Top 15 South African Cab Francs by Higgo Jacobs

Guest Explorer: Higgo Jacobs A law graduate from Stellenbosch, Higgo was lured into the wine industry after his studies, and what was meant to be a sabbatical ended up as a way of life. Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Higgo consults to various establishments; judges on wine competitions and publications locally and abroad,... Read more »

New Data Revealed in the First Annual South African Food & Wine Tourism Report

2nd Annual South African Food & Wine Tourism Report in Partnership with Wesgro

In 2017, Wesgro, in partnership with Explore Sideways, conducted the second annual Wine & Food Tourism Study in the Western Cape. The study surveyed more than 40 South African tour operators, accounting for over 19,000 itineraries booked over the year. The study aims to determine sector trends and identify changing market conditions in the wine... Read more »


Walking on the Wild Side in Style – What to Pack on an African Safari

Safari and style? Not often two words that go together for the practical necessities required to enjoy a safari can prove an impediment to following fashion trends. The safari has moved on, however - it’s no longer catering to yellow suited and booted game hunters, but has now adapted for a range of tastes from... Read more »


Discover the Brand New Boschendal

One of the oldest farms in South Africa, Boschendal was founded in 1685 in the heart of Franschhoek. Boschendal was first granted to the French Huguenot Jean le Long in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony. It was subsequently bought by Abraham de Villiers in 1715 and remained... Read more »

Inside Napa Harvest 2017 – A Firsthand Account of the Napa Fires

Inside Napa Harvest 2017 – A Firsthand Account of the Napa Fires

by Brittany Hawkins St. Helena is a small agricultural town of 5,000 people in Napa Valley, California where wine is the one and the only thing that matters. Each year, nearly everyone in the St. Helena participates in what is called harvest. Harvest is the pinnacle of importance throughout the year in which the picking... Read more »

Top 5 Reasons to add Franschhoek to your South African Itinerary

Top 5 Reasons to add Franschhoek to your South African Itinerary

Franschhoek Valley is one of the most amazing wine regions in the world with majestic mountain scenery, lush vineyards and a quaint European feel. Franschhoek's rich history of European influence dates back to the late 1600s when French Huguenots arrived in the Cape after fleeing France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in... Read more »