Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories. Set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines, the original farmstead complex is now a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years. Today, Boschendal is a Cape winelands icon and a cherished wine and food destination. Our vineyards and fruit trees have been joined by vegetable gardens and a growing herd of free range, 100% pasture fed Angus cattle reflecting our commitment to serving wholesome farm-to-table food. It is Boschendal's vision to bring inspiring ways of living that regenerate nature and actively support communities to thrive, through an exceptionally unique South African experience.
This beautiful farm on the east-facing slopes of the magnificent Constantiaberg and barely 12km from False Bay, originally formed part of the Constantia Estate, which was founded by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the new Dutch colony at the tip of Africa. First sold as a 200 morgen sub-division to Cornelis Brink in 1773, Buitenverwachting changed hands all too often. And yet it flourished as a wine farm, due mainly to the 90 000 vines planted in 1825 by Ryk Arnoldus Cloete, brother of the famous Hendrik Cloete of Constantia. From 1866, the fortunes of Buitenverwachting were inextricably linked to those of the Louw and Lategan families. One of the most colourful characters was Oom Danie Lategan, whose trademark was the freshly picked camelia he wore on his lapel every day. It was his daughter, Olivia Lategan, who was to forge the link between the Lategans and the Louws. Born at Buitenverwachting, she returned as mistress of the farm when she married George Louw. Imbued with a sense of history, the Mueller family has retraced the roots of Buitenverwachting. The farm was lovingly restored to its former glory while extensive planting of the most selected of cultivars was initiated. The result was a maiden grape harvest of 100 tonnes - the first harvest the farm had seen in 30 years. An historic achievement that lived up to its name: Buitenverwachting - "Beyond Expectation".
L’azienda agricola Cantina LeViti è una piccola realtà imprenditoriale nel cuore delle Langhe piemontesi, territorio celebre per la ricchezza e la qualità dei suoi vini. Una produzione caratterizzata da scelte originali, in armonia con le tradizioni e con la natura, per proporre vini intensi e unici. Silvio Levi è il titolare dell’azienda, viticoltore premuroso e cellar manager di talento, capace di esprimere energia e complessità in tutte le sue etichette. “Credo nell’equilibrio fra tradizione e innovazione. Sono convinto che per ottenere un vino di qualità, nel pieno rispetto della natura e della salute, si debba lavorare soprattutto in vigna, intervenendo il minimo indispensabile in cantina. Questo, a mio avviso, permette di rendere riconoscibili le peculiarità originarie e uniche delle diverse vigne, che quindi si riflettono nelle caratteristiche dei vini. Assieme alla mia compagna Lucia ci siamo trasferiti nelle Langhe quando ho aperto a Dogliani l’azienda agricola LeViti (gioco di parole che si scrive tutto attaccato a indicare identità fra me e la terra). L’azienda che oggi conduco è nata all’inizio degli anni 80 dal figlio di un mezzadro di mio nonno. Come spesso succede, però, i figli degli agricoltori scelgono la vita più confortevole e sicura del lavoro d’ufficio, mentre io, figlio di professori e cittadino, chiuso in un ufficio mi sentivo prigioniero di quelle quattro mura. Il vecchio contadino stava per chiudere e gli splendidi vini che produceva si sarebbero persi per sempre, a meno che… L’azienda è individuale nel vero senso della parola: in vigna come in cantina ci sono sempre io. Lucia e la mia famiglia (mio fratello Dario, mia madre e mio padre) sono l’unico aiuto su cui posso contare, soprattutto nei momenti più complicati della vinificazione e della vendita. In passato ho avuto il piacere di insegnare il mestiere ad alcuni rifugiati politici e a un amico ligure che oggi conduce, con buonissimi risultati, una piccola vigna sulle colline dell’entroterra di Sanremo”.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
