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CÔTES du RHÔNE WINES A comparable palate?

Michael Jordaan is living the dream Life worth loving

“WILD” INVESTMENTS Not for the faint-hearted


PUTTING A LABEL ON LIVING SPACE From haute couture to luxury living

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CÔTES du RHÔNE WINES A comparable palate?

Michael Jordaan is living the dream Life worth loving



Not for the faint-hearted


PUTTING A LABEL ON LIVING SPACE From haute couture to luxury living

TOP GOAL Adolfo Cambiaso, world’s best polo player builds an empire

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On the cover Polo at Val de Vie Photography Wessel Badenhorst Editorial Ryk Neethling Janette Griesel Fashion Janette Griesel, Esté van Aswegen and Elsje Human Photography Talitha Snow Hair and makeup Natasha Papadopoulos Model Madaleen Swanepoel/ Faith Model Management Contributors Candace King Craig Kolesky David A Steynberg Eleanor Seggie Harold Versfeld Mark Pettipher Nicky Manson Norman McFarlane Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Advertising sales Janette Griesel Design and production MPDPS (PTY) Ltd Production editor Dalene van Niekerk Printing Paarl Media Val de Vie Magazine is published for Val de Vie Estate Elements Management (PTY) Ltd Val de Vie Estate R301/Jan Van Riebeeck Drive Paarl 7647 South Africa Contact Tel +27 (0)21 863 6100 Fax +27 (0)21 863 2741 Email Web

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4 Here’s to a life worth loving 6 Music fests that reel you in 9 Stylish must-haves 12 Côtes du Rhône wines 16 La Motte 18 It’s “Babylicious” 22 High goal 27 Making money for a purpose – and doing business with a conscience 30 Living their dream 36 Rare game investing – no bull 40 Treasure in the Boland 44 Luxury gets a label 50 Working on the mix 54 Smart moves 56 Through the looking glass 66 Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards 68 Full flight 70 Focusing on action 78 Keeping it intimate 82 All the king’s horses 86 Events:



BlackBerry Pink Polo; The Market at Val De Vie; The Swiss come to Africa; Winning couple

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12 “The Cape Winelands


are home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in South Africa. The air is pure and the fertile


land is vast, with a rich culture and some of the best educational institutions in the country. No wonder the region is one of the most soughtafter places to live in the world.� Ryk Neethling

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Here’s to a life worth loving We have a vision to see the continuous flourishing


elcome to the seventh edition of the Val de Vie Magazine. As always, we’ve tried to capture the essence of what makes the Boland region so special. I honestly believe there is no other

place in the world that offers such natural beauty and high quality of diverse offerings. The fact that The New York Times named Cape Town the number one destination to visit in 2014 is testament

of Val de Vie as a place

to that. Last year had many highlights for Val de Vie: a landmark wine deal with Hein Koegelenberg

of unsurpassed beauty,

and Perfect Wines of China, three more awards at the International Property Awards and more than 130 property sales for the calendar year. There are more exciting plans in store – but more on that in

a paradise and safe

the next edition. The magazine is an eclectic mix, just like the region. We are privileged to get an exclusive look at

haven for families, and

the wedding of South African actress Tanya van Graan and Danish polo player Kasper Kristoffersen. Featured stories include former CEO of FNB Michael Jordaan and his wife Rose as they share their

an international polo

passion for wine, and Francois van Niekerk – a man born and raised in Paarl – who became one of the top philanthropists in the world.

and wine destination

Join us as we explore new trends in the property industry and the high-stakes business of big-game breeding. We taste and review some of the best wines the famous Rhône region has to offer, talk to the young South African athlete who might just knock Usain Bolt off the podium in Rio 2016, and feature all the glitz and glamour of our polo tournaments and events. Hope you enjoy the read.


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Music fests that reel you in A trademark vibe is what draws people to travel across the globe – or into the semi-desert – to attend a specific music festival. Oh, and there’s the music, too… Gillian Warren-Brown highlights six festivals to add to your bucket list There’s a particular thrill in being a part of the throbbing rhythm of thousands of people who’ve converged in the same place, at the same time, for the same reason – to party at a music festival. Their magic has spread across the globe and there are now hundreds to choose from. Here’s a small selection, picked for their geographical spread and their individual, sometimes quirky, character

Coachella Music and Arts Festival Indio, California, US The Empire Polo Club in Indio, with its palm trees and lush green turf, looks like an oasis in the California desert. For two consecutive weekends in April, it hosts one of the US’s most popular music festivals, with an attendance of 95 000 – and growing. Big-name artists, emerging musicians and reunited bands take to the massive stages to provide an eclectic mix of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop and electronica. Coachella’s other attraction is its visual art, including installations and sculptures. Coachella was launched in 1999, six years after Pearl Jam performed to a crowd of 25 000 at the Polo Club, which had, until then, never hosted a music festival. Despite temperatures ranging from 5ºC to 42ºC, many festival-goers camp in an area next to the grounds. Organisers try to keep festival’s carbon footprint down, and a portion of the takings benefits the city of Indio and local charities.

Other SA festivals to look out for: Oppikoppi Rocking the Daisies Splashy Fen Cape Town International Jazz Festival


Future Music Festival Southeast Asia

the three days of the event in

Performing over four stages,

March. Malaysia is the only

local artists add Asian flavour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

country to host Future Music

to the line-up of international

Festival outside of Australia,

artists and producers/performers

where it began in 2006.

who belt out a range of styles,

Only three years after the festival was first launched

There’s a different theme each

from electronic dance music to

in Kuala Lumpur, it is billed

year, so festival-goers get fired

as the biggest music festival

up as they prepare outlandish

in Asia, with 75 000 people

costumes in keeping with the

an amusement park, interactive

expected to converge over

festival’s quirky atmosphere.

gaming and a food village.

trance, techno, rock and hip-hop. Other entertainment includes

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Sziget Festival

Glastonbury Festival

Budapest, Hungary

Pilton, Somerset, UK

For a week in August, a large

The five-day father of all festivals

island on the Danube becomes

happens on a private farm – it was

a rocking sea of partying music

started by the farmer in 1970. It’s

lovers from all over the world.

the largest greenfield music and

Sziget (Hungarian for “island”)

performing-arts festival in the

hosts about 1 000 performances

world. The event has its roots

across 15 stages. The 2011 festival

in the hippie and free-festival

won the European Festivals Award

movements and retains some of

for Best Major European Festival.

this character in its Green Fields

Since its genesis as a low-key student event in 1993, Sziget

Afrikaburn Tankwa Karoo, Northern Cape,

area – where the focus is on, among others, the environment,

has become massive, attracting

South Africa

healing and crafts. Those drawn

crowds of about 385 000 people

For seven days at the end of April, a

to the mystical can meditate at

every year. Rock fanatics can

farm in the semi-desert Tankwa Karoo

the “Sacred Space” Stone Circle.

revel in various styles (pure

is transformed into a fantasy landscape

While these aspects add to the

rock, alternative, psychedelic

as participants create a temporary city

mellow vibe, Glastonbury is first

and punk), but there’s also

of art, costume, music and performance.

and foremost a music festival,

heavy metal, pop, synth-pop,

They camp, bringing their own water, shelter and food; afterwards,

known for its contemporary music.

reggae, hip-hop, indie, world

everything is packed up and taken away, leaving no trace.

It draws big names but also offers

and electronic music on offer.

Since the first Afrikaburn was held in 2007, at the end of a long

emerging artists a platform, and

Anyone keen for a bit of variety

dirt road that “eats tyres for breakfast”, it has grown to about 5 000

dishes up rock, world, electronic,

can enjoy the crazy amusement

participants. It is a regional brother of the much larger, 50 000-strong

reggae, folk, hip-hop and dance

park or get a tattoo. There’s also

Burning Man festival (held in Nevada in the US). As such, it adheres

music. In addition, there’s theatre,

cinema, dance, theatre and sport.

to the 10 principles of Burning Man, which include the leave-no-trace

circus, dance, cabaret and a host

philosophy, communal effort in a non-commercial environment, self-

of other arts.

Camping is allowed but many festival-goers prefer

expression and self-reliance. And that’s how the music is created too

The company that runs the

to stay in Budapest itself,

– participants play instruments, sing or bring their own sound systems.

festival donates most of its profits

so they can explore the city.

No large stages, live bands or DJs are provided.

to various charities.

Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil After the first three 10-day festivals took place in Rio de Janeiro – in January 1985, 1991 and 2001 – Rock in Rio became a series of music festivals held in three cities. Lisbon started hosting festivals every two years in May 2004, and Madrid in June 2008. Both cities now offer five days of diverse music, fashion shows and amusement parks, among other activities. The festival went home to Brazil in 2011, attracting an audience of 700 000, and was followed with another event last year. Rock in Rio is a festival with a conscience: its “For a Better World” project motivates people to create a better world through changes in their daily routine. The festival puts this into practice with an extensive recycling programme, aiming for a zero carbon record, and donating some of its proceeds to social projects.

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Stylish must-haves A selection of beautiful, luxurious pieces that boast the “my favourite” label. From unique to indulgent, these are simply irresistible…

Lover of the light This piece will stop you mid-doorway – it’s a fusion of organic form and starlight. The work of South African designer Adam Hoets is a symbolic merging of nature and technology. Having won several designer of the year awards, Hoets enchants with his deceptively simple creations. Hand-assembled, the layers of looped chain “petals” form an iconic chandelier in the form of South Africa’s national flower – the protea. You may even consider raising your ceiling!

Making a footprint A closer look reveals the familiar shape of one of the magnificent yet endangered members of our Big Five. The Signature large rhino bracelets are master-crafted in silver and stained leather, and are a beautiful contribution in support of the desperate fight to save our rhinos. Proceeds from the sale of this collection will provide muchneeded resources such as tracking dogs, vehicles and communications equipment, ammunition and other supplies needed in the fight against poaching. For a good cause, we’ll wear it and love it!

Take a seat A keen eye will spot the sneaky appearance of our Polo Club’s own beloved Chesterfield sofa in the fashion pages of this issue. It is believed that the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (19641773), was honoured by the commissioning of a piece of fine furniture with the style of buttoning of the leather, the shape of the sofa back, and even the height of the seat. Clad in top-grain Italian leather in Classic Vintage Olive Green, it beckons you to recline with a regal air – and demand a cigar and glass of cognac.

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Gentlemen and ladies… The gentleman’s statement timepiece, the Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 1/100th Second, started Tag Heuer’s “Mikro”




redefines modern chronographs in terms of precision and readability. We love classical style that has extraordinary history behind it. The meeting of a 1916 Heuer invention, the Mikrograph – which was the first stopwatch to measure 1/100th of a second – with the iconic Tag Heuer Carrera design. This rose-gold and leather piece is one of only 150 models made

Style is a Vertu

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while still sporty and more feminine

exceeding expectations. A member

impervious to scratches, while the

than ever, the reinvented Aquaracer

of what is considered to be one

titanium body is wrapped in

is the most exquisite and refined

of the most highly priced

leather sourced from a tannery

in the Aquaracer Lady collection.

smartphone ranges, the refined

in the Alps, which has been in

Vertu Constellation is not only

operation for more than 150 years.

more technically impressive than

Then there’s the audio by Academy

reinterpreted and made ultra-feminine.

its predecessor (the Vertu TI), but

Award-winning composer Dario

Every one of the 47 top Wesselton

is also more affordable – if you’re


diamonds fixed around the dial and bezel

willing to spend in excess of

London Symphony Orchestra,

radiates pure luxury. This piece is most

R70 000 on your phone, that is.

and a special themed nightingale

definitely a lady’s best friend.

Under a removable cover on the

birdsong. Now you know…

rear of the handset, you’ll find the

In addition to Black, the Vertu

approval signature belonging to

is available in the delicious colours


of Orange, Mocha and Raspberry.

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Patagonia to Palermo sport these around their middle – a traditional accessory that has become part of the polo riding kit. We think it’s rather fashionable! 10

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Stylish slumber Spend lazy days savouring the view from the comfy cocoon of a stylish Hästens Hammock. Measuring 210cm by 140cm, the hammock is made of high-quality cotton, and features the distinctive blue-and-white check that is synonymous with the Swedish bed manufacturer, which has a reputation for quality craftsmanship and exquisite design.

Salute! The gorgeous “bottle bling” flaunts so many accolades, you’ll drink it almost just for the sake of the bottle. However, we can promise you’ll savour each golden sip of this prestige MCC. Composed entirely of the noble Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, this is one of South Africa’s prized Cap Classiques, crafted in the classic French tradition. Carrying the same name as the



Desiderius Pongrácz, it’s a tribute to this nobleman and refugee from Hungary. And you have to love wine-maker Elunda Basson’s description:

Pantone tassels The Gucci Nouveau shoulder bag, drenched in this year’s spicy pantone trend of cayenne red, is perfect for the nonchalant and effortlessly elegant woman. Creative director Frida Giannini takes inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement, introducing a range of fluid, signature, modern handbags that are characterised by relaxed fringing and

“The lively bubbles, the raciness on the palate… Nuances of fresh fruit, almonds and freshly baked bread delight the senses.” More, please!

tassels, and glam colours and materials.

