Talk of the Town

From Mike Ratcliffe being appointed as the new chair of Stellenbosch Wine Route, to the opening of a unique rugby museum, Eikestadnuus‘ Danie Keet brings you the latest updates on the stories that matter. Here are some of the highlights from the headlines this week.

New wine route chair

The Stellenbosch Wine Route’s board has elected Mike Ratcliffe as its new chairperson, and under his leadership the board looks forward to leading the way for increased collaboration, growth opportunities and impactful social development.

A total of four additional board members were appointed to the leadership of the association at the 2018 AGM.

Kobus Basson resigns as chairperson of the organisation he led since June 2016. His solid leadership and commitment to sustainability and building long-term profitable growth are hallmarks of his tenure.

A ballet star is born 

Chante Daniels, from Stellenbosh Ballet Association, was named the winner of the Senior Ballet Repertoire Competition in the 17 years and older division.

Chante also came third in the Contemporary Section. The competition was held at Artscape in Cape Town on Sunday 10 June. Chante’s ballet teacher is her mother, Ethne Daniels. Photo: Danie Coetzee

Lanzerac rises from ashes

On 1 July, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa reopened after a year-long regeneration journey that has seen the hotel being restored to its former grandeur following a devastating fire in 2017. This iconic landmark is now blooming with enhanced guest experiences. Featured on the cover of our latest winter issue, read more about how the estate has flourished under the guidance of winemaker Wynand Lategan.

On arrival at this 326 year-old working wine estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, visitors will be received in the elegant Governor’s Hall, with its exposed truss ceilings, spectacular chandeliers and two fireplaces that will certainly provide a warm welcome for the winter opening.

Unique rugby museum

A unique rugby museum, the Ultimate Rugby Experience (URE) opened its doors on 21 June on the Nooitgedacht wine estate just outside Stellenbosch.

The URE is the brainchild of two enthusiastic rugby memorabilia collectors, Theo Geustyn and Choet Visser, who both collected a lot of rugby memorabilia through the years. It was decided that these two collections should be housed together in a specially designed museum. A number of well-known local and  international rugby players attended the function on the estate. Amongst the illustrious players were Frik du Preez, South Africa’s rugby player of the century, the former Springbok captains Theuns Stofberg, Jean de Villiers, Hannes Marais and renowned British Lions players Roger Young and Sir Gareth Edwards.