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  • Celebrating Felicity Joseph

    Posted on September 14, 2016 by Admin

    Meet Felicity Joseph, also better known as “The Pink Lady”.  She is a life size Tinkerbelle. A tough cookie wrapped in layers of strength. Engulfed in a spirit of adventure, she is beautifully untamed. A fierce female to be reckoned with. Her ‘brave’ just got a whole lot bigger, as she has no desire to shrink herself to the point of fitting in. She is bold in her purpose to stand out. Daring and unapologetic, she takes life in her stride.

    “It started out as a terrible pain under my arm.  I always used to think it might be an allergic reaction to my underarm roll causing the pain. At first, even my GP thought it might be a gland causing the discomfort. Never once did the thought cross my mind that it might be cancer. I have been to talks about breast cancer and involved with the awareness there of, but I never thought it would ever happen to me, and then it did. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on the 11th of August 2015. It seems women who are diagnosed lately, are getting younger and younger. I received my diagnosis at the age of 35 years.

    I asked for my husband to be called, in order to share the news of the diagnosis with him. My husband is a very detailed man, and for this strength I am most thankful, as in the beginning I was in a state of complete numbness during the first period of my journey with breast cancer. My ability to absorb, was simply synonym with minimalism.”

    Felicity gazes intently across the room, “when you receive news like this, you can’t think; I hit a complete blank. My son is 10 years old. During birth his left brain was injured; he lives with Cerebral Palsy.  I asked myself, ‘why did I deserve to deal with another big obstacle such as this, which in essence is so traumatizing and causes so much suffering?’” It was clear that Felicity’s self-imposed question also knew the ripple effect it would have on her loved ones. “My diagnosis caused a deep struggle within; I tried to keep it secret for quite some time, but at work the news of my diagnosis spread like a wild fire. That September was a tough month for me, I had to undergo so many tests. Still the question remained: ‘what did I do wrong to deserve this?’ I wanted to work through the trauma by myself; I distanced myself from family and I eliminated friends. I didn’t want anyone close to me. If someone mentioned breast cancer around me, I wanted to ask them immediately, ‘who told you that I had it?’ I was angry and ready to attack. I resented everyone around me.” Her heart echoes a storm: “You get women with no honour and no heart or kind word for others, and yet nothing close to this was their fate.”

    “I started with Chemotherapy on the 23rd of September 2015. Heartbroken, I kept reliving the terrible trauma from my son’s birth and now this. I was stressed out and nervous; who would look after my son? I remember coming home and just falling into bed. I was so low; it felt like the life was drained out of me. They couldn’t find my veins post treatment, so they had to build in a port for Chemotherapy. I lost most of my appetite; the only thing my body could hold for a long period was a tomato and cheese sandwich. Three days before my next Chemotherapy session I would start feeling better, only to repeat the process again.

    My poker face seemed impenetrable for months, until the morning of my mastectomy on 12 January 2016, when I saw all the pipes draining from my chest. I think this was my most heart wrenching moment, discovering the loss of an asset that was part of my best. After my right breast was removed, I had to rest for six weeks, followed by another twelve weeks of Chemotherapy. My hair started falling out. I didn’t want to wash my hair because it came out root and all during the slightest touch; I wanted to keep my hair for as long as I could. Her face drenched in tears as I eventually shared the news of my diagnosis with my hairdresser and asked her to shave my head. My response to her tears? I don’t have the energy to cry anymore.”

    It seems that this action was the turning point for Felicity. She sits up straight and shares with intense excitement; “I have a wig for every single outfit in my closet!” An uncontrollable fit of laughter leaves her body. “I took myself on a road trip to Cape Town and bought the most extravagant wigs. The beauty of this was that no one ever knew it wasn’t my own hair. I used to have very long hair and it’s quite strange looking back, how I decided to cut my hair short six months before I was diagnosed. I think this prepared me for that “bold” moment.”

    Felicity admits; “I had terrible side effects; uncontrollable itching, numbness in my toes and mouth sores. It was difficult to keep my pulse on one emotion as it seemed I had four seasons in one day.” She exudes with sincere appreciation, “The St. Stephen’s Oncology Centre prepared me on the journey that awaited me, they really walked a path with me. The upside is that I had so much to be thankful for; my husband handled all the finances, and the company I worked for granted me all the leave I needed with every month’s salary in full. I was almost away from work for a year; I am forever grateful. Every time I went for Chemotherapy a different colleague came with me to see what I went through; the needles, the whole ordeal. Everything.”

    “Every time I opened my eyes, someone else was standing at my bedside. Looking back, I know all the support I received was beyond invaluable.”

    “After all my chemotherapy sessions were finished, my doctor said I had to go for radiation. I was fish-positive, which means that the breast cancer had a chance of relapsing again. After what I had been through with receiving chemo, the procedure of radiation was more than do-able for me. The only downside was that I wasn’t allowed to wash the area that was radiated on for twenty-five days. I had a total of 25 radiation sessions.”

    It was only a year after Felicity was diagnosed, that she started making peace with the fact that she had breast cancer. Breaking free from the denial that held her captive for a year, she insists that her freedom came as soon as she started accepting what she was going through. “I started coping and my true self started ‘defrosting’ from the intense shock that took hold of my whole being.” Felicity doesn’t have time for pity parties, “I can’t stand it when other people feel sorry for me and thus the exact reason why I kept many loved ones at a distance, as this would have been an inevitable reaction from them. That December I had chemotherapy on the 5th, a week later I packed my car and drove my two kids to spend time with my family. I just said to myself, ‘you are no longer going to pity yourself’. I realized I might have less time than I initially thought - why would I make that time with my family and loved ones even less? No more! My kids’ behavior was completely the opposite of how I thought they would deal with and handle my diagnosis. They knew ‘mammie’ was sick. They accepted that when my bedroom door was closed, the one child could help the other maturely.”

    “Emotionally, I discovered myself through the process; I realized how much I am capable of overcoming.”

    “Sometimes you don’t want to listen to what others have to say, because you think you know best as you are the one going through it. I realized that sometimes you are too broken to think or make healthy decisions for yourself.  I never thought I would need anyone’s help with anything because I am the therapist; I had to strip myself from my pride and take all the help and good advice I could get.”

    “My friends started a group in my honour called, “The Conquerors”. Through my struggle a great initiative started; we participate in the CANSA relay for life, joined a soup kitchen, and we do fundraising. We also started producing shirts and tracksuits. The ladies at work go for their annual Mammograms now. Even when I pushed her away, my dear friend Leah is always there. My life has become a mirror image of what I have gone through, and how I can give back to the valley and the community.”

    “What people should understand and take to heart is that sometimes only their presence is needed. Something as small as holding someone’s hand is enough.”

    It’s remarkable to hear how Felicity decided to fight back during her battle with Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy. “I used to make myself beautiful every week. Before every chemotherapy session, I dressed up in my best outfits, put on my make-up and the whole ‘happy works’!” Every week we took the most delicious cakes to the Chemotherapy room. The care, love and support we show to each other in that room, is what carries you through!”

    Her advice: “Make peace with the diagnosis in your heart. If you don’t make peace with it, you will slowly but surely deteriorate. The moment you accept it, you won’t find yourself moping or topping about it hour after hour. Acceptance changes your way of life and the way you think about your life and the time you have left. There were many times where I thought to myself, ‘these are way too many pills to swallow.’  To me, if felt like the end of the world at first, but it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why I started dressing up every time I went for Chemotherapy. I put on my most beautiful earrings and posted a selfie on Facebook and simultaneously checked into the St. Stephens Oncology Centre.

    “I realized that I have the power to inspire others. By getting up, dressing up and showing up to what was a part of my fate, I empowered myself and others fight.”

    Felicity looks at herself and it is evident that she is smiling inside. “I realize that I am more beautiful than I used to be. I see how much I have grown. I used to be moody and impatient. The journey of overcoming breast cancer has taught me in the last year that I had to stop making noise about the small things. I have come to learn that material things will remain behind when you are gone. I’ve learned that family and friends are important.”

    When asked which boxes Felicity still wants to tick in her life? Her wanderlust answers, “Mauritius is on top of my list!”  With a twinkle in her eye, Felicity says, “no one’s journey is the same.” This remarkable lady has come a long way and she admits that her favourite colour has changed; “Yes, everything is pink! People know and refer to me now as The Pink Lady “.

    Flower Crown and lunch décor by: Grand Room Design
    Make up by: Leandre van Rooyen
    Photographs by Daniel Saaiman
    Interview and article copy by Val de Vie Events Event & Project Coordinator: Marinique Viljoen
    Execution and coordination: Val de Vie Events
    Strategy: Vlinder Media
    St. Stephen Oncology Centre

    Join us as we celebrate miracles and create awareness for breast cancer at Cintron Pink Polo on 5 November at Val de Vie Estate: Buy tickets now


  • Celebrating Charmaine Stone

    Posted on August 25, 2016 by Admin

    From the first moment you lay eyes on her, you notice a spark.  An undeniable light that draws you in. Her personality resonates a glimpse of an eternal flame, so warm and inviting. Her laughter is contagious. Not because it echoes into all four corners of a room, but because her overflowing joy for life is so remarkably tangible. If you are ever granted the opportunity to step into her light, we really hope you do.  Highly fortunate are those who cross paths with her. Meet Charmaine Stone. Her spirit fills a room.

    On the first day of Spring two years ago, Charmaine received news of a new season in her life. A new chapter that would demand every ounce of strength in her bones, literally.  At the mere age of 33, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. “By the time I received the news, the cancer had already spread and made its way to my lower back, hip and liver.”  She elaborates, “I had an incline that something was wrong with me. My body gave me signs long before I received the diagnosis. I went to see numerous doctors but nothing was traced in my blood tests. It was unfortunate that my cancer was misleading for so long. I was in a lot of pain. My diagnosis did not catch me by surprise. “The first thought that went through my mind was how my loved ones would take the news. I grew up in a home where love was present in abundance. The bond that I share with my siblings are unbreakable, I have two sisters and a brother.”

    Deep emotion fills her eyes as she says, “at the time of the diagnosis, I was engaged only four months; so yes, I feared how Japie, my loving husband-to-be would deal with it at the time. We are all so close.”

    Charmaine insists that what saved her since day one was that she accepted her diagnosis; “I wasn’t upset, I accepted that this was allowed into my life and to be a part of my story.” She laughs bravely as she admits; ‘but little did I know what awaited me, because you don’t know what awaits you in future after receiving news like this. The fear is evidently real yet because of the unknown. You are unsure of what the process entails; the tests and the treatments you have to undergo. You are not necessarily prepared for what is to come, but you learn how to deal with it and cope one day at a time. People tend to be scared of anything that tests them; I had my 22nd Chemo treatment a couple of weeks ago.”

    Her statement echoes a silent message of victory saying, ‘I am still here.’

    When asked if there is ever a moment where she feels like she could not go on, an honest moment arrives in the interview. She admits boldly: “there are glimpses, split seconds in my mind where life just feels too heavy to bear but then I hear a voice saying; ‘you can do this and you will do this!’ Finally, the split seconds of false defeat is over.”

    Gracefully she pulls her cashmere pashmina over her right shoulder. Charmaine has had a mastectomy in her right breast. “My doctor never really had much hope for me when I started this journey. I could see it in his face when he spoke to me. I never asked what his opinion was regarding how long I had to live, for the simple reason that it was never up to him to decide how much time I had left or to place a limit on my life by putting a time frame on it. What’s important is that I made the decision to live each day to the maximum, and so I made the conscious decision that I was going to teach him a lesson and show him that it wasn’t so easy to get rid of me! I decided that even though he was an expert on my condition, I was going to inspire him by showing a positive attitude every time I walked into his office. You won’t believe how that personal decision to change my attitude, has changed our doctor-patient relationship, as he is the one who motivates me every time he sees me!” Charmaine’s demeanor gives off a sweet triumph as she giggles lovingly, “I think it’s safe to say he looks at me differently now.”

    Two months before Charmaine and Japie’s wedding, she was told that she had to start chemotherapy again. “I was crushed because I knew what was waiting for me this time around. I knew the devastating side effects; that my body would swell up and my hair would start falling out again. I wouldn’t be able to exercise and give way to the natural desire of my feminine heart and that would be to do everything within my power to look beautiful on my wedding day. After we had to postpone our wedding by a year, I decided that I would never again put my life on hold for anything.” She realized that if ever she was going to live life with every breath she had left, she could not allow any limits to be placed on her, not even by herself.

    After her diagnosis, Charmaine’s outlook on life has changed profoundly. “Everything has changed. I look passed the small things now, that use to bother me. Life has truly become more beautiful to me in every sense. I appreciate everything and everyone around me more. Breast Cancer teaches you to stop focusing on the small, insignificant things that used to steal your time and your joy!”

    In the past I used to be focused on my appearance. My hair was always done and I was very skinny. Going through this process, I realized how hard I use to be on myself. I realized that there are more important things to me. The only thing that Breast Cancer has truly conquered, is every sense of vanity that used to be within me.  A serious illness teaches you that you always have more than you think.  You might not have hair, but your smile can make someone’s heart skip a beat. You might discover that you have a bigger love for life and people than you thought. I know now, I love being alive and I want to live fully.”

    “At the beginning of your journey once you get your diagnosis, you are overwhelmed and full of panic. You hear all these stories about cancer, but I decided since day one, that Cancer will not define me. It will not define who I am. Cancer is only a fraction of my life, not my whole life. The only time I am aware of the illness is when I go for treatment and when I look in the mirror every now and then!” (She laughs)

    “Once a person decides to live in appreciation, it becomes impossible to be negative.”

    The moment you start looking around you, you can’t help but appreciate your life because you start to realize that there are so many people who are facing bigger giants then your own. I look at my life and see that the diagnosis has strengthened the bond between my husband and I. I know women who have been abandoned by their husbands because of it.”  Living life to its maximum capacity, is something that looks like it comes natural for Charmaine. There is an intense glow that is evident when witnessing her tenacity and energy for life.

    “I love to dance; I was almost bedridden for 4 days and couldn’t walk for a week after my wedding – my muscles worked overtime!” Charmaine loves the state of togetherness, good conversations, a cozy fireplace, animals, red wine and pairing with it the perfect dark chocolate!” Her hands elegantly nestled around a warm cup of tea, “I love to read autobiographies; Elsje Neethling’s book, “Ek droom van ‘n droom” is one of my favourite’s.”

    “My experience of the Chemotherapy room is a good one! It’s not a negative experience at all. In the two years that I have been visiting the St. Stephen’s Oncology Centre for my treatment in Paarl, I have never met one unfriendly nurse or doctor. You form a close bond with the ladies you spend time with in the Chemotherapy room. You wake up on your treatment day looking forward to the visit because you are excited to see them again. People used to tell me that Chemotherapy would make me feel sick; on the contrary, I have only been feeling better after each Chemotherapy treatment. You can’t allow other people’s experience to affect your reality, because it is not your reality.

    Charmaine leans in and whispers, “we eat cake from morning till late!”

    Flower Crown and lunch décor by: Grand Room Design
    Make up by: Leandre van Rooyen
    Photographs by Daniel Saaiman
    Interview and article copy by Val de Vie Events Event & Project Coordinator: Marinique Viljoen
    Execution and coordination: Val de Vie Events
    Strategy: Vlinder Media
    St. Stephen Oncology Centre

    Join us as we celebrate miracles and create awareness for breast cancer at Cintron Pink Polo on 5 November at Val de Vie Estate: Buy tickets now


  • Save the Date for Cintron Pink Polo 2016!

    Posted on May 5, 2016 by Admin


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016 Presented By Mantis Collection, Reaches New Heights

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by Admin

    Hailing from all over South Africa, friends of Veuve Clicquot donned their best bright & bold polo outfits this past Saturday to enjoy a stylish afternoon of high-goal polo, fast cars and the finest champagne for the six annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016 Presented by Mantis Collection.

    The scenic Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley once again played host to this trendy affair and ensured that guests stepped into a picture perfect world that celebrates the best Cape Town. After all what better way to beat the Cape Town heat than with a flute of chilled Veuve Clicquot in a picturesque setting?

    Event co-owners VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events created a world class event, which captivated guests; from the Ferrari vehicle display to a perfectly curated fashion show by D’oré – the afternoon was brought to life under the theme Let Life Surprise You. Drawing inspiration from Madame Clicquot’s zest for embracing life and ‘inventing the things of tomorrow’, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo surprised and delighted guests at every turn.

    Staying true to the theme guests were greeted by a surprising 3D Veuve Clicquot photo booth experience where event media partner E! Entertainment Africa chatted to celebs and VIPs on arrival about their fashionable ensembles and more.

    Polo fans enjoyed an exciting 12-goal polo tournament with top national and international players competing. Team Seven Oaks won the opening match - playing for third place in the tournament - against Shimmy Beach Club, while Fifth Chukka representing Veuve Clicquot won with an amazing score of 7 – 3 against One Zone Polo representing Julius Bär in the riveting main game. Ferrari was there to throw in the ball along with Moët Hennessy’s Regional Managing Director for Africa and Middle East, Pascal Asin and the Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom at the start of the final game.

