Alchemy - A Process of Exploration, Transformation & Creation

Alchemy  - A Process of Exploration, Transformation & Creation
15 August 2014 • Awards
For many centuries the practice of alchemy was centred on discovering the secret to the elixir of life - the transformation of base metals into silver or gold.
The team at Hartenberg Wine Estate embarked on their own journey of exploration to uncover the best vineyards in the Cape and find small exceptional parcels of high quality vines, which could ultimately be harvested and transformed into wines worthy of joining the esteemed Hartenberg family. Together, cellar master and Cape Winemakers Guild member, Carl Schultz, and his team, have used their knowledge and skills to create the perfect blend of art and science. Their creation is Alchemy. 

Designed to augment Hartenberg’s current classic wines, which focus on single cultivars, the Alchemy range allows Carl and his team to further explore the art of blending. Growing in popularity with wine consumers, blends allow winemakers to be more experimental with... read more »

Winter warmers await you at Hartenberg Wine Estate this season

Winter warmers await you at Hartenberg Wine Estate this season
16 July 2014 • General
Winter is synonymous with fireplaces and red wine and where better to enjoy this than at Hartenberg Wine Estate, with our new winter menu. 

Known for producing superb wines, Hartenberg has also established itself as a wine and food-pairing destination, and is guaranteed to offer just that.

Inspired by warm flavours and fresh, local ingredients the menu has been prepared by a team of dedicated and passionate ladies who have been trained as part of the farm’s upliftment project. For starters choose between a hearty Soup of the Day (soupe du jour) or a Carmelised Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tart. Main dishes include a delicious Fish and Prawn Pie baked in Phyllo Pastry with a Herbed Crème Fraîche. Or a Free-range Chicken Breast filled with Plaaskaas and Parma Ham on mashed potatoes accompanied by a wine jus.

If you prefer something lighter enjoy a beautifully presented Vintner’s Platter, which includes a selection... read more »

How the Hartenberg Stork got its Name

How the Hartenberg Stork got its Name
29 June 2014 • General
This article was written by Kim Drake and originally published on

How a Bird Inspired a Wine

At Londolozi, it’s not always about leopards and lions, we have a large selection of resident and migratory birds which can be seen at different times during the year. In particular we have up to six different types of storks that can be seen.

Storks are large, long-necked, long-legged birds which wade with long, stout bills. They have no syrinx (vocal organ) and are therefore mute, giving no call, and instead communicate by clattering their bills. Many species are migratory and most storks eat fish, insects, frogs, earthworms and even small birds and mammals. They are heavy birds (weighing up to eight kilograms) with wide wingspans – the Marabou stork has a wingspan of 3.2 meters!  They make large nests that may be used for many years; some nests have been... read more »

Hartenberg wins International Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards

Hartenberg wins International Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards
25 June 2014 • Awards
Hartenberg Wine Estate has continued its winning streak having been awarded The International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Varietals (under £15) entered at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). A Gold medal was also awarded to The Stork Shiraz 2010. The results were announced at an awards event held on the eve of 24 June in London. 

The DWWA is the world’s largest wine industry competition with representation from wine countries across the globe. This year the 17 member-strong panel, judging the South African wines, was chaired by Lynne Sherriff MW and was made up by a team of influential judges from across the wine industry. The International Trophy taste-off was presided over by Competition Chairman Steven Spurrier, who was joined by the vice-Chair Gerard Basset OBE MS MW, and three Regional Chairs.

Winning an International Trophy at the DWWA is regarded as the crème de la... read more »

Gold for Hartenberg at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Gold for Hartenberg at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
23 May 2014 • Awards
Hartenberg Wine Estate has been awarded a Gold Medal for its 2010 Merlot at the 21st Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. A total of 58 producer countries competed in this prestigious competition, held this year in the Belgian capital city. Sommeliers, wine buyers, importers, journalists and wine writers –310 wine tasters representing 51 nationalities – gathered for three days earlier in May to judge this year’s entries.

Already an award-winning wine this superb Merlot was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 Veritas Awards as well as receiving a 4-star rating in the internationally recognized 2014 Platter's South African Wine Guide. The US-based Robert Parker Group scored the same wine a total of 90 points, an accomplishment not achieved by many.

The 2005 vintage received the trophy for the Best Merlot in the World at the 2008 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London.  Winemaker Carl Schultz was named Diners... read more »
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