Author: Simon Back

On Friday the 14th of August 2015, the 7th annual Vino Varsity Challenge took place at Backsberg Estate Cellars and was nothing less than an absolute success. Clear, sunny skies prevailed when all of a sudden there was a thunder-like eruption:  looking outside we saw the teams and their supporters arriving....

Rootstock is a forum for younger members of the South African wine industry to get together and have some healthy debate around topics related to marketing, innovation and creativity. Started in the late 1990s, Rootstock went awol for a bit and is now being rebooted by Wineland. Last night we played host to...

[caption id="attachment_5143" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Dr. Ramphele after delivering the Annual Smuts Hall Lecture"][/caption] We are proud to be the official wine partner of Smuts Hall residence at the University of Cape Town. After staying in Smuts for two years whilst at UCT, I have a soft spot for the res, and have been happy...

Backsberg requires the services of a restaurant manager to manage our 250-seater restaurant. The applicant should have the following qualifications: Proven track record as a restaurant manager Front of house experience Keen interest in food Strong numeracy and computer skills The applicant should have a cheerful, customer-focussed disposition Be a problem-solver Be involved in the marketing of the...

This morning we tasted through all our wines which are in bottle, including some wines from up to 10 years ago. It's fascinating to do a big tasting like this, and to see how wines have evolved and developed, and to try speculate how certain wines are going to change in...

I just downloaded a blogging app for my lowly Blackberry, so this serves as one part test, and one part story about worms. We have been doing some worm farming for a while now, but are planning on expanding the project quite significantly. We have been running some trials, and the worms...

We all spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about today and tomorrow. Well, what a wonderful Saturday morning I recently had - a morning reminiscing about the past with Shirley Martin and my wife. Shirley is the daughter of the late John Martin who was my father’s right and left hand. He cared for my father as a person, and as his employer, as if they where brothers. He cared for the business initially called Back’s Wines and only much later Backsberg as if it were his own.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Pumphouse Shiraz 2007 Gold International Wine Challenge UK John Martin 2009 Silver International Spirits Challenge Sydney Back NV Commended Sydney Back 10y Commended Michelangelo Wine Awards Tread Lightly Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Silver Veritas Chenin Blanc 2010 Silver Pinotage 2008 Silver Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Silver Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Silver Elbar 2007 Bronze John Martin 2009 Bronze Sydney Back 10y Bronze ...

Backsberg Estate Cellars, in association with kykNET, is thrilled to announce the return of its picnic concert series. The series, which runs from 28 November 2010 to 13 February 2011, features a superb musical line-up of South Africa's best-loved artists – including Laudo (aKing), Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis and Wrestlerish....