Ceretto is a wine producer in Piedmont, making top-quality Barolo and Barbaresco. It was founded by Ricardo Ceretto in 1930 and is famous for being a pioneer of the trend toward single-vineyard Barolo wines. Nebbiolo is the key grape variety, but Ceretto also make wines from Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis and Moscato. Riccardo Ceretto, who did not own any vineyards, produced wine from grapes he purchased. The turning point came when his sons Bruno and Marcello joined the business, with their innovative thinking for the time: the importance of the land. Though this seems obvious today, memories of the poverty of rural life in the Langhe region - described so well by Beppe Fenoglio in his novel “La Malora” (“Ruin”) - were still fresh, and Riccardo was reluctant to invest in purchasing land. In the 1960s, Bruno and Marcello started mapping out the land that produced the best wines, and buying the vineyards. They would never leave the region again. Blangè is the white side of Piedmontese wines; a product that defined an era, revolutionizing Langhe winemaking that was previously devoted exclusively to red grapes. The most famous Blangè a Langhe Doc Arneis is the product of a highly distinctive region, the Roero, and a desire to improve varietal recognition, as well as drinking pleasure. Blangè combines sustainable practices in the vineyard with a modern take. Fruit and minerality, aromatics and balanced freshness, coexist in this white wine that has made enjoyment and versatility its trademark. Blangè is the white side of Piedmontese wines; a product that defined an era, revolutionizing Langhe winemaking that was previously devoted exclusively to red grapes. Dolcetto d'Alba Doc is the product of a highly distinctive region, the Roero, and a desire to improve varietal recognition, as well as drinking pleasure. Blangè combines sustainable practices in the vineyard with a modern take. Fruit and minerality, aromatics and balanced freshness, coexist in this white wine that has made enjoyment and versatility its trademark. Down to Barolo Docg and Barolo Chianato
Cindy Vine Travels and Portugal, Cindy Vine is an author, mother of three kids, with lots of life experiences she uses as an inspiration source to write her books about. She is a teacher and uses her teaching qualifications to travel around the world teaching. Cindy Vine's novels are known for their sharp insight on interpersonal relationships. Cindy loves to travel and enjoy taking photos and videos to document her trip. That's so that when her memory starts to fade she can remember what she's done and where she's been. So if you are a fellow traveller or an armchair traveller, you will be interested in following her adventures. Cindy decided to moove to Portugal and just purchased a 2.5hec. farm in Central Portugal. Interesting to understand why she chose moving to Portugal and what future she's expecting to live, this was the dream of her life. She bought an old farm abandoned with a big garden also abandoned. We talked about why she chose moving to Portugal and what future. The farm is called Bela Pedra that means Pretty Stone. She started restoring it and taking care of the garden, planting trees and farming, all on her ow, learning day by day with passion and care and documenting her journey on her YouTube channel and blogs. She is admirable for the positive strength she has, she is an example of how anyone can reach their dreams.
Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new "vermouth rosso" (red vermouth) using "aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram, thyme, and yarrow)". A global Italian icon, propelled from the hills of Piedmont to a world-class brand by the entrepreneurial determination of its founding fathers; each drop of Cinzano vermouth and sparkling wine is infused with nearly three centuries of determination and willpower to achieve the very best in quality and taste. As suppliers to the Royal Court, Cinzano was entrusted with the challenge and finally, in the mid-1800s, their Spumante (sparkling wine) was born, expanding the business into the production of sparkling wine. Santa Vittoria d’Alba became the heart of the Cinzano world and the business was ready to evolve from a local storefront to a global brand. Developing its communications strategy in line with the Belle Époque’s aesthetic, Cinzano adopted new mediums and techniques the era had to offer, from posters and postcards, to ads in media titles such as Telegrafo magazine, a prominent Italian daily newspaper at the time. Only the greatest Italian brands could afford to work with artists and illustrators and Cinzano was no exception, leading from the front. Bold in their style, Enrico and his brother, Emiliano, collaborated with the most daring artists of time allowing the brand to evolve alongside popular culture. The Cinzano heirs continued their work with innovative inspiration and achieved such great commercial success that they were asked by the Savoy monarchs to offer their expertise to produce Italy’s first Sparkling Wine, upon success of the incredibly popular French champagne that dominated the wine export market across the globe. The result: the birth of the Cinzano sparkling wines. A global Italian icon, propelled from the hills of Piedmont to a world-class brand.