    Official Fashion Partner of the 2016 event, D’oré showcased the thought provoking Vanessa Gounden, Artivism for Breast Cancer collection that will retail exclusively at D’oré in South Africa. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Partner of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their top international runway stylist, Voilet Sainsbury, jetting in from Australia for the event.

    The emcees for the day, Leigh-Anne Williams and Afrika Melane, entertained and enchanted guests with their charm and wit, while the polo commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seats, not a difficult task with the most riveting polo played on the Val de Vie greens to date.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Sport of Kings does. The opulent affair has grown beyond expectations over the years, attracting the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included Nigerian, Ghanaian and South African celebrities such as Big Brother Africa presenter Vimbai Mutinhiri, Nigerian musician Praiz, OC Ukeje and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Nomzamo Mbatha, Jeannie D, Jen Su, Bonnie Mbuli, Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Maps Maponyane, Ayanda Thabethe, Siv Ngesi, Tanya van Graan and many more.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine was another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. The Best Dressed Female of the day award went to the acclaimed Isibaya actress, Nomzamo Mbatha. Best Dressed Couple went to Nandi Ndlovu and Buntu Ngcuka, while Best Dressed Male went to blogger and presenter Shiraz Reddy – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event. Guests loved the bright and bold theme, inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s bright yellow label.

    Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director for Val de Vie Estate handed over a R100 000 cheque from Official Charity Partner, ISPS Handa, for Hope through Action in aid of sports development in the Paarl Valley area.

    The Fifth Chukka team took home the coveted winning trophy and the Best Pony of the day was Who’s That Girl, owned by South African Polo Team Captain Tom de Bruin. After a spellbinding day of fast-paced polo, guests proceeded to the pop-up Shimmy Beach after party for one final toast to #VCMastersPolo.




  • Mens fashion gets colourful at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Guys, if you need some style inspiration for the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, look no further than bright, colourful shades. A pop of colour adds interest to an outfit, whether it's your suit, tie or shoes.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Be bright and bold at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Here is some stunning style inspiration for the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which takes place on Saturday 5 March 2016. Ladies, this years it's all about embracing colour and celebrating everything that's bold and bright. Be brave and wear a colourful outfit, or for a more subtle look, accessorise with eye-catching shoes, jewerllery or even a fascinator.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Learn the rules of polo for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by Admin

    The 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016. If you're attending this glamorous event, be sure to brush up your polo knowledge with our useful guide to the rules of the sport:

    Player handicaps

    Polo handicaps range from -2 up to 10 goals where any player with a 3-goal rating and above is considered to be at  professional level. There are only a few players in the world who have reached the expert level of 10 goals

    Polo teams

    When playing on a full sized grass field there are two teams and  each team has four players. There  are two umpires on the field and a tournament director alongside the field who assists the umpires  when they don’t agree on a ruling

    The polo field/ground

    The polo ground is approximately 274 meters (300 yards) long, and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if there are  boards around the perimeter of the field. These boards keep the ball in play during the game. The polo grounds  will also have two upright goals, one at each end of the field, and they each have two goal posts that are 7.3  meters (eight yards) apart and a goal is scored when the ball g oes between the goal posts of the opposing team

    Length of match

    A full match is made up of four to eight chukkers and each  chukker is seven minutes long. At the end of the chukker a  bell is rung after which the players then have a further 30  seconds before the second and final bell rings to signal the  end of the chukker and the referee blows his whistle. During  the match, play stops when the ball goes out of bounds or an  umpire stops play because of a foul.

    Horses

    Although we often refer to them as "polo ponies" the breed of  horse that is used in polo is in fact a Thoroughbred and often  these horses are retrained from the racetrack. Their speed and  agility make up an important part of any polo player's skill in  a  game. Because of the fast paced nature of polo, there is too  much physical exertion for one horse to be used in more than  one chukkers. At the professional level, a player might bring six  or more horses to a match.

    Polo players

    As mentioned earlier, four riders and with a minimum of one horse for each chukker to be played, make up the polo team. Each of  the players has certain responsibilities or depending on their  position.  Positions are numbered 1 to 4 where player 1 plays up field  to receive balls; player 2 has the responsibility of taking the ball into the opposing teams’ end of the field; player 3 will take the ball  from defence to offense; and player 4 has the main responsibility for defence and distributing the ball.

    Most important rule

    There is no offside in polo but the "line of the ball" determines who has the right of way. When a ball is struck by a player it creates  an imaginary ‘line’. Other players may not cross this line as it would present a danger to the players and ponies. The referee will blow a foul should this happen. According to the level of danger percieved by the referee a penalty will be awarded  against the offending team. Players may – shoulder to shoulder – ride or push each other off this line. They may also hook the  oponent’s stick across this line preventing the oponent playing that shot.'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo.

    Changing ends

    After a goal is scored, the direction of play will change and teams will change ends. This is  to compensate for wind and other factors that could possibly in fluence the game.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Veuve Clicquot Polo is a celebrity favourite

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic takes place in New York every year and it's a enjoyed by many celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow and January Jones to Selma Blair and Lauren Conrad.

    You can also be part of this glamorous world at the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which takes place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Shimmy Beach Club After Party at the Veuve Clicquot Polo on 05th March 2016

    Posted on January 15, 2016 by Admin

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the sixth year, the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    2016 sees the Second Year that the unique Shimmy Beach will be hosting the official After Party (and the After After Party) for this chic and glamourous event.

    In Franschhoek and for the After Party – we will this year be installing a larger tent and also a one level event space – allowing for a larger dance floor and 3 categories of service and seating options – based on the varying needs of clients.

    General Access will allow all to access the after party COMPLIMENTARY and have access to the dance floor, Club style service for the bars, ‘pay-as-you-go’ food offering via Dish Food Services. There is no guaranteed seating for this category of clubbing.

    The VIP offering is a private section of the tent – accreditation via a security check point allowing only VIP patrons into the area. There is dedicated table seating – café styled tables and chairs for 10 guests per table station, private server attention, and an exclusive bar in the allocated area. There is a minimum spend requirement on beverages of R5000 for this experience that includes a R500 service fee. Thus, a pre-paid bar tab of R4500 is available for the group at their table.

    The famous Shimmy Premier Offering is sofa styled seating for 10 guests – right on the edge of the dance floor or in a private section if required, exclusive service, platter styled food offering may be arranged, Pop-Up bars, close-up access to the Shimmy entertainment with visits of the acts at the couch pockets for photographs, security controlled access point to the Premier section, and use of the official Shimmy Photographer for group action if so wished for memories and the Shimmy Paparazzi flash status. The cost of a Premier couch pocket is a R10 000.00 beverage minimum spend inclusive of R1000 service fee. There is also a Couch Pocket automatically arranged for the group at Shimmy Beach Club itself on the night for the After After Party with the same server continuing the group service at a prime location until 04H00.

    For all bookings and enquiries for the Shimmy Beach After Party, do contact Clayton Howard on clayton@shimmybeachclub.co.za

    Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.


  • Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016!

    Posted on January 14, 2016 by Admin

    It's only two months to go until the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the sixth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Two months until Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016!

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Maryke

    It's only two months to go until the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Admin

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • A big thank you from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to thank all the amazing service providers who assisted with the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup and the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. We really appreciate your assistance!

    Industry experts:
    Andre van Niekerk – events photographer (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Andre Venter – singer (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Audio Life – AV & sound (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Banks R&L Hiring – hiring (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Carryon Projects – picket fencing (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Chattels – decking & flooring (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    dei Gratia – PR (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Dish Food & Social – catering (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Eurotech – WiFi & technical assistants (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Fralene Hair & Make-up – make-up (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    ICT Globe – WiFi & technical assistants (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Ignite Staff – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    In & Out – lighting (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    La Motte – wine (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    N Concepts & Designs – flowers and décor (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch)
    Okasie – décor and furnishing (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Picardie – water sponsor (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Polo Club Restaurant (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Retroyspective – videography (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Rikkis Taxis – valet service (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    RSA Litho – printing of programmes (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Secret Diary Designs – allstationery (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Servant Hearted Staff – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Soundprint – DJ (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Stacey Joy Rossouw – design (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch)
    Stellenbosch Hair Academy – hair stylist (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Supa Sign – branding production (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Tablecloth Hiring – linen (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Thorburn – security (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Thys Lombard – polo action photography (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Touareg Tents – tents (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Val de Vie Polo Club – polo (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Val de Vie PR & Marketing – event branding & design (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Vlinder Media – social media (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    West Staff Services – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Wilgenhof Estate – Tiffany chairs (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)


  • Val de Vie Estate hosts the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup

    Posted on December 1, 2015 by Admin

    On Saturday, 28 November 2015, we had the privilege of hosting royalty – including Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – and other honoured guests at the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. This was the first time that the event was held on African soil, after being conceptualised by Prince Harry in 2010.

    This event – the largest one day charity polo event in the world – took place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, both  organised by Val de Vie Events.

    Prince Harry teamed up with founder and CEO of Val de Vie, Martin Venter; Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick – who scored the first goal of the match – and businessman, Adamu Atta on the ISPS Handa Sentebale team. They were up against polo enthusiast, Hannes Pickard; one of the world’s top 100 polo players and Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras; commercial property developer and investor, Rupert Hackwill and trained aerospace engineer, Bill Ballhaus on the Royal Salute team.
    Although it was a close match, keeping the suspense heightened, it was ultimately the Royal Salute team that won the game 8 to 7, after Bill Ballhaus scored the winning goal seconds before the end of the final chukker was signalled. This skillful move earned Ballhaus the title of ‘most valuable player.’

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: “Hosting this prestigious charity event at Val de Vie was a dream come true for us. We are extremely honoured to have welcomed Prince Harry, Prince Seeiso and all other esteemed guests to our estate for an amazing cause.”

    Other guests in attendance included businessmen, Patrice Motsepe, Tokyo Sexwale and Sir Martin Sorrell; Olympic gold medallist, Cameron van der Burgh; former Proteas cricket captain, Graeme Smith; TV personality, Minnie Dlamini and UK actress, Laura Main. Furthermore, scores of local and international media gathered at Val de Vie to capture the happenings of the day.

    We're delighted to share these photos with you! We're grateful for everyone who made this event possible.

    Sponsors of the event:

    Royal Salute - Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    ISPS Handa - Sentebale team sponsor
    Rolex - official timepiece sponsor
    Garrard - official jeweller and silversmith and the Most Valuable Player sponsor
    Val de Vie Estate - official host of Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup 2015
    Emirates - official airline of Sentebale’s South African tour
    Drakenstein Municipality
    Wesgro

    Industry experts (list of service providers of the event at Val de Vie Estate and in Lesotho):

    Andre van Niekerk – Events Photographer
    Andre Venter Musiek – Singer
    Audio Life – AV & Sound
    Banks R&L Hiring – Hiring
    Carryon Projects – Picket Fencing
    Chattels – Decking & Flooring
    Dei Gratia – PR
    Dish Food & Social – Catering
    Eurotech - Wifi & Technical Assistants
    Fralene Hair & Make-up
    ICT Globe – Wifi & Technical Assistants
    Ignite Staff – Waiters
    In & Out – Lighting
    La Motte – Wine
    N Concepts & Designs – Flowers and décor for the MCC Launch in Lesotho
    Okasie – Décor and furnishing for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Picardie – Water Sponsor
    Retroyspective – Videography
    Rikkis Taxis – Valet Service
    RSA Litho – Printing of Programs
    Secret Diary Designs - Stationery
    Servant Hearted Staff – Waiters
    Soundprint – DJ
    Stellenbosch Hair Academy
    Supasign – Branding production
    Tablecloth Hiring – Linen
    Thorburn – Security
    Thys Lombard – Polo Action Photography
    Touareg Tents – Tents
    Val de Vie Polo Club – Polo
    Vlinder Media – Social Media
    West Staff Services – Waiters
    Wilgenhof Estate – Tiffany Chairs




















  • Polo with a purpose: Thousands unite in aid of breast cancer awareness and support at sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on November 12, 2015 by Admin

    All things grand and glamorous were in order this past Saturday at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of the fight against breast cancer.

    Funds generated through the event will go to non-profit organisation Reach for Recovery and its Ditto project, which will assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from the disease.

    The day’s proceedings included a luxurious fashion show, hosted by international fashion brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head. After four chukkas, the nail-biting match ended on a score of 5-6 to team Julius Baer, with captain, Tom de Bruin’s pony, Chilli, being named Best Playing Pony of the day. No polo event is complete without the traditional act of divot stomping, and this was no exception – guests put their best foot forward and took to the field with luxury car brand, Crossley and Webb to pat down the torn up turf.

    Food was a talking point as guests were presented with an indulgent spread of skilfully crafted, never before seen “food-ventions”. This year also saw the launch of the Pink Food Truck Fair which offered guests a laid-back experience where they were able to enjoy tantalising food straight from innovative food trucks.

    Some of SA’s most famous faces were amongst esteemed guests. From Tanya van Graan to Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jen Su, these A-list celebs joined in to support this worthy cause.

    Comments Simone de Wet, MD at Val de Vie Events: “Six years ago the event was launched to act as a vocal platform and to raise awareness about breast cancer in our country, and world-wide. The day was a celebration of stories of miraculous healing, as well as an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to honour the lives they lived.”

    Follow Pink Polo SA on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates on the event.


  • The Cintron Pink Polo teams have been announced!

    Posted on November 6, 2015 by Admin

    Here are the handicaps of the two polo teams who will be giving it their all on Saturday to win the Cintron Pink Polo Cup. The R550 high-tea ticket options is sold out, so why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party. A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket for R950 each.




  • The Matador VIP High Tea at Cintron Pink Polo is a real treat

    Posted on October 26, 2015 by Admin

    It's not long until Cintron Pink Polo, which is taking place on 7 November 2015. If you'd like to be part of this special event, why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party.

    A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket.

    About Cintron Pink Polo

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Get Your Pink On, Snap a Selfie, Save a Life

    Posted on October 19, 2015 by Admin

    #CintronSelfie to Donate R10 Per Selfie to PinkDrive

    South Africa, 15th October, 2015 -  International luxury lifestyle beverage brand Cintron has launched its annual global campaign, Selfies for Survivors™ in South Africa, in support of the PinkDrive initiative during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    PinkDrive, is a non-profit organization that provides mobile testing facilities and education on breast cancer awareness.

    The Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign is a prelude to the Cintron Pink Polo event in support of breast cancer awareness treatment, at Val de Vie, which will be held this year on the 7th of November.

    “As a lifestyle brand which encourages people to look good, feel great and live a healthy productive lifestyle, we are hoping that the Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign will encourage women to take good care of themselves and get tested regularly for breast cancer,” says Chelsea Brehm, Director of Business Development & Marketing for Cintron World, Inc.

    “Each selfie uploaded to social networks via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram using #CintronSelfie will be worth more than just a pretty picture,” explains Brehm. “A donation of R10 per selfie uploaded to social networks will go towards PinkDrive’s mobile testing services.”

    Cintron’s Chelsea Brehm says, “It’s an incredibly easy mechanic and a simple yet powerful way to get people involved in support for women fighting breast cancer and we are calling on all South Africans to get involved. It’s easy just include a dash of pink (this can be anything from lipstick, a tie or a t-shirt), snap a selfie, upload via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #CintronSelfie and the PinkDrive will gets the much needed funding to keep their wheels turning.”

    Cintron’s Brehm also comments: “Our premium energy drinks are made with natural ingredients and real fruit juice and we wanted our fans and consumers to feel connected with the brand lifestyle, while at the same time being part of a larger more caring community.”

    “In a selfie-centred culture we thought this platform would resonate with people to be part of a greater cause. What’s not to love about glitz and glamour with a social conscience?” adds Brehm.

    She says that the work that the PinkDrive does is of vital importance, specifically in communities where clinics and testing facilities are non-existent. “Cintron is committed to working with women’s health charities in its various international markets including South Africa.”

    According to Noelene Kotschan, Founder and Director of PinkDrive, the incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing at an alarming rate. “In women it is the leading cause of cancer constituting more than 50% of all cancer diagnosis with 1 in 29 South African women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” she says. “Early detection is key and about 90% of patients survive many years after diagnosis, when breast cancer is detected in the early stages.”

    She adds: “We are heavily reliant on corporates to literally keep our wheels moving since we receive no government funding. The money raised from the #CintronSelfie will go towards keeping our three mobile mammography, one educational truck and five educational vehicles on the road, directly impacting communities around our country.”

    Kotschan says, “Since its launch six years ago PinkDrive has provided more than 8,500 free mammograms, conducted more than 123,000 clinical breast examinations and educated more than 176,000 people on breast health.”

    UPLOAD YOUR SELFIE:

    Upload your selfie with a dash of pink to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #CintronSelfie and Cintron will donate R10 to PinkDrive for every selfie uploaded (Terms and conditions can be found on the Cintron World Facebook page).

    For more information visit: www.cintronworld.com or www.pinkdrive.co.za

    Join the conversation on Twitter: @cintronworld or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CintronWorld

    About Cintron

    Headquartered in New York, Cintron World is an international luxury lifestyle beverage brand that encourages people to look good, feel great and live a healthy productive lifestyle. The brand is available globally from the US, to Chile, UK, Poland, Nigeria and South Africa.

