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De Toren raises R800 000 for charity

An annual highlight on the social calendar, an event regarded as one of the most extraordinary wine events internationally, an astounding celebration of South African wines - The Cape Wine Auction 2017 was all that and so much more... This is an annual event where the elite, from around the...

Winemaker, Charles Williams, on the 2017 vintage...

The past few years have delivered exceptional vintages, leaving one hopefully wondering, if, with the right planning, experience and expertise, the next one can exceed the results of the preceding vintages. The vintage of 2017 commenced with the successful and gradual bud breaking during...

Belgium Sommelier, Luk de Rooze, on where it all started...

During his most recent trip to South Africa, we were fortunate enough meet with Luk de Rooze, the youngest sommelier to ever be bestowed the honorary title as 'Belgium's Best Sommelier', at De Toren. In this interview, he shares his passion for fine wine, especially South African wine, with us....

The 2015 vintage of South Africa's Top Luxury Wine, Book XVII

When real dedication, skill and immense knowledge meet meticulous attention to detail and intense passion, the outcome is bound to be remarkable. The renowned Book XVII is the result of our winemaking team's continuous quest for perfection and the extraordinary, soon-to-be-launched 2015 vintage...

Balance, complexity, elegance and structure - what does it all mean?

The world of wine is easily cluttered with lingo and terminology that complicates, confuse and distracts from the wine itself. Words such as balance, complexity, structure and elegance are commonly used, without further explanation or consideration. We are frequently asked about the use of these...

One of Brugge's hidden treasures...

A trip to Brugges in Belgium simply requires a visit to the famous wine shop and wine bar, Blend , partly owned by sommelier Luk de Rooze ( read more here on our interview with Luk ). The concept behind Blend , is to give the people of Belgium and the tourists of course, the...

An infectious passion for people, food and wine...

Another must-see in Belgium is Brasserie Grand Cru , a restaurant that shows true passion for wine and exciting culinary creations to accompany the great selection of fine wines. This is evident in the spectacular menu and wine list, offering a variety tailored to each and every occasion or...

At home with Belgium's wine master...

The last stop of our winemaker, Charles's European trip was a fantastic day at Hans Fonck's wine shop, named Het Huis van De Wijnmeester . Hans is known as the wine master in Belgium and is a proud ambassador of South African wines, including the De Toren wine range . His wine shop is...

A Zambian piece of paradise...

Planning that next holiday? What better place to consider than one of Zambia's most luxurious lodges? The Royal Chundu , winner of the 'World Travel Awards' for 6 consecutive years, a mere 30 kilometres from the magnificent Victoria Falls, definitely deserves a place on that bucket list....

A summary of the annual ratings

As we near the end of a great year and prepare for a new one with fantastic prospects, one tends to look back and recapitulate the past 365 days and evaluate not-so-good and more importantly the good. For De Toren, those highlights certainly include the appreciation of our wines by our valued...

The results of the 2016 Nederburg Auction

This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Nederburg Auction , an exclusive opportunity for local and international buyers to purchase some of South Africa's most rare and sought-after wines. We were honoured that 30 bottles of the De Toren Fusion V 2005 vintage was once again selected to...

The Black Lion 2015 vintage release - a vintage destined for greatness

Hailed the most powerful and luxurious Shiraz ever crafted in South Africa, The Black Lion culminates the intense passion, considerable skill and continuous devotion of De Toren's winemaking team. It's the pinnacle of our winemaking quest for perfection. The newly released 2015 vintage of this...

Gareth Ferreira, South Africa's Best Sommelier, shares his journey and future plans

Gareth Ferreira, the 'Best Sommelier in South Africa' and number 15 in the 'World's Best Sommelier' competition, shares his industry journey and plans for the future with us during an interview... Firstly, congratulations on your latest, outstanding achievement! Please share with us how it...

A time to reflect on the past 18 years

Spring 2016 marks the 18th vintage that we, the De Toren winemaking team, have been pursuing our dream and daily passion for crafting some of the world's finest wines. De Toren started with a singular wine, one born from a vision to reflect our unique terroir through a fusion, i.e. a blend of...

A one-of-a-kind wine club opens its doors in London

In this newsletter, we chat to South Africa's Best Sommelier, Gareth Ferreira about his future endeavours. Part of these plans includes his work at 67 Pall Mall, London's first club ever for wine lovers. Read more here on the interview with Gareth Ferreira This club is in a league of...

South Africa's Top Restaurants

With the South African Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards this past month, it is only fitting to share in the celebration of the great accomplishment of some of our esteemed customers. The annual awards ceremony, hosted in South Africa's mother city, Cape Town, is a luxurious, annual...

Our Cellar Master's visit to the USA

On a recent trip, our cellar master, Albie Koch, had the fantastic opportunity to visit one of America's favourite restaurants, The Capital Grille. An intimate vertical tasting of the renowned Fusion V was hosted to celebrate the end of a wonderful and successful trip. De Toren's award-winning...