As the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere, Constantia’s uninterrupted history of wine making stretches back over 300 years. Constantia Uitsig is located in what can be described as the "Cradle of winemaking" in the Cape and has a long history, being part of the first wine producing estate in South Africa, dating back to the mid-1600s. Constantia Uitsig means "Constantia View" and is named this for its unique position in the valley, nestled between the east-facing slopes of Constantiaberg and False Bay, creating endless stretches of beautiful vineyards and mountains that surround the farm. Its unique position means that its vines benefit from the cool sea breezes, providing natural acidity and brilliant ageing ability, as well as Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate, with its rainy winters and long, dry summers. This position has made for the perfect grape growing conditions, with vines rooted in 200-million-year-old, well composed, well-drained granite with a high clay content, ensuring excellent water retention.
Set between the world-renowned wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Delaire Graff Estate is located approximately 50 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and ideally situated for discovering the Cape Winelands. A private transfer service is available to Delaire Graff Estate for Lodge and Villa guests. Delaire Graff Estate – where you can experience the ultimate in luxury, combined with our own unique blend of South African hospitality. Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, I visited the Estate for the first time back in 2003 and felt a strong connection in an instant – it was love at first sight. The incredible views provide the perfect backdrop to our outstanding restaurants, state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, exuberant landscaping, destination Spa and luxury boutiques. Our talented team harness a united vision and passion, and their continuing dedication brings the true beauty of this piece of paradise to our guests each and every day. I hope you enjoy your experience.
Quality and consistency is paramount at Eagles’ Nest. Our unique terroir, combined with passionate attention to detail in the vineyards, yields fruit that is crafted into wines which are the epitome of elegance, finesse and complexity. Eagles’ Nest was originally a section of Groot Constantia, the wine supplier to European nobility, established by Simon van der Stel in the late 1600’s. Eagles’ Nest’s history reveals that it operated as a commercial farm producing export fruit, as well as vegetables for the local market, up until the 1960’s. Over time the farm has had a number of owners, since 1984 it has been in the control of the Mylrea family. Following a devastating mountain fire in 2000 which destroyed all of the natural fynbos vegetation and Protea plants, as well as approximately 95% of the forestation, it was decided to move the focus of the farm to wine. Whilst the Constantia Valley is most famous for white wines, it was felt that Eagles’ Nest, with its unique terroir within the valley, would be more suited to red wines. With its East, West and North facing slopes it is the steepest commercially farmed land in the Cape region, if not in all of South Africa. The land is located 10.5 km from the warm False Bay coast line and is in the direct path of the summer trade wines. Along with the planting of vineyards it was a priority to re-establish the natural fynbos on the estate. On the mountain 25 000 Silver Tree seeds were planted as well as thousands of proteas, ferns and other fynbos indigenous to the area. Eagles’ Nest now proudly houses one of the largest Silver Tree plantations in South Africa. We were very careful to select only seeds and plants that were indigenous to the region and that would thrive in the Constantia Mountains. The majority of seeds and plants were sourced from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The lower vineyards are at around 150m above sea level with the highest at approximately 400m above sea level. Average rain fall is approximately 1100mm to 1200mm per annum. The total farm area is 38.4 hectares, with approximately 12 hectares are under vine. The vines will produce around 100 tons as the steep slopes allow for a higher than normal vine density per hectare. Quality driven and a true reflection of our unique terroir. The maturation strategy for the red wine is to age one third in new wood, one third in second fill barrels and one third in third fill barrels for around 18 months. The wine will further bottle mature for 12 to 18 months before release. The maturation regime relating to the Viognier is to focus on freshness, with second, third fill and larger 500litre barrels used.
