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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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Blending brandy with Johan Venter

Imagine in front of you 8 plastic lab jars of liquid gold. Unlabeled, unknown. All made from different grapes, aged in different oak barrels, for different lengths of time. Next to them, glass measuring jugs, beakers and a pipette. Now imagine sitting with Johan Venter and blending brandy for yourself. Sound easy? It certainly wasn’t… […]

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