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South African whisky tasting at Die Bergkelder

So you thought whisky-making was only the preserve of the Scots? Think again. Join us on Thursday, 29 March, at Die Bergkelder and discover the award-winning Three Ships range of whiskies and South Africa’s only single-grain whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky.
Crafted at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, these whiskies have over the years established many firsts for South Africa on the whisky front. Its distinctions include being the first local whisky brand, producing South Africa’s first single-malt as well as the first blend of South African and Scotch whiskies. It also gave the country its first 100% locally blended whisky and, more recently, the first single grain-whisky. These whiskies regularly take centre stage at international competitions receiving the highest recognition for their superior quality and craftsmanship.

Tickets cost R60 per person and include the tasting followed by a light meal. One lucky guest stands the chance of taking home a selection of the whiskies tasted.

The tasting forms part of a series offered by Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch which covers whisky, brandy and wine. It takes place on the first Thursday of the month. Purchases made on the evening are subject to a 10% discount.


Date: 29 March 2011
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Venue: Die Bergkelder, Stellenbosch
Cost: R60 per person

Seating is limited and booking is essential. Contact Melanie on 021 809 8025 to reserve your seat.

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Taste SA’s finest in brandy at Die Bergkelder

A line-up of exclusive, internationally award-winning brandies will be on offer at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch on Thursday, December 1, presented by brandy expert Helmuth Kisting.

Brandies will include the potstill voted the Worldwide Best Brandy at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition in London – the limited-edition Van Ryn’s Collection Reserve 20 Year Old. Others include Collison’s White Gold, Oude Meester Demant, Van Ryn’s 10 Year Old Vintage, Klipdrift Gold and Oude Meester Reserve 12 Year Old to provide an interesting spectrum of older and younger connoisseur brandies.

To start, refreshing and delicious brandy cocktails featuring Collison’s White Gold and Flight of the Fish Eagle will be served.

All brandies in the line-up are regular medalists on international competitive events. Van Ryn’s is a four-time winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Worldwide Best Brandy title and also a three-time winner of the International Spirits Challenge Best Brandy trophy.

One lucky guest will take home a selection of these acclaimed brandies.

Die Bergkelder tastings take place the first Thursday of every month and feature a selection of premium wines, brandies and whiskies. Whatever you buy on the evening will be available to you at 10% discount, so think about stocking up on festive gifts too.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Contact Melanie on +27.218098025 to reserve your seat.
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Competition: Win a Vinoteque Wine Bank Voucher to the value of R500.

A fantastic new competition for our Facebook fans.

Stand a chance to win a Bergkelder Vinoteque Wine Bank Voucher to the value of R500.

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Bergkelder Vinoteque – Video

Here is a great video of the Bergkelder Vinoteque!

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Win a Vinoteque Wine Bank Voucher

The Bergkelder Vinoteque is running a great new competition on our Facebook page.

A lucky fan can win a Vinoteue Wine Bank voucher worth R300.

To enter visit our Facebook page.

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New Bergkelder offers intimate and nostalgic wine experience

Die Bergkelder, the famous ‘cellar in the mountain’ and home of Fleur du Cap wines on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, has been carefully refurbishment to offer wine lovers a more intimate experience with the wines and their origins.

Officially opened in 1968 as the first bottle maturation cellar of its kind in the southern hemisphere, Die Bergkelder fulfilled the dreams of Dr Anton Rupert and Dr Alfred Baumgartner, directors of Distillers Corporation (SA) Limited, the owner of the property at the time. This major investment in a technologically advanced underground wine cellar for the production of quality wines was a major shift in focus for the organisation which until then had earned most of its income from brandy.

Dr Baumgartner, who was the Chief Chemist and Wine Technologist for 35 years, harnessed the world’s most modern machinery, equipment and techniques to produce some of the finest wines in the country under the Fleur du Cap and
Stellenryck labels.

In the 1970’s, with Dr Julius Laszlo as visionary Cellarmaster, Die Bergkelder played a pivotal role in changing the face of the South African wine industry. Determined to produce world-class wines, he was one of the key protagonists in finding new plant material and encouraging grape-growers to introduce classic noble varietals to their vineyards such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

As a tribute to Dr Laszlo who passed away in July last year, a dedicated Laszlo Room for private tastings now takes pride of place in the refurbished cellar. In 2007 Fleur du Cap released an exclusive signature blend, Laszlo 2004, in his honour. Dr Laszlo was able to attend the launch and reminisce with old friends over dinner in Die Bergkelder, the very mountain cellar he helped to establish.


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The Vinotèque unique offering: Buy and store your own personal collection of rare wines

The Vinotèque is a unique offering that allows you to buy and store your own personal collection of rare wines, which are managed and matured by wine experts.

This blogs aims to facilitate conversations about lifestyles and aspects where rare, fine wines play a significant role. Join us for conversations about living life and how to wine and dine in style.

For more info about The Vinotèque visit our webpage at

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