Garden Of Eden Berries is the largest exporter of strawberries within South Africa. Through our in-house plug plant nursery PHC, we cultivate top quality plants for ourselves and growers alike. We take pride in producing exceptional berries. Our in-house team of horticulturist, scientists, PhD and BSc scholars enable us to produce an exceptional product from seedling to berry. Growing strawberries requires a very scientific approach. Our nutritional specialists assess and measure fruit quality in regard to colour, firmness and taste on a daily basis to ensure good plant health and top production performance. When it comes to producing great strawberries, plant quality is of utmost importance. Did you know; Growers have to replant all their strawberry fields on an annual basis and is therefore a crucial part of their business. Fertile soil contains an optimal balance of macro and micro-nutrients together with microbial life to ensure bioavailability to the plant. Together with optimal photosynthesis levels results in large, flavoursome, and nutritious berries.
Groot Constantia. South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm, continuing to produce legendary wine since 1685. Groot Constantia is an important part of World Wine Heritage and a world-class international tourism destination, capturing the rich and diverse heritage of South Africa, to deliver a unique cultural, social and historical experience, to locals and tourists alike. Delivering world class, quality wines, sensory encounters and special experiences, it is an iconic example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage in the wine industry. It is still, after a history of more than 300 years, a fully operational farm and one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions where a wide range of quality estate wines are created and sold (Seven days a week). With a variety of other attractions, including the remarkable restaurants & museums a visit to Groot Constantia becomes an unforgettable experience. Groot Constantia had many different owners and consequently the Estate has also been divided a few times. Groot Constantia’s rich history shows how one man’s love of wine established South Africa’s first wine farm more than 330 years ago and how those 891 morgen of land formed the origins of the commercial South African wine industry, with Emperors and Kings such as Frederick the Great of Prussia and Louis Phillipe (King of the French) buying ‘Constantia Wyn’ at auctions across Europe. South Africa’s oldest wine became so renowned it appears in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ as a cure for a broken heart and is drunk to lift a character’s spirit in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ by Charles Dickens. Perhaps it even soothed Napoleon as it was served during his exile on the island of Saint Helena. Groot Constantia is situated on aesthetic Cape Peninsula overlooking False Bay. The vineyards are tucked in the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain.
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Anyone can be a Heritage Ambassador. Help take our past into the future. Spread the word and generate revenue. Make heritage your business and earn with your passion for art and culture. ArtAcadia.org is an umbrella organization for everything pertaining to our heritage and respective cultures. Providing a platform for Heritage Ambassadors, to help take our past into the future. We are a passionate community that is compiling a comprehensive global directory and cultural map. Facilitating networking, training, work opportunities, events and marketplace.
The Madumbi story is rooted in the gift of giving. 20 years ago, Andre Fox (our founder) and Patrick Deal partnered with Timbavati Game Reserve to assist local Shangaan communities as they attempted to create a protected elephant corridor. The challenge was to achieve this sustainably through agriculture. On the successful completion of the pilot project, Andre and Patrick were given a gift of locally grown potatoes, known as madumbes… and Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture was born. With humble beginnings at its heart, Madumbi has remained dedicated to its mission of driving sustainable agricultural solutions across South Eastern Africa. This is our gift to future generations across the continent; a future with complicated environmental and social challenges. By contributing – from seed to fork – towards the sustainable delivery of toxin-free, nutrient-dense food to all our tables, Madumbi hopes to form a part of the innovative solutions required for sustainable food production.
