The Swartland Revolution ran from 2010 until 2015, the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration took place for the third time earlier this year and the district of Elgin completed its first ever Chardonnay Colloquium this past weekend. UK wine writer Jamie Goode was guest speaker at the Colloquium and perhaps the key take-out from his address […]
I could easily become a wine festival junkie, given the chance – and if I could afford it, though I suppose that a signal point of junkiedom is always managing to fund your fix. Anyway, I can say with pleasure as well as pride – not many can make the claim! – that I’ve attended […]
Breaking news is that the Swartland Revolution which ran from 2010 to 2015 and aimed to raise general awareness of the area’s wines is no longer. Future energies will be directed towards promoting Swartland Independent. Read the official statement here.
Two responses to my last week’s piece on the Swartland Revolution made particular sense to me. Though they were essentially antithetical, having to resolve the contradiction recalled to me an essential significance of wine in modern life. The first response came in an email from someone fully involved in the wine industry who commented, having […]
This last weekend saw perhaps the best Swartland Revolution yet – but I suppose that’s excitedly claimed each year by at least a few attendees. For those who haven’t been paying attention for the past six years: the Swartland Revolution is a now world-famous gathering of some hundreds of people in the little Swartland town […]
The first session of the Swartland Revolution 2014 featured a presentation by 75-year-old Serge Hochar of famed Lebanese property Chateau Musar plus a tasting of six vintages of his red wines and two of his white. Prior to proceedings getting underway, Adi Badenhorst of AA Badenhorst Family Wines and session moderator, suggested that the audience […]
If you’re good for R2 000 on wine and food over the course of a weekend, you could get a ticket to the Swartland Revolution. Or you could do what a group of six of us did, which was pool the money, buy some wine and get two of South Africa’s top chefs to cook, […]
Can elegance be achieved in a hot climate? The 2011 Swartland Revolution began with a tasting of various vintages and manifestations of Clape Cornas, and moderator Eben Sadie said the appeal for him of these wines were that they were “austere, sinister and very dark” which I thought was remarkably honest when everyone else spent […]