    The Cintron World brands of premium energy drinks are made with natural mineral water, natural sweeteners and real fruit juice and represent an up-scale lifestyle, which values creativity, innovation and being disruptive. It is for this reason that the company strives to build communities around these brand attributes.

    Cintron World initiatives include: The Cintron Polo Club (a leading international community of like-minded people that enjoy the lifestyle of Cintron), The Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign, (A global network that raises awareness for breast cancer testing, treatment and research) and The Cintron Pink Polo in South Africa (Social event of the year, held annually at Val de Vie to raise money for PinkDrive).

    5 TIPS TO SNAPPING THE PERFECT SELFIE:

    Check yourself out: give yourself a once-over, make sure you have no smeared eyeliner or flyaway hair.

    Lighten-up: no matter what picture you take, good lighting is key, make sure the lighting isn’t too harsh or dark.

    Check the background: make sure you aren’t in front of an unmade bed or in the bathroom and ensure the background is clear (solid coloured walls, textured curtains or any place without clutter will do).

    Edit: there is nothing wrong with editing your selfie, use a filter for a cool vintage feel. Try a whole lot to capture the best you!

    Choose your best side: consider the angle, tilt your head at an angle this simple trick will highlight your cheekbones and make your eyes look bigger. Switch it up and don’t be scared to try something different.


  • Crossley & Webb support Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 8, 2015 by Admin

    Crossley & Webb Cape Town, the Specialist Motoring Destination

    Crossley & Webb are proud to be part of an event such as Cintron Pink Polo that supports the fight against breast cancer.

    Crossley & Webb originated from Gareth Crossley & Bryan Webb’s joint experience and passion for specialist motoring and desire to have a destination venue for fellow enthusiasts

    Our knowledge in the Classic, Sports car and Supercar market unlocks opportunities for our clients who are enthusiasts that combine a passion for motoring with an adventurous lifestyle

    In addition to Specialist vehicle sales, additional business units have been formed to enhance the ownership experience. These are Luxury vehicle storage and management, Specialist vehicle servicing, Restoration and Master detailing.

    Crossley & Webb is a Cape Town motoring brand that is not affiliated to a specific manufacturer. We thrive on this independence and will be showcasing a variety of vehicles with unique personalities and style.



  • Mzansi Life features Val de Vie's Cintron Pink Polo 2015

    Posted on September 28, 2015 by janette

    We love seeing posts like this about Cintron Pink Polo!  Thanks Mzansi Life for getting excited with us!

    Val de Vie Estate will be hosting the 2015 Cintron Pink Polo on 07 November in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Cape Town. The proceeds generated from this event will be donated to Reach for Recovery to support breast cancer patients.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show and a luxury car display.

    The event is made possible with the support of: returning title partner, Cintron – the world’s premium energy drink – and official banking partner and opposing team owner, Julius Baer– a global Swiss private bankthat will not only be celebrating the occasion but also its 125th anniversary.

    The event thus offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    by Mzansi Life


    and was tagged with Cintron Pink Polo, South Africa, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Paarl, Polo

  • It's Cintron Pink Polo Inspiration time!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Our Cintron Pink Polo event is coming up on 7 November 2015 and we are so excited about this highly anticipated event! Just planning our outfits is half the fun - at the moment we're loving light grey paired with pink.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Don't miss the Cintron Pink Polo food truck fair!

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Cintron Pink Polo is taking place on Saturday, 7 November 2015 and we can't wait! Held at Val de Vie Estate, the event is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

    The Cintron Pink Polo food truck fair offers a relaxed, family-friendly way to enjoy the event. With lawn seating overlooking the polo action,there will be several enticing food trucks offering a variety of delicious eats and treats.

    Details

    - Entrance fee: R50
    - Lawn seating, no picnics, food or pets allowed, under 13s enter for free
    - Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Buy tickets via Computicket


  • Light and bright with pink and white

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Pink is the colour of breast cancer awareness and, of course, our Cintron Pink Polo event which takes place on Saturday, 7 November 2015.

    We love pink paired with white: the vibrant, passionate nature of this rosy shade really comes to life with calm, serene white. With that in mind, we are already putting our outfits together for the big event!

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Pink perfection

    Posted on August 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Pink is the colour of love, compassion, romance and positivity. As a combination of red and white, both colours add to pink's beautiful characteristics. It gets passion and energy from red, while white adds a calming, gentle touch. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it radiates, so we are loving bold, vibrant shades of pink.

    Of course, pink is the colour of the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event, so be sure to get you pink on! Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • It's time to think pink!

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Cintron Pink Polo Event is coming up on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and we're all thinking pink! From girly accessories to rosy-hued gadgets, we love this feminine colour that invokes the spirit of breast cancer awareness.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Inspired by pink

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Admin

    We are pleased to announce that the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo Event in support of breast cancer awareness, treatment and research, will be held on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This year, funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress:  Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Val de Vie Estate announces the expansion of its borders, encompassing Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by janette

    Those with a keen eye for property investments, with a love for the Cape Winelands or simply a yearning to “live the good life” in a secure environment, will be pleased to know that one of the country’s most esteemed residential, lifestyle and polo estates, Val de Vie Estate, has officially launched the second phase of its greater development. Val de Vie will expand its borders to encompass 300 hectares of land, which it has purchased from Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate.

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie’s Marketing Director: “Val de Vie has been an extremely popular choice for families from all corners of the country, as well as for expats wanting to invest in South African property. Home to the ‘Safest House in Africa’, Val de Vie truly has something rare to offer in terms of security, as well as lifestyle and location. We’re very excited that, with the current expansions, even more people will now have the opportunity to embrace this.”

    Since its inception in 2006, Val de Vie has transformed the ground on which it is located in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley from a desolate state to a stunning piece of land that now lives up to its name, meaning “Valley of Life”.

    Comments Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of the Pam Golding Property Group: “Val de Vie has taken an innovative and holistic approach to the development of this sought after estate, catering for a diverse range of home buyers with stylish, modern homes offering the ultimate in secure, country living with a host of amenities – all this less than 15 minutes from Stellenbosch and under 30 minutes from Cape Town.”

    Building on the success it has seen over the years and based on its core values that promote sustainability, Val de Vie’s second phase will entail the development of smallholding properties, including:

    Gentleman’s Estates

    Ranging from 1,2 hectares to 3,53 hectares, the Gentleman’s Estates will allow buyers the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. Thus, these estates cater perfectly to those looking to enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of commercial farming and with the added benefit of the estate’s outstanding security.

    “These new Gentleman’s Estates will have huge appeal for families who want to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, farm-type lifestyle,” continues Dr Golding. “This is already a highly successful farming area. Back in the 1600s and 1700s fresh fruit andvegetables were cultivated and traded with passing ships and now today’s residents at Val de Vie can reap the rewards and satisfaction of tilling the land while enjoying an idyllic lifestyle on one of South Africa’s most successful estates, without any security concerns.”

    River Reserves


    Based on a similar concept, Val de Vie’s four River Reserves will range in size from 2,56 hectares to 5,83 hectares and will be classed as eco-estates, where indigenous buck such as the grysbok and steenbok will be free to roam amidst rehabilitated fynbos and nature at its best. Furthermore, buyers of River Reserves will be allowed to keep select game species on their property in conjunction with Cape Nature. These estates will be ideal for those seeking the best of both worlds – expansive outdoor surroundings as well as proximity to the city and other amenities.

    The purchase of both Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves includes allocated water from the estate’s existing water rights, irrigation installation as well as a complete landscaping plan which will be devised together with a professional landscaper. Furthermore, each buyer will receive two complimentary concept design meetings with one of South Africa’s most esteemed architects, Stefan Antoni of Antoni Associates in order to create their dream home on one of these estates. Owners of these estates will be charged the same levies as other Val de Vie homeowners.

    “We believe that the limited number and unique offering of Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves have the potential for sound investment returns as capital values increase, and will also helpboost the value of other properties on the estate,” adds Dr Golding. “Already renowned for its fine wines, world-class polo grounds, exceptional health club with gym, squash and tennis courts plus heated indoor pool and top quality restaurant, Val de Vie has now added a highly attractive new element with this agricultural offering.”

    Another of the most noteworthy developments to take place at Val de Vie, set to be completed by the year 2017, will be the addition of a bridge which will extend across the Berg River to connect with the R45, thus bringing access to excellent schools, the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport that much closer to Val de Vie.

    “The essence of these properties reiterates that which we’ve poured our hearts into prioritising as an estate – life lived close to nature, with a range of excellent amenities on one’s doorstep, world-class security and the freedom to enjoy one’s surroundings – ‘life worth living’, as we like to say,” concludes Neethling.

    Smallholding erven prices start at R 6.5 million ex. VAT.

    For further information on Val de Vie’s property developments, contact Val de Vie on: +27 21 863 6105 or at: property@valdevie.co.za

    To view the available erven, view our Interactive Sales Map HERE


  • ‎Polo, a game fit for a King!

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Admin

    This weekend past Prince George showed the world how polo is meant to celebrated and enjoyed.

    The adorable young Royal was having a blast at the Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. As his happy face shows, he was enjoying polo for what it is really about: fun, fresh air and family time. This is how the sport has been embraced in Argentina and it's an approach that we also love.

    You inspire us, Prince George! Moments like these make us so excited for the upcoming Polo Season that kicks off in October 2015 and ends in April 2016.

    We cordially invite you to come and share in the authentic lifestyle here at Val de Vie, where playing polo is a way of life.

    Do keep your eye on the calendar on the website for all social polo events ahead.

    Three cheers to the ponies!



    Images from the Daily Mail


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is proud to support the Ditto Project

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is delighted to be supporting the Ditto Project this year, a charity that helps women breast cancer patients have access to prostheses.

    About the Ditto Project

    After having breast cancer and a mastectomy, a woman is often worried about her appearance. External breast prosthesis may be the only option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to undergo reconstructive surgery. Wearing a breast prosthesis is a personal choice. The reality is that many breast cancer patients in South Africa cannot even afford a bra, let alone a breast prosthesis. Reach for Recovery wants to help these women who come from very low income groups to feel confident again after the traumatic diagnoses and surgery through the Ditto Project . It aims to assist them with a silicone breast prosthesis.  A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. The local Reach for Recovery Group also provides a fitting service to ensure that a woman chooses the right shape and size. The Ditto Project is also looking at ways to ensure that the woman will have a proper bra to wear her breast prosthesis with confidence.

    For more information, visit Reach for Recovery's website.


  • Less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    It's less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo! This worthy and glamorous event will be held on 7 November 2015 and is one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and polo calendar. Held at Val de Vie Estate, this fun day out is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

    Buy Tickets

    Buy tickets via Computicket


  • The Val de Vie Events team attends the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

    Posted on June 3, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team were thrilled to be invited as guests to the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The highly anticipated event was attended by Hollywood stars such as Diane Kruger, Emma Roberts, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was a glamorous day of polo, Champagne and fashion.

    Our team were so inspired by the trip and can't wait to host the next Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie, which will be held on 5 March 2016.

    For more photos and details, check out this article by Business Insider, or visit wwd.com.

    The ferry transporting the guests from Manhattan to Jersey where the event is hosted.

    Arriving at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic hosted in NYC on 30 May 2015

    Front row seats for Val de Vie Events

    5000 general public tickets sold

    The team behind the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate



  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 caught on camera

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Admin

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.


  • The 2015 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley puts Cape Town on the map

    Posted on March 12, 2015 by Admin

    On a magnificent Cape Town summers day, guests of the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo donned their Polo best and stepped into a picture perfect world showcasing the best of Polo lifestyle. Val de Vie Estate, in the Paarl- Franschhoek valley provided an impressive setting for a day filled with couture, beautiful guests, exhilarating polo and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

    This year’s event décor theme, designed to reflect Veuve Clicquot’s latest international ‘mail campaign’ which was inspired by the days when Madame Clicquot used to communicate with her suppliers, agents and acquaintances via traditional mail. Even in today’s fast-moving electronic world, there’s still nothing quite like getting a letter or package in the mail, and the event décor brought this theme beautifully to life, in a setting that felt more like a magical wonderland than an events space. The afternoon provided a welcome pause in our guests’ busy lives, to stop and connect in a beautiful setting with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces. Renowned creative director Warrick Gautier’s designs were inspired by iconic fashion photographers of the 70’s, where couture met the dark sultry streets of Paris. Hilton Weiner’s collection of custom made suits was inspired by the typical reckless rebel who “danced the night away” during the jazz age, with monochromatic, graphic lines and strong, powerful silhouettes making a statement. The thought provoking show also showcased some of the finest international models by the events, Model Agency, 3D. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their two of their top international runway stylists flown out specially for the event.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as  Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. The luxury performance automobile manufacturer also chauffeur drove guests who arrived via helicopter from the Val de Vie Estate landing strip to the chic clubhouse. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    The MC for the day, Maps Maponyane, entertained and captivated guests with his style, charm and wit, while the Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    Veuve Clicquot believes in ‘letting life surprise you’, and VIP guests, celebrities and media were treated to perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label throughout the afternoon, before being surprised by an impromptu ‘Rosé toast’, where everyone toasted to Madame Clicquot, the pioneering force behind the house of Veuve Clicquot. Using a fun rose tinted megaphone to announce the occasion, Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne was paired with pink macaroons – the perfect afternoon ‘high-tea’ while the sun was setting behind the exquisite Simonsberg mountains in the background.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine - the 2015 event’s Official Media Partner, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY, Anina Malherbe-Lan, and Warrick Gautier, Creative Director of Jenni Button, were another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. Best Dressed Female of the day award went to acclaimed international actress and producer, Tarina Patel. Best Dressed Couple went to wine power couple Olive and Anthony Hamilton-Russell, while Best Dressed Male, went to to the ever-stylish Siv Ngesi – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away. Rikki’s taxis made sure that the guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley arrived at their homes safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    www.vcmasterspolo.co.za

    #VCMastersPolo




  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a day away!

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by Admin

    The bright, energetic colour of Veuve Clicquot is on our minds and has taken over the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion. There is so much excitement and anticipation for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which is taking place tomorrow.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Directions

    Click here to view directions to Val de Vie.


  • Teams announced for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Admin

    The Polo teams for the anticipated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event taking place this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate have been announced. It will be an enticing 12 goal game with Veuve Clicquot taking on Julius Baer, but Shimmy Beach Club vs Nigus will be kicking off the polo for the day.

    Nigus:

    Doug Lund

    Jannie Steenkamp

    Johan Du Preez

    Prince Malik

    Shimmy Beach Club:

    Chris MacKenzie

    Guy Watson

    Chris Lund

    Nicky Van Der Walt

    Julius Baer:

    Tom Du Bruin

    Johan Du Plooy

    Adamu Atta

    Fernando Munos

    Veuve Clicquot:

    Leroux Hendriks

    Richie Pohl

    George Morgan

    Rupert Hackwill

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • What to wear to the Veuve Clicquot Maters Polo 2015

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by Admin

    Here is some last-minute fashion inspiration for the fifth Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which will be held at Val de Vie on 7 March.

    Men's fashion

    Women's fashion

    Avowed as one of Cape Town’s most anticipated annual events, Veuve Clicquot Champagne proudly announces the return of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2015. The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of audacious pleasure with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendor is set to take place in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley at South Africa’s first and only wine and polo estate – Val de Vie Estate, on Saturday 7 March 2014.

    Veuve Clicquot is internationally recognized for its long association with Polo and sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the UK’s Gold Cup, USA’s Manhattan Polo Classic and LA Polo Classic. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town is now one of Cape Town’s most anticipated events and the only one of its kind on the African continent.

    Fashion aficionados can look forward to a carefully curated luxury experience as they gather on the scenic estate’s clubhouse terraces to marvel at models revealing chic summer outfits.

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    Now regarded as one of the most glamorous daytime events of the Cape Town season, guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, will no doubt take full advantage of the opportunity to step out in traditional polo style and create unforgettable fashion-forward moments.

    Guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are encouraged to don classic polo looks including sundresses for women and summer suits for men.

    To make transportation to and from the event as easy and safe as possible. Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Uber to provide transportation assistance. The general access parking area is a designated Uber drop-off and pick-up location, and all new users are eligible for R200 off their first ride by using the code: VCM2015.

    This year, Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town’s hottest venue, will host the After Party at Val de Vie from 7pm-12:00am.

    Tickets available online at Computicket www.computicket.com from 18 December 2014. For Group Bookings email vcm@vividluxury.co.za or 021 465 2312. Please visit www.vcmasterspolo.co.za for more information.

    ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT

    Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit www.veuve-clicquot.com.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is around the corner!

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Maryke

    Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up soon and we are so excited! On Saturday 7 March the estate will host this highly anticipated event, which celebrates polo, fashion and luxury living.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Spectacular Yearling Sale at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Admin

    Bloodstock South Africa’s inaugural Yearling Sale at Val de Vie Estate was concluded on Sunday 22 February when 100 year-old thoroughbreds were offered for sale in front of an enthusiastic audience in the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion.

