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Peter-Allan Finlayson, Crystallum, Walker Bay, South Africa

Cool climate wines from South Africa? Yes Sir! From Crystallum

It’s quite possible to make exciting, interesting and characterful wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in South Africa! Everything depends on the temperature – and the winemaker of course (as well as a whole lot else). The proximity to a cold ocean and southern winds means that although southwestern South Africa (Western Cape) can get […]

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Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker in Stellenbosch, South Africa

A south African pioneer relaunches, Ntsiki Biyela’s Aslina

It is not that much of an exaggeration to say that Ntsiki Biyela is a South African winemaking legend. She was the first female black winemaker and has been featured for example on CNN and on Forbes (and on BKWine Magazine previously). After many years as winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch Ntsiki Biyela has now […]

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The landscape around Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

Glenwood Vineyards is hidden in a Franschhoek side valley; do try and find it!

Franschhoek can almost be too quaint, too pretty as a wine region. The wineries are dotted along the main road – the only road – along the valley like pearls on a string. They are surrounded by beautiful real estate developments where the villas have stunning views over the mountains. The village of Franschhoek itself […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch, South Africa

South Africa, wine and food in combination | a world class wine tour

South Africa has about 100,000 hectares (240,000 acres) of vineyards. This figure has been stable for a long time. What has changed is how the grapes are used. During apartheid, over 50% of the grapes went to distillation for brandy production. Now most grapes are used to make wine. During our tour in the South […]

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An open-top fermenter at Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

Dare leave the main road in Franschhoek and discover Glenwood Vineyards

Glenwood Vineyards is hidden away in a small valley a few kilometres away from the busy town of Franschhoek. It is tucked away in the Robertsvlei Valley, with a micro climate all of its own. Cooler than down in the main Franschhoek Valley and not so dry. Actually, in winter it is one of the […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch

South Africa, amazing wines with quality and ambition | wine tour

In the mid-1990s the export market opened up for South Africa. And since then we have not stopped drinking their wines. South African wine has changed a lot during these 20 years. Some associate South Africa with simple, well-made wines. These wines, often shipped in bulk to different countries, make up quite a big part […]

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Chateau d Armailhac, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Enjoy a world-class BKWine wine tour this autumn or winter

We have prepared a fabulous selection of wine tours for you to enjoy either in the autumn or in winter. Why not escape from the dreary cold and darkness for a few days or a bit more to a lovely wine country on a trip filled with excellent wines and delicious food. You can choose […]

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The beach at Camps Bay in Cape Town

New South Africa: five exciting producers | Britt on Forbes

“There is a wine revolution quietly going on in South Africa. Or more correctly, a second revolution. The first one was when apartheid ended and the KVW iron grip on the wine sector also came to an end. That led to the birth of the modern wine industry in South Africa, where today you can […]

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Cape vineyards

South Africa: a new generation terroir wines, with sea and nature | wine tour

Our wine tour to South Africa starts at the end of February. It is still summer in South Africa, but not too hot. The harvest has just begun or has maybe been going on for a week or so. You will see many different harvesting activities. The picking in the vineyard, destemming, fermentation, pumping over, […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch

Revolutionary wines in South Africa

Do you think South Africa is a country that is good at making bulk wines, but that when it comes to quality and personality falls short? Then it’s time to wake up. Now! You are missing a lot of exciting and very original wines. Today there are plenty of exciting wines of very good quality […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch

Two new exotic wine tours to Chile-Argentina and to South Africa the coming winter | press release

Two exclusive wine tours for the winter season 2018 have just been launched by BKWine, the wine travel specialist: a wine tour to Chile and Argentina in South America on January 27 to February 11, and a wine tour to South Africa on February 23 to March 5. Both tours take place when the grape […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch

Wine tours autumn 2017 and winter 2018

You will find all information about our wine tours for autumn 2017 and our South America and South Africa tours beginning of 2018 on bkwinetours.com. You can choose between France, Portugal, Italy, Argentina & Chile and South Africa. All destinations will give you a magnificent wine and food experience. Bordeaux, 27 September – 1 October […]

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A winery in Franschhoek in Cape Dutch style

South Africa, wine, gastronomy and nature – an unbeatable combination | wine tour

We have now also published our program for South Africa 2018. The tour starts at the end of February, when it is still summer in South Africa. The harvest has just begun and there will be lots of activities going on, both in the cellars and in the vineyards. We start the tour in Cape […]

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Pouring wine at Waterford Wine Estate

Fabulous wine tours, autumn 2017 and winter 2018

We have prepared some exciting wine tours for you the coming seasons. You will find all information about the tours for autumn 2017 and our South America and South Africa tours at the beginning of 2018 on bkwinetours.com. You can choose between France, Portugal, Italy, Argentina & Chile and South Africa. All destinations will give […]

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A pumba, African wart hog

Safari in South Africa, beautiful video and pictures

On our wine tour to South Africa we usually offer you the option to combine it with a safari, after the “wine segment” of the tour. It is a very special experience. This video, shot by Raja Picture Company, is a beautiful illustration of what you can see on a safari. It is all shot […]

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An oak forest and a vineyard in Alentejo

Wine tours autumn 2017 and winter 2018

You will find all information about our wine tours for autumn 2017 and our South America tour beginning of 2018 on bkwinetours.com. You can choose between France, Portugal, Italy and Argentina & Chile. All destinations will give you a magnificent wine and food experience. Bordeaux, 27 September – 1 October Douro Valley in northern Portugal, […]

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South Africa: a wine country with great variety

South Africa’s wines have had great success in various parts of the world. However, it is a wine country that does not rest on its laurels. The producers are constantly seeking new challenges, new districts and new varieties. Down on the south coast the climate is cool and this suits some varieties such as sauvignon […]

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Safari in South Africa – in addition to the wine tour in South Africa

After the wine tour we offer you a four-day trip to private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, one hour flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. The reserves are malaria-free. You will have several exciting game drives, including one in the Addo Elephant National Park. Here they have not only elephants but also the […]

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Explore South Africa’s many wine regions on the wine tour

South Africa’s vineyards cover an area of just over 100,000 hectares (a little less than Bordeaux). The production is around 10 million hectolitres, which means that the country ends up as number seven in the world in terms of wine production. The acreage has been stable in recent years. What has changed is that more […]

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South African wines, a success story worth a voyage

It is only 20 years since we started drinking South African wines. But now we take them for granted. The quality of the cheap wines is reliable. And the more ambitious wines become more and more interesting. This we have noticed since coming here for the first time in 2010. More and more producers are […]

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