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9 hours ago

Stellenbosch
In honour of 𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉 🌻, we have decided to celebrate the achievements and wisdom of the woman of Stellenbosch by dedicating our next few Local Feature posts to these superwomen!  

This week we kick off with the beautiful Crescenda Willemse. 
My name is Crescenda Willemse-Bauer, born and bred in Stellenbosch. Grew up in Idas Valley and studied at the Stellenbosch University. I have a B.A and B.Phil degree in Literature and Philosophy and majored in German. I started in the wine industry in 2006 at a farm in Paarl. I had the Thelema Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 vintage in a blind tasting and that is where my love for wine started. I worked at Blaauklippen Wines, JF Hillebrand a logistic company in Stellenbosch and Glenelly Wine Estate. Since 2011, I am the tasting room manager at Thelema Mountain Vineyards. I’ve been privileged to have travelled to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria to conduct wine tastings at wines shows, do food and wine pairings at restaurants and wine shops. 
I recently finished The Business of Wine at UCT and am excited to apply my newly learned skills to the industry.

𝑊ℎ𝑜 𝑖𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑊𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑜? 
I am blessed to have amazing women in my life from family to friends and colleagues but if I had to single out one woman it will be my mom. She taught me from a young age to stand firm in what I believe in, that respect is earned by your actions and all things are possible through prayer.

𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠𝑎𝑦 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑠? 
I love to talk and Im a good listener. I have a memory like an elephant so don’t dare double-cross me 😊 

𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑠𝑑𝑜𝑚 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛? Kindness is not a word it’s an action and the world needs that now more than ever. Stop comparing your journey to those around you, celebrate yourself, your uniqueness, and always strive to be the best version of YOU! Tell the people close to you that you love them and do what you can to improve yourself and your surroundings daily, tomorrow is not promised. Never give up! 

Top 3 Girls Day Out activities:
Majeka House or Lanzerac Wine Estate for a SPA Day and to pause and rejuvenate.
Gin pairing at Bartinney Private Cellar and their cheese platters are the best! 
Jardine Restaurant – the food the service the atmosphere everything is of high standards and excellent quality, we are never disappointed. 

#WomansMonth #womansday2021 #StellenboschTaste #Wine #Dine #Girlsday #Stellenbosch #StellenboschWineRoute

In honour of 𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏’𝒔 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉 🌻, we have decided to celebrate the achievements and wisdom of the woman of Stellenbosch by dedicating our next few Local Feature posts to these superwomen!

This week we kick off with the beautiful Crescenda Willemse.
"My name is Crescenda Willemse-Bauer, born and bred in Stellenbosch. Grew up in Idas Valley and studied at the Stellenbosch University. I have a B.A and B.Phil degree in Literature and Philosophy and majored in German. I started in the wine industry in 2006 at a farm in Paarl. I had the Thelema Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 vintage in a blind tasting and that is where my love for wine started. I worked at Blaauklippen Wines, JF Hillebrand a logistic company in Stellenbosch and Glenelly Wine Estate. Since 2011, I am the tasting room manager at Thelema Mountain Vineyards. I’ve been privileged to have travelled to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria to conduct wine tastings at wines shows, do food and wine pairings at restaurants and wine shops.
I recently finished The Business of Wine at UCT and am excited to apply my newly learned skills to the industry.

𝑊ℎ𝑜 𝑖𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑊𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑜?
I am blessed to have amazing women in my life from family to friends and colleagues but if I had to single out one woman it will be my mom. She taught me from a young age to stand firm in what I believe in, that respect is earned by your actions and all things are possible through prayer.

𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠𝑎𝑦 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑠?
I love to talk and I’m a good listener. I have a memory like an elephant so don’t dare double-cross me 😊

𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑠𝑑𝑜𝑚 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛? Kindness is not a word it’s an action and the world needs that now more than ever. Stop comparing your journey to those around you, celebrate yourself, your uniqueness, and always strive to be the best version of YOU! Tell the people close to you that you love them and do what you can to improve yourself and your surroundings daily, tomorrow is not promised. Never give up!

Top 3 Girls Day Out activities:
Majeka House or Lanzerac Wine Estate for a SPA Day and to pause and rejuvenate.
Gin pairing at Bartinney Private Cellar and their cheese platters are the best!
Jardine Restaurant – the food the service the atmosphere everything is of high standards and excellent quality, we are never disappointed.

#WomansMonth #womansday2021 #StellenboschTaste #Wine #Dine #Girlsday #Stellenbosch #StellenboschWineRoute
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Pragtig en ons is super trots op jou Crescenda. In eer van Nasionale Vroue Maand en spesifiek 9 Augustus waar Vroue Dag gevier en hulde gebring word ❤️✅👌

Crescenda Willemse 💗💗💗💗

Power to all woman💖 Crescenda Willemse u rock girl💝

So proud of you, my friend! ❤️❤️❤️

Lieflik! 💗

Very good Crescenda. We are so proud of you. Keep up the good work. 😍

Beautiful

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7 days ago

Stellenbosch
This weekend there are so much to do in Stellenbosch!!

🍂Lanzerac Wine Estate and Courvoisier SA kicks off the winter concert series with Lanzerac Live Winter Sessions with Acoustic Element and LLEVADO this Thursday, 29 July.
Be entertained by this talented band as they perform well-known covers, while enjoying a delicious three-course meal in the opulent Manor Kitchen. 
For bookings, please contact restaurants@lanzerac.co.za or 021 887 1132.

🍂Mok Gallery is proud to host this solo exhibition by this talented artist. Fragmented Self. In this solo exhibition the artist @neelan_naidoo will explore his identity/ experience inside of prison and the other room experiencing his personal identity outside of prison.

