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We get to know Mike Buthelezi, Top SA Sommelier...

In this interview, we chat to Mike Buthelezi, Sommelier of Sandton's esteemed Epicure Restaurant, well recognized as one of South Africa's top culinary experiences. Having had the opportunity to work in various dimensions of SA's hospitality industry and regarded as one of SA's leading...

No One Glass to Rule Them All...

There is nothing better than being served (a great) wine in a great glass - it truly gladdens the heart of a wine enthusiast! A top wine is obviously fantastic in any glass of any shape or size, no one is disputing that, but isn't it just all the more enjoyable when served in the perfect...

We Share Our Take on the Ongoing Cork Versus Cap Debate...

Since the very first introduction of screw caps, the much debated cork vs cap subject has been one of much controversy in the wine industry and a hot topic amongst wine lovers too. Though both methods have its pros & cons (as needed for any good debate, otherwise there wouldn't be one in the...

Exclusive Interview with Top Netherlands Sommelier, Ronald Opten...

We chat to the Master Sommelier of the luxurious Amstel Hotel's La Rive Restaurant, well recognised as one of Netherland's top culinary experiences. Best known for his wealth of experience and regarded as a leading Maitre d'-Sommelier, Ronald shares his story with us... Before you relocated...

Exclusive Interview with Top SA Sommelier, Lloyd Jusa...

In this interview, we chat to Lloyd Jusa, Head Sommelier of Johannesburg’s luxurious Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, well recognized as one of South Africa’s top hospitality and culinary experiences. Best known for his wealth of knowledge and regarded as one of SA’s leading...

SA's Best Young Sommelier, Wikus Human

In this interview, we chat to Wikus Human, the Head Sommelier of Marble Restaurant, situated in the heart of Johannesburg, well recognized as one of South Africa’s top restaurants. Best known for his recent achievement as winner of the South Africa’s Best young Sommelier’...

The Art of Decanting

The season of festive celebrations, blissful parties, extravagant lunches and jovial dinners is upon us, and what better way to spoil yourself and your guests with the ultimate culinary feast and a beautiful array of wines, decanted of course… We know all too well that during the silly...

Exclusive interview with top Dutch sommelier, Koen van der Plas

In this interview we chat to top Dutch sommelier, Koen van der Plas, better known as the head sommelier of Inter Scaldes, a two star Michelin restaurant in the Netherlands. In this article, Koen shares his passion for travelling, South African wines, exceptional food and wine pairings and his...

Pretoria, the first to taste the potential De Toren Z 2016 blends...

A firm favourite for more than 20 years, situated in the heart of Pretoria, the newly opened Forti Grill & Bar was an absolute must for our first, annual De Toren Z Blend Tasting. The travel across Johannesburg to Pretoria, was well worth it, as the 9 blends on tasting was each...

A phenomenal venue & the 1st De Toren Fusion V 2016 Blend Tasting

The Silo, a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront with a 360˚ degree view! Surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City, we hosted the very first De Toren Fusion V 2016 Vintage Blend Tasting at the spectacular Silo Hotel. It was an outstanding day,...

Panoramic views for the 2nd De Toren Fusion V 2016 Blend Tasting

A day of appreciating the picturesque view and the signature experience of tapas for two at the renowned Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia was an absolute delight. This, together with the enjoyment of an incredible selection of older De Toren Fusion V vintages, most definitely made...

De Toren Z 2016 Vintage Blend Tasting in the heart of the historic St James in London

A private members’ club like no other, founded by wine lovers, for wine lovers. A home for the finest wines in the world, including the De Toren wines . It was only fitting to host the De Toren Z 2016 Blend Tastings here, in the classically elegant Lutyens Room, a private dining...

Available For Your Enjoyment Around The World

In every quarterly newsletter we share stories and photos of restaurants and sommeliers from around the world with you. By now you might know that De Toren is available around the globe, but the question is, where exactly and how do you gain access to it. We thought it best to give you as much of...

Exclusive interview with Top South African Sommelier, Tinashe Nyamudoka...

Better known as The Wine Whisperer ,  one of South Africa’s finest sommeliers and sommelier for the top South African restaurant, the Test Kitchen … Tinashe Nyamudoka, chats to De Toren about where his career started, his absolute favourite things about his job and what the...

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....

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....

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 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...

Around The World With De Toren

South African born chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is the first SA chef pictured above to receive the Michelin Star award for his restaurant, JAN in Nice, France. We are proud to have De Toren Fusion V on the list! Seafood is what Eddie V's is known for, but their specialty is excellence...