine lands in Cape Town. South Africa earns foreign exchange through the worldwide sale of her tasty wine.

Investment growth in Cape Town has been expansive as a result of the major vineyards being located there. This has made several corners of Cape Town stand out as an investment hub. Both foreign and domestic investors are now trooping in droves to invest in the South African markets to benefit from the vine growing in the country and this is a tremendous achievement in her economy.

South Africa has also seen the growth of industries. The wine industry in South Africa is on course in terms of growth. As the Cape Town wine farms gain momentum to unlock all the available opportunities to offer the world with the best quality wine, industries have witnessed growth. This has always made South Africa the most admirable nation that has the capacity to offer the best quality products and services right from the beverages like wine.

The wine from this great nation has brought comfort zone in many households. A sip or a tort of wine can quickly elicit bliss among folks who are comfortably enjoying the breeze at their homes after the bustle and hustle at their work place. Wine being a beverage that is common in many resorts, hotels, restaurant and bars is always believed to make people happy due to its ability to create a relaxing atmosphere. This by all means has increased the demand of wine across South Africa and other international markets and this high demand has now offered a bigger boost to wine production in South Africa.

Creation of employment for South Africans has been principal in Cape Town wine farms. A large number of folks have been offered employment at farms and this has enabled them to satisfy some of their human wants. As history states that South African wine has been in the market since the 16th century, it means the South Africa citizenry have benefited hugely from the production of wine in their country.

An emergence of eco-tourism is another humongous merit to the wine lands in South Africa. Some people have been conducting wine walks in South Africa to sample the famous wines in Cape Town. These surveys have seen the eco-tourism activities thrive in South Africa and producers and growers see that as a wake-up call to their economic engagement.

In conclusion, the production of wine in South Africa is on course up to date and the commitment to offer the best enjoyment to most consumers still stands important.

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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Wine, Wine Tours

If you are a wine lover

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

If you are a wine lover, then you definitely want to include South Africa in your next wine tours. South Africa offers several of the world’s very best vineyards and wineries, resting within a beautiful and luxurious fields with backdrop of gorgeous Blue Mountains which will surely give you the wine adventure of a lifetime. Though wine in this place has long been produced since the time of 1600’s, it wasn’t till the past few years that its wines have made it in the global scene. Furthermore, because of South Africa’s weak currency, wines originating from this region is relatively affordable.

Worcester, Stellenbosch and Paarl are some of the known wine regions of South Africa and they are noted to have white villas for accommodations. You can go to different wine farms where countless varieties are cultivated and these include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blends and more. Normally, wine tastings start in the morning and most of time you will be picked up by your place or nearby. You don’t need to be an expert person to take this tour, so long as you have all the passion for wines and foods, then you are all set to go. What makes these winery tours very special is the fact that you do not need to worry about driving while tasting wines since the specialized local guide will do that for you. You can simply relax and enjoy your wine, food and fantastic panoramic views.

There’s no better way than to celebrate and commemorate your marriage or have a vacation in the regions of South Africa, enjoying and living bottle to bottle. Once in a while, let go of your worries and troubles of daily routine and enjoy a taste of the good life by discovering and experiencing great adventure into the world of wine. So good luck to your spicier journey and don’t forget to drink responsibly!


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Posted In Cape Town, South Africa, Tour, Wine, Wine Tours

Wine Tours in South Africa

FWt Editor | November 3, 2015

The wines made from South Africa are among the best in the world. It doesn’t need much explanation to further support it because South Africa’s location, culture, and the people alone manifest themselves. The bounty of natural resources and the richness of the culture just lets you that words are not enough. With its gates open for the world to see, visiting the wine tours will show you distinct features and experience that once you had one, you will never look at South Africa the same way again. Not to mention the wine producers who are exceptionally skilled, ambitious and passionate at their craft. The climate does offer perfect temperature. A perfect recipe in making world-class wines that even gods with envy.

Of course, we owe the success as a wine country to a Dutchman named Jan Van Riebeek who planted the first vines in 1655 not far from Cape Town. The climate is comparable to that of the Mediterranean. Wine tours usually begins on March when the temperature is perfect and not worrying about the excessive heat of summer.

Visiting the winery is just one portion of the package. There are lots of beautiful scenery to see and the chance to enjoy the country as a whole. You are guaranteed to be amazing to see firsthand the dramatic mountain ranges and rocky shores, wildlife with a stunning richness. Incorporating the wine tour with the tour in the safari can be even more fun and amazing. The tour will also take you to the city of Cape Town. Where you can enjoy the rich culture and explore the amazing experience that you can even share with the local people.

Visiting the place itself will be the only way to have the front row seat to the epic and the most spectacular view to the history of the world itself because there are lots of stuff that the even the best travel brochure in the world can’t explain.

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