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Côtes du Rhône wines Val de Vie wine-maker Harold Versfeld explores the remarkable similarities between the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and the Rhône Valley winelands of southern France. As every wine-maker knows, the proof is in the “pudding” – and so every wine tells the sweet truth of its origin. He takes us through a very honest tasting of what he believes to be five great Rhône wines


t is relatively well known that we, the


collective wine folk of the Cape

Winelands, draw a substantial amount of our wine-making style from our French heritage, still so deeply rooted in these soils, and even more so in the Franschhoek Valley. Technically, this could have been known as the Berg River Valley, as that


river passes through Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, the Swartland, Piketberg and Darling, which is a bit more inland. Apart from the similarities in soil type, where we have the Cape Doctor that does its good work, the Rhône Valley has the Mistral wind that blows through its




lands. Côtes du Rhône, translated into English, stands for the “sides of the Rhône”


or “coast of the Rhône”. Stretching from Vienne in the north to Avignon in the


south, the Rhône is one of the most


famous wine AOCs in France. An AOC,


or Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, is the governing






certification of a certain area. Within the


Côtes du Rhône AOC, you will also find sub-AOCs, which have their own criteria to be matched. Some of them have the distinction of being called Crus, connecting a prestige title to the area, as they have



become known as the pinnacle of wine-



production areas within the Rhône. In this Photograph by Mark Pettipher

very quick rundown of the area, I will be

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The region: Hermitage

The region: Cornas

Côte Rôtie is the northern-most

An hermitage is known as a

The area has been famous for

of the Crus in the Rhône Valley.

place of spiritual healing – and

producing outstanding wines

It is well known for its very

that's exactly where this name

since the 10th century, and

steep slopes and long hours of

originates. Knight Gaspard

the wines have been served

sunlight during the ripening

de Stérimberg returned home

at royal tables around the

period. It is for this reason

after the Albigensian crusade,

world. Cornas, a Celtic

that it is called Côte Rôtie

wounded, battered and broken.

word for “burnt earth”,

or “the burnt slopes”.

He settled upon the hill that

has this distinction because

is now known as Hermitage

of its warm east-southeast-

to heal his wounds and devote

facing slopes. The direction

The wine

himself to prayer, and dedicated himself to

ensures the region is well shielded from

Chante-Perdrix Indiscrète Côte Rôtie

grow vines. Even though the origin of Syrah

the Mistral wind that brings cooling


is Persia, its spiritual home is Hermitage,

air from the north.

with some of the best Syrah in the world

Nose Intense bouquet of red fruit,

grown on the sunny south-facing slopes.

The wine Cuilleron Les Vires Cornas

black fruit, and cracked black pepper and white pepper. Beautiful nuances

The wine

of violets and rose petal.

Domaine du Colombier Hermitage

Palate Elegant balance between subtle


oak, fruit and acidity. Still quite young,


Nose Cassis, red currants, and raspberry fill the glass. Nuances of

so I think this should lie down for a

Nose Dark fruit, ripe plum, dessert

sweet vanilla and violets. Wine also

while. The tannin structure is big yet

peach and slight hint of wild flowers

shows slight balsamic character but

not overpowering, making it very silky

draws you into the glass. After standing

it is in balance and adds complexity.

and classy. I would take this wine out

open for a while, a spicy and leathery

Palate Perfectly balanced, with slightly

on a date.

character develops. Rich and intense,

less bold structure but more finesse

Colour Dark red, with brick-red rim. Overall Typical Syrah from northern

this wine really climbs out of the glass.

than the Hermitage. Stone fruit, more

Palate Very full and rich, this wine

specifically nectarine, is most prominent.

Rhône. The vignerons opted not to

oozes masculinity and warmth. Big,

Slight tart finishes the palate in a lively

add their permitted 20% Viognier.

well-rounded mouthfeel together with

manner, after threatening to fall flat at

The wine has a beautiful perfume

a slight minerality creates a vibrant and

the end of the mid-palate. Slight hint of

and floral character, which would

intense sensation. Tannins are very supple

oak creates another dimension, adding

overpower the intense red and dark

and fatty. Tremendous length one would

to a vastly diverse and complex wine.

fruit had the Viognier been added.

expect from a wine much higher in alcohol

Colour Dark red, purple hue, with

Very well balanced, and a truly elegant

but extraction was done to perfection.

rich-red brim.

wine. At R595, a great investment

Candied fruit finishes at the back of

Overall Being a 2010 vintage, it is still

for the future.

the palate, with a flavour that lingers

very young by Cornas standards; but with

for a long time.

so many layers and textures, it can be seen

Colour Dark, deep purple, which

as one of the finest examples of Syrah in

shows the intensity of the extraction.

the Rhône. The fruit-driven notes, vibrant

Overall This is a simply fantastic wine,

palate, elegant tannins and overall finesse

Score: 88/100

showing class and finesse. It will not age

make this one the best 2010 wines I have

You’ll need to brush up on your French

as well as the Côte Rôtie but it remains

tasted, local and foreign. At R875, this

to be able to order these fine wines…

an amazing wine.

would be the wine that I pick every time.

Score: 91/100

Score: 94/100

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape translates to “the

The region: Côtes du Rhône Villages

new home of the Pope”. (The papacy was

This is an AOC in the

The region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

southwestern part of Rhône.

moved to this region close to Avignon.) Seven successive Popes stayed in the

There are a couple of cultivars

area during the summer, promoting

that are deemed as main,

viticulture and wine-making, and

supplementary and accessory.

bringing in knowledge from as far

The main variety has to be

as Burgundy. The castle that is now

more than 50% Grenache

the famous symbol of Châteauneuf-du-

(in the case of red wine).

Pape was erected by Pope John XXII,

The supplementary varieties

the second Pope to have made his home there.

–Syrah and Mourvedre – must make up

It was said to be a majestic building, towering

at least 20% of the blend. The accessory

over the village and the vineyards in the flatlands.

cultivars – Cinsault, Carignan, etc –

During a hasty retreat from a resurgent Allied

are only allowed to make up a maximum

army, the Nazi army got in one last shot by blowing

of 20%, so the main and supplementary

up the castle, leaving it in ruins. Châteauneuf-

cultivars must make up at least 80%

du-Pape is one of the very few AOCs that allows

of the blend.

for the blending of grapes, more specifically the 13 varieties that are allowed in the area.

The wine Côtes du Rhône Villages Ardéche

The wine


The region: Valley of Life So how does this all tie in with our wines

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Nose Very ripe fruit, jammy, spice

at Val de Vie? Well, if you have a look at

on the nose, with aniseed and fennel

the range, we definitely have the same style

Nose Slight forest-floor and matured smell

the most pronounced. Subtle hint of

of wines when it comes to smell and taste

initially. The longer it stays open, the more

earthiness, as well as a whiff of pecan.

– perhaps not in the specific criteria for

expressive the wine becomes. Hints of mint

Palate Very light on the mouthfeel,

each wine, but definitely in the profile.

and herbs. Tart fruit becomes more and more

with a low viscosity and density.

prominent. Tobacco nuances from oaking

The structure is thin through the

The wine

regime comes to the fore.

mid-palate yet coarse on the side,

Val de Vie Ryk Neethling 2010


Palate Beautiful aromatics of herbaciousness

making it quite angular. Acidity

follow through on palate. Slightly less extracted

is crisp and balanced with less-

Even though this is a blend, it reminds

than expected but still very classy. Although

dense structure. Fruit-driven

me a lot of the Cuilleron Les Vires 2010

2004 was not the best of vintages, this shows

flavours and a lingering aftertaste.

form the Cornas area. I believe it’s because

very nicely for a 10-year-old wine. Vibrant

Colour Bright cherry red, with

of the Shiraz base, which makes up 56%

and still fresh; it just needs to open a while.

opaque rim.

of the total volume.

Lingering liquorice aftertaste.

Overall At R165 it is a very good

Colour Brick red, with tawny rim. Overall Being the oldest wine on panel,

example of what co-op wineries are

palate, it is surely one of the best examples

doing on a larger scale. This is one

of what can be done in South Africa with

it definitely did not disappoint. Having such

of the cheaper French examples –

regards to Rhône varietals. Also being

a fresh and vibrant palate 10 years after vintage

and rightly so. You would be better

aware of the delicacy of the varietals,

shows you the quality of the vineyards and

off buying South African wines at

very strict protocols around the usage

the wine-makers. This being a blend of all

that price. The palate lacks density

of oak are maintained and managed,

13 permitted varietals in the Châteauneuf-du-

and concentration, which is the only

so we get the best flavour profile possible.

Pape area contributes to the fame and legacy

reason the scoring isn’t higher. Because

of this world-renowned estate. At R910, it’s

it’s a Grenache-Syrah blend, I expected

and four stars in Platter, this will soon

not cheap – but it’s well worth the expense.

it to have more grip and sustenance.

become an icon for South African-

With its elegant mouthfeel and vibrant

After being awarded a silver at IWSC

grown Rhône-style blends.

Score: 88/100

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La Motte Purchased by Dr Anton Rupert in 1970, La Motte is today owned by his daughter Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and managed by her husband Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of the estate. A constantly evolving expression of the family’s passions and interests, La Motte offers an invitation to guests to experience and enjoy all that the estate has to offer

La Motte is situated on the R45, Main Road, in the Franschhoek valley. For more information, visit or call +27(0)21 876 8000. General enquiries: Tasting room: Restaurant: Classical music concerts enquiries: Twitter: @lamottewine and @pierneeflamotte


La Motte Wine Estate in the Franschhoek valley is no secret among wine connoisseurs and those who appreciate the finer things in life Words by Kate Thompson-Duwe


he internationally acknowledged quality of La

modern interpretation to dishes that are based on the

Motte’s wines can be attributed to the dedicated

traditional food of the Winelands.

focus of the La Motte wine-making team, using

Committed not only to the production of fine wine

grapes from the sustainably farmed Franschhoek

and food, the estate is also a protector of the history

estate as well as vineyards in other terroir, such as the

and heritage of the Franschhoek area. Visitors can

biological vineyards on its Nabot farm in the coastal

join a weekly historic walk of the estate, touring four

region of Walker Bay.

provincial-status monuments: the manor house

Visitors are invited to taste the La Motte and

(1751), Jonkershuis (1752), the historic cellar (1782)

Classic wine collections as well as the multiple award-

and the water mill (erected between 1752 and 1793).

winning Pierneef Collection. La Motte also produces

The late Dr Anton Rupert and his wife, Huberte,

the highly coveted and collectable signature wine,

were avid art collectors. Today, La Motte is still very

Hanneli R, a Shiraz-based blend produced exclusively

passionate about the preservation of art. To celebrate

when a vintage yields exceptional quality.

this, the La Motte museum hosts a permanent

The Estate is internationally acknowledged for its

exhibition of the treasured heritage collection of

Food and Wine experience, and in 2013 held the title

famed South African landscape artist Jacob Hendrik

for the best food and wine matching experience in

Pierneef, as well as a contemporary exhibition that

the Drink’s International Wine Tourism Awards.

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Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg loves sharing her

confectionery and farm-baked breads available at the

passion for music. In addition to the area in the

farm shop, this is no surprise.

museum dedicated to her career, the estate hosts

Known for its Cape Winelands cuisine – a term

monthly classical music concerts in the historic cellar,

that was coined by La Motte’s culinary team –

showcasing local and international artists of the

Pierneef à La Motte restaurant is one of the 2013 Eat

highest calibre.

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La Motte is must-visit for any winelands pilgrim.

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It’s “Babylicious” We take a drive into the Cape Winelands to discover Babylonstoren – an oasis paradise nestled beneath the Simonsberg mountains

Words and photographs by Mark Pettipher


t’s always a joy to take a drive into the tranquil

taken inspiration from Van Riebeeck’s great supply

beauty of the Cape Winelands, and especially to be

garden (the Company Gardens in Cape Town) –

able to visit Babylonstoren in the Drakenstein valley.

a playful acknowledgement of the fabled gardens

A small entrance fee gets you into this working farm

of Babylon.

and luxury ‘boutique hotel and spa’, which dates back

Among old oaks and olive trees, a series of

about 300 years and features beautifully restored Cape

landhuisies have been built to accommodate guests –

Dutch architecture, and 400 hectares of orchards

14 suites, seven of which have their own kitchens. In

producing plums, pears and a variety of citrus. Sixty-

these cottages we see 18th century-style exteriors

two of the hectares are currently under vine.

boldly yet seamlessly married to the 21st century.

However, the new heart of the farm, created by

Slotted into one wall of each of the seven suites

Karen Roos (Babylonstoren’s current owner) and

with kitchens is a spacious glass box containing a

inspired by Patrice Taravella’s celebrated mediaeval

dining and cooking area, with views over the garden

monastery garden at Prieuré d’Orsan in France, is a

or into the trees. The interiors are plain yet utterly

magnificent formal fruit and vegetable garden – eight

luxurious, a mix of modern basics with antique pieces

acres of abundance that are also a history book and a

and stylish touches: a Magis Puppy, a canvas wardrobe,

manual of gardening practice. The gardens have also

a Xavier Lust hat stand.


