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Pot Luck Club & Brandy Magic

Brandy was the hero yet again at a fantastic lunch put on by the South African Brandy Foundation and KWV. Hosted at the Pot Luck Club in Woodstock, Head Chef Wesley Randles created some fine dining treats to pair with the exclusive KWV range of brandies. Here’s how it went down.

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Au.Ra sets new record for SA brandy

Record price paid for bottle of South African brandy. A rare bottle of South Africa’s oldest potstill brandy has been sold at a charity auction for R38 000.

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KWV 12 year old potstil brandy

Exciting news for local brandy fans is the release last month of KWV 12 year old brandy. The new 100% potstil addition to the family fits perfectly between the hugely undervalued 10 year old vintage (actually 100% potstill, but still called a vintage) and the smooth, refined and ultra elegant 15 year old alambic.

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Sumsaré 5 year old brandy hits the scene

A brand new potstill has hit the local brandy scene. Sumsare Wines has recently released their 5 year old Potketel Brandewijn. Hailing from historically significant Robertson, we caught up with 7th generation farmer and Brandy maker Danie Erasmus about the new arrival.

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KWV 15 takes top spot at ISC ’13

Looks like more bling at international shows for local potstill brandies. At the ISC awards held in London last night, KWV 15 year old was awarded the trophy for worlds best brandy, and not to be outdone, the KWV 20 year old also picked up a gold medal.

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Brandy Routes road trip with

Well the Christmas season is over and everyone’s back at work dreaming of the next holiday! Why not take it sooner than you thought with a weekend trip away along one of our fabulous brandy routes. A new mobile website from the SA Brandy Foundation has made this easier than you may think.

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Spring at van ryns!

Its hard not to like Van Ryns. The beautiful distillery on the banks of the Eeste Rivier. The friendly and passionate staff, not to mention the super premium international award winning brandy. And then there’s the little shows they put on for us to remind us all how good life really is! This year its […]

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Oude Molen Brandy: Distilery Tour

The name Rene Santhagens should ring familiar in any true South African brandy fan’s  ears. He is widely considered the father of South African brandy, and through introducing best practices learnt in the Cognac region of France, has probably been the most influential individual in creating SA’s award wining brandy legacy.

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Van Ryns AU.RA: A 30 year old potstill brandy

Wow. Van Ryns AU.RA has been released – a seriously rare item in South African brandy circles. A blend of 30-40 year old potstils, the oldest reserves in the country, and created a unique hand blown crystal decanter and cutsomised oak box to boot. This looks simply stunning. Getting your hands on one of these […]

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Guided Tour and Tasting at Van Ryns Distillery

I was fortunate this last weekend to be hosted by Van Ryn’s at the beautiful and best kept secret Distillery just off the R310 on the way into Stellenbosch. While easy to miss as you speed past onto greener wineland pastures, for anyone interested in brandy, or even just interested in a unique and special […]

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