Martini e Rossi captures the spark that set two men on a lifelong quest to make their stamp on Italian culture. Alessandro Martini - a spirited entrepreneur with a global vision - and Luigi Rossi - a creative muse whose botanical fragrances would lure noses along Turin’s via Dora Grossa. The year was 1863 when their newfound partnership was manifested in their first vermouth: the Martini e Rossi "Rosso". This original blend remains the same to this day, a famous brand all over the world. Our artisans of today are 8th generation Martini e Rossi masters. Each following in the footsteps of their predecessors. All dedicated craftsmen and custodians of Martini e Rossi’s quality and integrity. The only three people worldwide to know Mr. Rossi’s original recipe. Originally from a village just outside our home of Pessione, and a student of the world-renowned Scuola Enologica di Alba, where many MARTINI & ROSSI® experts have honed their craft. After 18 years of training, Musso succeeds the 30-year tenure of former master blender, Luciano Boero. MARTINI & ROSSI®’s original recipe remains guarded under lock and key. Our masters know it only by scent and taste. Over 500 botanical samples pass under Ivano’s nose each year, and only the combined experience of himself and Beppe can maintain Luigi Rossi’s legacy. Our first love. The original Martini e Rossi, conjured under the inspired nose of Luigi Rossi. Since the sun-blushed days of 1863, a devoted selection of regional herbs are at its heart, and natural caramel imparts its rich scarlet hue. An icon di Italia. Martini e Rossi and Rosso and Tonic, Created in the 1970s to modernize Luigi Rossi’s original recipe into a refreshing long drink. Aromatic herbs spring to life with the addition of sparkling tonic water, while an orange wheel enlivens its fruited notes of lemon and raspberry.
Meerendal Wine Estate is a family owned vineyard situated in the Western Cape. The hills of Meerendal rise above the flat surrounding Durbanville landscape, with an almost endless variety of slopes, soil types and micro climates. This makes it possible to grow a wide range of classic cultivars with equal success. Meerendal is a family run and owned vineyard with a history that started in 1714 when 60,000 vines were planted on the farm. For over 300 years, a tradition of producing quality wines has developed Meerendal into one of South Africa’s flagship wine estates. Thys Smit, is our passionate and dynamic winemaker. Thys holds a BSc in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of Stellenbosch. He was nominated as a finalist for the 2019 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the year Award.
Our estate, it’s a part of us. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster Estate has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, we produce award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil. We aim to inspire people to dream big, through sharing our founder’s story, his persistence, tenacity and unflinching commitment to quality. We continue his legacy as Morgenster’s fine wines and olive oils go out into the world to the rhythm of: place, people, passion… In 1992 Giulio bought Morgenster, one of the jewels of the Cape. His first step was to restore the manor house, built in 1786. Then he turned his attention to the hill in his back yard which reminded him strongly of his native home in Italy. With a lifelong philosophy of producing only the best, Giulio sought advice from experts who suggested that Morgenster’s terroir was perfectly suited to red wine grape varieties and olives. While it is part of Italian culture to produce fine wines and olives together, the concept was an innovation in South Africa at the time. Giulio set out to produce world class Bordeaux-styled wines and the highest quality extra virgin olive oil that South Africa had ever seen. Giulio passed away in 2018, and his two daughters, Federica and Alessandra, are carrying his dream forward.
Join us as we escape the rat race of South East England and settle into farm life in Central Portugal. We are Ken & Gina and we started the OKportugal Youtube channel back in 2019 when we decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the UK for a quieter life on a farm in Central Portugal. We now live on an amazing 3.5 hectare farm along with our cats, Nanook & Mecho and our two dogs, DogDog and Mimosa. Our journey began back in the UK, in September 2019, where we sold our house, packed all of our belongings and drove across Europe to Portugal in our campervan Bob along with our animals. We moved into a lovely rental house, high up in the Serra da Estrela mountains, meeting many friendly and generous locals and spent the next few months searching for our dream farm. In December 2019 we moved into our dream farm during Portugal's worst storm in a decade. We have had many trials and tribulations along the way and have documented them all in our Sunday weekly vlogs for our subscribers to enjoy.