MAIN PICTURE The Babel restaurant, housed in the “old white cow shed” ABOVE The Babel herb garden RIGHT Renovated workers’ cottages make up the 14- suite hotel

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The Babylonstoren manor house; simple yet elegantly furnished cottage suite sitting room; the Babylonstoren shop, with its variety of farm produce; the walk-in Green House restaurant; the wine-tasting room

These touches are clearly Karen’s but she is at

for children to meander through and run about in.

pains to stress that the revitalisation of the farm was

The estate encourages its guests to experience and

a team effort in which many people were involved –

enjoy the gardens to the full, and welcomes you to

most of all, Babylonstoren’s dedicated staff.

pick a plum or grab a pear while walking through

With such elegance and style, it is not surprising

the majestic Babylonian gardens.

to know that the hotel’s 50-cover Babel restaurant

“We would like to give our visitors the chance to

is booked up to two months in advance. A meal at

ground themselves again,” says Babylonstoren’s

Babel promises to be real and fresh: chef Maranda

Hanlie Joubert. “We hope they enjoy the mountains

Engelbrecht has come up with a unique menu that

all around as much as our team does, pick their own

focuses on using the home-grown seasonal produce

biologically grown fruit and veg, play pétanque,

from Babylonstoren’s gardens as well as fresh produce

swim in the plaasdam, enjoy an hour in the spa, eat a

from the region. Each month there is a theme to the

freshly prepared meal at the restaurant, walk up the

menu, depending on which fruit and vegetables are

conical Babylonstoren hill, enjoy sundowners of

in abundance. When we visit, the theme is plums.

wine sourced from the region, slip between sheets

For those who take their family for a day visit and

of crisp linen and drift away … more or less!”

are not planning an overnight stay at the hotel, the

t: +27 (0)21 863 3852

walk-in Green House restaurant has a menu that will


please even the youngest of visitors: simple, freshly

produced food and generous portions await you, which can be washed down with Babylonstoren’s own wines or an organic fruit-and-vegetable juice mix. “Our 62 hectares produce about 300 tonnes of grapes of 12 varieties,” says wine sales and marketing manager Anelle van Tonder. “We produce six different wines: three whites (Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay), two reds (the Babel blend and Shiraz) and a Mourvedre Rose. These wines are not only sold here on the estate but also to a select number of wine merchants and fine-dining restaurants. Most of our sales, however, can be attributed to online purchases – we deliver free of charge anywhere in South Africa. Plans are in place for a five-varietal Bordeaux blend to be launched later this year. We’re also getting very excited about our latest addition: a bubbly that will be launched soon.” Babylonstoren is a family experience, true to South African values, and offers a carefree, safe environment 20

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High goal The “Pelé” of polo – that’s what they call him. Adolfo Cambiaso has a presence on the field that makes you feel honoured and privileged to be standing on the sidelines. And we were standing, not, sitting because the adrenaline was just too much! Words by Janette Griesel


t Ham Polo Club just outside London, you’re

which he founded in 2000, Cambiaso breeds and

so close to the game that you feel in danger of

keeps more than 800 horses, all destined for battle.

being run over by the storming steeds flying over the

Controversially, he was the first player to make use of

field. We found ourselves jumping back a couple of

a cloned horse in his line of ponies, and is in the

times, spilling our drinks, as the players came racing

process of training another 30, the first of which will

towards us.

make their debut in 2015.

You can’t believe that it is physically possible to

A patriot and lover of the beautiful Argentinian

manoeuvre a horse the away Adolfo Cambiaso does

countryside, Cambiaso treasures his family above all.

his. It’s as though he’s in some way connected to the

It’s his true passion. When asked about the sport’s

four-legged athlete – as though they share the same

demand for being away from home, he says, “I love

thoughts, the same blood, the same sweat… His

spending time on the farm and relaxing with my

perfect skills are the result of living and breathing

family. I’ve been playing for 21 years and I just want

the sport known as the game of kings for more than

to stay at home sometimes, and take pleasure in the

two decades.

simple things of life.” Travel for the sport calls him

A king in his own right, he has a kingdom of more

away for eight months of the year. This means he

than 400 hectares not far from Buenos Aires. Known

spends only the summer in Argentina, moving the

as La Dolfina Estancia, it inspired the international

rest of the time mostly between the UK and the US.

fashion brand of the same name. On this ranch,

It’s the biggest challenge for this family man.

“I just want to stay at home sometimes, and take pleasure in the simple things in life”

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ABOVE “The Maestro”, one of only 15 polo players in the world with a perfect 10-goal handicap. Unlike in golf, polo handicaps range from -2 to 10, with 10 being the highest. (© Tony Ramirez/ BELOW A memorable moment with the Queen at the Cartier Queen’s Cup

Yet at 38, he is as keen as ever to continue setting

The concept includes plans for a new hotel,

records and dominating on the field. Relentlessly

serviced villas and apartment complex consisting of

competitive, he has scored the most goals in the

up to 80 keys. Ernesto Gutierrez, board member at

Argentine Open (766), the top high-goal tournament

La Dolfina polo ranch, says that the addition of a

in the world, and was top scorer in 1998 with 67

world-class hotel will be a natural complement to

goals, a record he still holds.

the facilities that residents and visitors on this estate

His drive and ambition extend beyond playing

can enjoy. Set to open in 2016, the hotel and villas

polo. Promoter of his country and a successful

complex will be adjacent to the La Dolfina Polo Club

entrepreneur, he recently announced the union of

and will form part of the club’s exclusive residential

his iconic La Dolfina polo and fashion brand with

estate, set among woods and rivers in the town

Grace Hotels, an international luxury hotel group.

of Cañuelas.

La Dolfina Grace will represent a very unique

With his luxury polo brand expanding, and

collaboration, and a new concept in luxury living

synonymous with sporting excellence and casual

and hospitality according to Philippe Requin, CEO

sophistication, Cambiaso is building an empire fit for

of Grace Hotels.

polo royalty.

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Making money for a purpose

– and doing business with a conscience Words by Eleanor Seggie*

“I gave absolutely nothing. The 30% of a virtually insolvent business was, in reality, a negative ‘gift’. God brought the value. That our family could eventually increase the original 30% to the current 65% is simply in response to the clear evidence of God’s continued and inexplicable favour”


uccess. We are driven by it and we live by it. We

Enlightenment is most profound when darkness

visualise and we plan and we build the life we’ve

of failure is most threatening. History saw the

drawn up in our minds. Unwilling to surrender the reins we claim to have,

greatest turnaround moments happen when faced with a wall.

we pull and steer our way along the path we have set

In the case of Francois van Niekerk, enlightenment

out for ourselves. We take good care to keep control

happened on his knees, half an hour before his life

– to conquer, to achieve and to attain all in the name

would take a new course he did not saddle up for – a

of success.

course that would take him from R1 000 to the

But when does ambition turn to greed and the quest for selfish gain become empty and fruitless? And what if we fail?

billion category. Rated by Forbes magazine as one of the top five notable givers in Africa, this self-described “farm

* Eleanor Seggie is a journalist and production editor at financial news site Moneyweb. She is also a closet greenie, an aspirant vegetarian, a Catholic and a supporter of CSI

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boy” from the Paardeberg district in Paarl was schooled

Recognition Award for Philanthropy in 2010 for his

at Paarl Boys High and the SA Naval Gymnasium. He

commitment to improving the lives of others for the

went on to complete a BEcon at Stellenbosch University

past 34 years.

and an MBL through Unisa. His professional career

“I gave absolutely nothing. The 30% of a virtually

is impressive – spanning Mobil Oil, Anglo American,

insolvent business was, in reality, a negative ‘gift’.

Rembrandt and Armscor before he ventured into

God brought the value. That our family could

private enterprise. He also co-founded the property

eventually increase the original 30% to the current

group Atterbury, chairing Atterbury Investment

65% is simply in response to the clear evidence of

Holdings from establishment to 2012.

God’s continued and inexplicable favour.” But true success came with the harvest. The

Business start-up and survival

Mergon Foundation was duly established and the

But the crux of his story starts in 1980, when his

promised 30% of Mertech shareholding transferred

small start-up IT company faced bankruptcy just

to it.

nine months after inception.

Together with his wife Miems, Francois set

It was here that he was brought to his knees and

a goal to grow the shareholding of Mergon

in desperation called upon God, vowing to give the

Foundation to 70% of the Mertech Group – a goal

feeble 30% worth of his business towards the

that was reached in 2008. Mergon’s shareholding

expansion of the Kingdom.

subsequently diluted to 65% to accommodate

A pledge that seemed worth so little was chosen

current senior management.

to be a holy investment – within the hour of his

“At Mertech and Mergon Foundation we have

divine encounter, a very creative alternative plan

come to regard God as the controlling Shareholder.

came about to keep the business from going under.

With His 65%, that is simply the way it should be

The years that followed witnessed the growth of

and the continued challenge is to build and preserve

TOP Balance is key. At the age of

the Mertech Group from strength to strength; it is

74, Francois has been married for 51

the relationship with our Shareholder – exactly as we

now invested in property and technology-based

would with any other legal entity,” he says.

years and has three granddaughters. He competes in the 94.7 and Argus

companies, and active in 10 industry sectors spread

cycle events – “hopefully not too far

throughout Africa and the EU.

behind younger colleagues” – and collects precision vehicle models ABOVE “Farm boy” – with a tractor

And though he humbly refuses any credit, Francois






The ultimate Shareholder “Mergon” is taken from Greek and means “the area where the flocks graze” and “effectiveness”.

but no farm… RIGHT Mergon Foundation partner Learn to Earn collaborates with the retail industry, which provides defective items from factories. Formerly unemployed women mend these items, which are then sent to a store in Cape Town and sold to generate a sustainable income for all participants OPPOSITE, FROM TOP On the bridge of Mertech Marine’s cable ship. Mertech Marine is a leader in the recovery and recycling of redundant telecom cables; with fellow Paarl Boys High alumnus Mannetjies Roux at an Atterbury-sponsored event; Mergon Foundation partner Straatwerk works together with the City of Cape Town to uplift the hundreds of povertystricken people in the inner city. Programme success caused both the City and the Cape business community to also support their work


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The foundation funds faith-based initiatives; training

Francois rejoices in the incomprehensible privilege

and equipping ministries; scripture, media and

of seeing how the divine hand keeps shaping Mertech

technology ministries; community transformation;

and the Mergon Foundation into a vehicle through

and children and youth ministries. It currently

which the credo Regni Negotia Extendimus (or

partners with 102 established interdenominational

“Expanding His Kingdom through Business”) is

Christian organisations – the majority of them in

increasingly being fulfilled. “May obedience to God

Southern Africa – selected for their “innovative

as our controlling Shareholder keep the Mertech

approaches, proven effectiveness and sustainable

Group, Mergon Foundation and all our associates in

Kingdom expansion impact”.

His will.”

Partners operate some 700 projects in the region and further afield, with a resulting footprint in well

Scripture to live by

over 100 countries globally favouring youth-focus

Historically, Psalm 25:3: “No-one who hopes in you

and holistic upliftment.

will ever be put to shame.” Then, as the business

As a testimony and measure of success, the

expanded, 1 Corinthians 7:31: “…use the things of

allocation budget for supporting these partners grew

the world, as if not engrossed in them”. And, as he

to R60-million in the current fiscal year.

moves into the “senior years”, Psalm 78: “Share with

“The challenge of our time is the growing need for an accelerated awareness of regaining and preserving at least a minimum balance in our social and

generations to come for them to be encouraged to put their faith in God.”

geographic environment,” says Francois. “Whatever

Advice for the young

success we may achieve is not from within ourselves.

His take on real success is to strive beyond success to

We should continue to seek common ground not

significance. “A personal life principle can be taken

only in furthering commercial success but also in

from the quote ‘Feed the stream of life, not your own

advancing the social fibre of the world around us.”

dam’,” he says.

He also has strong convictions about motivating

Any obsession with the “own dam” often leads

local government, business institutions and the

to selfish hoarding of material wealth. “This often

Church to start working together far more

represents corruption and the ugly face of capitalism


versus discovering the significance of selflessness and




community needs globally.


a wider involvement with those less fortunate.”

Philanthropy on the rise? For the less cynical, it seems that many notable captains of industry are turning to philanthropy for the right reasons. Trialogue’s latest corporate social investment (CSI) handbook pegs CSI at a whopping R7,8-billion in 2013, 70% of which came from South Africa’s top 100 companies. A “moral imperative” was the most common reason for CSI. Fifty-eight-year-old Bill Gates, currently the world’s richest man, founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in cooperation with renowned investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett. The foundation works to improve developing nations’ health, and eradicate hunger and extreme poverty. According to the website, total grant payments since inception total US$28,3-billion. The trio also initiated the “Giving Pledge”, which encourages billionaires to commit to donating more than half their fortune to philanthropic or charitable causes during their lifetime, or in their wills. Pledgers include South Africa’s own Patrice and Precious Motsepe as well as Richard Branson. To would-be philanthropists, Francois says, “I have a high regard for Churchill and his quotes, such as ‘You make a living by what you get, a life by what you give’. A giving disposition brings significance to your life and usually also unexpected material benefits – but the latter only provided you do not give to receive.”

