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Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2015

Flagstone Writer's Block 2013 picks up the only platinum medal for Pinotage at the 2015 Michelangelo Wine Awards

Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2015

Blends Key to South African Identity

The proliferation of blended expressions from South Africa has been hailed as a sign of winemakers’ confidence and quest to carve a distinct image for the country.

Blends Key to South African Identity

Flagstone Celebrates Cinderella Chenin

Bruce Jack, head winemaker for Accolade Wines in South Africa, has called Chenin Blanc “an extraordinary” variety as he unveiled a new wine to support his belief that South Africa’s high end success will be delivered through the on-trade.

Flagstone Celebrates Cinderella Chenin

Flagstone’s Champion Young Wines

The 2015 SA Young Wine Champions were unveiled during the SA Young Wine Awards Gala Dinner held at Augrabies, near Upington, on Friday 21 August.

Flagstone’s Champion Young Wines

Interview: Bruce Jack of Flagstone

Bruce Jack's interview from the August issue of Business Day WANTED

Interview: Bruce Jack of Flagstone

The Berliner Wein Trophy 2015

The Berlin Wine Trophy is the biggest wine competition under the auspices of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). Accolade did well this year and Flagstone shot the lights out!

The Berliner Wein Trophy 2015

The McGregor Poetry Festival 2015

The small village of McGregor, near Robertson, in the Western Cape is gearing up to host the 3rd McGregor Poetry Festival which will take place from the 27th to 30th of August this year.

The McGregor Poetry Festival 2015

Tasting Room Closed 22nd June - 23 June 2015

Our Tasting Room will be closed on Monday afternoon the 22nd June from 13:00 onwards. It will reopen on Tuesday the 23rd June at 10:00am.

Tasting Room Closed 22nd June - 23 June 2015

Time for Reflection

When the first real rains soak the soil and the days close in around us, it’s the season for reflection. In this case I am reflecting on the last seven years – always an auspicious chunk of time.

Time for Reflection

IWC 2015 Tranche 2 Results

It's white gold for Flagstone at this year's IWC 2015 Tranche 2, we're pleased to considered by those in the know as among the world's best. 

IWC 2015 Tranche 2 Results

2015 Sommelier Wine Awards

The 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards results are out. See how Flagstone fared in this year's wine competition with a difference, judged by the on-trade, for the on-trade.

2015 Sommelier Wine Awards

Fiendishly Spectacular - Wine Wanderings with Flagstone

Fiendish Wine Quiz winner Liz Szwarc gets the the complete Flagstone immersion, escorted through vineyards, winery and tastings by winemakers Bruce Jack and Gerhard Swart. 

Fiendishly Spectacular - Wine Wanderings with Flagstone

Flagstone Wine Tasting Room Closed for Good Friday

Please note that our tasting room will be closed on Good Friday, the 3rd of April. We'll be open again the following day, serving wine and smiles. 

Flagstone Wine Tasting Room Closed for Good Friday

Flagstone 2015 Harvest Update

The brilliant summer weather has brought harvest forward a couple of weeks, so it's been a quick-paced start to 2015, mind you the festive season is never a really restful period for South African wineries.

Flagstone 2015 Harvest Update

Poetry In Tasting At The Rockwell

“Wine is bottled poetry.” So said the great 19th Century writer Robert Louis Stevenson, and the team at The Rockwell All Suite Hotel & Apartments couldn’t agree more.

Poetry In Tasting At The Rockwell

Photos of Flagstone’s New Tasting Room

We've made quite bit of fuss about our new tasting room, here's a peek at what you can expect. 

Photos of Flagstone’s New Tasting Room

2015 International Wine Challenge Results

Now in its 32nd year the International Wine Challenge (IWC) is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. 

2015 International Wine Challenge Results

Flagstone Tasting Room Closed For 1 Week

As we add the finishing touches to our new tasting room we need to close our current tasting room for 1 week from Wednesday 26 November reopening on Thursday 4th December 2014.

Flagstone Tasting Room Closed For 1 Week

R180 000 raised for the Cheetah Outreach Trust

Over the past 12 months Flagstone Wines has raised R180 000 for the Cheetah Outreach Trust.

R180 000 raised for the Cheetah Outreach Trust

Flagstone Wines Tasting Room Launch

We've renovated the Flagstone wine tasting room, launching on Saturday 6 December! To celebrate this launch we're having a 1 day sale on Flagstone, Fish Hoek and Kumala wines. 

Flagstone Wines Tasting Room Launch


Contributors

Chief Winemaker Bruce Jack

Bruce Jack

A Capetonian whose curiosity and palate has taken him the length and breadth of the globe. Bruce completed his undergrad in Political Science and Literature at UCT and then read his Masters in Literature at St Andrew’s in Scotland. His subsequent winemaking degree came from the Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Bruce is a pioneer, and in many respects a maverick, and what he brings to winemaking is an articulate opinion about his greatest passion.

Food Alchemist & Kitchen Cowboy Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter is on the judging panel for the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World, as well as the Diners Club Wine list of the year. Born in London, he trained in South Africa and returned to work with some of Britain's top chefs in several award-winning London restaurants.

Back in South Africa, he helped to open the La Couronne Hotel & Winery (now Mont Rochelle) in Franschhoek. Conde Nast Traveller named it as one of the fifty most exciting restaurants in the world.

Peter has worked to develop some of the Cape’s best and busiest restaurants, including Blues, 95 Keerom Str, Balducci’s & Salt. GQ magazine took him on as food editor for eight years and he is a regular contributor to Men’s Health. Peter is author of Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town.

He featured alongside Ainsley Harriot on BBC Food’s Off the Menu and now appears as a judge on MasterChef SA.

Editor Andrew Arnott

Andrew Arnott

Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.

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