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Cabernet Franc Carvinal 2018 kicks off at Avontuur
Cabernet Franc is really taking its place in the limelight and hats off again to Avontuur for hosting one of the most intimate wine festivals again on Sat 19 May.
Organised by Cobie & Bjorn van Oort, the festival attracts real wine lovers - which was evident with the car park being packed b
20 May 2018
2018 Platter guide launched at Table Bay Hotel
Records were hit with 111 Five Star wines being awarded this year. Congrats to Raats Family Wines, who walked away with the coveted Winery of the Year award, with 5 of their wines achieving 5 stars, and 3 more allocated to Bruwer Raats' partnerships, viz Mvemve Raats and B Vintners.(his cousin Gavin
05 November 2017
Cape Winemakers' Guild presentations - for 2017
The Cape Winemakers' Guild is a very select group of winemakers, who are invited to be a part of the CWG.  The annual VIP tasting is a very special tasting, as each winemaker presents the wine which they have made specifically for the auction, which cannot be acquired elsewhere.  The Aucti
21 August 2017
#DrinkChenin with Ina Smith, Sumi Gous & Ghenwa Steingaszner

Ina Smith, the queen of the Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa, hosted a delightful and personal evening at the creative studio of Sumi Gous (SumiCreative) down at Paardevlei in Somerset West on #DrinkChenin Day - Sat 17th June, 2017.  Sumi's bright, colourful and inspiring artwork and
17 June 2017

Chenin Magic under the moonlight
The Chenin Association is really raising the bar and on Tues 11 April, almost every member of the association showcased their stunning Chenins at the Magic Chenin & Jazz evening at the Grand Beach cafe just outside the Waterfront.  The moon was full, the sea was still, the Chenins were deli
12 April 2017
Stellenbosch Harvest Parade 2017

Stellenbosch Harvest paints City of Oaks red Colourful community celebrates winemaking camaraderie The oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch were invaded by a colourful community of winemaking charismatics on uniquely adorned ‘chariots’ on Saturday, January 28, when the annual Harvest Par
07 February 2017

Platter launch of 2017 at Table Bay Hotel
The Platter guide for 2017 was launched at the Table Bay hotel on Monday 31 Oct 2016.  It really was a night for the big producers to show that they can make not just volume but great quality too. The Winery of the Year was won by a big producer making 3 000 000 cases a year - Nederburg, and th
31 October 2016
Cab Franc Carnival 2016 buzzes
The 2nd annual Cab Franc Carnival took place on Sat 21 May at Avontuur - in a rather low-key kind of way. It was abuzz with Cab Franc winos - and on tasting through most of them - I was super impressed. Not a single bad wine and I could easily have gone home with one of each! There were 17 producer
24 May 2016
Launching the 2016 Cab Franc Carnival
This is the 2nd year of the Cabernet Franc Carnival and it already seems to be gathering a fair bit of momentum, as well as a geeky following! This years carnival is being supported again by Avontuur - who of course also make a great Cab Franc. Owner of Avontuur, Michael Taberer, is very passionate
07 May 2016
SKOP students show their mettle
We were treated to the cream of the Wine Training SA crop recently at a celebration held on 9th Dec 2015 at Onze Rust in Vlaeberg (just near Raats). They are the first group of learners doing a pilot Learnership (National Certificate : Winemaking NQF Level 3) at Wine Training SA. All of them have al
18 December 2015
B Vintners Launch by Bruwer & Gavin
Bruwer Raats & Gavin Slabbert are cousins and seem to have a great connection to the land and to wine and grapes! They have just launched a new initiative called B Vintners, where they find interesting blocks of vineyards and then make wines which really express their terroir and uniqueness. There
21 July 2015
Raats Family Wines 2015 Harvest
Raats Family Wines 2015 Harvest
26 March 2015
Platters 2014 - launch at Vineyard Hotel
A fairly emotional last awards evening for Andrew McDowall, retiring as publisher and handing over the reins to JP Rossouw. Dave Hughes gave a wonderful tribute to him. Winery of the year went to Mullineux Family Wines (Chris and Andrea were busy at the Swartland Revolution, so not present, sadly).
09 November 2013
Tracy van Maaren Trade Show
Tracy's portfolio is small and she represents at interesting range of wineries, from the fairly large Kleine Zalze to boutique bubbly producer Silverthorn, by John & Karen Loubser. Bruwer Raats, Longridge, Vriesenhof, Cathy Marshall, and Winston Churchill's apparent daily tipple, Pol Roger, are all
11 April 2013
Platter 2013 Awards at Vineyard Hotel
The annual 2013 Platter awards were held at the Vineyard hotel on 30th Oct 2012, with the Winery of the year going to Cape Chamonix, Superquaffer of the Year to Muratie for their Muratie Melck's Shiraz-Cab, White Wine to Paul Cluver for their Nobel Late Harvest 2011 and Red Wine to Mullineux Family
30 October 2012
CNN Inside Africa Filmshoot - 10 January 2012
Ken Forrester Wines had the pleasure of hosting the CNN INSIDE AFRICA team to film a very relaxed discussion on the Stellenbosch wine region and the South African Wine Industry, whilst tasting wines from the Stellenbosch wine region.
12 January 2012
Raats Family Wines have appointed XTERRA triathlete Dan Hugo as brand ambassador to promote their range of premium wines.
15 December 2011
Raats Tasting Room
A few photographs of the inside view of the Tasting Room at Raats Family wines
22 September 2010
Mvemve Raats
A joint venture by two of the Cape's leading winemakers: Mzo Mvemve and Bruwer Raats. Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve released their maiden Mvemve Raats De Compostella 2004 and were rewarded for their vision to create something special through a combination of their skills as winemakers. Their coll
22 September 2010
Raats Family Vineyards
Images from the Raats Family Vineyards, from a tasting room and surrounding vineyard. Classical elegance matched the great Raats Family Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc wines, the Raats Estate is very well-known for.
17 September 2010
Raats Family
General photographs of Raats Family and Bruwer Raats.
26 August 2010
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