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Living their dream

If you’re looking for utopia, you don’t have to look too far. With an idyllic balance between work and family, Michael Jordaan has found it Words by Norman McFarlane


’m sitting at the stylish Bartinney Wine and

how and why they acquired the farm, what they’ve

Champagne Bar in Bird Street, Stellenbosch –

done to it since, and how they are living their dream.

the heartland of all that is trendy and chic in this university town that doubles as the wine capital of South Africa.

And it all falls into place. The farm, perched high on a mountain side overlooking the Banghoek Valley at the top of

Opposite me, on two ridiculously chic, scuffed-

Helshoogte Pass, was originally owned by the

leather easy chairs, sit Rose and Michael Jordaan,

Jordaan family but was sold at one point. “When

glasses of Chardonnay in hand, Michael munching

the farm became available, I knew we had to buy it,”

thoughtfully on some biltong. “Our payoff line for

says Michael. “We had to get it back into the family.

Bartinney wines is ‘Wine made on a mountain’, and

I think we paid more than we should have but it was

our Bordeaux-style red brand is named Elevage,

something we had to do. There was some emotion

which is a French wine-making term for the stages

in the purchase. Besides, we’re elands born and

of wine-making between fermentation and bottling.

raised, so for us it was a homecoming.” The sum

It literally means ‘to lift up’,” explains Michael.

paid is undisclosed, and I do not ask.

Rose has been sitting quietly throughout this

But that happened nine years ago, while Michael

explanation, staring ahead – a thousand-yard stare

was still at the helm of First National Bank, just

if I ever saw one. She looks up at me. “Passion and

two short years before the world was tipped into a

balance,” she says, “that sums up our brand.” And

financial crisis, the effects of which we’re feeling to

I think back over the time we’ve sat chatting about

this day.

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With fingers being pointed at the financial sector for precipitating the crisis, it couldn’t have been easy. “We were fortunate,” says Michael. “We have a robust regulatory regime in place, and very competent regulators – we were far better off than many other countries around the world.” But the fallout did hit South Africa, and as the CEO of one of the biggest banks in the country, Michael had his time cut out steering the bank through the storm. A decision was taken to put a manager onto the farm but it didn’t really work out. “We decided that the only way to make this work would be for us to take control of the farm and progress our plans,” says Rose. “That’s when we decided that I’d relocate here with the children.” And so, about five-and-a-half years ago, Rose and the children took up residence on the farm, and Michael commenced a gruelling schedule of commuting weekly between Johannesburg and the Cape. “It was hard but it was the only way to make it work,” he says. He would leave the farm in Stellenbosch every Sunday evening to fly to Johannesburg for a

as naturally as possible, seeking balance and harmony

ABOVE AND TOP Rustic charm abounds

taxing work week, returning each Friday to the family.

with nature.

at the Bartinney Wine & Champagne Bar in

The children settled into local schools, and Rose

As an example, fynbos is used here instead of

tackled the monumental task of overhauling the farm,

more conventional cover crops, and spraying is

that produces “wine made on a mountain”

the vineyards, the cellar and the buildings in preparation

kept to a minimum.

OPPOSITE Michael and Rose relaxing

for Michael’s retirement from FNB, which he announced

The farm is a Biodiversity in Wine Initiative

in May last year and which came into effect in December.

(BWI) champion, by virtue of sheer hard work.

He’s the self-appointed chairman of the board,”

Aliens have been uprooted ruthlessly, and a fynbos

says Rose. “And sometimes I’m asked for advice,”

nursery has been established on the farm to facilitate

quips Michael, but as he told me when I arrived for the

a replanting programme, which includes 5   000

interview, Rose runs the wine business. “She’s managed

indigenous trees thus far. Rose leads the charge,

the farm through significant change,” he says – and

out in the field on any given day with her team

that change permeates the vineyards, which are farmed

of farm workers.

Stellenbosch, with decor that reflects the cellar

at the bar

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V - fynbos & vines his extensive experience with technology, which had played such a significant role in his achievements at FNB. But above all else, Michael wants to create jobs. “What we need most in South Africa is jobs, and the focus of my activities in Montegray is to do just that: help with the initial funding for promising start-ups that will eventually lead to job creation,” he says. “The government’s role is to provide the infrastructure but it’s up to the private sector to create the jobs we need.” I ask them whether the farm is profitable. Michael hesitates, and Rose answers. “If you discount the capital investment we’ve made in the farm, then we’re almost there,” she says. The sum, again, is undisclosed – and again I do not ask. Beyond the farm itself, the regard for the staff who make the place tick emerges in discussion. Rose has implemented a program where each farm worker can farm a vegetable patch during the course of the day, and she has put in place laundry facilities on the farm for the staff to use while at work. “Our people are up early to get to work, and they usually get home late. This is just a small way to make their lives easier.” Both Rose and Michael are very aware of the privileges they enjoy, and they are determined to put as much back into the community as they can. The cellar is small by wine-making standards, with a 118-ton capacity, producing 4 000 cases of premium quality wine annually. The Bartinney range – which consists of a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style red blend (Elevage), a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc – includes only estate wines, made exclusively from grapes grown on the farm, and the current releases all sport four or four-and-a-half Platter stars. Sold locally by selected premium retailers, and available in selected restaurants, the wines are also exported. My last question to the couple is whether, looking back and knowing what they know now, they would ABOVE Michael and Rose “draw” off

When he’s not lending advice to Rose, Michael is

have done anything differently.

a sample of their prized four-and-a-half-

forging ahead with his latest venture, Montegray

“No,” they answer simultaneously, then Michael

star Bordeaux-style red, Elevage

Capital – a private investment vehicle with a focus on

continues. “Except we might do a couple of things


what he calls disruptive technologies and disruptive

with less haste.” He pauses, then says reflectively, “If

wine-making team: Rose, business manager

business models.

I were to give anyone advice, I’d have to say, ‘Drink

Lisa van der Berg, viticulturist Ryno Maree and wine-maker Ronell Wiid

He was recently appointed the chairman of

wine – don’t get into the business of making it’.” But

the board of Stellenbosch-based mobile messaging

it’s said with an impish smile, which is mirrored on

platform Mxit. His involvement there will be

Rose’s face.

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– no bull

The rare game business has quite literally exploded. It’s no wonder names such as Norman Adami and Johann Rupert are cashing in Words by David A Steynberg


ape buffalo sold for R40-million.” Headlines such as this one, which broke last September, seem to be popping up with

increased frequency. In September 2012, R26-million was paid for a young buffalo bull. The numbers are staggering, even for the well-heeled. But it’s not game farmers, per se, forking out the dough. It’s businesspeople such as SAB Miller chairman Norman Adami and richlist stalwart Johann Rupert. Shrewd and successful as they are, one has to wonder why anyone would invest the equivalent of a luxury home in livestock. Perhaps it’s because a luxury home can’t necessarily offer you a return of between 28% and 42% on your original capital – and that’s a conservative estimate. The size and growth of the game industry shows why: Vleissentraal, South Africa’s leading livestock auctioneering outfit, says the industry’s annual turnover has grown from R62-million to R864-million in the past decade. But it’s the rare-game sector that’s attracting all the attention – specifically roan antelope, sable and buffalo. Why do these animals fetch the prices they do? It’s simple, according to chartered accountant Morrison Smit who, together with a number of partners, has set up GameVest to open the door to private investors who do not necessarily want to trade their suits for John Deere khaki, but who do want a piece of the action. “A disease-free buffalo cow would generally sell for about R1-million,” he says. “What does she give you? A calf every 16 months.” So what’s the value of the calf? If it’s a heifer, she will within three years be worth R1-million. And if it’s a bull calf? Well, what do people pay for an ordinary buffalo bull not intended for breeding? Anywhere between R80 000 and R100 000, which you would allow to be hunted at a cost of between US$12 000 and US$15 000. “If you have something that costs you R1-million and she only gives you bull calves, that’s a 10% return every 12 to 16 months,” says Smit. “This is the base price.” But if the cow calves 50/50 (one year a bull calf, one year a heifer calf), her return would be R100 000 the one year and R1-million the next, according to Smit. “This works out to R500 000 a year on just the initial cow,” he says. “But cows cannot calf without a bull. So you need to split the yield between the cow and the bull. This works out to R250 000 on a R1million cow, which is still 25% per year.” val de vie

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Chartered accountant and founding partner of GameVest Morrison Smit

But the R40-million question remains. Why pay

“The next problem is that your breeding herd on

upwards of the usual ceiling price of R10-million for

500 hectares is too small. Eleven animals on 500

a buffalo bull? It’s got to do with breeding, says Smit.

hectares is equivalent to about 50 hectares per head,

“There is always the potential that your cow will calf

which means you’re totally underutilising your farm.

a breeding bull,” he says, pitching the bull’s price at

You should be using two hectares per head. You have

R50-million. “How many cows does he cover? He

too much invested in your farm,which is where the

covers 50. That’s why he can be worth 50 times a

problem comes in because few people can afford to

cow! Now the sum becomes easy: we have a bull, one-

spend R20-million. The point is that you can’t go into

fiftieth of R50-million is R1-million; a cow costs

the breeding business with R20-million. It’s too little.”

R1-million. So you have R2-million and an average

This is why companies such as GameVest have been

yield of R500 000 per annum. “If the bull has any real

set up: private individuals enter into a JV with the

potential, he will typically fetch a price R1-million to

company, buy livestock and make use of the rancher’s

R10-million. (R40-million was exceptional, as was

land, facilities and expertise to breed rare game. Over

R26-million.) If a cow gives you one breeding bull in

and above annual returns, this model has tax benefits.

her entire lifetime, you’ll make 100-plus percent.

“There’s a special dispensation for farmers in the

That’s the attraction and that’s why this business has

Tax Act,” says Smit. “Over and above the improvements

legs. Just by being average, you get a 25% yield.”

to your farm, which you can deduct from the farming

With dollar signs in your eyes, it’s easy to forget

income, is the game you buy. It’s a tax expense. But

the limitations. Game farming and game breeding

the day you sell it, all of it is taxable. If you want to

are different sides of the same coin. An investment of

regulate your taxable income, it’s one helluva tool.

R20-million will get you a lot if you want to pursue

Say you’re a business owner and, this year, you get a

game farming but will paint a very different picture if

big contract and make R200-million more than you

you want to make a go of breeding rare game species.

usually would. You could buy game worth R200-

“The biggest problem is that, typically, before

million and clear it up. Next year, because you focused

you can buy breeding animals, you need a farm,”

on that contract, you only make R10-million (although

says Smit. “I recall there are regulations that say

you normally make R50-million). You can sell R40-

you shouldn’t have buffalo on a farm that’s smaller

million worth of game and you’re back to R50-million.

than 500 hectares. The rock-bottom price for land

“The benefit of being a farmer is equalising taxable

in the bushveld is R10 000 per hectare. That’ll cost

income. This is why we structure the GameVest model

you R5-million. If you go very light on infrastructure

the way we do: you own the animals so you’re a farmer.”

and only spend R2-million, you’ll have spent R7-

While R40-million and R26-million are the

million already.

exception, many worry such high prices cannot be

“Now you have R13-million left to buy buffalo.

sustained. But Smit says there is currently no bubble

So you can purchase 10 cows and a bull to create a

waiting to burst – although one wonders whether the

breeding herd.

demand will keep up with the pricey supply…

“You can’t go into the breeding business with R20-million. It’s too little”


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Treasure in the Boland Treasures abound in the


ravel has always been spurred by the allure of

thrived for centuries; where blankets of vineyards

reward. For early Cape colonists, it was the

have become a trademark. It was here that pioneering

jewelled appearance of the granite outcrop that drew

South African wine farmers first united in a landmark

them inland and gave the magical place a name – they

event: to establish KWV ( as a way

rich art. KWV has developed

called it Paarl. Over centuries many travellers stayed,

to bring stability, support and structure to a young,

an unusual way of pairing

finding the lives they sought in this charming, fertile

struggling industry. That year would go down in

valley that remains as attractive today as it was then.

history, also because 1918 was when Nelson Mandela

Cape Winelands, not only in viticulture but in history-

fine wines with art masterpieces. The company's belief is that fine wine evokes an array of emotions

was born. Most early milestones celebrated by the modern

story. Modern-day Paarl is a testament to geological

South African wine and brandy industry have

forces as much as it is to the people who have shaped

roots that link to KWV and its trailblazing work.

the history of this Boland town.