The investment and collection of fine wines

Investment in luxury wines, such as the exclusive De Toren wine range, is by no means a new sensation or a fad. Internationally, investment in luxury wines has been around for centuries. The formal trading of fine wines, as a valuable commodity to generate profits, became a more established...

Water, our most valuable commodity

In the De Toren vineyards, water is probably the most valuable and prized commodity. The reason for this is that through means of skilful application of this, these days scarce commodity, has a huge impact on the grape and in essence, wine quality. At De Toren, we use a few, sensibly...

International panel selects De Toren Fusion V 2005 for the 42nd Nederburg Auction

Once a year, over two days during the month of September, Nederburg in Paarl becomes the focal point of the South African fine wine business. We are honoured to have been selected to auction the last 30 bottles of our rare De Toren Fusion V 2005 vintage at this year's Nederburg Auction. This...

Hot off the press...

International wine critic, Tim Atkin rated the 2013 vintages of De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z a 92. These vintages are almost sold out. ORDER HERE

Fusion V vertical tasting in USA for EFAC Kenyan charity

Susan Von Hemert is a lady who has a passion for promoting education to improve the lives of underprivileged youth. She decided to gather her wine club members in the USA for a De Toren Vertical Tasting with vintages ranging from 2001 to 2011 to raise funds for this charity. The evening was an...

Our 2014 vintages are being released soon. Reserve your allocation today

Our 2014 vintage was crafted in very favourable weather conditions. The season started off cooler, turning warm to moderate during the ripening process, perfect for growing concentrated flavourful berries. What can be expected are full bodied, yet vibrant flavours with complex aromas. Silky,...

New De Toren Délicate

La Jeunesse Delicate will in future be known as De Toren Délicate Our consumers and importers have requested us to make De Toren more prominent on the label. We have listened and we have changed the name La Jeunesse Délicate (which so many of you found difficult to pronounce)...

How to experience our exclusive craftsmanship

Read what our customers think below... "Yesterday, we visited your farm and had the great privilege to be given a tour through the vineyards and cellar, followed by a wine tasting. The young lady Viticulturist gave us a lecture on the full spectrum of the vineyard management, process of...

** Michelin Star cuisine and superb wines at Parkheuvel Restaurant in Rotterdam Netherlands

Parkheuvel Restaurant is a ** Michelin Star restaurant situated near the park in the heart of Rotterdam, close to the Euromast and right next to the Maas River, in Netherlands. The street sign in my kitchen reads 'Van Loostraat' or the street of Van Loo. Every day we work with about ten chefs...

Savour Creative Parisian Contemporary Cuisine at Le Cep Restaurant in Dallas Texas, USA

Located in the heart of Fort Worth's cultural district, in Dallas Texas Le Cep Restaurant exemplifies the true essence of creative Parisian contemporary fine dining. The romantic and intimate setting with stylish decor and elegant details, along with the skilled and attentive service of the...

Dine at The Local Grill in Johannesburg with staff who are passionate about meat.

Located in the lively specialised cuisine suburb of Parktown North, Johannesburg this quaint street with trees engulfing the road creates a subtle sophistication that adds to the ambiance of the area. The Local Grill is passionate about steak. Their menu offers distinction not only in cut, and...

Sommelier of the month: Interview with Sarah Hartmann from Camino Restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland, tells us how she loves the restaurant industry.

Please tell us a bit about your background. Where you have previously worked and how you got into the industry? My mother opened a restaurant when I was 12 years old. That was the beginning but I needed more time to follow in her footsteps. I attended the hotel management school and after...

Craftsmanship is far more than what is in the bottle

Next time you open a case of De Toren Wine, have a look inside and you will find a small handwritten card, signed by one of two ladies; Rochelle or Christine. This little card is our final stamp of approval that each of the carefully planned steps in packaging our wines were meticulously...

A great wine reveals a sense of place...

Soil. Life-giving, ancient, site specific and highly variable are just some descriptors one can use when describing soil. Our unique soils at De Toren are arguably our most important resource in producing quality grapes for the production of our site specific wines. The coastal regions of...

SAWi Annual Grand Wines Collection Awards Sets South African Wines Benchmark

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established in 2009 with the aim of independently identifying South Africa's best wines. SAWi's hope was that the collection of these best wines, or 'South African Grand Wines', would then allow for the international promotion of the South African wine...

Wine Spectator USA awarded De Toren Fusion V 2013 with 92 Points

Our consistent track record with Wine Spectator revealed another 92 Point rating from this esteemed magazine. This is how James Molesworth describes the Fusion V 2013: "This has an old-school core of steeped currant, blackberry and plum fruit intertwined with notes of charcoal, tobacco and...

Wine critics gather to determine De Toren Fusion V & De Toren "Z" 2015 vintage composition

At De Toren our consumers are always front of mind. For this reason we invite end consumers, Sommeliers and wine critics to assist us in determining the taste profiles of our wines. This year we started the process with De Toren Fusion V at Baia Restaurant in Cape Town. The 14 blends were...