    This followed an exciting 4 goal game of polo that starred no less than South Africa’s reigning Champion thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Justin Snaith, who dashed from the saddle to join the other 230 invited guests enjoying a sumptuous luncheon before the auction commenced just after 14h15.

    Arguably the most spectacular setting for a thoroughbred auction in the world, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa is looking forward to expanding on the concept with the Val de Vie Events team – watch this space for more details! www.tba.co.za

    Peter Gibson, Director of Breed Affairs and PR

    All images by hamishNIVENPhotography. View more images on the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page.

    Read what the Sporting Post had to say about the day here.



  • Hold onto your hats! Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Admin

    Whether it's a Panama, Fedora, fascinator, floppy hat or just a trusty sunhat, head wear is a must for any polo event. Here is collection of beautiful  inspiration for the Veuve Clicquot Garden ticket, which will be located on our sprawling grass lawns.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Get your stomp on at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Here’s something to look forward to. Divot stomping is a half-time tradition where spectators enjoy a festive few minutes on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the pony's hooves. It is also a great time to mingle with the polo players and roam between luxury cars.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • So sumptuous! The picnic menu for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Feast your eyes on the picnic menu that will be available at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option, which includes a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to buy these mouthwatering items and to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    Tickets for the picnic cost R150.00 and are available at Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.

    The Menu

    Slider Duo
    R60
    Duo of mini chicken slider and mini beef slider

    Pulled Pork bun
    R65
    Buttery buns filled with shredded hoisin pork, coriander and cucumber pickle

    Buenas Nachos
    R60 vegetarian
    R75 with mince
    Taco chips topped with spicy tomato sauce, melted cheddar, chunky guacomole and sour cream

    Individually Plated Cheese Boards
    R90
    Individually plated artisan cheese boards with water biscuits, preserved figs, grapes and caramelised nuts

    Soft Serve Frozen Yoghurt
    R25
    Served in sugar cones

    Chocolate Drizzled Churros
    R25
    Light and crispy traditional Spanish doughnuts dusted in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate


  • Savour Veuve Clicquot Champagne with these elegant pairings

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is taking place on 7 March 2015, and we are so excited for this super chic event!

    Veuve Clicquot Champagne wines are fond of company. Character, complexity and aromatic intensity: each of these is the perfect companion to a great many dishes. And taste is an essential element in these encounters.

    A special celebration, an impromptu party with friends, or just for the pleasure of a flute of Veuve Clicquot… these moments deserve the very best. The food is delicate and the combination is perfect… According to your mood or imagination, depending on the ingredients and the amount of time you have, there are endless combinations: from the basic to the sophisticated recipe, or for a quick snack, eaten delicately with your fingers, without fuss and at your leisure.

    For each wine, Veuve Clicquot reveals the secrets of a perfectly suited, sparkling improvisation… True art de vivre!

    VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ

    Veuve Clicquot was the first champagne house to commercialise rosé champagne in 1775 and, once again, takes centre stage this year to launch its first non-vintage rosé. This fresh
    young wine is now a fully-fledged member of the champagne world after having slowly matured in our cellars as well as in the minds of our winemakers.

    Our Veuve Clicquot Rosé is the end result of a desire to create a pink champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Péters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot's essential values in terms of style.

    Key Ingredients

    Blini, cracker
    Duck
    Salmon
    Shrimps

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Smoked Duck Breast with Banana Jamaïcan Pepper on a Cocktail Stick
    Pink Grapefruit with Fried Shrimps with Vanilla on a Cocktail Stick
    Lime Infused Crabmeat w/ Red Pepper & Coriander
    Puff Pastry with Cheese
    Dried Apricot Stuffed with Foie Gras, Flaked Almonds
    Roast Goose with Herbs and Tagliatelles
    Half Roast wild Duck with Vegetables
    Fried Salmon Fillet on Vegetables with Sesame Seeds
    Linguine with Seafood

    BRUT YELLOW LABEL

    A champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut non vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself. This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our House style.

    The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.

    Key Ingredients

    Tuna
    Duck
    Shrimp
    Red Fruits

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Shrimp California Rolls wth Sesame Seeds
    Ahi Tuna Sashimi on Lemon Marinated Avocado w/Wasabi Aioli
    Camembert Cheese in Mini Walnut Bread
    Pastrami Tartar w/ Black Olive Tapinade
    Smoked Salmon & Herb Cream Cheese Tartlets

    RECIPE  SUGGESTIONS

    Duck with Griottes
    Salmon Tartare with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Sporting Post takes a look at the upcoming Yearling Sale

    Posted on February 11, 2015 by Admin

    Sporting Post recently spoke to Ryk Neethling about Val de Vie Estate and wrote a fantastic article about our special part of the world. The article explores the superb quality of life that the estate offers its residents, and offers information on the upcoming Yearling Sale which takes place on Sunday, 22 February 2015.

    Here's just some of what they had to say:

    "While Val de Vie is known for its polo club, one gets the sense that it is an estate that happens to have a polo club, rather than a polo club that has an estate built around it. Ryk agrees. “Probably about 8% of the residents are polo players, but we’re not a polo estate any more than we are a wine or golf estate. The equestrian aspect fits in with the sense of space and country living that the estate is all about – and seeing horses out for morning exercise or polo practice is a lot nicer than golfers walking past your house all the time.” How refreshing not to hear marketing jargon from a marketing person!"

    View the full article here.


  • Brush up your polo knowledge for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Admin

    Brush up your polo knowledge for the big match on 7 March!

    Polo is such a beautiful sport; it’s easy to enjoy the game without knowing the rules. Be the one with the knowledge at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo by reading the following rules.

    The Teams

    On a full sized grass field, each team has four people

    The Ground

    The ground is 300 yards long, 160 yards wide if boarded.

    Duration of the Play

    The full game is 8 chukkas, but more often 4 or 6 chukkas are played.

    Each chukka is timed to last 7 mins, then a bell is rung, but the game goes on until the ball goes out of play, or for another 30 secs when the bell is rung again, the chukka ends where the ball is.

    The clock is stopped between the umpire's whistle to stop the play and the whistle to start play (eg.ball out of play, foul etc.)

    There are intervals of 3 mins between chukkas and 5 mins at half time.

    Ends are changed at every goal scored – to allow for equal ground and weather conditions.

    Handicaps

    Each player is handicapped from -2 up to 10 goals (the top professional players).

    Ponies

    Players return to the field after each chukka with a fresh pony.

    Despite the term, polo ponies are in fact horses. Their main qualities are speed, agility and stamina.

    Players admit that the pony can account for up to 80% of the game.

    Fouls

    The most important rule is the Line of the Ball. 'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo. The line of the ball, namely the imaginary line along which the ball travels, represents a right of way for the player following nearest that line.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • News24 chats about the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 9, 2015 by Admin

    Check out News24 to see Ryk Neethling discuss the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters, which will take place on 7 March 2015 at Val de Vie. Polo is experiencing increasing popularity in the Western Cape and this exciting day is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Get ready for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Admin

    Next month the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo will be taking place at Val de Vie Estate on 7 March 2015.

    The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of pleasure, complete with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    In 2015, three ticket options have been made available. Polo-goers have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150.00, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. A food station will also be available, giving you an option to choose what you would like to enjoy for lunch. The exact vendors will be introduced on the blog before the event.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option.

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • New Season designer handbags from Argentina, London and Italy

    Posted on January 26, 2015 by Admin

    If there’s anything getting us excited about this year, it's the new-season designer bag drop.

    Yes, it’s that time of year where we can't help but peruse all the new arm candy on offer, and this season is looking better than ever.

    There are some gorgeous new arrivals at the Val de Vie Polo Shop. 2015 loves colour and texture with every style from saddle bags to multifunctional GABS bags (Franco Gabbrielli), which include three shapes and styles in one bag.

    So whatever it is you’re looking for to transform your wardrobe for the new season ahead, you’re guaranteed to find it in one of our must-have styles, all available to buy right now… click here to view the range.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2014: The video

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    The Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom set the stage for the polo season in stylish affair that is only to be expected by Val de Vie Estate. Here's a video that showcases how enjoyable the event was, we can't wait for next year!


  • Val de Vie Events attends CDB Pink Polo in Dubai

    Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin

    The Pink Polo SA team, Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited were invited to ADCB Pink Polo in Dubai. It was a very special experience to attend this wonderful event, which was held on 7 November 2014.

    Similar to Cintron Pink Polo, ADCB Pink Polo is an event dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE. In the last year 5 years; ADCB Pink Polo campaign succeeded to raise the awareness about breast cancer across the UAE has gone stronger and stronger. It is organised by Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and held under the patronage of His Highness SheikhFalah Bin Zayed Al Nahya.

    It was a real pleasure to experience the event and we hope to return again another year.


  • Top Billing gets a polo lesson from SA's best!

    Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

    Who better to get a polo lesson from than SA Polo Captain, Tom de Bruin and fellow springbok player Leroux Hendriks.

    Nico Panagio visits Val de Vie Estate to take a swing at polo!

    Full Insert Here

    Tom de Bruin
    Springbok captain and polo player Tom de Bruin:

    Known on the polo circuit as "Moose," Tom started his polo career in 1994 on the family farm in Swartberg, East Griqualand. Having tasted success representing SA Schools, Tom's professional career kicked off in 2007, playing in the winning team in the SA Open with Seven Oaks. He has gone on to play professional polo in the England along with many other countries, notably being part of squad of teams including Black Bears, Zacara and El Remanso. Tom represented SA in the 2012 Coronation Cup also in the Snow Polo World Cup in China. He is a power house for South African Polo.

    Le Roux Hendriks
    Springbok polo player Leroux Hendriks:

    Leroux Hendriks started his polo career at the age of 18 at Jurassic Park Polo club in Swartberg, South-Africa. This talented 28-year-old player has a handicap of 5 and has built his career abroad, playing in England, Italy, France, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Barbados, China, India and Africa. Leroux , known as Jimmy Hendrix to many in polo, played in the young South-African team 2007,  defeating the England team in England. He has carried on to represent South-Africa on numerous occasions, and participated in the Snow Polo World cup for SA on two occasions. "Jimmy" has reached success abroad winning tournaments including the Italian snow polo gold cup, Indian Vodafone cup,  Uk Cirencester County Cup and the Uk Cowdray Holden White Cup ; to mention a few. He is a versatile player, with great skill in both attack and defence.


  • The Cintron Pink Polo Powered by Vodacom kicks off the Polo Season in Style at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on October 30, 2014 by Admin

    Pretty pastels and a medley of pink shades were the order of the day this past Saturday, as local and international guests attended the fifth annual Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom - one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and Polo Calendar – at the famed Val de Vie Estate. Guests of this annual equestrian fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), fittingly during breast cancer awareness month, enjoyed a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up to the minute fashion, and mouthwatering Cintron cocktails on the lawns of this country’s only Wine & Polo Estate.

    Funds raised by the Cintron Pink Polo, which is brought to you by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited, will be used to assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease. CANSA plans to set up mobile breast checks from 6 - 13 November in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington and encourage women to get themselves tested. They also provide free transportation for patients that need to go to the clinics and hospitals for checkups, treatments and follow up appointments. Funds will also be utilized to purchase temporary breast-prosthesis for women who had a mastectomy.

    Cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli, winner of the Cintron Pink Polo VIP experience competition in association with KFM, enjoyed a VIP experience and was hosted by the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling and event organizer Edith Venter. Rachelle and her husband were treated to a VIP experience that included a chauffeured drive with Aston Martin and a make-up session with Sisley.  Rachelle also enjoyed front row seats to the Jenni Button fashion show and was given the opportunity to open the polo game.

    Polo, considered the sport of kings, had all eyes fixed on the game played on the day. The two polo team sponsors, Cintron and Gaggenau, put on a world-class polo match forward, featuring Springbok players Tom de Bruin and Le Roux Hendriks. During the half time break in the polo match, everyone was invited to stomp the divots and enjoy the Aston Martin motor show on the field. Team Cintron walked away with the trophy with a riveting 6 -5 score

    Guest’s celebrated the start of the polo season with Cintron the event’s headline sponsor, and Vodacom, joined by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, as the official banking partner. Gaggenau was the event’s sub sponsor for the third year running.

    With notable celebrities and VIPs in attendance such as Melinda Bam, Ayanda Tini, Amy Kleinhans-Kurd, Kia Johnson, Tracy Lange, and Natalie Becker amongst others, guests were treated to an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Pongracz MCC, Val de Vie Wines and gourmet canapés.

    Aston Martin was the official vehicle partner at this year’s event. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, this luxury British car manufacturer stole the show with their bestial looking cars parked side by side.

    Jenni Button, the official fashion partner for the day showcased their latest ready to wear designs in the official fashion show, on the polo fields. Jenni Button is designed for an international woman who demands quality, style and sex appeal.

    Keeping everyone updated on social media, South Africa’s leading network Vodacom was there encouraging guest to upload their selfies and tweet their pictures to #Cintronpinkpolo and #VodacomCPP.

    Drawing inspiration from the fashion element of the polo Elle magazine awarded prizes to the Best Dressed at the end of the afternoon.

    Sisley and GHD kept guests of the event beautified all day long. With touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists and hair stylists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Also featured next to the beauty stations was a Polo World pop up store full of polo gear for all the polo lovers. Guests mingled well beyond sunset in what was considered the best Pink Polo event yet.


  • Thank you for making Cintron Pink Polo 2014 a success

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie would like to thank all who attended  Cintron Pink Polo on Saturday. The event was a spectacular success and helped to raise awareness about breast cancer, while also treating guests to polo, pampering treats and a beautiful day in the countryside.

    Here are some shots from the day, which we are so thrilled to have been a part of.





  • KFM's amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

    We are so happy for the winner of an amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition held by KFM! Cancer fighter Rochelle has won a day of pampering at Cintron Pink Polo next weekend and we salute her amazing attitude of positivity.

    After being collected by Aston Martin, Rochelle will have her hair and make-up done by a professional team. After that, it's time to meet Ryk Neethling, drive with the head sponsor onto the polo field where the polo match will be opened. Later she will have photos taken with the winning team and the chance to meet springbok polo players and much more.

    Congrats Rochelle and we wish you much health and happiness.

    Listen to the inteview here!


  • Cintron extends the Pink Polo sponsorship by releasing App that supports cancer awareness

    Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

    Cintron to donate R10 for every Pink Selfie submitted by App!

    Cintron World, an international beverage company with a line of flavored energy drinks called Cintron Premium Energy, is excited to announce it is launching a new mobile App called CintronSelfie. As a company, Cintron World prides itself on finding new and innovative ways to build its brands, reach its customers and drive its sales. Cintron World also believes in social responsibility and giving back to the communities where its products are marketed. Cintron is extending its commitment during the Pink Polo Event to support breast cancer awareness with an App that generates donations to The Cancer Association of South Africa.

    CintronSelfie will first be launched in South Africa on October 25th, where Cintron World is the headline sponsor of the prestigious polo event, “Cintron Pink Polo.” Cintron World has established a strategic relationship with the luxurious Val de Vie Estate, where the polo event is taking place. This annual event, in its 5th year, raises funds for The Cancer Association of South Africa in awareness for breast cancer. Funds raised by Cintron Pink Polo will be used to assist women throughout South Africa with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease.

    After downloading the CintronSelfie App via www.CintronSelfie.com, supporters can take a Pink Selfie with their favorite Cintron flavored drink, hashtag it #CintronPinkPolo and upload it to the Cintron World Facebook page. Each Cintron fan that uploads a picture enters to win the Cintron Pink Selfie Contest, and the winner will receive a spa treat at the Twelve Apostles and R5000. In addition, for each Pink Selfie uploaded, Cintron will donate R10 to the Cancer Association of South Africa. The CintronSelfie App is an innovative way to create a win-win for all: enjoy Cintron Pink Polo, take a Cintron Pink Selfie, stand a chance to win a Spa Treat, and fight breast cancer.

    Cintron World is more than just a beverage company; it’s a lifestyle. This is why Cintron is excited to be the headline sponsor of Pink Polo and launch the CintronSelfie App.

    Buy tickets!

    Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

    CintronSelfie Ts&Cs

    No Purchase Necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Standard text messaging rates may apply. For more info and official rules, visit www.cintronselfie.com



  • Gaggenau: Uncompromising, Extraordinary and Authentic

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by Admin

    We are proud to have Gaggenau on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo 2014. Gaggenau is second to none and rewards its customers with real superiority through extraordinary performance and uncompromising attitude.

    About Gaggenau

    Uncompromising – We develop professional-grade household appliances that exceed even the highest expectations. With our household appliances, you can be rest assured you have exactly what you need for a professional cooking experience.

    Extraordinary – Our driving force is extraordinary performance and when you address true connoisseurs as we do, extraordinary performance is crucial. Our appliances are built with considerable reserves, so there is no danger of pushing them beyond their limits. We’ve developed the skill of turning valuable ingredients into valuable moments.

    Authentic – Only by using pure, authentic materials can we embody the authentic Gaggenau style. This means upholding our manufacturing traditions, even when it comes to new innovations. It is these materials that make our exclusivity tangible and original.