The company was a fountain of knowledge and

– as does art. From a soft

Situated just 45 minutes from Cape Town, Paarl is

experience, where many winemakers cut their

well known for its Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian

teeth. It enjoyed the contributions of numerous

brush stroke to a fragrant

and Art Deco architecture; beloved for its lush, tree-

industry legends, too, including Abraham Perold,

Merlot, we venture into

lined avenues; famous for its excellent schools; and,

the father of Pinotage.

popular for its diverse tourism offerings, from fine

Over more than a century, this leading South

hospitality to exciting activities. Paarl is where the

African firm has expanded beyond its borders and

foundation for the Afrikaans language was laid

become a global player. KWV, which still runs its

and prominently memorialised. Significantly, this is

operations from Paarl, is responsible for international

also where Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years

brands such as Roodeberg, the KWV Classic

of imprisonment.

Collection, Cathedral Cellar, Café Culture and the

KWV’s Sensorium and look at five different pairings

Words by Bronwyn Roets


But as everyone who has come has realised, the physical attributes of the region are only part of the

First and foremost however, Paarl is a product of

highly acclaimed KWV The Mentors range. Its wines

the land – a place where farmers have toiled and

are made using the best grapes available, in state-of-

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the-art cellars, and guided by a respect for heritage

office building at 57 Main Road, known as La

and a pursuit of excellence that is not afraid of

Concorde, the Sensorium is home to another of the

challenging convention. Indeed, a seismic shift in

town’s treasures – a collection of work by some of

its approach in recent years has raised its wines to a

South Africa’s greatest artists, including Gregoire

new level and seen them showered with honours that

Boonzaier, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef and Piet van

few wine producers have ever achieved. Included in

Heerden. Amassed over more than 50 years, the

the 470 awards and medals are three regional trophies

portfolio consists of approximately 100 paintings,

at Decanter, Best Regional Producer at the SA Young

wood carvings and drawings.

Wine Show, and a second place at the Old Mutual

Employing interactive, digital technologies, the

Trophy Wine Show. To top it off, KWV won Best

unique display provides a heightened sensory

Producer for an unprecedented third year in a row at


Veritas, the Oscars of South African wine.

appreciation. An online platform gives the visitor






KWV chief winemaker Johann Fourie talks about

immediate information about the painting viewed as

the “evolution” of vision and style. “Simply put, we

well as the wine. A work by Irma Stern, for example,


aim to produce fresh, varietal-balanced and elegant

is paired with the KWV Classic Red Muscadel – a

KWV’s Sensorium, a tranquil

wines, with a judicious use of oak,” he says. “Having

style with which KWV has a proud and long-standing

place to stimulate the senses

achieved consistency in style and focus means we

history, the taster will learn.

ABOVE Chief wine-maker Johann

now deliver, year after year, finesse, elegance and

Visitors can also enjoy a variety of tastings at the

Fourie at work

concentration in wines that are appreciated in South

KWV Emporium, including brandy and a pairing of

TOP La Concorde, KWV’s

Africa and internationally.”

chocolate and wine, while no sojourn is complete

historical office building

It is almost unavoidable that the pioneer strand in

INSET Some of KWV’s prize-

KWV’s DNA extends to another part of the business

winning wines

as well. The KWV Sensorium ( is a must-see for visitors to Paarl. Situated in its historic

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The artist’s palate Curiosity got the better of us, so we decided to see the “art of wine” for ourselves. We share our experience with these notes David Botha

KWV Cathedral Cellar Merlot 2012

Ryneveld Street

Standing before the old familiar street, with Merlot

Oil on board

in hand, I am taken back to those winter mornings.

72cm x 82cm

I breathe in the wet leaves’ soft fragrance, framed by the rim of my glass, and taste the warm memory of my years in Stellenbosch.

Francois Krige

KWV 15 Year Old Brandy

Young Man With

Possibly caught off-guard and red-handed, the

Glass (Self-portrait)

brother of the famous writer Uys Krige looks

Oil on board,

abashedly at the viewer. The artist’s palette is

dated 1931

reflected in the caramel notes of the brandy –

55cm x 50cm

and I get to share in the moment of mischief.

Jacob Hendrik

KWV Cape Vintage Reserve 2004


The second of the two Pierneefs in KWV’s

Langeberg Landscape

collection, this burgundy landscape with its

Oil on board 62cm x 73cm

multiple plains and complex brush strokes is beautifully paired with the layers in the fortified wine. A suggestion that parallels the art of winemaking with Pierneef ’s matured technique.

Irma Stern Harvest

KWV Classic Red Muscadel The overwhelming colour is both joyful and exotic

Oil on board panel

in what is claimed to be the largest of the German

with frieze

expressionist works by Irma Steyn. The artist may

188cm x 278cm

have dipped her paintbrush in a glass of Muscadel when she portrayed the Cape harvest – abundant with ripe fruit.

Marjorie Wallace

KWV Cathedral Cellar MCC (Methode Cap Classique) 2010

The Funeral

Synonymous with celebration, the MCC paired with this

Oil on canvas

melancholic scene seems rather unlikely.

82cm x 97cm

Yet after a while, as you stand like one of the distracted onlookers of the rumoured burial of Dirk Opperman, you begin to understand that it is in fact a celebration of a life lived. The icy rain and green grass notes come alive in your bubbly flute as you salute one of the best-known Afrikaans poets of the 20th century.


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Luxury gets a label Fashion-conscious property is flying high Words by Nicky Manson

Most world-famous fashion designers have accessories lines. Some have even launched homeware collections featuring linen, furniture and decor. So it makes sense that the next collaboration would be property. There is a rising trend of savvy developers taking a luxury-brand association one step further, and shrewd designers are providing the service. We look at some breathtaking hotel and property brands that have taken the fashion world – and the property sector – by storm

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Armani Hotels & Resorts


here are two Armani hotels in the world, the Armani

Dubai and the Armani Milano. Here you will find pure beauty and sophistication. Every element of each hotel, from the public areas and restaurants to the hotel rooms and privately owned apartments, has the Armani touch. In fact, the residences have been designed personally by Giorgio Armani and reflect his own personal approach to elegance and style. Armani’s smooth, understated style combines clever lighting, sumptuous fabrics and simple design into a showcase of understated elegance and glamour. Think handmade leather from Florence, floors covered with Japanese Tatami, green bamboo marble from Brazil in the bathrooms and bespoke Armani Casa decor

Ralph Lauren restaurant

and furnishings created exclusively for the hotel.


Exquisite cuisine goes handin-hand with beautiful design

he RL Restaurant represents Ralph Lauren’s

at the Armani restaurants, while

debut in the restaurant industry

the famous Armani Spa reflects

in the city of Chicago. Opened

the brand’s lifestyle and design

in 1999, the restaurant features

philosophies and contains unique,

the vision and decor of Ralph

beautiful spaces for treatments,

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fitness, thermal bathing, and

cuisine. The decor is typical

private and social relaxation.

Lauren – and very British. Imagine a black-marble

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fireplace, mahogany

arducci founder Alberta

panelling, and brass

Ferretti has bought a big

and ebony cocktail tables.

dose of glamour to her Adriatic

Navy blue walls, artwork

hometown in Cattolica, Italy

from Lauren’s private

with the Hotel Carducci 76.

collection, herringbone

The 1920s villa has been

hardwood floors, caramel

primped with a number of suites, each with its own design.

leather chairs and banquettes The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is home to one of the Armani hotels

complete the picture.

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Miró Hotel

Miró Hotel


ntonio Miró has created a simple yet chic and

contemporary showcase for

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architecture, furnishings

floor-to-ceiling windows

and decor reflect a level of

and lavish colourful silks.

alazzo Versace Gold Coast

opulence usually only seen

and Palazzo Versace Dubai,

in grand old hotels of Europe.

Versace-designed amenities,

Guests will also discover

which is still under construction,

Richly decorated spaces sing

cutlery and crockery in their

the Miró Hotel, located in

follow the distinctive vision of

their praises to the master of

rooms and suites.

Bilboa, Spain. Considered

the late Gianni Versace, and his

Italian design, emphasised by

The Versace Midas touch

the Calvin Klein of Spain,

audacious commitment to luxury

marble, mosaics and vaulted

can also be seen in the hotel’s

Miró’s vision is a streamlined

and beauty.

ceilings hand-detailed in gold.

Water Salon – a cool cabana

his style inside his namesake,

space in neutral tones, with

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

The rooms, suites and private

oasis within a hot beach

touches of red and citrus.

was one of the world’s first

condominiums, ranging from one

setting – as well as the

Flamboyant artworks and a

fashion-branded hotels; it

to six bedrooms, are all designed

Aurora Spa retreat, and

contemporary photography

opened in September 2000.

in Versace’s timeless style. Think

the private marina, which

bespoke furnishings, luxurious

offers guests direct access to

fabrics, rich parquetry floors,

the seaway and Pacific Ocean.

collection of more than 40 works adorn the walls.

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In a spectacular waterfront setting, every aspect of the hotel’s

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Porsche Design Tower

Porsche Design Tower


orsche may have started with cars, and then fashion

accessories, but it’s also turned its design prowess to property. Ground has been broken on the ultra-luxurious 60-storey tower in Sunny Isles Beach, which is Porsche’s first foray into residential real estate. The Porsche Design Tower will be 198 metres high and comprise 132 units. Indulgent amenities include a movie theatre, spa and plunge

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pools on almost every balcony. But the most luxurious feature is definitely the glass-enclosed car elevators. These will bring owners and their cars straight

The Pelican


e have Diesel Jeans to thank for this very quirky hotel in South Beach, Miami. Bringing to life the Diesel philosophy with the help of Swedish interior decorator Magnus Ehrland, each room

to the door of their apartment,

is completely original, kitted out with one-of-a-kind found objects. Within the Art Deco hotel, choose

allowing them to park in a “sky

from suites such Executive Fifties, Psychedelic (Ate) Girl, Best Whorehouse and the Pelican Penthouse.

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The G


elebrity milliner Philip Treacy has tried his hand at interiors

– and the result is the flamboyant G hotel in Galway. Treacy takes guests through vivid splashes of eras that range from Versailles to Warhol, with objects and furniture in shapes that could be part of a Treacy hat collection. He also pays homage to supermodel Linda Evangelista, whom he credits for launching his career, with the luxurious Evangelista Suite.

Blakes luxury boutique hotel


lakes is the showcase of UK-based designer Anouska Hempel, who

courted high drama in her couture fashion – and then in this hotel. The boutique hotel’s design takes guests on a seductive journey through India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, the Pyramids, Italy and London. Think gilt-edged glamour, four-poster beds, deep and rich combinations of textures and patterns, and an abundance of luxury accessories, furniture and artefacts from around the world. The operatic compositions evoke intrigue and decadent mystery.


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Caesarstone’s Agate countertop adds drama to any kitchen

Working on the mix Old, new, recycled, revamped – we reveal this year’s interior design trends Words by Nicky Manson Photographs by David Muirhead and Associates’ Vanessa Lewis, Laurie Owen Interiors, JOI-Design, Ruslin Interior Architects, Plascon

Plascon’s Mayor Green wall colour from the Second Nature Collection is a top choice for 2014

The year 2014 has arrived,complete with brightly

Bejewelled kitchens are also hot this year, as your

coloured, beautifully wrapped boxes and bags filled

cooking space takes on an edgier look than its homely

to the brim with fresh ideas and trends. It’s not

yesteryear cousin. Think elaborate custom cabinetry

different for the world of interior design: 2014 had

painted in rich gemstone colours, gleaming brass and

barely had a chance to say hello before bloggers,

chrome, unique lighting fixtures and dramatic

decor gurus, fashionistas and colour experts were

countertops, such as Caesarstone’s Agate surface.

regaling us with the design trends of today. Some you may have heard of, some have been

especially walnut, oak and cherry – and you will see

revamped and others are hot off the press. Whatever

them appearing in furniture collections such as Ralph

they are, we think this year renovating, updating or

Lauren Home.

completely revamping your residential or commercial space is going to be very exciting.


Honey-toned woods are making a comeback –

Hairy is back too, thanks to hide rugs jumping off the floor and onto sofas and chairs, and there is a

Elle Décor was one of the first websites to embrace

further blurring of lines between indoor and outdoor

the new trends of 2014, revealing a number of hot

living. This is something already quite popular in

ideas, including palm prints. Fronds and ferns are

South Africa because of our weather, but instead of

moving off the fashion racks and into the home, so

us moving outdoors, nature is now moving inside in

expect fun and striking designs in artwork, wallpaper

the form of interior gardens, vertical walls and the

and fabrics.

ever-popular atrium.

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According to Laurie Owen, metallics are popular in 2014, combining copper, pewter, old gold, silver and nickel

David Muirhead of David Muirhead and Associates,

It’s true that colour trends and combinations come

a design studio specialising in residential interior/

and go but what can be said of 2014 is that colour

architectural design, predicts a few exciting trends

still remains a powerful element in home decor.

too. “I think that one of the biggest upcoming trends

Harper’s Bazaar magazine identified a number

is the use of quality rather than quantity within

of trends on the spring 2014 runways, including

interiors,” he says. “Because of the mass production

the use of black and white in sharp geometric

of the modern world, we yearn for original pieces that

shapes that took the simple colour combination to

we have found or have been handmade. These special

new levels. This look can make a strong impression

pieces will give our modern world edge and interest.

at home.