De Toren BOOK XVII shows consistency with Wine Cellar Annual Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off

De Toren Book XVII 2013 once again made the top 2 wines, showing remarkable consistency and the command of the luxury red wine market. Unfortunately the organiser's this year did not include our The Black Lion (3 rd in last year's taste-off) in the line-up, siting they only wanted one wine...

The velvety and vibrant De Toren "Z" 2014 is pre-released in June. Reserve your allocation today

The 2014 season started off slightly cooler, turning warm to moderate during the ripening process. These were perfect conditions for quality grapes. This is reflected in our Merlot-led De Toren Z 2014 to be pre-released in June 2016. The wine is pure and focused whilst showcasing red fruit,...

Attention to detail lies not only in the wine

Luxury is the state of great comfort achieved at great expense. At De Toren Private Cellar, meticulous attention to detail in the wine making process is followed through into the packaging. Embossing and foiling of our labels is taken to another level. Each label is singly embossed and foiled...

The reason why De Toren wines benefit from aging

It is a common misconception in the "wine world" that all wines will benefit from some sort of aging. Most wines are however drunk within the first months of purchase and as such are produced in a way as to be drunk in its youth. Select wines do benefit vastly from correct cellaring when aged...

De Toren wines are enjoyed at ** Michelin Inter-Scaldes Restaurant (Relais & Chateau) Kruiningen, Netherlands

This magnificent restaurant is situated in the Scheldt delta and has contemporary elegance and art setting the tone. The inspired Chef Jannis uses top quality ingredients to create intricate, exciting and convincing dishes that are full of contrasting flavours. A fantastic sensation for the...

Arrive expecting delicious cuisine at Silo's Restaurant in Belgium and enjoy our De Toren wines

The Owner, Danny Vanderschueren personally selects the wines for this fine Belgian Restaurant. We are honoured to have our De Toren wines listed in this meticulous restaurant. Silo's features a combination of comfort food and fine cuisine in a contemporary way, is restored and a perfect...

The creative Netherlands Michelin Star Katseveer Restaurant with gastronomical prowess

At Katseveer Restaurant in Wilhelminadorp in the Netherlands, focus is placed on creative molecular cuisine and warm hospitality. This former ferryboat waiting room boasts wonderful views of passing ships and a terrace that looks out onto the Eastern Scheldt. A pleasant location for modern...

Interview with Sommelier of the Month. Neleen Strauss from High Timber Restaurant in London loves the balance between simplicity of food and wine

Neleen tells us how she got into the hospitality industry by stealing her father's Pinotage as a child. She stays true to her South African roots in London by also stocking De Toren Fusion V that blew her away back in Johannesburg. Can you give me a short background on yourself, where you...

The reason behind sowing cover crop in winter

Mother Nature took pity on us this year when she decided to bless us with solid soaking of rain in the third week of April. The heavens opened on the 22nd of April and, cumulatively over two days, dropped a glorious 48 mm of rain on our thirsty vineyards. In comparison to what little rain fell in...

The De Toren Lot Raises R 400,000 for Charity

The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, held 12 and 13 February 2016, was an exhilarating global showcase of South Africa's finest wines and a fundraiser to channel the money raised into an area that needs it most; education. Governed by a Board of Trustees and audited by PWC, The AfrAsia Bank Cape...

Both De Toren Fusion V 2013 and De Toren Z 2013 Nominated 5 Stars

Both our De Toren Fusion V 2013 and De Toren Z 2013 were nominated for 5 Stars in this year's Platter's Wine Guide. De Toren Z 2013 is described as: 'This soft, approachable ruby-hued beauty is a true testament to vines lovingly reared and winemaking raised to an art form. A Right Bank-style...

Book XVII 2014 Bold Yet Elegant Launches Soon

The ancient Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder, believed that in different areas of the vineyard, the wine will grow differently and give different results. This is called terroir and is true of the unique expression of the Book XVII 2014 vintage, to be released in April 2016. The carefully...

De Toren Z Highly Rated by Dutch Guild of Sommeliers

The Nederlandse Gilde van Sommeliers had a tasting of Bordeaux Blends on 11 January 2016 during the Wine Professional wine show in Amsterdam. De Toren Z was in the line-up and 20 wines were tasted in 5 Flights and from 11 countries. The results for the best 10 wines: Continuum Estate 2012,...

Wine App Vivino Users Like La Jeunesse Délicate

With almost 7.5 million users and over 13 million wine ratings in 2014, this is clearly a popular tool. Users can quickly scan the label of a wine and Vivino provides the price, average rating and reviews, as well as some information about the wine. I didn't find all reviews that helpful. The...

Our Bottles' Beautiful Exterior Matches the Wine

De Toren gives a lot of care and attention to every detail of the wine making process and ensures that each bottle leaves in pristine condition with the beautiful exterior matching the wine. Once the vintage has been bottled and sealed with an opulent embossed seal, the bottles are...

Crafting Wine With Delicate Hands On Technique

The process of fermentation converts grape juice into an alcoholic medium called "must", while at the same time extracting colour pigments and tannins from the skins. Once the wine has completed fermentation, the winemaker will separate the free run juice from the skins. Just as a saturated...



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