Blog Archives | Zonnebloem

Thinking outside the Bottle

Posted on: 27 May 2021

In Australia they have a different way of talking about the need for a new perspective or idea – they call it thinking outside the square. This unconventional way of referring to being creative really got me thinking about the age-old debate of bottled vs boxed wine. And that got me thinking literally outside the […]

Premium Range of Wines Launched in Convenient Bag-in-Box

Posted on: 11 May 2021

Keeping in line with consumers’ need for value without compromising on taste or quality, two well-known premium brands have launched their wine in convenient bag-in-box packaging. The award-winning Zonnebloem is now offering their premium wine in 2L slim boxes that not only fits easily in the fridge but offers an elegant addition to the dinner […]

You had me at Tannin

Posted on: 12 March 2021

Tannin. The word might have cropped up in conversation, at a tasting or the back of a wine label. It’s a strange name flung together with descriptive words like ‘mouthfeel’, ‘structure’ and even ‘silky’ and ‘smooth’. So what does the word mean and why should one care? Tannins are naturally occurring compounds that exist inside […]

Life Lessons from the Grape Varietal Guru

Posted on: 15 December 2020

Sauvignon Blanc – the grape varietal that continues to provoke strong reactions, both positive and negative – I guess in the same way as one might feel about the arrival of the New Year with a long list of expectations and resolutions, burdened by reality and perhaps dwindling self-discipline! Similarly, as you can’t take any […]

The Value of Non-Traditional Traditions

Posted on: 15 December 2020

Being raised by let’s call them, Hippies (think 1970s – dad wearing kaftans with a long red beard and hair) tradition was never our thing – not Christmas or any holiday for that matter. And when you grow up like that you can’t imagine these seasonal times to be any other but how we chose […]

The Wildest Grape in the Cellar

Posted on: 1 December 2020

Today however, it is a celebrated grape varietal and us winemakers have had to learn the hard-way how to approach Pinotage.

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon: the James Bond of Cultivars

Posted on: 11 September 2020

A well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon will rest comfortably and age beautifully for around eight years although many, including Zonnebloem’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

Zonnebloem women winemaking team

Zonnebloem’s Powerful All-Women Winemaking Team

Posted on: 7 August 2020

Marie Furter: Zonnebloem’s first female winemaker When Zonnebloem’s first female winemaker, Marie Furter made her debut in the 1940s, winemaking was reserved solely for men. Yet her natural affinity for making wine led to her maiden vintage in 1940 to earn three trophies at the Cape Wine Show achieving the highest total score of any […]

Reading through the wines

Posted on: 24 July 2020

“Where there is no wine there is no love.”Euripides (c. 480–406 BC) Zonnebloem red winemaker’s love for aged wine I am a hopeless romantic. Since I can remember the story of how my beloved grandparents met at the Stellenbosch train station, I was enthralled with the giddy splendour of romance. Although I have fallen in […]

Zonnebloem team made wine in an Amphora for the first time!

Posted on: 21 May 2020

2020 harvest update from our white winemaker As a leap month of February began, Zonnebloem’s White Winemaker Kelly-Marie Jacobs had her hands full with the flurry that is harvest. “We [were] moving full steam ahead towards the peak of harvest on the white wine side – that’s when the real intensity starts! It is great […]

Bunch of freshly harvested red grapes with text reading harvest highlights

The timeless quality of Zonnebloem Wines

Posted on: 21 May 2020

2020 harvest feedback from our Cellarmaster Harvest time in Stellenbosch is always an exciting experience with crisp early mornings, walking through the vineyards, tasting the juicy grapes to determine when they are ripe for harvest, and the rush of receiving the grapes at the cellar. This year, harvest kicked off particularly early in mid-January, and […]

Red wine poured into a class with a wooded barrel in the background

Greg Sherwood MW celebrates Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on: 14 April 2020

Greg Sherwood recently shared his fondness of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, referring to it as “a tale of passion and creativity”.

The best braaibroodjie with tomato and onion chutney

Posted on: 27 March 2020

The braaibroodjie is a South-African favourite. Pair it with a medium-bodies red wine such as the Zonnebloem Merlot, and enjoy a feast for all your senses.

Top Score for Aged Zonnebloem Wines

Posted on: 20 March 2020

The longevity of Zonnebloem’s wines were aptly rewarded recently with two of its 2010 vintage wines achieving 90 points scores in the 10-Year-Old Wine Report 2020 released by

Zonnebloem Cellar Master’s nicknames for vineyards

Posted on: 11 February 2020

These vineyards share their location, secrets, personality and language of love with such generosity. We can’t help but fall head over heels!