So recycle, reuse and reinvent! Look at old items

Predictions from leading colour experts and

with new eyes and create something special – classic

interior designers of this year’s palette include ocean

items juxtaposed with modern items and old treasures

tones – “an ode to vitality and to life that is also

placed in a new space.”

considered soothing, restful and calm,” says colour

Local is also lekker. “There will be an increase in creativity and innovation within Africa as a continent as we strive to compete in the world economy,” says Muirhead. “It’s a time to celebrate local products.” Other trends that will soon be weaving their way into the home and office spaces include the use of glass, the clever utilisation of space and the creative use of colour.


consultant Bonnie Krims. It reveals a lovely palette of green and blues. Check out Plascon’s Second Nature collection, influenced by rain forests and jungles, and experiment with Mayor Green. Dulux’s colour of the year is teal,

Plascon’s Nautilus from the Inner

a lovely sea hue that we expect to see a lot of.

Space range is beautifully moody

Blues are definitely in and include turquoise and navy – perfect for striking walls and upholstery. Plascon’s Inner Space range reflects space and the galaxy, for example in its moody Nautilus shade.

Metallics are ultra-hot – especially copper, in both

The experts at JOI-Design agree. The Germany-

polished and raw tones. Laurie Owen of Laurie

based creatives, who specialise in hospitality design,

Owen Interiors expands on this by including

have been studying colour trends for years and have

combinations of khaki and old gold, pewter and

recently published a third book, Colours For Hotels.

stone, and nickel and tan in her creations, which

“One of the shades we expect to grow in popularity in

include private homes and a number of game lodges.

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Even furniture is turning to colour, bringing in

Plum is being called “the new black” – you can

pops of brightness in ranges of chairs and tables. The

expect to see more of it in technological accessories

Magis Traffic armchair, which is available at Crema

such as cellphones. It’s similar to Muirhead’s

Design, is a good example.

favourite colour of the year – Pantone’s colour of 2014, Radiant Orchid. But the AphroChic Blog’s

Walls and glass

Jeanine Hays says it’s all about ushering in the


glamour. “Dark, moody walls in black will form the

reveals some big trends in the office environment,

perfect backdrop for the metallic accessories that

including modifying the humble wall. Expect more

we’re all loving right now.”

modern textures. “Woven walls and 3D walls are






The all-white monochromatic scheme is still a

also big, and being done by Graffiti,” she says. Glass

favourite but this year it’s reinvented with touches

is taking on an even more important role, especially

of soft grey, seen in the Modern Tranquillity palette

since it provides an illusion of open spaces.

JOI-Design used this year’s

by Benjamin Moore. And the floral is still popular.

Printing on glass will be popular too, allowing

popular sunny colour palette

“These fabrics are everywhere in fashion and decor.

glass partitions to be used as interior dividing walls.

for the Steigenberger spa

Mix them with other graphic patterns for a modern

Added benefits will include soundproofing and

in Heringsdorf, Germany

look,” says Quintessence blogger Stacey Bewkes.

providing privacy.

Designed by Laurie Owens, white

Pops of colour in furniture can light

furniture and art accents create a

up a space – as seen in this Magis

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Space Space planning and design tend to go hand in

Muirhead suggests being inspired by European living. Here you often find the lounge and dining

hand. For corporate spaces, Gillies believes that

room combined into one due to limited space,

designers need to spend more time on space planning

with a classic antique dining table in front of a sofa

by conducting proper interviews with the relevant

flanked by two dining chairs, which can double

people – not just management. Job functions are

as occasional chairs. “Celebrate the less-is-more

different and each person’s space should adjust to

aesthetic but still retain personal items that give

his or her function.

your home a personality,” he says.

Space design in the home can be equally challenging. “Designing to use space cleverly requires a completely

Indoor gardens

different mind-set,” says Owen. “One needs to

“Atria were common 30 years ago and today’s

accommodate the needs of the whole family and the

vertical gardens – an awesome find – are built on

individuals, and still allow for the each room to look

the old atria,” says Ruslin. “Even in homes with no

luxuriously spacious.” She suggests retractable storage

gardens outside, vertical is the way to go.”

units in the ceiling. “With a touch of a button you can

Owen agrees. “These I love, especially if they

have access to a beautiful shoe closet with built-in

combine water, mist sprays and mood lighting for

mirrors and lighting.”

the evenings,” she says. “It’s all about how interior space can change the way we feel, lower the heart rate, soothe us and take us to another head-space.” David Muirhead and Associates: Laurie Owen Interiors: Ruslin Interior Architects: JOI-Design:

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Painted glass walls conceptualised by Ruslin Interior Architects allow for light, open work areas as well as privacy for conferences; a vertical garden brings the outside in; woven walls are a great talking point, providing texture and interest OPPOSITE TOP David Muirhead uses hot plum shades in dining-room furniture

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Smart moves LG 105” curved HD TV Here’s the next “big” thing: LG threw a curve ball at the 4k TV movement with its reveal of the 105-inch curved Ultra OLED HD TV, which is (as per the company’s claim) the “largest curved TV ever made”. Though Samsung has one too, the LG was announced first. Not only will the behemoth feature a massive resolution of 5120 x 2160, it will also utilise a 21:9 aspect ratio, which LG is billing as a “CinemaScope” screen.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet Despite its unusual design, the Yoga Tablet 8” shatters the mould in tablet design to create a device that’s more versatile and comfortable to use than anything that’s come before. With Ashton Kutcher as brand ambassador, it’s a handsome device with three flexible modes and an epic 18-hour battery life.

Fitbit Aria smart scale Outsmart your weight and step onto the Aria scale. Aria tracks your weight, body-fat percentage and BMI, painting a picture of your long-term progress. It wirelessly syncs your stats with online graph and mobile tools that help you stay motivated and on track. When you’re in control, stepping on the scale feels good!


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We chat to Technobyte host Aki Anastasiou and take a look at the latest “toys” the techies are buzzing about Typo iPhone keyboard case American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest developed this product for all those BlackBerry addicts yearning for a physical keyboard and all the iPhone users who are embarrassed by, well, typos. The case adds about six millimetres in thickness to your smartphone and less than two centimetres in length.

HERO3+ Black Edition The most advanced GoPro is smaller and lighter, and features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s the best sports camera on the market today, with 4k video resolutions and 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second. Take it on your wildest adventures!

Sony PlayStation 4 The ultimate “boy toy”, the PlayStation 4 with streaming gaming service is the most powerful games console in the world right now. With more graphical power than the Xbox One, 32 times more system memory than the PS3 and a firm focus on pure gaming experiences rather than media mojo, it has established itself as the next-generation console to beat.

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Through the looking glass Val de Vie flirts with bold creations by some of our favourite South African designers. Be enchanted by the fanciful, flowing gowns in spectacular jewel hues, and all things that reflect the wonder of polo luxury

Mirror, mirror Dress (price on request), Gavin Rajah. Earrings R2 320, and ring R1 900, all Kirsten Goss

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Red flamenco Dress R12 500, Klûk/ CGDT. Earrings R2 320 and ring R1 900, all Kirsten Goss

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Floral beauty Dress (price on request), Gavin Rajah. Earrings R2 150 and ring R1 900, all Kirsten Goss

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Golden era Dress R10 500, Klûk/ CGDT. Earrings R2 150, Kirsten Goss Polo pony: Kimbalight (owned by Johan du Plooy)


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Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards A family experience of note Words by Kate Thompson-Duwe

While we can try to live on wine alone, it is not wise. A visit to Leopard’s Leap lets you indulge in delicious, wholesome food and wine to your heart’s content for a family experience of distinction

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Leopard’s Leap is situated conveniently next to the R45 just before Franschhoek. To reserve a table, e-mail For more information, visit or call +27 (0)21 876 8002. For functions or tailor-made events, contact Harry on +27 (0)21 876 8856 or email GPS coordinates: Latitude 33°52’58.8’’ / Longitude 19°04’50’’



mong all the fine-dining establishments in

a biological garden a stone’s throw from the kitchen.

South Africa’s gourmet capital of Franschhoek,

No need to worry about processed, unhealthy bites!

Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has recently

The wide-open lawn with a children’s play park

introduced an informal and relaxed food-and-wine

sees kids pack away their tablets and aim for the

experience focusing on simple, fresh and seasonal

outdoors while you enjoy your meal, glass of wine or

food – full of flavour and beautifully complimented

one of the innovative wine cocktails on the stoep.

by Leopard’s Leap wines.

A lovely, quaint shop with gifts and all kinds of

This food-and-wine-experience extends to all the

things culinary, as well as a corner with a beautiful

family-friendly options on offer while the modern

selection of recipe books, will definitely add some

design with a wide stoep and stretching lawns makes

delight to your visit, while a scheduled programme

it the ideal place for extended summer visits. On rainy

of cooking classes provides the ideal opportunity

days the stoep closes up and the fireplaces are lit to

for passionate home cooks and aspirant chefs to

ensure there is not a cold or wet kid in sight.

fine-tune their culinary skills and add variety to their

The recently introduced Culinaria Collection, a

table. Staying seasonal and relevant, the programme

range of wines specifically made to be beautiful

covers a wide spectrum of cooking styles and

partners to food, is exclusively available from the

food types.

tasting room. Visitors are invited to taste this range,

Bursting with youthful energy, enthusiasm and

with its blends based on traditional French styles

inspiration, chef Pieter de Jager, who is responsible

such as a Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Shiraz Grenache

for the delectable food offering at Leopard’s Leap

and, of course, a beautiful MCC sparkling wine.

Family Vineyards, shares recipes and tips for an

Wine cocktails are served on weekends and include

array of cooking methods, while other popular chefs

the Cabernet Sauvignon Square, Rosé Cosmopolitan

and food enthusiasts also feature regularly in the

and Chardonnay Margarita.

exciting programme.

All the dishes are made with the freshest of ingredients, and include vegetables and herbs from

Leopard’s Leap is the perfect place to enjoy a laidback family lunch.

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Full flight Words by Bronwyn Roets, Exposure Unlimited PR

When Anaso Jobodwana lined up next to Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt at the London Olympics, few people had heard of him, even in his home country. Nearly two years later, the 21-year-old speedster from the Eastern Cape has established himself as South Africa’s top sprinter, and pundits expect him to break new ground in the 100m and 200m events by smashing the national records in both


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naso Jobodwana, born near King Williams

At the World Student Games in Kazan he secured

Town, has taken his athletics career to new

a maiden global title, becoming the first man in 38

heights after enrolling at Jackson State University in

years to win the 100m and 200m double at the biennial

Mississippi in 2012. As a teenager he dabbled in many

showpiece. One month later, he reached the semifinals

sports, including tennis, squash and rugby, but made

of the men’s 100m event at the World Athletics

the decision to focus on sprinting – an exercise he’d

Championships in Moscow and charged into the

enjoyed since childhood, when he tried to leg it to

200m final, finishing sixth and narrowly missing out

the shops and back fast enough to impress his parents.

on a place on the podium by one-10th of a second.

“I was always in love with running but it wasn’t until Grade 10 that I decided to take it seriously, after

Going pro

I tried to dodge a trip to Grey College in Bloem to

A hard-working physiotherapy student, he chose to

play a rugby match,” he says. “It didn’t make sense

forgo his last two years of eligibility with the Jackson

for me to take a train ride all the way there and get

State Tigers track team when he signed a professional

beat up by those machines.”

contract with Nike for the 2014 season. The move

Going to the US

will allow him to choose his own races, which will include the option of competing in top-flight

While many South African athletes have been swallowed

Diamond League meetings for the first time, rather

up by the challenging collegiate system, Jobodwana

than buckling to the demands of the tertiary

has been able to thrive in the US, despite his modest

institution by racing week in and week out.

upbringing in the Phakamisa township. “Being in

Surrounded now by a team of experts, including

college has helped me develop a competitive mind-

a physiotherapist, chiropractor and masseuse, he’s

set,” he says. “I got used to different athletes and to

keeping his feet on the ground. He’s also brought

running in different environments.” He believes any

former Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Ryk

budding sprinter can make it work in the gruelling

Neethling on board to manage his commercial interests

collegiate atmosphere, where lucrative bursaries can

in South Africa, to counter the challenge of gaining

offer a solid foundation to a professional career,

sponsors and to increase support back home. “I’m

provided it is approached with the right attitude.

surrounded by great people who make it easier for

Having experienced it first-hand, Jobodwana has some advice to offer any young athletes looking to take up offers to study in the US. “Education is key,”

to win some and lose some – but it’s how you take those victories and defeats that will determine whether you grow or not”

me to train, and I’m learning every day what it takes to make it to the next level,” says Jobodwana.

he says. “They must study hard and their working

Going all out

habits must start now. They must be able to manage

While he’s expected to line up against a trio of Jamaican

the time between working and studying, and prepare

powerhouse sprinters in the final of the Commonwealth

mentally for the level of competition they will face.”

Games in Glasgow, Jobodwana believes he has a chance

Going for titles

“You’re going

of upsetting the apple cart and grabbing a medal for South Africa. “My major goals are the Commonwealth

In his first year at Jackson State, Jobodwana earned All

Games and the African Championships in Marrakesh

American honours on the indoor circuit and went on

in August,” he says. “I want to start my professional

to finish eighth – in the lane next to Usain Bolt – at the

career on a good note.”