🍂Stellenbosch Wine Routes are open again. Join Avontuur Estate this Saturday 31 July 11am for a Baccaral Vertical Tasting R150pp

🍂The Stellenbosch Village Museum is officially back open in accordance to adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations. Their look forward to welcoming one and all back to our period homes, Toy and Miniature Museum, and VOC Kruithuis.
Opening Times: Monday-Friday 09h00-16h00, Saturday: 09h00-14h00, Sunday: Closed

🍂Dorp Street Sunday Market are back! Come and stroll through the enthusiastic and unique traders, then come and have a bite & beer at the local restaurants in Dorp Street, who everyone was missing out on the past few weeks.

#VisitStellenbosch #StellenboschTaste #StellenboschLivingHistory #StellenboschOutdoors #StellenboschArt

This weekend there are so much to do in Stellenbosch!!

🍂Lanzerac Wine Estate and Courvoisier SA kicks off the winter concert series with Lanzerac Live Winter Sessions with Acoustic Element and LLEVADO this Thursday, 29 July.
Be entertained by this talented band as they perform well-known covers, while enjoying a delicious three-course meal in the opulent Manor Kitchen.
For bookings, please contact restaurants@lanzerac.co.za or 021 887 1132.

🍂Mok Gallery is proud to host this solo exhibition by this talented artist. Fragmented Self. In this solo exhibition the artist @neelan_naidoo will explore his identity/ experience "inside" of prison and the other room experiencing his personal identity "outside" of prison.

🍂Stellenbosch Wine Routes are open again. Join Avontuur Estate this Saturday 31 July 11am for a Baccaral Vertical Tasting R150pp

🍂The Stellenbosch Village Museum is officially back open in accordance to adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations. Their look forward to welcoming one and all back to our period homes, Toy and Miniature Museum, and VOC Kruithuis.
Opening Times: Monday-Friday 09h00-16h00, Saturday: 09h00-14h00, Sunday: Closed

🍂Dorp Street Sunday Market are back! Come and stroll through the enthusiastic and unique traders, then come and have a bite & beer at the local restaurants in Dorp Street, who everyone was missing out on the past few weeks.

#VisitStellenbosch #StellenboschTaste #StellenboschLivingHistory #StellenboschOutdoors #StellenboschArt
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1 week ago

Stellenbosch
Look who we get to feature this week!! Its our very own Madaléne Manuel, your Stellenbosch Wine Routes Go-to girl! 

Just a normal ‘’plattelandse meisie’’ that grew up in the Namaqua West Coast area and ended up in Stellenbosch after been struck by Cupids arrow (we so enjoy a love story). Madalene has been in the Wine Tourism industry for 10 years now and is still as passionate as ever about her workday. Having been part of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes family for 5 years now and you can be sure its Madalenes magic happening behind the scenes, making sure all our events run smoothly. A master at thinking on her feet she is naturally our GO-TO girl whenever we need anything sorted. What’s not to love about Stellenbosch and my job? The wine, the people, the views. I love working in this exciting, fast-paced industry where no day is the same. The best part is I get to share this town I call home with all my friends and family. 

We asked Madalene to share her favourite Wine and Food experiences, and here is what she had to say:
Delheim Wines – The Cellar Door experience, where your wine tasting is paired with your lunch and finishing it off with a Cupcake and Fynbos pairing
Middelvlei Wine Estate – Tapas and Wine Pairing
LAvenir Wine Estate & Country Lodge – Cheese and Wine Pairing
Hidden Valley Wines – chocolate, wine and views!!!!
Villiera Wines - MCC & Nougat Pairing after their Game Drive

#StellenboschTaste #Wine #foodandwinepairing #Stellenbosch #StellenboschWineRoute

Look who we get to feature this week!! It’s our very own Madaléne Manuel, your Stellenbosch Wine Routes Go-to girl!

Just a normal ‘’plattelandse meisie’’ that grew up in the Namaqua West Coast area and ended up in Stellenbosch after been struck by Cupid’s arrow (we so enjoy a love story). Madalene has been in the Wine Tourism industry for 10 years now and is still as passionate as ever about her workday. Having been part of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes family for 5 years now and you can be sure it’s Madalene’s magic happening behind the scenes, making sure all our events run smoothly. A master at thinking on her feet she is naturally our GO-TO girl whenever we need anything sorted. "What’s not to love about Stellenbosch and my job? The wine, the people, the views. I love working in this exciting, fast-paced industry where no day is the same. The best part is I get to share this town I call home with all my friends and family".

We asked Madalene to share her favourite Wine and Food experiences, and here is what she had to say:
Delheim Wines – The Cellar Door experience, where your wine tasting is paired with your lunch and finishing it off with a Cupcake and Fynbos pairing
Middelvlei Wine Estate – Tapas and Wine Pairing
L’Avenir Wine Estate & Country Lodge – Cheese and Wine Pairing
Hidden Valley Wines – chocolate, wine and views!!!!
Villiera Wines – MCC & Nougat Pairing after their Game Drive

#StellenboschTaste #Wine #foodandwinepairing #Stellenbosch #StellenboschWineRoute
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I am indeed so proud of my sister Madaléne, She is passionate about her job and her interaction with the communities..And yes…Stellenbosch…her roots are from the Vineyards Of Vredendal .May she Always be a blessing to Stellenbosch and every one🥰🥰🥰

Well done Apple !!!!

Jy was darem eers ons s'n ❤. Trots op jou Madaléne Namaqua West Coast

Mooi so! Alles is waar…baie bekwaam!

Trots op jou Madalene.

Awesome Madaléne Manuel!

Madaléne dit wat Namakwa West Coast in jou belê het, het jy op voortgebou by Stellenbosch Wine Routes .Jou passie vir jou werk wat jy so geniet en trots op is, maak ons as jou ouers Baby en Louis baie trots 💞💞

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