    Buy tickets!

    Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Worry less, care more and have faith this October

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

    Events intern Sonique chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

    “When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day."

    Supporting and donating to breast cancer organisations will help to save a life! Breast cancer survivors are the people we should look up to. They had to fight a battle they did not choose and survived it.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we encourage you to show your support by attending our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event. Held on 25 October 2014,this fabulous day of fashion, polo and indulgence helps to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

    Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • The acclaimed couture of Jenni Button

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

    Jenni Button is synonymous for power suiting and acclaimed couture, and continues to celebrate women. Producing four Ready-to-Wear and Couture Collections a year, with 12 stores countrywide and a couture studio – Jenni Button epitomizes the essential feminine and powerful women of South Africa.

    Warrick Gautier, artistic director for 15 years, lived in Paris being exposed to legendary fashion names Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, and Karl Lagerveld at Chloe.
    Gautier’s influenced by art and architecture, this season it being impressionist painter Edgar Degas and his adoration for feminine form, movement, and application of colour palette on the canvas.

    Gautier refines femininity into a range exuding a control and decadence in the boardroom and boudoir. The range is powerful and glamorous, with high octane sexuality. Caressing laces, overt sheer fabrics, together with refined beadwork and strong tailoring creates a blend of romance and modernity.

    We can't wait to see the showcase of Jenni Button's dazzling designs at Cintron Pink Polo, which takes place on 25 October 2014.

    Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

    Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Julius Baer: The official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

    Julius Baer is the official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014, powered by Vodacom. This leading Swiss private banking group has a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management.

    Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 372 billion at the end of June 2014, including CHF 274 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

    Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.

    For more information visit their website at www.juliusbaer.com

    Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

    Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Be inspired this October

    Posted on October 10, 2014 by Admin

    Events intern Maryke chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

    “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're passionate about helping those who have been affected by this disease. Our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event, which is held on 25 October 2014, will help to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

    Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Cintron Pink Polo is all about polo chic

    Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

    Here's some stunning style inspiration from last year's Pink Polo event. The dress code for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event is Polo Chic, which is a celebration of the elegant fashion and sense of style that accompanies the sport.

    Whether you prefer a chic, laid back look or tailored suits and gorgeous gowns, this is fun day out for everyone, all in the name of a good cause.

    We can't wait to see what you will wear, so don't forget to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Sisley adds more beauty to Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

    We are delighted to have Sisley as our beauty sponsor for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event on 25 October 2014. Sisley offers cutting-edge products in skin care, makeup and perfume, using  aromatherapy and phytotherapy in its production techniques.

    Phytocosmetology involves using natural plant extracts in beauty products. Sisley creates the highest quality products by selecting only the best plant species in each category, carefully determining the most effective part of each plant for the desired treatment, choosing the country or region that produces the best quality plant and harvesting when its active ingredients will be most effective.

    The Sisley laboratories use a methodical and rigorous process, which may last several years, to research the best dosages and synergies offering the most global solution to a given concern and hence develop effective, highly comprehensive formulas. Only at the end of this long process and once its effectiveness has been proven, will a product be marketed.

    Black Rose Cream Mask

    An instant youth and beauty boost combining three actions to restore a luminous complexion and skin that appears redensified, in only 15 minutes.

    Black Rose Precious Face Oil

    A silky-smooth dry oil that prepares and nourishes with anti-ageing benefits. A precious and beneficial skin care treatment, to help restore comfort, suppleness, vitality and renewed vibrancy to dry or dehydrated skin.

    Buy tickets now!

    Experience the quality of Sisley products at Cintron Pink Polo and buy tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

    Find out more about Sisley on their website.


  • Cintron: The luxury energy drink of choice

    Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

    Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

    Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

    Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

    Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

    Follow Cintron on social media:

    Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


  • Get your heels ready for divot stomping at Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

    Did you know the polo field at Val de Vie Estate is 274 meters (300 yards) long and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if boarded?

    Get your heels ready for divot stomping at #CintronPinkPolo on 25 October 2014!

    Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Ooh lala, it's Cocktail Caviar!

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

    Now here's something both delicious and gorgeous to look at! Stunning cocktails will be served at Cintron Pink Polo containing cocktail caviar.

    Conceptualised Thirst bar Services and Pongracz, this exciting concept is based on molecular mixology and will be served at Cintron Pink Polo. A mixture is solidified into a jelly state, capturing the flavours in a small caviar like ball.

    Once the caviar is placed into the drink, it slowly capture the bubbles which allows it to rise to the surface, offering you a small burst of flavour with every sip,  without overpowering the taste of the drink being consumed. Delectable flavours such as hot plum, almond and cassi.

    Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Aston Martin adds a new level of luxury to Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited are delighted to have Aston Martin on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo.

    The new Aston Matin V8 Vantage N430 is a dazzling masterpiece of engineering. Here's what Aston Martin has to say about this exciting new vehicle:

    "Inspired by our rich racing pedigree, N430 is the most dramatic expression of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage ever created. We took the beauty, dynamics and athleticism of our iconic sports car and produced a unique and compelling special edition across five unique exterior specifications.

    Building on the legacy of the acclaimed N400 and N420 special editions, V8 Vantage N430 delivers excitement and intense performance with a thrilling club sport ethos."

    New models in the pipeline are the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster and Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition.

    Aston Martin has two dealerships in South Africa: one in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, and in Sandton, Johannesburg.

    Visit the Aston Martin website for more information, or follow them on social media:

    Twitter: @astonmartinsa
    Facebook: Aston Martin South Africa
    Instagram: astonmartinsa


  • ghd joins in the fight against Cancer

    Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

    It‘s that time of the year again where ghd joins in the fight against Cancer, the 2014 limited edition V Coral styler from the Bird of Paradise collection can make any hair seem like it’s about to hit the catwalk.

    “ghd is proud to be supporting CANSA for the 8th year with contributions from their third edition from the birds of paradise collection. R1 683 400 has been raised by ghd for CANSA in South Africa through sales of the coveted pink ghd stylers,” says ghd marketing and education manager, Landi Le Roux.

    ghd will be at Cintron Pink Polo this year and we are thrilled to have this amazing brand as part of the event.


  • Expect decadent delights at Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

    The menu planning of the Cintron Pink Polo high tea is in progress and we are so excited about all the deliciously decadent ideas we have for the event!

    Don't miss out - be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • Keep on trend with ELLE Magazine

    Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

    For the latest in fashion and what's happening,  get the October issue of ELLE Magazine. With our own Charlize Theron on the cover, this issue is packed with trend inspiration and design savvy. Catch ELLE at Cintron Pink Polo too - they are the proud print partners for this must-attend event.


  • Happy October! It's nearly time for Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

    Happy 1st of October! This month is very close to our hearts  not only because it marks the  beginning of the polo season, but also because it's  breast cancer awareness month.

    Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


  • What you need to know about Cintron Pink Polo 2014

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


  • Your invitation to Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


  • Drink it, Live it with Cintron

    Posted on September 3, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

    Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

    Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

    Follow Cintron on social media:

    Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


  • Why we can't wait for Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

    Danielle Boon, a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School, recently joined the Val de Vie Events team as an intern. She was very keen  delighted to learn about our estate and highly anticipated events such as Pink Polo, which takes place in October every year. Here's what Danielle had to write about the upcoming event:

    "The annual Cintron Pink Polo Event is all about bringing friends together to have fun in the sun for a good cause. The glamorous event raises awareness and funds in aid of breast cancer.  Polo combines with timeless, elegant fashion to create a sensational day on the social calendar. What can be more fun than making a statement in pink?"


  • D'Ore glams up its store for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

    We love this in-store activation that D'Ore created for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters. D'Ore offers luxury fashion brands such as Armani, Emilio Pucci and Escada, making it the perfect place to find beautiful items that are at the cutting edge of trends. Visit the D'Ore website for more information about this premium store.


  • The Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo 2014 in Get It Cape Town Magazine

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

    The April edition of Get It Cape Town Magazine has a fantastic overview of the annual Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo Cape Town, which was held at Val de Vie Estate in March. As the articles show, the event was attended by a host of glamorous celebs such as Locnville, Cindy Nell, Jen Su, Dion Chang, Christiaan Gabriël Du Toit and Jeannie Dee. What a stunning day!


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 caught on camera

    Posted on April 1, 2014 by Admin

    We love this video of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 by KOLLIG TV, which beautifully sums up the glamour, luxury and excitement of this prestigious event.


  • Jen Su visits the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

    5FM and SABC 3 Hollywood reporter Jen Su attended the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 which was held at Val de Vie Estate. People Magazine has all the details about her experience of the event, from rubbing shoulders with celebs such as Roxy Louw, Jeannie D and Locnville to checking out the latest trends worn by the fashionable crowd. We look forward to seeing you again next year, Jen Su!


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 on video

    Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 was a great success, celebrating the finer things in life: polo, French Champagne, luxurious Bentley cars, high fashion and delectable food. This video showcases the event, we can't wait for next year!


  • Tanya Van Graan dazzles at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    These photos of Tanya Van Graan capture how gorgeous she looked at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014. We adore her modern yellow dress paired with nude heels and a chic up-do.


  • A light-hearted look at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 was attended by a host of celebs, VIPS and fashionable folk. We love Skattie, what are you wearing?'s witty write-up of the event, which hilariously satirises all the small talk, shoulder rubbing and people watching.

    So lovely to have seen you there, Malibongwe!

    Image courtesy of Skattie, what are you wearing?


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 Cape Town sets a new benchmark

    Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

    Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, local and international guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 attended this past Saturday, 01 March 2014, what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive polo and luxury lifestyle event on the annual social calendar. With notable VIP’s in attendance such as The Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, Tokyo Sexwale and world land-speed record holder Andy Green, along with local celebrities Cindy Nell, Jimmy Nevis, Tanya van Graan, international super model Katryn Kruger and fashion icons David Tlale, Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, guests enjoyed an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne and gourmet canapés.

    In keeping with tradition, Bentley was both Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 and hosted the world land speed record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green as their special guest in their VIP Lounge. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, the Bentley Mulsanne as well as their recently launched Bentley Flying Spur, it was the new Bentley GT Speed convertible parked side by side with two rare Bentley Blowers on the day which stole the show.

    Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious champagne house sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, is the only event of its kind on the African continent and draws both local and international spectators in numbers.

    D’Oré, the Official Fashion Partner for the day, showcased some of the world’s top luxury fashion brands such as Emilio Pucci, Escada, Cavalli, Armani Collezione, Rupert Sanderson, Elie Tahari, Herve Leger and Vanessa G in a quintessential runway show.

    Global prestige Beauty Sponsor, Elizabeth Arden Inc. kept guests of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 beautified all day long. With Elizabeth Arden ‘Beautiful Colour’ touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Committed to the concept of holistic beauty, Elizabeth Arden ensured everyone was beautiful from the inside out with a Prevage anti-oxidant bar on the day for guests to enjoy.

    Redkin and The Cutting Room provided expertly styled hair for the D'Ore models and key celebrity and VIP guests on the day.

    Official Time Keeper for the polo, Breitling for Bentley, showcased a timeless collection born from a cross between the grand art of British car making and the finest Swiss watch making traditions. Avouching a new art of living, Breitling for Bentley is the most trusted when it comes to their unique blend of elegance and performance, power and style, sportiness and refinement.

    More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live with all eyes fixed on the games of polo played on the day. With an added opening exhibition match, a first for the tournament and the final 8-goal tournament comprising of top local and international players, play was organised by HRH Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim of Nigeria and saw the day’s nail biting finish with winning team Veuve Clicquot, captained by Johan du Plooy, narrowly beating team Nigus with a 6/5 victory.

    Watch out for more photos of the event on our blog!


  • What are you wearing to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters?

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

    It's the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate and we can't wait! This prestigious event is synonymous with fashion, exciting polo action and enjoying the finer things in life.

    If you don't have tickets yet, you can buy them online at Computicket.

    Still planning your outfit? Here's some fabulous fashion inspiration.


  • Don't miss the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Master Polo 2014 Tournament

    Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

    It's nearly that time of year for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014! Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 are set to attend what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive and luxury polo event on the Western Cape’s social calendar on Saturday, 01 March 2014.

    Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious Champagne House sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, the only event of its kind on the African continent.

    VIP guests of Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 tournament can look forward to an afternoon of stylish décor opulence, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne, gourmet canapés, lavish couture fashion and a highly anticipated action packed finale of polo.

    More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live – a theme steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    Tickets are available on Computicket, click here to buy yours!

    SAVE THE DATE DIARY DETAILS:

    Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014
    Date: Saturday, 1 March 2014
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Road, Paarl 7646


  • Val de Vie hosts a lavish polo event

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate was proud to be one of the venues for an exclusive event organised by Mamemo Productions and Event Concepts.

    After a dazzling cocktail event in Cape Town, guests attended an International Polo Event and gala dinner at Val de Vie Estate. Our home team played against an international team featuring top Emirati polo players. The guests witnessed the exhilarating polo actions while enjoying our award-winning wines and delectable canapés.

    After a prize giving, guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner in the ball room, which was beautifully adorned with shades of silver, crisp whites and striking royal blue.







  • BlackBerry Pink Polo captured on film

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo SA Event at Val de Vie Estate from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event has been beautifully captured by Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema. Enjoy the video!


  • Out and about with Jen Su at BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on November 13, 2013 by Admin

    People Magazine recently showcased Jen Su's visit to our BlackBerry Pink Polo event. A host of celebs made an appearance to enjoy an afternoon of fun, fashion and fast-paced polo.  Click here to download the full article.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo in Die Burger

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 was a fantastic success and we're thrilled to hear what how much it was enjoyed by all. Die Burger has featured an article that covers all the  highlights of the event - we love to see such a worthy event making news!


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 - The Showcase

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin


  • Trevor Noah supports BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin

    We were thrilled to see Trevor Noah showing his support for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Trevor is such a talented entertainer and it was fantastic to have him at the Estate.


  • Simply stunning: BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on October 29, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 took place this past weekend on Saturday 23 October and this glamorous event was a resounding success. Held in aid of breast cancer, BlackBerry Pink Polo raises funds for Reach for Recovery, which provides much needed support and counselling for survivors with the CANSA Association for South Africa.

    Guests were treated to action-packed polo, a glamorous fashion show, decadent snacks, bubbly and beautiful sunshine. A big thank you to all sponsors and attendees who helped to make the day such a success!

    There's already plenty of buzz about Pink Polo in the media. Read more on Marie Claire's blog or visit Hy-se-sy-se to view their take on the event.

    All images courtesy of Marie Claire.


  • Good Hope FM supports BlackBerry Pink Polo week

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo week has been in full swing at Good Hope FM! Here the team is sporting their fabulous pink umbrellas, we love their enthusiasm and are so grateful for their support.


  • Good Hope FM gets the lowdown on BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 23, 2013 by Admin

    Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, was on Good Hope FM to chat about the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo event this weekend.

    This highly anticipated event takes place on Saturday 26 October, helping to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Listen to the interview here.


  • Poloworld goes totally pink

    Posted on October 22, 2013 by Admin

    Be sure to visit the Poloworld International stand at the Blackberry Pink Polo this weekend. A new and exciting Polo collection will be available which includes polo shirts, gilets, sweat shirts, hoodies and a selection of stunning beach bags. The exclusive Val de Vie Collection in black or white will also be on sale.


  • Pink and cream perfection

    Posted on October 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

    Perfectly coordinated in pink - that's one of the looks we love for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013! Cream and dusty make a soft, feminine colour combination that looks so chic and elegant.

    Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

    Ticket options:

    Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

    Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

    For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

    Pink Polo Market

    Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA


  • Ryk Neethling on Good Hope FM

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling was interviewed on Good Hope FM to discuss the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October. This fun and fabulous event  is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Listen to the interview.


  • Impeccable Polo style from Canterbury SA

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

    Canterbury SA has some seriously chic menswear that's ideal for the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 26 October 2013. Tailored shirts and smart accessories set the tone for an elegant yet laid back look.

    Visit Canterbury's Facebook page to find out more.


  • Marie Claire's Pink Polo pizazz

    Posted on October 10, 2013 by Admin

    Marie Claire Magazine has its eye on the latest fashion trends for BlackBerry Pink Polo, which is taking place this month on 26 October. From striped accessories and chunky hills to bohemian gypsy-inspired outfits, there are plenty of gorgeous styles to choose from.

    Feeling inspired? Visit their site to view the full article.

    The day will be filled with fabulous fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.


  • Poloworld International Gearing up for BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Admin


    Poloworld International are gearing up for the BlackBerry Pink Polo event with a stunning variety of new "Polo Inspired" merchandise that will be available at the Market at Val de Vie.

    The Iconic Joules Dunsden Polo shirt is now simply frilling! With a ruffled collar this is a classic polo top with a twist. It's available in new colours for the new season and crafted from cotton pique with a touch of stretch to ensure a great fit with easy movement.

    Be sure to visit their online shop.


  • Gaggenau: A proud sub sponsor for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

    We're thrilled to have Gaggenau on board as a sub sponsor for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013, which will be held at Val de Vie on 26th October.