London Games. Since then, he has confirmed his

Jobodwana is hoping to become the first flat sprinter

ability with remarkably consistent performances in

from South Africa to challenge the world’s fastest men

both collegiate and international campaigns.

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Focusing on action Val de Vie talks to one of its residents, Craig Kolesky – surfer, action photographer and world traveller Words by Jazz Kuschke

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Sports Illustrated, he’s had

There’s some controversy as to

his work ethic that landed him

who this famous quote should

the honour of becoming the official

be credited to. Was it Confucius

South African photographer for

who said it? It doesn’t really matter.

Red Bull. In between travelling

Whoever it was, they used Cape

the world and shooting with stars

Town-based action photographer

such as Jordy Smith, he still makes

Craig Kolesky as their reference,

sure he puts in surf time of his own,

to the point that Craig’s friends

and trains hard on his bike for the

have taken to using his surname

Absa Cape Epic

as a verb: Getting “Kolesky’d”

to work pretty damn hard. Beautiful images aside, it’s

So many photographers are

means getting looked after, landing

incredibly protective of their work

with your “bum in the butter”, so

that many of their images are never

to speak. Truth be told, they’re all

seen. They disappear into folders

jealous of the places Craig’s seen,

on their desktops with names such

the athletes he’s worked with and

as “to sell” and “A-grades”. It might

the spectacular images he invariably

be business – but it is self-defeating.

comes home with. The success and spectacular portfolio didn’t come overnight.

Craig is the opposite. His goal is to get his work out there. He travels the world shooting.

From the first time he picked

He’s been present at a number

up a camera at the age of 14 to

of surf discoveries and has

his first published photograph

witnessed some incredible

in ZigZag Bodyboarding – “a

surfing at destinations such

looooong time ago” – and the

as Hawaii, Namibia, Morocco

countless images he’s had published everywhere from the Red Bulletin to Australian Surfing Life and

and the Maldives.

“I grew up surfing. It’s why I do what I do.”

“This street art was up for three days or so before it was removed. Timing and luck was a big part of getting the shot – if we hadn’t got lost, we would have never got it.”

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It’s a single moment – but it might take many days to get that perfect shot. What has been my greatest challenge? “Weather plays a big part in what we do. We’ve been known to wait for two years to get a shoot done just because the weather was not playing along. It’s out of our control, and it’s something we need to respect. “My biggest challenge was shooting Ryan Sandes break the Fish River record. The year before the river flooded, so there was no way to attempt the record. The next year, we had to hike 85km with camera gear to find good places to shoot when Ryan was running. Because of time constraints, we ended hiking the route in under 15 hours, which was a huge hit on my ankles. They were so badly blistered that I couldn’t wear shoes for almost two months. Ryan went on to break the record, running the 90km route in 6h57m – and we got some insane footage and images.”

THIS PICTURE “Hanlie Prinsloo – what can I say about her? She has the most amazing stories; after a good chat with her all you want to do is go a for a swim. Whenever we met, we’d talk about doing a shoot. We finally managed to find a gap in our busy schedules to meet up and get in a few great images.” LEFT “Jordy Smith keeps me on my toes. I have been travelling with him for the past four years. He’s so close to getting a world title for South African surfing. This picture was taken in Bali at a spot called Keramas. As the sun popped over the horizon, Jordy caught an awesome wave and we managed to get a great shot.” TOP LEFT “Jordy on a ‘holiday’ in the Maldives. This was a last-minute trip to the beautiful island – we always need to be ready to go at the last minute. Jordy is doing a ‘Rodeo Flip’.” OPPOSITE BOTTOM “The west coast of Africa. You need to get up very early to experience the amazing colours of a west-coast sunrise.”


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The reality behind a photo: witnessing the moment “A moment can be over so quickly. As a sports photographer, you have to be ready for anything. Most of the time there are no second chances so you have to be focused on what you’re doing and committed to what you want to achieve with a photo. “Sometimes you have to take a risk to get a shot – but in the end, that’s why we do what we do. It’s just another adventure; we’re telling a story for those who cannot be there.” val de vie

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My passion for photography “Photography to me is a lifestyle, not really a job. Don’t get me wrong: it’s hard work with very long hours. Travelling around the world for Red Bull is great but it can get hectic, especially with all the gear. “After all the hard work, opening a magazine or walking into a store and seeing the work in print is such a great feeling. And knowing how that image was achieved makes it worthwhile.” 74

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MAIN PICTURE “Ryan Sandes is one of the reasons I decided to get more fit. He’s taken me places I would have never thought I’d make it to. Here we are during a training weekend in weekend, on top of the Matroosberg mountains.” TOP “Adventure racing will take you to places you have never seen before. You’ll also get to experience amazing sights – such as this one, during the Salomon Skyrun.” ABOVE LEFT “Everybody needs a hand sometimes. This was taken during the Warrior Race in Cape Town.” ABOVE RIGHT “At last light you should be out of the water and at home having dinner… Not us – we take advantage of moments such as this one at Witsand.” OPPOSITE “During the Salomon Skyrun race, we were asked to help out at an orphanage in Barkly East to get it some coverage. At times like these, I feel honoured that we can help those in need. Pure Adventures raised more than R20 000 that weekend for the kids.”

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My equipment “My gear of choice is Nikon. With the job we do, we need to be able to rely on our gear 100%. Working with Nikon is like being a part of a family they’re always there to help. “My go-to camera is a Nikon D4 – a 24mm-70mm lens with Lexar memory cards. Each sport is shot with a specific lens used to get specific look. My gear ranges from a 16mm fish-eye lens to a 600mm lens with multiple bodies.” Twitter: @CraigKolesky Instagram: @craigkolesky Facebook: Craig Kolesky ABOVE “Nick de Wit squeezes the last bit of daylight out of a day’s practice for the Red Bull XFighter.” BELOW “Nick and the late Glen Dell making magic happen. It took three years to plan this stunt. ‘Sick’ Nick de Wit has dominated the South African freestyle Moto-X scene for the past few years; he’s currently ranked fifth in the world.”


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Keeping it intimate Exclusive interview with Tanya van Graan Photographs by Rensche Mari

Val de Vie Events had the privilege of working with Tanya van Graan and Kasper Kristoffersen on their wedding celebration. After Val de Vie Estate hosted their engagement shoot and pre-wedding celebration at the annual Pink Polo, we celebrated the start of their life as a married couple at La Residence in Franschhoek

How does it feel to be a Mrs? People ask me this question often but to be honest, not a lot has changed. Married life doesn’t happen overnight. I believe that it’s over time, living everyday life, that one experiences the difference. You are not alone any more – you have someone beside you to embrace all that life has to give.

Tell us about your dress. It all began with the amazing Kobus Dippenaar. Growing up, I never dreamed about my wedding dress. Even if I had, I could have never envisioned what he created for me. I’ve known Kobus for many years, and I have always admired his craftsmanship and vision for creating spectacular dresses. I gave him creative freedom to design the dress, knowing he would understand exactly what would suit me as well as the wedding’s style. He made me two dresses for the day, which were both spectacular and unique. He said, “It’s your special day – why not have two?”

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What was the planning process like? Being an actress and a model, I never know where I will be working or what I will be working on a few months down the line. The idea of planning a wedding on my own was impossible. Even if I had the time, I would say having a wedding planner was the best investment. We were so blessed to have Simone de Wet and the Val de Vie Events team as our wedding planners. I didn’t have any pre-set ideas for our special day; all I knew was that if I saw it, I would know… And so our journey began. The decisions were so easy to make because Simone only gave us the best options and she really knew what we were looking for. I also didn’t want to be too involved with all the details. Seeing little things for the first time on the day was very special to me. I was only able to do that because I knew I had a great team in charge.

What made you decide on an intimate wedding? Kasper and I both have very small families, which made an intimate wedding easy to have. But even more so, keeping it small was important to us. We wanted to share the day with our close friends and family – and, most importantly, with each other.

The decor, details and location of the wedding were stunning. Who was involved in making everything happen? With a dream team in place, it all came together perfectly, from decor and flowers by N Concepts and Designs and stationery by Secret Diary Designs to an amazing chef. We only went to look at one venue, La Residence in Franschhoek. We knew immediately that it was the perfect place for our special day, and from there the inspiration and ideas grew. We didn’t want to create a space; we wanted to embrace the amazing location as it already was. At La Residence, it was very easy to do because the interior and design are truly one of a kind.

Was this your dream wedding? I never really had a dream for a wedding. It was more a great hope for the right groom. And today I can truly say I was blessed with both the perfect groom and a dream wedding!

Special thanks Venue and catering La Residence Pastor Dave Basson Wedding coordination Val de Vie Events (full coordination) Stationery Secret Diary Designs Hair Jeanette Genis Makeup Algria Ferreira Photography Videography Cake Kanya Hunt Flowers and decor N Concepts and Designs Sparkling wine The House of GM & Ahrens, Franschhoek Band Rene Tanguay, Kayembe Promotions cc Ceremony classical music Aleit Music & Entertainment Wines Val de Vie Ryk Neethling, Polo Club Sauvignon Blanc

Any wedding advice for engaged ladies?

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Enjoy the journey. Choose the right team of people to help you. Don’t stress about the day – it will all work Tanya&kasper/Laresidence

out. If something turns out differently from what you planned, embrace it. Most of all, come rain or shine,

Many thanks to the people

always remember the reason for it all.

who made it all happen!

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All the king’s horses Words by Candace King and images by Guards Polo Club: Images of Polo

To some it’s the popularised brand coupled with pretty ponies while to others its prestige, precision, and perfect locales. The riveting game of polo is one of the oldest recorded team sport in history, with its origins harking back over 2500 years ago where the first matches were played in Persia, now Iran. From being a training method for the king’s elite cavalry to a highly sought-after sport, polo’s charm has swept across the world where it is now played in several unprecedented destinations. It’s no wonder why it’s dubbed ‘the game of kings’.

Val de Vie Estate

From the lush vineyards Val de Vie Estate Notorious for its exceptional winemaking as well

have placed the estate on the international polo map.

as its unparalleled polo facilities, Val de Vie Estate is

Kicking off in October, the BlackBerry Pink Polo

the stark deserts of Dubai,

one of South Africa’s most premium establishments.

in aid of breast cancer is an opulent affair while the

polo is fast becoming

Nestled around the majestic mountains of the

famed Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo held in March

Paarl-Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape,

and savannas of Africa to

is a definite must.

South Africa, Val de Vie Estate dates back to 1783

In its fourth year running, the prestigious

and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which

event is devotedly attended by the country’s most

amenity around the world,

has been declared a UNESCO Word Heritage Site.

glamorous and stylish elite.

Val de Vie offers world-class modern living

In the same month, the Cup of Nations is a

still maintaining its

and top-notch amenities coupled with the beauty

season finale highlight. Proudly birthed and owned

exclusivity and opulence as

and tranquillity of nature. The Polo Club proudly

by Val de Vie’s Polo Club, the prestigious week-long

features a variety of equestrian offerings including

tournament is attended by international patrons and

international tournaments and high society events.

fellow players from across the world.

a staple must-have sport

the revered game of kings.

Val de Vie’s polo season runs from October through to April, with three major events which


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Guards Polo Club

Polo, featuring the annual varsity match between

Situated in the heart of the Royal Park in Windsor,

Oxford and Cambridge, plus the annual schools’

UK, Guards Polo Club boasts superb grounds, world-

battle between Eton and Harrow (7 June 2014). In

class fixtures, great hospitality as well as an impressive

addition, local schools play for the Copenhagen Cup

playing list including the world’s number one player

and the children of the Club’s patrons and high-goal

Adolfo Cambiaso. Founded by the Duke of Edinburgh

players have an opportunity to outshine their parents

Prince Philip almost 60 years ago, Guards features

in the La Aguada Guards Youth Tournament.

several leading tournaments including the high-goal

Guards Polo Club and Coworth Park, Dorchester

Cartier Queen’s Cup (20 May – 15 June 2014), the

Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa in

15-goal Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup (27 May –

Berkshire, has launched the Guards Polo Academy at

22 June 2014), as well as the Audi International Polo

Coworth Park with Andrew Hine – the only player

Coronation Cup (26 July 2014) to mention a few.

to have both captained and managed the English

Such competitions attract talented teams from

national team.

around the world who battle it out in the hope of

The Academy offers a wide variety of lessons and

having the opportunity to receive the trophy from The

polo days, giving the opportunity to learn with one

Queen, who historically attends these events.

of the most experienced players of the game.

Guards is also home to the Jack Wills Varsity

Guards Polo Club

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Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club is one of the

tack rooms, lunging rings, livery for all disciplines, as well as an on-site vet.

African continent’s finest polo destinations located

Currently the Club hosts two international polo

in Nigeria, West Africa’s top-performing country

events, these include the Emir of Katsina Charity

and development catalyst. Founded in 2001, Fifth

Shield (May – June) as well as the African Masters

Chukker is a private public partnership that represents

Patrons Cup (October – November). Held in honour

the new in the old world of the equestrian sport of

of the his highness the Emir of Katsina, the Emir of

polo in Nigeria.

