2016 Awards Season

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We have had another remarkable year with awards for almost all our wines!

Our 2016 award season results are as follows:

FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc

  • We’ve managed to win this title again this year with our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. Second time in a row – we could not be more proud!

Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

  • Double Gold – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Silver – Barbera 2015

Veritas 2016

  • Silver – Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Silver – Chardonnay 2016
  • Silver – White Muscadel 2016
  • Bronze – Cuvée Brut

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Breedekloof shines at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards of South Africa 2016

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Breedekloof Wine Valley collects 43 top awards

Two trophies among tally of Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

The Breedekloof Wine Valley, along with the Breedekloof Makers, a collaboration of like-minded winemakers from the picturesque Breedekloof Wine Valley, have received an added boost to their enthusiastic winemaking efforts following the announcement of the 20th annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards – a collection of 43 awards in total have made their way to this beautiful wine valley outside Cape Town.

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It’s almost Heritage Day!

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Are you stocked up yet?

Wood? Firelighters? Braaivleis? Wine?

Tomorrow is #NationalBraaiDay and we hope you are ready! If not, please feel free to visit our wine sales tomorrow between 9am and 1pm to make sure you have the perfect wine for this special occasion.

With it being #HeritageMonth, we would like to remind you of the rich history of Merwida, but first:

Meet Johannes Carolus, or “Boetie” as we call him. Boetie is one of the cellar workers at Merwida and has been working here for almost 10 years. He is also responsible for hoisting the flags every morning. This morning, we decided to celebrate #HeritageMonth with brand new flags, and as always, Boetie was on point:

*According to our calculations, this was the 4838th time Boetie has hoisted our two Merwida and two South African flags.

Herewith a reminder of Merwida’s heritage:

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Why Wood It?

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How long has this wine had wood contact? But why?


Wooded wines are not only recognizable by the price difference when compaired to unwooded wines, but mostly by the different flavours that are enhanced by the wood component. WineFolly posted a very insightful blog about How Wine Barrels Affect the Taste of Wine, and we would like to highlight a few main points for you.

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Please phone us on 074 101 0421

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Due to cabletheft, our landline is not working at the moment.

Please contact us on 074 101 0421 or wines@merwida.com

Yay to Cabernet!

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Happy #CabernetThursday!

We are celebrating with a few facts from WineFolly

  • Cabernet has its own official holiday–the Thursday before Labor Day

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape in the world (~720,000 acres)

  • It has higher levels of an aroma compound called Methoxypyrazine which is why it’s noted for aromas of black pepper, green peppercorn, black currant and sometimes even bell pepper

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is a half-sibling of Merlot, Hondarribi Beltza (from Basque Country) and Carménère

  • It is included in the Bordeaux blend, Meritage blend, Supertuscan blend, and CMS blend

  • Wineries in Napa Valley pay more on average for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes than they do for other grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines are tracked and traded like stocks

  • It is the most planted variety in Chile

  • It is one of the most important varieties in China

  • It is the most reviewed red wine variety in Wine Spectator’s database

  • There’s a reason why it tastes great with steak… Read more


Super Soetes & Soup 2016

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We had a great time at this year’s Soetes & Soup festival, and we hope you did too!

We would like to thank the following people who made the event even better:

And of course, all who supported us – we hope to see you again soon!

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Tannins (for dummies)

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As a wine drinker, you might have come accross a discussion of a wine’s “tannins”, and although you noddingly approved on everything they said, no one has ever really explained what tannins are. Luckily, we’ve got your back!

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White… Red… Pink… and blue?

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By now you’ve probably heard of the latest craze in the wine industry – blue wine…

Gïk, a Spanish startup company is hoping to redefine your drinking experience by opening the world to other colour wines. Though they’ve created quite a stir with their blue wine, the chances for other coloured wines to soon reach our shelves are inevitable. Their reason for choosing the colour blue, is explained below.

But what we would like to focus on, is IF the general public will actually buy it before tasting it. Of course the idea of something this way out of the box is quite appealing to many people, but would the average wine drinker spend their money on a wine the is of this unusual colour?

Please complete our poll at the end of the post.

Source: The following information was found on the website of the company

It’s not about grapes, it’s about the people

Our wine comes from different Spanish and French vineyards, whose grapes we transform into Gïk. That’s right: we work with grapes from different areas of Spain, whose color and flavor we improve through food tech. We choose these wineries in terms of the people who work them and their innovative nature. That’s why Gïk has no denomination of origin, but a guarantee of quality and unique flavor.

Why blue?

We are not vintners. We are creators. So we sought the most traditional and closed minded industry out there. Once having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the colour to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink.When we started to work on our project we came across a book called The Blue Ocean Strategy. This explained that there are red oceans, full of sharks which have torn the little fish so much that they’ve tinted the water red. Then there are blue oceans, where there is no competition and fish swim unharassed. Thus the poetic idea of transforming a red ocean into a blue ocean through changing the most traditional red liquid into blue was one which greatly appealed to us.

Apart from that, in psychology blue represents movement, innovation and infinity. It’s also a colour frequently associated with flow and change.


Gïk is produced through a pigmentation process. Firstly a base is created from a mixture of red and white grapes, which is then added to two organic pigments; indigo and anthocyanin – which comes from the very skin of the grapes used to make wine.

We’ve spent the last two years conducting research in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and Food Tech. research departments. Quality control checks are rigorous and all the elements used comply with the regulations for food products in the European Union.

No added sugar

Gïk carries no added sugars.

Why? Firstly because sugar ferments and turns into alcohol inside the bottle. Secondly, because excess of fast carbs leads to overweight, while non-caloric sweeteners are a healthier and more stable choice.

Our processes are safely regulated and have received the approval of institutions such as the European Food Safety Authority, who evaluate the terms of use of all compounds.


Soetes & Soup 2016

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It’s time to get your tickets for the annual Soetes & Soup festival!

Please remember that tickets are limited and only available on


or Pick n Pay.

No tickets on the day.