    Gaggenua recently presented the ventilation 200 series, which includes three new ventilation models in various designs and widths. The series offers a wide selection of models that can be combined with all Gaggenau cooktops and cooking appliances to suit personal tastes and kitchen designs. The new products will be available from October 2013, with the exception of the 120 cm wall-mounted hoods, which will be launched in March 2014.

    Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 330 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality.


  • October is Pink Month

    Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

    October is breast cancer month, an important time to increase awareness about the disease. While many of us are aware of breast cancer, it's vital to know about early detection and to each others about it too.

    The month of pink will end with a big bash at BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October, which is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!


  • Sporting Horse Magazine

    Posted on September 3, 2013 by janette

    We love the Sporting Horse Magazine! Great articles and features dedicated to everything equestrian. Be sure to pick up a copy or subscribe to this beautiful glossy.

    www.sportinghorse.co.za

    Here is our feature for their next issue - for the love of horses and living out your passion...


  • Get style savvy for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Admin

    We love Luxo's fashion inspiration for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013. Held on 26 October 2013, this glamorous occasion helps to raise awareness about breast cancer. Looking chic and stylish is a must, so we're already looking out for the right outfits to wear, visit Luxo for more ideas.

    Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

    Ticket options:

    Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

    Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

    For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

    Pink Polo Market

    Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA



  • Poloworld International's gorgeous Spring 2013 Collection - on sale at the Market at Pink Polo

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Pink Polo is always a must-attend event, complete with fashion, polo action, great food and wine, all in the name of a good cause.

    This year the event will also include a fantastic market, offering a selection of find foods, decor goods, crafts and much more. Poloworld International will be selling their latest range at our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Events on 26 October 2013. The Spring 2013 Collection has a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Expect to see stunning beach bags in sea blue, apple, red bus and yellow, as well as cheeky sleeveless Polo T-shirts in pink and multi candy colours.

    Don't miss out - visit our calendar page to find out more about buying your BlackBerry Pink Polo tickets.


  • Dreaming about BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Elsje Human

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event will be taking place on 26 October 2013 and we're already so excited, even though we have a few months to wait! The day is all about celebrating polo, fashion and luxury in the name of supporting breast cancer.

    Guests always arrive looking chic and stylish, so take inspiration from these moodboards which showcase how stunning pink can be, whether it's bright and bold or soft and sensual.

    By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on May 27, 2013 by Admin

    BlackBerry Polo 2013


  • Val de Vie Estate hosts the Infiniti 4 Nations Invitational Polo Tournament

    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate hosted the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Invitational Polo Tournament on the 20thApril 2013 and the event has been described as a great success. With Infiniti as the head sponsor, the invitational teams included Nigeria, Pakistan, Holland and South Africa.

    The event ended the polo season on a high note and highlighted how the sport has enjoyed phenomenal growth and recognition in the past year. Alec Combrink, Infiniti Cape Town’s Dealer Principle, observed that "Infiniti Cape Town is proud to be part of the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo event at Val de Vie and feels that the event is a wonderful opportunity to expose potential customers to our luxurious brand."

    Mr Combrink opened the Plate Final, which saw Nigeria taking on Holland in a fast paced match and Nigeria winning 6-4.  Several of the competing ponies were supplied by Val De Vie Polo Club and were in top sporting condition.

    South Africa played against Pakistan in an exhilarating Final Match in which Pakistan won 5-2. The winning team was awarded the glittering trophy by Michele Stuurman from Carrol Boyes along with generous prizes from Rudy Project, Polo SA, Val de Vie Wines, Polo World and asparkly Cap Classique from GM & Ahrens.

    The tournament was commentated byMr.Gavin Kanigowski from Cape Town Polo Club and kept guests on the edge of their seats and up to speed with the rules of the sport. Olympic medallist and Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling was MC of the event, while Val de Vie Events coordinated all the elements of the day. Chic, corporate-inspired decor with shades of black and white set the scene for guests to enjoy the polo, relax and network. Gentleman guests, not to mention some curious ladies, were treated to get a feel of driving some of the elegant Infiniti cars on display.

    Charl du Plessis was named as the Most Valued Polo Player, while the Best Playing Polo Pony prize went to Bubbles, who is owned by Mr. Martin Venter and ridden by Mr. Lance Anderson. The day ended with three cheers saluting the polo ponies' valorous play and guests enjoyed the rest of the evening celebrating in the Polo Club Restaurant and Pavilion.















  • Meet our new Equestrian Manager

    Posted on April 18, 2013 by Admin

    We're proud to introduce Val de Vie Estates’s new Equestrian Manager, Kelly Tamarind Mathias. Whether you'd like to learn from the best or stable you horses in world-class facilities, Val de Vie's stable and livery facilities are in a league of their own.

    We have the beautiful backdrop of the Simonsberg mountains on our outrides, top quality polo fields, a 90 x 90 grass exercise field, a sand training track and three sand lunging rings with brand new jumping equipment including planks, trays and fillers. The estate also provides 24-hour supervision and full grooming and livery services at the stables. To top it off, horses and ponies enjoy grazing on large open grass paddocks.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Kelly should you require any additional information: kelly.mathias@valdevie.co.za


  • US Polo Assn. photo shoot at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

    Check out this video of the gorgeous US Polo Assn. photo shoot that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Big Sky Productions, it offers a behind the scenes look at all the beautiful clothes, models and scenery. U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. We love their elegant style and are so proud to have been the venue for the shoot.


  • Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Tournament Final

    Posted on April 8, 2013 by Admin


  • Top Billing at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

    If you missed Top Billing's showcase of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013, you can check out all the glamour in this fabulous video. We're thrilled that the Top Billing team were part of this event, which celebrated all the finer things in life. We can't wait for next year!


  • Tune in to Top Billing tonight!

    Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to be featured on the Expresso Show last week. With Jen Su as their guest presenter, the show takes a look at the highlights of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and also interviews some of the celebrity guests.

    Tune into Top Billing tonight at 8pm on SABC 3 for their look at the event, it's guaranteed to be sensational!


  • Twisted Lifestyle attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 28, 2013 by Admin

    Twisted Lifestyle attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and we love the gorgeous photos that Ross took of the day. They truly capture the glamour of the event, as well as the fun that was had by all. As he puts it, "Thoroughbreds, elegance and champagne were experienced in abundance, while smiles, good conversation and quality friends rounded up a wonderful day out at Val de Vie."

    Be sure to visit the Twisted Lifestyle blog to view more photos and to read their full write-up.

    Images courtesy of Twisted Lifestyle.







  • Denzil Jacobs visits the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 26, 2013 by Admin

    Celebrity photographer Denzil Jacobs attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 this weekend and we love his glamorous photos from the event. A host of VIP guests attended the event, including Jeannie D, Jennifer Su, Thulane Hadebe, Lee-Anne Summers, Natalie Becker, Leizel van der Westhuizen, Marilize de Clercq and Sonia Booth. Be sure to visit Denzil's website to find out more about his take on the fun-filled day.

    Images courtesy of Denzil Jacobs.



  • Take a glance at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held this past weekend and what a magnificent event it was! The day was filled with all things fabulous: high fashion, polo action, decadent food, VIPs, a Bentley car parade, an Elizabeth Arden pampering lounge and fine Champagne and wines. The prestige event was co-owned and coordinated by Val de Vie Events and Vivid Luxury, with a host of sponsors that included
    Veuve Clicquot, Polo world, BlackBerry, Carrol Boyes, Hilton Weiner, Whimsical Nomad, Haagen Daz, Elizabeth Arden, Jenny Button, Bentley and Hospitality Partner, Equus. Media partners included SABC 3, who will broadcast their coverage at the following times:

    Top Billing –  Tuesday, 05 March 2013 at 20:00 onwards; and
    Expresso – Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 at 7:30 / 7:45
    Bravo - VCM 2013 to air on Thursday 28th February @ 19h30 on kykNET.

    Guests were treated to a gorgeous fashion show by Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, after which Team Val de Vie beat Veuve Clicquot in an exciting polo match that had everyone enthralled. These photos by Martin de Kock are just a peek at how much fun was had by all, be sure to look out for more photos during the course of the week!

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013


  • Val de Vie attends the Ylvisaker Cup Final

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

    Ylvisaker Cup Final

    Ryk Neethling, Wynand Louw and Martin Venter recently attended the Ylvisaker Cup Final as VIP guests at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Florida. Ryk was asked to do the handover of prizes at the end of the event, which was attended by over 8000 spectators. Fellow South African Suger Erskine was named the Most Valued Player, so it was also a great day for our country! The event was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy world-class polo and to promote our brand abroad.


  • We can't wait for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013!

    Posted on February 21, 2013 by Admin

    This weekend it's time for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie Estate, an absolute must-attend event! It's a day of fun, fashion and all that's fabulous, with plenty of polo action in the line-up. Other entertainment includes a fashion show, live bands and a showcase of stunning Bentley cars.

    Simone de Wet, the MD of Val de Vie Events Full Coordination, spoke to MFM about the event today, click here to listen to the interview. If you don't have your ticket yet, be sure to buy one on our website. See you there!


  • Get your Veuve on

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by Admin

    Next month is February, which is mean it's time for the third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters! This highly anticipated event is taking place on 23 February and it's undoubtedly the most glamorous polo event in South Africa. Guests can expect a celebration of all the finer things in life: riveting polo action, stunning fashion and, of course, delicious French Champagne.

    Click here to view the Save the Date, and be sure to get your tickets for the events on our website - this is a day that you don't want to miss!


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Admin

    The third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is taking place on 23 February and we can't wait! This exciting day is a celebration of all the finer things in life: riveting polo action, glamorous fashion and, of course, delicious French Champagne.

    Keep up to date with all the latest news about this prestigious event by visiting the official Facebook page. Be sure to also get your tickets for the events on our website - this is a day that you don't want to miss!


  • Sale of the Val de Vie Polo House

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by janette

    The Polo House

    Set against the backdrop of the majestic Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains of the Paarl-Franschoek Valley near Cape Town. With its combined French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture epitomise a harmonious and tranquil grand country lifestyle.

    Best seat in the house...

    Polo played weekly on the Pavilion Field from October to April.

    Living in Luxury...

    Val de Vie Estate in the Cape’s Paarl-Franschoek valley recently set a new record when a property on the estate fetched the highest price per m2 for any estate property in the Cape Winelands. The beautiful house was formerly occupied by Olympic swimming champion and Val de Vie shareholder Ryk Neethling, who recently acquired another property on the estate and with the building of his new house well underway. The grand Polo House was completed in October 2011 by Guardian Development Projects, fetched a price of R 11 250 000, which translates to R 20 680 per m2. This is the highest price for any cape winelands, estate property which typically fetch prices of around R 12 500 per m2.

    The purchaser is a leading businessman and Polo patron from Nigeria. He has a broad range of business interests and at one time was the biggest private employer in Nigeria. His family has vast experience in international finance and he knows a great investment when he sees one. “I see great potential for increased business co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria,” says the purchaser. “Within my portfolio of business interests, I am involved with several leading organisations with Cape-based offices and Val de Vie is conveniently located for me to be able to interact with my business interests and maintain my involvement with my passion for Polo. It is a fantastic estate and offers everything that I need for my South African home base.”

    The house has featured in many magazine articles and television programmes and is one of the hallmark developments on the estate. The house is in excess of 540 m2 and is built on a stand of 1130 m2.

    “We’re delighted to attract international investors of this calibre,” says Val de Vie CEO, Martin Venter. “It reinforces the quality of the investment and property proposition that Val de Vie presents as a primary residence estate and shows that this is truly a world-class development. We have excellent security, beautiful houses and plenty of open spaces to create an atmosphere of country living, whilst being conveniently located for resident’s business interests.”

    Val de Vie  also recently scooped two International Property Awards in Dubai: a 5-star award for Best Development, Multiple Units; and Highly Commended in the Best Leisure Development category. “I’m really thrilled and proud that Val de Vie Estate has won these awards,” says Venter. “The diverse offering that encompasses Val de Vie has had a positive bearing on sales and was a prime factor in us winning. It is still a relatively young development and despite tough economic conditions, has managed to attract attention and investment with over 90% of stands already sold.”

    For more information on the International Property Awards visit propertyawards.net

    The sale of the Polo House was put through by Maureen de Waal, Maureen@BeautifulHomes/www.valdevie-properties.co.za


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Admin

    We love this BlackBerry Pink Polo photo collage from Jen Su, Hollywood Reporter on 5 FM and SABC3's Expresso Show. It captures how gorgeous all our lovely guests looked, in keeping with the event's focus on fashion and luxury living.


  • Val de Vie in the news

    Posted on November 12, 2012 by Admin

    There have been many exciting events at Val de Vie Estate recently, so it's no surprise that we're making headlines! Die Burger recently featured two articles about BlackBerry Pink Polo and the Kia and Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge, highlighting the success of both events.

    Click here to read the full article about Pink Polo, or the full article about the Kia and Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge.


  • Twisted Lifestyle visits BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012

    Posted on November 8, 2012 by Admin

    We love Twisted Lifestyle's write-up about BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012. This fabulous lifestyle magazine is always in touch with what's hot and happening, and we're delighted to read what they had to say about the day: "A perfect Saturday out that just flowed, coupled with quality company, food, fashion and fun. It was definitely a day to remember as well as to be reminded of constant awareness of our health and bodies."

    View more photos on the Twisted Lifestyle website.




  • BlackBerry Pink Polo on Bravo!

    Posted on November 8, 2012 by Admin

    Don't miss Bravo! on KykNet (channel 144) at 21:00 tonight! This exciting lifestyle show will be taking a look at our recent BlackBerry Pink Polo Event which was held in aid of breast cancer.

    Click here to view the promotional video about the episode.


  • BlackBerry Pink Polo in aid of Reach for Recovery

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie is recognised as South Africa's premier lifestyle, wine and polo estate, and once again we hosted BlackBerry Pink Polo, the most sought after event on the social calendar.

    For the third year in a row BlackBerry® sponsored the event in line with its support for the cause of women's wellness and the fight against breast cancer. Supporting sponsors included Bosch Siemens Gaggenau, Discovery, Polo SA and Marie Claire.

    This year at this exclusive event saw BlackBerry and Gaggenau, two top male Polo teams, play an exciting match on Val de Vie's celebrated polo fields.

    Guests enjoyed a lavish high tea in the spectacular setting of this beautiful estate. Pongracz and Pink Pigeon ensured the guests were kept hydrated, while pop-up shops included Carrol Boyes, Elizabeth Arden, The Little Hattery and Jan & Guy.

    The highlight of the afternoon was a fashion show by Polo SA, who showcased their latest designs and trends for summer. A special range of Pink Polo products are being sold in their retail stores and select Stuttafords whereby 15% of proceeds from these products will be donated to CANSA.

    One in 29 South African women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, a woman stands a good chance of recovering completely. As such, educating women about the symptoms of breast cancer and the need for regular check-ups is vital to combating the disease.

    The Pink Polo event helps highlight these facts to the public and to raise funds for Reach for Recovery whose programme is to supply practical and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    A quote from Edith Venter, event organiser: "This is a wonderful day filled with fabulous entertainment, South Africa's favourite celebrities, prizes and goody bags. It is an enjoyable way to show your support for breast cancer sufferers and survivors while enjoying a spectacular day out."





  • GQ takes a look at Pink Polo fashion

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

    Pink Polo 2012 was a celebration of polo chic style, and GQ has highlighted some of the best dressed gents at the event. From tailored suits to edgy ensembles, there's no doubt that these guys were every bit as chic and fashion-forward as the ladies! You can view the full gallery on the GQ website.


  • Pink Polo 2012 in pictures

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

    Our recent Pink Polo 2012 event took place on 27 October and it was a spectacular success! Held to raise awareness about breast cancer, the event is a major highlight in the South African social calendar and brings together high fashion, luxury indulgence and exciting polo action. Here are some photos from this fabulous occasion. We already can't wait for next year's event!

    Jen Su talking about her shoes during TV interview; Ryk Neethling

    Tanya van Graan taking part in the polo distance hitting competition

    Polo fashion show & BlackBerry fashion show

    Denim performing

    Crowd watching the polo game, Roxy Louw

    Guests dishing snacks by the polo field

    Polo game in action

    Captain of the BlackBerry team receiving the trophy


  • Introducing the best dressed guests at Pink Polo 2012

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin

    Our Pink Polo 2012 event was just as chic and fabulous as it always promises to be. Guests went all out to look stylish and sophisticated for the day, making it very difficult indeed to decide on who was the best dressed!

    After the votes were cast, we're thrilled to annouce Pink Polo's best dressed man and lady: Ritza van Rensburg dazzled us in her stunning soft pink gown, while Liam Vandiar captured the spirit of classic polo elegance.

    You can view the other nominees on our Facebook page.


  • Thank you for making Pink Polo 2012 such a success!

    Posted on November 5, 2012 by Admin


  • Finishing touches for BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 25, 2012 by Admin

    Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 BlackBerry Pink Polo Event, which is taking place this weekend. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize has got some great style advice about wearing hats.

    "I love wearing hats. Come rain or shine; wearing a head accessory makes you feel and look confident, vibrant and ‘oh so’ stylish!