Katsina Charity Shield is one of the largest annual

Fifth Chukker forms part of Kangimi Resorts,

fundraising events held in Nigeria which supports

a prime 3,000 hectare lifestyle development

UNICEF and other worthwhile charities working in

which is set to incorporate a signature golf course,

the country.

horse racing track, spa hotel, business plazas and entertainment parks.

The awards competed for in this prestigious event are the Charity Shield Cup, the Governors Cup, the

Set in superb savanna woodland, the Club is the

UNICEF Cup, and the Muhammed Kabir Usman

ultimate venue for executive retreats, conferences,

Memorial Cup. The African Masters Patrons Cup

meetings, product launches and of course relaxation

features top players from countries within the African

in true African style.

Continent such as South Africa, Egypt, Zimbabwe,

Boasting four professional polo fields and stabling over 300 thoroughbred polo ponies, Fifth Chukker is

Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria. Fifth Chukker also provides horse trekking as well

fully-kitted when it comes to polo. It also features air

as lessons at its Horse Riding School.

conditioned stables, an exercise track, fully-equipped

Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club


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Apes Hill Polo Club Located in central Barbados on the site of a former

HPA instructors. Noteworthy tournaments include

sugar plantation at a height of over 300 metres

the BPC Barbados Open 8 Goal (March 2014) as

above sea level, Apes Hill Club is a breathtaking

well as the Apes Hill India Tour (April 2014).

establishment offering a plethora of Bajan-themed

Interestingly, the ponies were initially brought in

family homes, as well as quality polo and golf

from Argentina, Jamaica and England but now many


are bred in Barbados.

As the brainchild of Barbadian construction

Furthermore, overseas players have found that

magnate and famed polo enthusiast Sir Charles

they get to play more polo in the Barbados season

Cow Williams, the 190 hectare development is set

than anywhere else, which has led to them purchasing

amongst a richly diverse landscape and is split into

horses and keeping them at Apes Hill.

eight distinctive neighbourhoods each named after 17th century plantation fields. Set against the backdrop of stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Apes Hill Polo Club boasts a full international-size field, which Apes Hill Polo Club

as well as a full-functioning polo school with qualified

hosts many international polo events. It also offers chukkas, pony rental and polo lessons

Another noteworthy fact is that the 108 horse stable is built on higher ground so that all the run-off water from washing down the horses and the stables drains into the lake on the edge of the polo field. This water combined with rainwater is used to irrigate the field, using no mains water whatsoever. Apes Hill Polo Club

Desert Palm Dubai Polo Club Set against the undulating Arabian dunes juxtaposed by the lush green polo fields, the Desert

Cup (January 2014), the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge (February 2014).

Palm Dubai Polo Club is a very special place. The

Over 250 polo ponies are stabled, trained and

lack of facilities combined with the vision of founder

played during the year with several Argentinean polo

Ali Albwardy to popularise the sport, led to the

professionals on hand during the season, which runs

development of Desert Palm in 1994, home to the

from October to April.

internationally-renowned Dubai Polo Club.

The Club also offers lessons and instruction for

Situated 20 minutes away from Dubai’s city

beginners through to advanced players and club

centre, Desert Palm houses first-class polo facilities

chukkas are organised six days a week. On Thursdays

and is the locale of an award-winning boutique hotel,

and Saturdays hotel guests and polo enthusiasts can

85 exclusive residences, stables and a riding school,

enjoy watching chukkas from the hotel terrace.

as well as the Riding for the Disabled Association Dubai. Boasting just over 60 hectares, the Dubai Polo Desert Palm Dubai Polo Club

tournaments including the Royal Salute UAE Nations

The Dubai Polo Team is headed by Ali Albwardy with the rest of the players including famed Adolfo Cambiaso alongside Ali’s sons Tariq and Rashid

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al de Vie Estate hosted the fourth BlackBerry

polo field, and hundreds of guests descended

Pink Polo on 26 October 2013. This annual

from the pavilion to “stomp the divots” and

event has grown from 300 guests in 2010 to close to 3 000, with the popular market filling the grass banks

enjoy the Audi car show. The impressive BlackBerry team play contended

around the five-hectare polo field. BlackBerry has

with confident attacks from Team Gaggenau, who

been the headline sponsor since the inception of Pink

also had on their side the only female player of the

Polo in South Africa and expressed its commitment

day, Julia Pilbeam. The thundering hooves paced

to Reach for Recovery and Val de Vie Estate polo.

across the field with the voice of commentator,

Pink Polo is held in aid of Reach for Recovery,

James Hayward, excitedly announcing the

which is part of the Cancer Association of South

winning Gaggenau team, claiming victory

Africa, and is aimed to create exposure and

with a final score of  9 – 4.

awareness about the disease and to raise funds

Kevin Rixon was named as the Most Valued Polo

to support the fight against breast cancer. Twenty

Player, while the Best Playing Polo Pony prize went

brave women who have survived their battle with

to Tobasco, who is owned by Martin Hartman and

breast cancer showed their gratitude for the support

ridden by Charl du Plessis. The Best Dressed Lady,

by welcoming guests to the event.

Best Dressed Gent and Pink Fashion Forward Awards

The event serves as a kick-off to the polo season in

were anxiously awaited as the MCs took the stage

the Western Cape and has become the most popular

to hand out prizes that included gifts from GHD,

polo event on the estate. The Polo Pavilion was

Stellenbosch Hair Academy, Nikon, Grey Goose,

transformed into a gallery of entertainment, where

Gaggenau and Pongrácz.

guests were treated to a beautifully set high tea, arrival drinks from Grey Goose and Pongrácz, fun activations

Bravo! filmed the glamorous day, which was featured on KykNet on 31 October.

and pop-up stores, while elegant models showed off

Some of South Africa’s most celebrated who

stunning gowns from Kobus Dippenaar’s summer

attended the event included Trevor Noah, Michael

range. The beautiful Ayanda Tini and Leigh Anne

Mol, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Jen Su, Natalie

Williams from Expresso and Good Hope FM

Becker, Kia Johnson, Mrs SA Chané de Kock,

guided spectators through the programme of

and marketing director of Val de Vie Estate

the day, while our favourite Good Hope FM DJs

Ryk Neethling. Tanya van Graan also hosted

set the tone with top hits and summer sounds.

her pre-wedding party at Pink Polo prior to

Clive Peddle of the South African Polo Association opened the polo match with Alexandra Zugary, MD of BlackBerry Africa, and Murray Carter of Gaggenau.

a private wedding the following Monday. Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited coordinated all the elements of the day.

The exhilarating match saw BlackBerry take on subsponsor Gaggenau – evidently two very competitive

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sides, with a mix of young energy and veteran

For sponsorship and ticket enquiries, contact

experience. During the break, the breast-cancer

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Join us at the Market at Val de Vie Estate as we celebrate a life in the winelands with Pongrácz Méthode Cap Classique


fter a very successful 2013, 12 more market days will be held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces.

The Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the

region’s finest local produce in a country setting. Visitors get to discover crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere. Irresistible food stands offer a variety of delicious homemade fare, from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There’s no shortage of liquid refreshment either, with drink stations selling bubbly, wines, local beers and fresh juices. Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from across the winelands. Apart from all the tempting foodie goods on offer, there’s something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by polo matches, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongrácz, and live music. Children are also treated to a variety of fun activities, with new surprises (including pony rides) at every market. As a result of this partnership, men from our community have been appointed to assist with the event setup and operations management. New jobs were created, and individuals who were previously disadvantaged have now been empowered with a sense of duty and purpose. We raise a flute and drink a toast to many more Pongrácz moments that turn into lasting memories at Val de Vie Estate!

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al de Vie Estate was proud to be one of the

beautifully adorned with shades of silver, crisp

venues chosen to host an exclusive event

white and royal blue to match the Julius Bär brand.

conceptualised and organised by Dubai-based

“Val de Vie Estate is a stunning location that

Mamemo Productions for its client, the international

epitomises the spirit of its beautiful country,” said

bank Julius Bär. Cape Town-based Event Concepts

Sam Katiela, managing and creative director at

– the company’s eyes and ears in South Africa –

Mamemo Productions. “For a high class event, this

assisted with the planning, together with the on-

is an unparalleled venue for guests to experience

site coordination team of Val de Vie Events.

intimacy, comfort and genuine enjoyment.”

After a dazzling cocktail event in Cape Town,

“It was a pleasure for Julius Bär to be welcomed

guests attended an international polo event and

to such an exceptional estate, which combines

gala dinner at Val de Vie Estate.

tradition and local know-how with a magical

Our home team played against an international team featuring top Emirati polo players. Guests witnessed the exhilarating polo action

touch that made this event the success it was,” said Rémy Bersier, member of the executive board at Julius Bär.

while enjoying our award-winning wines and

“South Africa represents a very promising market

delectable canapés on the sweeping terraces of the

for Julius Bär, and we hope to further strengthen our

Polo Pavilion.

relationship with this beautiful country.”

After the prize-giving, guests were treated to a sumptuous three-course dinner – prepared by

For corporate events at Val de Vie Estate,

the gifted chefs of the Polo Club Restaurant – in


the ballroom. The French-inspired venue was

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Winning couple Val de Vie Estate ran an exciting social-media competition for all brides who celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in the last two years. The winners were Janine and Johann Bensch, who tied the knot on 20 December 2012.


he lucky couple and six of their friends

Vinyl art by Supa Sign Paarl (

won an indulgent stay at a villa on the

completed the decor.

estate, along with a dinner experience courtesy

Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course

of Val de Vie Events, the Polo Club Restaurant

dinner while sipping on Pongrácz. The meal

and Val de Vie Wines.

concluded with guests being treated to delicate

The occasion began with the ladies being pampered by makeup artist Helga (, while the guys enjoyed

mini cakes, which were created by Edible Art ( The experience will never be forgotten,

tasting Val de Vie’s award-winning wines

having been beautifully captured on camera

at the estate’s tasting room.

by Inecke Photography (

The guests were chauffeured in a vintage

To top it off, Legacy Lifestyle gave 4 000 Legacy

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Rolls Royce to the Polo Club Restaurant,

Rands as well as a weekend stay in a luxury hotel


where a table had been especially styled by

for the couple to enjoy.

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decor specialists N Concepts and Designs

( and stationery

to celebrate their anniversary in the place where

experts Secret Diary Designs (

their marriage started.


We hope to welcome back all of our couples

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Val de Vie Estate

at the International Property Awards The Polo House wins Best Single-Unit Development in Africa


uardian Project Management recently attended

Unique in its design and location, the Polo House

the International Property Awards where the

towers over the vast green of top-class polo fields

company’s project, famously known as The Polo

completed to Hurlingham standards. The house

House, received the Best Single Unit Residential

fetched a record price of R22 500/m² a year ago and

Development Award.

will now be sporting its new award-winners’ logo,

The Polo House competed against a number of

recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the

residential property developments in the African and

property industry. A prime location on the estate

Arab regions to receive this recognition. Successful

with spectacular views adds to the value of the home;

entrants were invited to attend a high-profile gala

in return, the grand structure of the Polo House has

For further information about

dinner and awards ceremony at the One&Only Royal

increased the market value of the properties and

Guardian Project Management,

Mirage in Dubai on 24 October 2013, where the

building activity in that vicinity of the estate.

The Polo House and Val de Vie

winning companies would learn which honours they had secured.

Guardian Project Management is currently the

Estate, contact:

preferred development company for the larger high-

The Polo House was also chosen as the top-scoring

quality projects undertaken on the estate and in the

Ryk Neethling

regional winner in its category, to go on to the global

valley. Guardian offers complete project management,

t: +27 (0)21 863 6100

competition in London, to be pitted against the best

delivery support and design services, strategically

of Europe, the Americas and Asia to find the ultimate

guiding the different phases of the development

world’s best in each category.

process. The turnkey project management and

The building of the Polo House was a project that

procurement processes are supported by innovative,

Leonhard Jonas

would position it as an iconic masterpiece and jewel

hands-on delivery procedures and strategic supply

t: +27 (0)21 863 1139

in the crown of the estate together with the Polo

agreements with industry giants.

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Pavilion and the Val de Vie stables. Val de Vie Estate,

“The winning companies of the African Property

the chosen location for the Polo House, won the

Awards are enhancing the landscape of their countries

award for Best Multiple Unit and Mixed Use

with beautiful, modern and innovative properties that

Development in 2012/2013 and was also nominated

will further contribute to the growth and economic

at this year’s event. The estate, which has grown

development of the continent,” says Stuart Shield,

tremendously in the last year (with more than a 130

president of the International Property Awards. “Our

property sales), is regarded as an international polo

winning real estate agencies and property consultants

destination and hosts prestigious international matches

are aiding African residents in successfully purchasing

and high-society events every year.

homes and climbing the property ladder.”


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Luxury lifestyle polo and wine estate magazine, designed and produced for Val de Vie polo and wine estates Paarl, South Africa, by DPS