Cape Wine News - Roger Jones

Cape Wine News Issue 8

Welcome to Issue 8 of Cape Wine News. South African wines continue to excel and excite in the UK, and we are delighted to be visiting shortly for the third time this year. There have been many highlights, including South Africa’s continued success in the Tri Nations Wine Challenges, the launch of our first two […]

“The Iconic Craggy Range Winery will host The Tri Nations Challenge on February 5th 2017"


The Tri Nations Wine Challenges – Team South Africa Announced for New Zealand Test The Tri Nations Wine Challenges will be visiting three Continents in 2017; and we are delighted to announce the South Africa Team to challenge New Zealand. Craggy Range will be hosting this event at their iconic winery in Havelock North, Hawkes […]

Cape Wine News Issue 6

Cape Wine News Issue 6 Great Britain may have dominated the Olympics but the Surf Dudes, Walker Bay Freestylers, Stellenbosch Gangsters and Swartland’s Rebels are coming to take over London Docks and Little Bedwyn this September. The excitement may be curtailed as all the South African’s have to arrive by British Airways or Emirates, but […]

The Tri Nations Wine Challenge – another Draw!

On Friday 16th July 2016, 60 invited guests attended The Tri Nations Wine Challenge, with New Zealand competing against South Africa, it was hosted in a marquee in the grounds of Roger and Sue Jones’s Michelin Star Restaurant; The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Guests included Lord Lockwood, The New Zealand High Commissioner and representatives from […]

Fire devastates South African Wineries

With an out of season heatwave continuing in the Cape we have seen a number of high profile wine farms devastated by fires, last week it was Elgin and this week it’s the outskirts of Stellenbosch near Simonsberg. Iona in Elgin were lucky with a change in the wind and the fighting support of local […]

New Zealand secure a draw in The Tri Nations Challenge

Due to a draw South Africa keep their name on The Riedel Tri Nations Trophy  With South Africa leading the Tri Nations series with 2 wins against Australia, New Zealand were keen to make a break through and put forward a superb team of wines. The concept of this challenge is to taste wines blind, […]


Written by Angela Lloyd Rarely does a month go by these days without an article on English sparkling wine appearing in print or on the internet. Its praises are being sung not only by writers but by judges too; according to statistics on the English Vineyards website, in the past 16 years, English sparkling wines […]

South Africa – Issue 3

Another packed week that not only includes some fantastic wines but brandy too, plus our friends Evert & Laura get engaged on the top of Table Mountain, he was very determined, as the cable car was not working so had to drag her all the way up to propose, the climb down was much more […]

South Africa – Issue 2

It’s been a pretty mad first week in South Africa, including cooking a dinner for nearly 50 guests at Ken Forrester’s restaurant at 96 Winery Road, which included one of South Africa’s leading Food Critic & Bloggers; Chris Von Ulmenstein, luckily she announced the dinner as “exceptional”. I have visited vineyards in Stellenbosch, Roberston, Franschoek […]

South Africa’s rise in stature as a Wine Region

The U.K. has only recently awakened to the evolution that has been happening in South Africa: it has been gaining momentum since 2001 when Eben Sadie departed from the Spice Route Winery and went out on his own. Under the old guard, it was a rather repressive regime, with quotas and restricted areas for wine […]