    Although some might not feel confident enough to wear a hat, even a small fascinator or hair pin can ease you into wearing YOUR hair charm with assurance and sophistication.

    Having said this, recently I was introduced to the very creative team from The Little Hattery – I was blown away by their designs – providing young and old, imaginative or not, with pieces of joy! Hats are such a feminine accessory; they always makes me think of big ball gowns with a tightly pulled corset as well high teas and polo fields – women elegantly moving through the room; meeting and greeting all the attending guests.

    The great thing is that The Little Hattery will once again be creating wonderful goodies for the Pink Polo on 27 October 2012. They design and make to order gorgeous hats and beautiful fascinators for events the world over.

    Kerry and Dominik, owners of The Little Hattery agree: "We are having a ball and making beautiful things as we go along!" Two years from when they first started, it seems that things in hat land are looking very promising!

    For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za."


  • Advice from annaH: Be polished and pretty for BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 23, 2012 by Admin

    This weekend it's time for our highly anticipated BlackBerry Pink Polo Event, which is always a fabulously fashionable affair. Our favourite wedding stylist and consultant, annaH, gives advice on how to perfect your look for the event:

    "It’s almost time for the larger-than-life BlackBerry Pink Polo Event. You’ve planned and picked the perfect fashionable outfit, but what about the finishing touches? Of course, you want to go all out with an ȕber stylish hairstyle, fantastic shades and the perfect make-up. Here are some fresh beauty trends for the 2012/13 season. Be inspired, indulge and spoil yourself with a Spring make-over that will have you looking and feeling like a polo princess."






  • Ryk Neethling chats to KFM about BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 17, 2012 by Admin

    Ryk Neethling was recently interviewed on KFM about our upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo Event. Click here to listen to the full interview.

    Everyone is invited to join us at this fabulous event on 27 October. Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive  event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.


  • Marie Claire gets into the Pink Polo spirit

    Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

    Earlier this week we wrote about our recent Pink Polo School, a fun-filled day that was held by Ryk Neethling in aid of breast cancer. Several fabulous celebrities visited Val de Vie to learn how to play polo, as well as the chance to design their own fascinators and to savour a delicious lunch at the Polo Club Restaurant and Lounge Bar.

    Marie Claire's Romy Heldsinger attended the event and we love their write-up about the day. Everyone did exceptionally well during the lesson, which was coached by Kevin Rixon.

    Read the full write-up on Marie Claire's blog, and don't forget to get your tickets for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 October 2012 to experience this exclusive and exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.


  • Everyone's talking about BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 16, 2012 by Admin

    Excitement is building up for BlackBerry Pink Polo! 021 Magazine has featured the event on their website, highlighting it as a must-attend event on the social calendar. There is so much to look forward to: exciting polo matches, fabulous hospitality areas, a glass of bubbly on arrival sponsored by Pongraz, a scrumptious high tea, fashion by Polo SA, accessories and gifts from Carrol Boyes, an Elizabeth Arden pampering area and pop up store and a fun cook off by Gaggenau.

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive  event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.


  • Pink Polo School

    Posted on October 15, 2012 by Admin

    Our annual Pink Polo event that is held in aid of breast cancer is coming up on 27 October and we can't wait! To get into the spirit of this highly anticipated day, we invited several prominent and fabulous South African women to learn polo, Pink Polo School style.

    The ladies included Tanya van Graan and Roxy Louw, both models and actresses, Romy Heldsinger from Marie Claire and Expresso presenter, Kia Johnson.

    Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 October 2012 to experience this exclusive and exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

    View more images on the Vasgevang website.











  • Brigitte Willers will party things up at BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by Admin

    We can't wait to hear the cool tunes of DJ Brigitte Willers at our upcoming Blackberry Pink Polo event! As a local South African DJ, Sportsmodel, Entrepreneur and Socialite, Brigitte is a very talented lady and will definitely get the party started. Visit her blog to find out more about she does, and be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

    Click here to download the full invite.


  • What to wear to Pink Polo

    Posted on October 9, 2012 by Admin

    Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some tips on what heels to wear to this chic event.

    There are so many exciting trends at the moment and dressing for a cocktail or fashion event has never been so easy, with all the heavenly fabrics, daring colours and classic neutrals provided by both local and international designers. I want to highlight a few tips and share some inspiration for this year’s Pink Polo.

    Silver and Gold
    One can never go wrong with bling for an event such as the Pink Polo. Metal is one of the season’s biggest trends and an elegant statement indeed. For all the obvious cool palettes, rather wear silver than yellow gold. Alternatively combine the two.

    Prints
    From opulent embellished baroque to art deco graphic inspiration and whimsical prints, prints are a must-have for every wardrobe this summer. Prints are flattering because they confuse the eye. Be daring and wear print on print – one print should be busy while the second repeats at least two of the colours to connect the pieces.

    Sheer Cut-away
    Sheer fabrics and lace are feminine and perfect for a summer’s day. Be careful of too much fabric around areas where you carry more weight; this will only add volume. Cut-away or cutouts should reveal areas that are allowed to grab attention: your back or your midriff; definitely a great look for the petite.

    Neon
    Neon might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s something different and I dare you do step out of your comfort zone. Buy a stylish pair of shoes or cocktail bag in neon that will compliment your outfit. The easiest way to style this is to team it with neutral shades.

    Pink
    Everyone is asking me whether I’m going to wear pink to the event, or whether one should one wear pink. My answer is – wear what makes you feel good. This is a day dedicated to a good cause and we want to celebrate it! If you happen to find something in a pink that suits you and fits your shape, GO FOR IT!

    Pastels
    This soft palette is not for everyone. Some of us look completely washed out in pastels, but like neon colours, use them to compliment your true colours. It’s a great alternative to the usual black.

    Dresses and Slacks
    Dresses and skirts are huge this year; celebrating the feminine silhouette. Yes, it is elegant…if it suits your shape! If dresses are not for you then choose one of the many slacks hanging on the shelves: wide legs, sheer palazzos, capri, printed, studded etc.

    The secret to looking sexy and elegant is to be comfortable and confident in what you wear.

    Where can I find a perfect outfit?

    • Malcolm Kluk
    • Kobus Dippenaar
    • Forever New
    • ZARA
    • Jo-Borkette
    • Marie & Me
    • Stuttafords
    • Jenni Button
    • Philosophy
    • Callaghan
    • Isabella Charlotte Boutique

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal styling or shopping session to look your best at this year’s Pink Polo event.

    For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za.

    Marilize



  • Make your chair a throne

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Sometimes a chair is not just a chair... it's more like a beautiful throne that adorns your home. These gorgeous chairs reflect the style of our upcoming Pink Polo Event, which will have a classic polo theme. White with touches of pink will set the tone for the decor, and we think this combination is perfect for upholstery and soft furnishings. Choose delicate pastel shades and pair them with ivory or soft grey, or even trendy metallics.

    Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


  • Luxo offers Pink Polo Inspiration

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by Admin

    We love Luxo's write-up on our upcoming Pink Polo Event. This premier fashion, lifestyle and luxury blog offers a variety of looks that will work for the day, ranging from bold statemen outfits to sporty chic styling.

    Visit their blog for all their gorgeous fashion ideas, and don't forget to get your tickets for Pink Polo! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    Image from Luxo


  • La Vie Est Belle

    Posted on October 2, 2012 by Simone de Wet

    It's only a few weeks until we host our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 27 October 2012! As always, it'll be a day of high fashion and indulgence. The dress code is polo chic, so it's time to start getting your look ready for this exciting day. Of course, no outfit is complete without a sensational perfume, and we have our eye on Lancome's new fragrance, La Vie Est Belle. This gorgeous new scent is not only pink, making it perfect for Pink Polo, but it represents the good things in life.  According to fragrantica.com, "the concept of this fragrance is centered on the idea of natural and simple beauty, freedom from conventions and the choice of once own vision of happiness. The fragrance is a kind of outlook on life, inspired by joy and pleasure in small things."

    "This gourmand yet elegant composition is developed by perfumers Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. The final formula is the result achieved after three years of probation and 5000 versions. Iris is the key ingredient of the perfume, surrounded by orange blossoms and jasmine in the heart. The composition’s opening provides fruity flavors of black currant and pear, while the base is warm, gourmand and powdery due to almond-like accords of tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla."

    Be sure to get your tickets for Pink Polo before they sell out! Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    By Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events & Coordination


  • Lanquedoc Farm Estate

    Posted on September 26, 2012 by Admin

    If you're looking for excellent accommodation in the Paarl Valley, look no further than the historic Lanquedoc Farm Estate. Located in the beautiful foothills of the magnificent Klein Drakenstein Mountains, the estate offers four star self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

    Lanquedoc is a wonderfully tranquil setting and a true country retreat, even though it's a mere 50km from Cape Town. Guests can take leisurely strolls through the estate's olive groves, enjoy a picnic in a scenic setting or simply relax in the secluded pool area. There is also plenty to do in the area, such as wine tasting or playing golf at one of the many nearby golf estates. Of course, a visit to Val de Vie Estate is a must!

    For more information about Lanquedoc Farm Estate, please visit their website.


  • Pink Polo Partners: Polo

    Posted on September 25, 2012 by Admin

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    Polo is a proud sponsor of this event and will join us the fashion partner, bringing the brand's signature style to the day. Polo will be presenting the fashion show and a Pink Pony pop up store for those wanting to purchase something on the day.

    In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Polo also presents its Pink Pony collection. A limited range of Pink Pony signature golfers, t-shirts, belts, journals, handbags and caps will be available from Polo retail stores and selected Stuttafords stores for the duration of October. Polo will donate 15% of the proceeds of Pink Pony products to the Cancer Association of South Africa.

    Polo stores are located in the malls of Sandton, Eastgate, Rosebank, Menlyn, Cavendish and V&A Waterfront.


  • Step out with our BlackBerry Pink Polo Fashion Maestro

    Posted on September 21, 2012 by Admin


    Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some tips on what heels to wear to this chic event.

    Bold Steps

    "If you are as crazy about shoes as I am, I'm sure that you are enjoying the multi-colour, print, details and colour-block styles this season. Not to mention a touch of neon and a modern twist on pastels.

    2012 is all about statement pieces, with silver and gold taking the spotlight on the runways this spring. The metal detailing on the toe, ankle or heel is one of my favourites. It’s perfect for daytime or evening wear; a bold and eye-catching must-have.

    For a couple of seasons the round toe has been the style to wear, but finally the feminine pointy shoe is back. I have always been a huge fan, especially because it is flattering for my straight boy-shape silhouette. However, if you carry your weight below, then this is not your best shoe. It will accentuate your curves, but there are plenty of alternative sexy and glamorous trends to choose from.

    Besides bright colours and bling, nude is still a wardrobe essential and it’s easy to wear. A classy nude heel is the perfect shoe to wear with a dress; it'll elongate your legs and look very elegant if you prefer a classic look.

    The right pair of shoes can take your outfit to a whole new level of elegance. Try something different to stand out at this year’s Pink Polo."

    Book your personal shopping session: styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za
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  • Pink Polo Inspiration

    Posted on September 13, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show.

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so it's time to get inspired and find the look that's right for you. We love this vibrant style, perfect for those who like to stand out amongst the crowd. Shiny embellishments, exotic jewellery and deep, rich colours create a very eye-catching look that still retains a sense of elegance.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • The Carrol Boyes Leather Collection

    Posted on September 6, 2012 by Admin

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    Carrol Boyes is a proud sponsor of the event, and we love the new Carrol Boyes stylish leather range, which includes a variety of elegant leather accessories. The softest grey and black bovine leather has been sourced for the creation of these exquisite handbags, wallets, purses, business card holders and organizers.

    Handcrafted and embossed with elegant detail, these accessories will add an unmistakable iconic luxury to any wardrobe.

    The unique embossed patterns that set these leather items apart echo many favourite pewter and aluminum pieces in Wound Up, Quicksilver and Pebble designs.

    Click here to view the brochure, or visit one of the selected Carrol Boyes stores throughout South Africa to see the items for yourself.


  • Getting ready for the Polo Season

    Posted on September 6, 2012 by Admin

    It's time for the Polo Season to be back in action, and Tehri Fergusson, our Equestrian Manager & Polo Administrator, can't wait! Here's what she has to say about preparations for this exciting time:

    "The relief of warm sunny days after one of the wettest Winters I have ever experienced is always the best medicine to start willing on the arrival of Summer in the Boland!

    Fitness and health are the number one order of the day. With all the Polo ponies back into their fitness regime, one never gets tired of watching the beauty and power of a Polo pony exercising on the track in the early morning sun. The sound of their powerful legs eating up the track while their keen eyes and ears are always pointing forward, as if they know the Polo season is on the horizon!

    Polo players are sorting out their equipment that has been lying dormant for so many months, cleaning and polishing their boots and knee pads in eager anticipation of the forthcoming season. The Blackberry Pink Polo Event on 27 October is one of the major highlights on the Events calendar, and is sure to be filled with amazing polo action and skill as the Polo players show tremendous determination and team work with both their Equine and fellow Players on the field.

    The sound of the mighty thoroughbred’s powerful lungs sucking up the air like a Formula One racing car with their absolute strength and ability, galloping down the polo field, will be on the mind of every Polo player as the Season commences. Polo is not just a sport – it’s a lifestyle!"


  • Perfect Soles

    Posted on September 3, 2012 by Admin

    Personal stylist and image consultant Marilize De Clercq is our Style Maestro for our 2012 Pink Polo Event. As a talented fashion expert who knows how to make anyone look their absolute best, Marilize will be posting a series of tips and trends over the next few weeks relating to Pink Polo. This week she's got some fabulous tips on how men can get style-savvy with their shoes.

    "It is a great honor to be the Style Maestro for this year’s Pink Polo event and I would like to take you on a fashion journey of colour, what to wear and how to wear it at this year’s event, hosted at Val de Vie Polo Estate.

    It is good to start with a key item that you want to focus on and create a look around the color or ‘theme’ you would like to visually communicate. For example, a striking blazer, bright trousers, printed shorts etc.

    I have had a shoe fetish ever since I can remember and it if there is one thing I notice about a man, it is his shoes. I am particularly fond of the colors and prints for Spring/Summer 2012; and what better opportunity to dress your best or show your interpretation of pink in aid of breast cancer.

    Pink, yellow, pastels and neon are all colours you have either heard or read about in the past few months. Yes, these are all colours that you can enjoy other than the usual blue, navy, black and grey.

    There is, however, a whole new take on blue this spring and summer. It is brighter, lighter and looks amazing with this year’s 80’s comeback, neon colors. For the not-so-daring men who are looking for some change, trade your boring monotone shoelaces for trendy bright colors available at Fabiani, or I dare you to wear colourful printed socks; they do not have to match the colours of your apparel.

    The difference this season is in the detail; tasseled loafers, colorful rubber soles and two-tone color brogues. These are all styles that will make a statement and be comfortable at the same time.

    I am looking forward to seeing you on the 27 October 2012; please don’t hesitate to contact me for a personal styling or shopping session to look your best at this year’s Pink Polo event.

    For the latest trends and inspiration follow me on http://pinterest.com/marilizedc/; like http://www.facebook.com/Marilizedeclercq or contact me styling@marilizedeclercq.co.za."

    Kind regards
    Marilize



  • The Power of Pink

    Posted on August 29, 2012 by Iza Slabbert

    Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event is coming up on 27 October 2012 and it's going to be a fabulous fay of fashion, polo and pampering. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, and of course, pink!

    An easy way to add some pink to your outfit is to find a stunning shade of pink lipstick. Pay close attention to the fashion runways this year and you'll see an explosion of pink lipstick. Pink appears to be the hue of the season, with celebrities donning the color all over the place. But you've probably also seen quite a few pink lipstick disasters. This is because pink can be a tricky colour to master when it comes to fashion. The wrong shade, the wrong lighting, or even the wrong brand-can wreak havoc on your outfit. There are some clever tricks you can use to make sure your pink explosion doesn't look like clown-wear. Here are some basic Dos and Don'ts.

    Don't...Forget to moisturize lips underneath.

    Like red lips, bright pink colors have a tendency to look caked and artificial. To avoid this, make sure that your lips are smooth and moisturized underneath. Try wearing a nourishing lip balm underneath. If you don't, by the end of the day it may look as if you've dipped your lips in cake frosting.

    Don't...Line the lips with a dark color.

    For some reason in the late 70's and early 80's it was fashionable for African American women to line their lips with dark brown (or black) liner, filling the middle in with their color of choice. While that style has (fortunately) dissipated, there is still a tendency for some ladies to line their pink lips with a color that is in effect, too dark. Stay away from dark liners, and opt for liner in a similar shade, if you do line the lips at all.

    Don't...Wear bright pink lips with bright blue eye shadow.

    You may have seen that fabulous Zac Posen model sporting a freakishly stylish set of colors on her face. But that neon pink lip color and matching electric blue was more than likely all for show. That designers and stylists utilize these avant garde styles is enticing to most consumers. But translating these crazy looks is much more difficult in the harsh light of day. If you're not yet comfortable with your new pink lips, skip the blue shadow and wear eye shades that are a bit more conservative this go 'round.

    Do...Wear sheer pink colors for an easy daytime look.

    One way to really amp up your look for spring is to try out sheer styles. If you're still a bit apprehensive about pink lip color for your skin tone, start out with a tinted gloss. Glosses are delicate and natural looking, and don't come across as garish. Or experiment by blotting a light coat of pink lipstick, and then "smudging" it with a clear gloss you already have.

    Do...Opt for "toned down " pink versions.

    Many people think Bubblegum when they about pink lipstick. While this color can work in some situations, there are indeed some other shades you should consider. A muted mauve-perhaps a gloss-is another great option for day or night. Other shades to try out? Dusty pink, rose colors, pearlized pinks, and magenta.

    Do...Balance delicate pink lips with big, flirty lashes.

    One thing you'll notice on your favorite celebrities are pairs of luscious lashes. Because pink can be a rather "intrusive" color when worn, you can balance your cosmetic look by making sure you've got flirty eyes. Dust a neutral, iridescent shadow on lids, and finish off with some lash extensions, a pair of curly fake lashes, or some really terrific mascara.

    By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


  • Pink Polo Partners: Pongrácz

    Posted on August 28, 2012 by Admin

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    We are thrilled to have Pongrácz as a sponsor for this exceptional event. This singularly noble Cap Classique is now available in a stylish petite bottle – the ultra elegant choice when all you need is a glass or two. Availabe in both Pongrácz and Pongrácz Rosé, these exquisite 375 ml bottles are the perfect pre-dinner aperitif or a luxurious after work indulgence.

    An exceptional blend of the classic Champagne varietals, Pinot noir and Chardonnay, Pongrácz is set apart by its crisp green apple tones and the nuttiness of freshly baked bread. The graceful Pongrácz Rosé with its salmon hue is enchantingly dry with a wonderful foamy mouthful of black berry fruit and delicate yeasty notes.

    Whether you enjoy a flute of fine Cap Classique at a chic night spot or for an after work get together, the Pongrácz petites are stylish companions for any occasion.

    Retailing at R61 and R70 respectively, the 375 ml Pongrácz and Pongrácz Rosé are available at selected wine shops, trendy bars and restaurants. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PongraczCapClassique or www.pongracz.co.za.


  • Pink Polo Partners: BMW

    Posted on August 27, 2012 by Admin

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    We are delighted to have BMW as a sponsor of the event. Innovation is part of the BMW brand and evolutionary innovations have shaped the history of their company and the image of their cars. Enter a BMW and you know you will find an intelligent combination of the possible and the practical. BMW doesn’t subscribe to developing new technology for its own sake: only when an invention proves that it makes driving more efficient, safer or more enjoyable will they develop it into a BMW innovation.

    Active Steering is a perfect example: it earned BMW an award as the most innovative company in Germany. But for them the most valuable award is the satisfaction of our customers. Every day, our developers, engineers, technicians and designers take on the challenge of finding not just any solution but the very best. Not to simply meet standards, but to surpass them. Driving a BMW means sensing this in every detail: in its quality and design. In its remarkable agility. In its dynamic, efficient engines. After all, there’s one BMW innovation that sets them apart from all others: Sheer Driving Pleasure.


  • Pink Polo Partners: Gaggenau

    Posted on August 27, 2012 by Admin

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za. Click here to download the full invite.

    Gaggenau is one of the proud sponsors of the event and are renowned for creating high-quality home appliances. They are acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 300 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau has been a subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since 1995 and is currently represented in more than 50 countries with flagship showrooms in major cities around the world. In 2011, Gaggenau reached a turnover of more than 170 million euros.

    The team of five Gaggenau designers headed by Sven Baacke pursue a holistic approach that explores the essence of the brand. Aside from product design, the team is involved in shaping the entire brand experience chain from accessories and exhibition presentations to flagship showrooms (from left to right : Sören Strayle, Sándor Klunker, Janina Fey, Sven Baacke, Sebastian Knöll).



  • Get ready for BlackBerry Pink Polo at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 24, 2012 by Admin

    On 27 October 2012 we'll be hosting our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event and we can't wait! Join the gorgeous Edith Venter for a day of pampering, bubbly, delectable foods & gorgeous giveaways. Along with exciting polo action, there will be an open air fashion show. The dress code is polo chic, with a focus on “shades & shoes”, so start planning your outfit now!

    Tickets costs R350.00 per person. RSVP by 19 october 2012 to experience this exclusive & exceptional event. Contact Edith Unlimited on 011 783 5887 or via edith@edithunlimited.co.za.

    Click here to download the full invite.


  • Carrol Boyes - helping WWF keep Africa's iconic rhino alive

    Posted on August 16, 2012 by Admin

    We really admire Carrol Boyes' efforts to fight the terrible issue of rhino poaching in South Africe. During the last few years South Africa has experienced an alarming increase in rhino poaching, triggered by the illegal demand for rhino horn. The brutal rhino horn trade is run by well-resourced, sophisticated, international criminal syndicates. If WWF and its partners had not been investing in rhino conservation over the past several decades, the situation could have been far worse. Over the past two decades both white and black rhino populations have increased considerably as a result of conservation efforts. Current levels of poaching threaten to negate these gains, however, these efforts have put us in a far better position to weather this storm. WWF's Black Rhino Expansion Program has been at the centre of these efforts. Since 2003 seven new black rhino populations have been created on about 150,000 hectares of habitat. Nearly 120 black rhino have been translocated to these sites. WWF galvanizes its efforts around a five pronged approach aimed at strategic parts of the poaching value chain. WWF will continue to improve its understanding of trade dynamics in importing countries and to find ways to influence demand; improve bilateral co-operation between South Africa and importing countries such as Vietnam; improve the judicial and forensic processes (through capacity development as well as expert and hardware support); build community buffers around key rhino populations; and continue to build resilient rhino populations by improving management of existing populations as well establishing new founder populations in secure locations.

    Carrol Boyes’ campaign helps support WWF-SA and its Rhino Conservation Work. By supporting WWF's rhino conservation work, we help to stop the criminal elements plundering our national heritage and endangering a global asset. Together, we can help keep Africa's iconic rhino alive.

    During the last few years South Africa has experienced an alarming increase in rhino poaching. WWF works on two fronts to help rhinos - keeping them safe and growing their numbers.  Carrol Boyes supports WWF and its Rhino Conservation Work, and helps to keep Africa's iconic rhino alive.

    Carrol Boyes will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of these Business Card Holders to the WWF.

    In keeping with the brand's commitment to the greater good, Carrol Boyes is also a sponsor of our BlackBerry Pink Polo event in October, which is held in aid of breast cancer.


  • Savvy style: Carrol Boyes sunglasses

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Admin


    Keep chic with Carrol Boyes sunglasses, the ultimate accessory for your summer wardrobe. We know we'll be wearing them to our BlackBerry Pink Polo event in October, of which Carrol Boyes is a proud sponsor. There are a variety of different styles and colours on offer, making it so easy to find the right pair for your look.


  • SA Polo Team excels at the Coronation Cup

    Posted on July 25, 2012 by Admin

    We are so proud of the outstanding performance of the SA Polo Team at the Coronation Cup at Windsor Great Park on 22 July! The team played against England and as the youngest international team, they truly excelled on the day.

    Under the captaincy of 23-year-old Nachi du Plessis, the Equus & Co sponsored South Africans (rec 1) also included Chris Mackenzie, Jean du Plessis and Tom de Bruin- four players under the age of 25 – not only making them the youngest international team ever to have taken to Smith’s Lawn on International Day, but also an indication of the young polo talent that South Africa, as a country, is producing. After the match, David Woodd, Chief Executive of the Hurlingham Polo Association was quick to praise the South Africa team saying: “It was a great privilege for England to play a young go-getting South African team.”

    If you missed the game, you can check it out on Hurlingham Media.


  • Carrol Boyes: A proud sponsor of BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012

    Posted on July 23, 2012 by Admin

    We're thrilled that Carrol Boyes will be one of the sponsors of the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo 2012 event on 27 October. We adore their stylish creations, especially their quirky Wound Up collection. In the next few weeks we'll be showcasing more beautiful items created by Carrol Boyes, watch this space!


  • The scent of pink

    Posted on July 10, 2012 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Whether you like fruity, floral or spicy fragrances, there are so many gorgeous scents that can capture your own personal style. Harper's Bazaar have put together a brilliant Summer perfume guide that highlights some of the top fragrances for 2012, and we think that they would be perfect for our upcoming Pink Polo event on 27 October. It's the perfect chance to glam up and spoil yourself with something special!

    By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Finance Manager, Event & Wedding Coordinator


  • Get your pink on!

    Posted on July 10, 2012 by Varety Da Silva

    The highly anticipated Pink Polo Event is taking place on 27 October 2012 at Val de Vie Estate and it promises to be a fabulous day of polo, fashion and goodwill. Held in aid of breast cancer, the event celebrates everything that is pink and pretty. Playful, feminine and always charming, we love this gorgeous colour. Be bold in a cerise dress, or  subtle in soft rose. To shy to go all out pink? Find some cute accessories or a stunning shade of lipstick.

    By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


  • The Pretty Ponytail

    Posted on July 10, 2012 by Simone de Wet

    Our Pink Polo event is coming up on the 27 October 2012 and we're already planning our outfits for this glamorous event! There's no doubt what hairstyle we've all got our eye on: it's the humble ponytail. Throughout the years this simple style has been adapted in numerous ways to become a slick option for formal events. Check out a gallery of ponytail inspiration at Harper's Bazaar.

    By Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events


  • Bravo! showcases the Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo

    Posted on June 25, 2012 by Admin

    We are thrilled that Bravo! recently featured the Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo. Be sure to watch this wonderful video that captures the spirit of this chic event.


  • Our polo season comes to an end

    Posted on June 1, 2012 by Admin

    As we head into Winter, we're already missing our four-footed polo horses in action. It's time to enjoy the off-season and get some rest! Ladies, stay inspired and start gathering ideas for a show-stopping outfit for the new season. It kicks off with a bang in October with the highly anticupated Pink Polo Event in aid of breast cancer. This is one polo event that cannot be missed!

    Moodboard by Nadia


  • Captain's report: Looking back on the 2011–2012 Polo Season

    Posted on May 7, 2012 by Admin

    The 2011–2012 Polo Season has been a frantically busy and successful one, including six 0 and 2 Goal Tournaments and chukkas being played four times a week! These Low Goal Tournaments were very well supported by visiting teams and we were thrilled to host Olifantskoop from the West Coast, Maremmana from Hermanus and Cape Town Polo Club from Melkbos.

    We held 3 Exhibition matches during the course of the season, namely the Bentley at the beginning of December, The Veuve Clicquot at the end of February and finally, the innovative and exciting Five Nations Invitational Tournament held at the end of March. The Five Nations was the brain child of Martin Venter who considered the tournament’s viability during the middle of last year with an idea of inviting representatives from Pakistan, England, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Netherlands to compete in an Invitational tournament at Val de Vie. His vision was realized and seven days of exciting polo were played, drawing large and enthusiastic crowds. Val de Vie was delighted to host a visiting side from Pakistan, including the Pakistani Ambassador. The Netherlands were supported by the Dutch Ambassador and his wife on the final Saturday and Fatima Chohan, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, gave a short but inspiring speech about sport and her first introduction to polo at the Tournament. SA were the deserved winners, the winning team comprising of Tom de Bruin (Captain), Kevin Rixon, Martin Venter and Joseph Bron with “Britain” coming a close second.

    Educational Chukkas have become a popular and very social part of learning the game of Polo and follow on after polo lessons given by Kevin on either Tuesdays or Thursdays during the season. Anybody who is interested in learning more about the game and how to play it must contact Tehri at the Polo Office for booking lessons with Kevin and joining in the Educational Chukkas – everybody’s welcome!

    The Polo Season is sadly drawing to a close as Winter beckons. The last planned match was on 5 May, but it will give the horses a well-deserved rest! The number of new people playing polo and the number of tournaments being played is growing faster in Cape Town than anywhere else in the country and next season’s Fixture List is already in progress… we can’t wait!

    PS: To all residents – Diana and I have bought at Val de Vie and are looking forward to meeting as many potential players and spectators as possible!





  • In Images: The Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic

    Posted on April 10, 2012 by Admin

    Inecke Photography captured the recent Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic on camera, and we are delighted with the results. Her images beautifully depict the elegance of the day, and they really show off the beauty of our estate.

    To view more photos, visit Inecke's website.










  • The WineTimes visits the 5 Nations Invitational Polo

    Posted on April 5, 2012 by Admin

    The WineTimes attended the recent 5 Nations Invitational Polo and as their blog write-up shows, they had a fantastic time! From the exciting polo action and fast cars to mingling with guests at the Pavilion and enjoying the live entertainment, a fabulous time was had by all.

    To read their full overview of the day, please click here.



  • The proud winners of the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic

    Posted on April 5, 2012 by Admin

    The South African Polo team were the proud winners of the recent Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic 2012. We are thrilled to have Carrol Boyes on board as a sponsor and look forward to next year's tournament!


  • Val de Vie's Stables through the lens

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by Admin

    Student photographer Verity FitzGerald recently visited Val de Vie Estate to photograph our stables and equestrian facilities. We absolutely adore what she has captured in her images - these elegantly composed photographs beautifully depict daily life at the stables. Hailing from Botswana and studying her final year at the Cape Town School of Photography, Verity is specializing in documentary photography.

    Click here to visit her blog and find out more about her work.










  • Celebrating the success of the Val de Vie Five Nations Tournament

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie recently hosted the Five Nations Tournament and we're thrilled at the success of this exciting event. 500 guests, 14 sponsors and a host of happy spectators enjoyed fun-filled, action-packed polo in the beautiful setting of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Five international teams competed in the tournament, which was won by SA Carrol Boyes, followed by and Nikon Great Britain.

    With such riveting polo, gorgeous weather and Val de Vie's fine wines flowing, it was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our calendar!









  • Top feature: The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters in The Polo Magazine

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters certainly got everyone talking February - it was a day of style, glamour and exceptional polo action! The Polo Magazine has taken note by publishing a fabulous overview of the exciting day. Click here to read the full article.


  • The Sensational Sponsors behind Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo Invitational

    Posted on March 9, 2012 by Admin

    We are so excited for the upcoming Val de Vie 5 Nations Polo Invitational, which will feature some of the world's top international polo players. The 5 Nations will provide an entertaining and stylish day out, with a variety of entertainment and VIP offerings on offer.

    The day would not be possible without our fantastic sponsors, who include:

    Nikon – Team England
    Carrol Boyes – Team SA
    Absa Wealth – Team Zimbabwe
    Hastens – Team Pakistan
    ICLYPS – Team Holland
    BlackBerry general sponsor
    Peroni general sponsor

    We are so grateful for their support and look forward to enjoying this exceptional polo event with them.

    For more information about the event and how to get tickets, please click here.


  • Introducing the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic

    Posted on March 7, 2012 by Admin

    We're thrilled to announce that an exciting new polo event, the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic, is set to take place on Saturday the 24th March at Val de Vie Estate. This annual event will feature an invitational of some of the top international polo players from countries such as England, Holland, Pakistan and Poland, and will create a new niche for itself with regards to VIP corporate entertainment.

    Playing host to ABSA Wealth’s top clients as well as other corporates wishing to provide a platform for their VIP clients to network, enjoy fine whiskey, food, wine and polo, the 5 Nations will provide an entertaining and stylish day out. We've put together a moodboard to get you inspired - think glamour, high fashion and opulence!

    Different to its other polo event counterparts, the 5 Nations will start only in the late afternoon, and offer a host of entertainment throughout the evening. Guests will be welcomed by an old fashioned Swing Band and a grand display of Vintage Cars. There will be a fashion showcase with a twist before the main match whilst an elegant evening of old-school glamour awaits in Val de Vie’s elegant ballroom. Guests will be entertained by a Whiskey & Cigar lounge as well as a Brandy & Chocolate Lounge later in the evening, all dressed in an elegant masculine theme reminiscent of an old gentleman’s club. A Spanish guitarist will offer a different level of entertainment later in the evening, with interesting food and wine pairings offered throughout the evening.

    THE DETAILS:

    Date: Saturday 24th March 2012
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate (Paarl-Franschhoek Valley)
    Time: 3.00pm – 9pm
    Tickets: R250 per person. Available direct from Val de Vie Estate. Contact 021 863 6191 or email events@valdevie.co.za
    Corporate packages are available upon request.

    Click here to view the official invitation


  • The 2012 Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters upped the glamour stakes once again

    Posted on March 1, 2012 by Admin

    Cape Town and Johannesburg’s social set were out in full force this weekend at the second annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate in Cape Town.

    Following the success of last year’s event, which was the champagne brand’s first foray into African polo, the 2012 Veuve Clicquot Masters once again proved to be one of the top events on the South African social calendar.

    Veuve Clicqout, one of the champagne region’s most revered Maisons, sponsors some of the world’s most prestigious polo events and has a long history with the ‘sport of kings’. With over 700 celebrities, socialites and polo lovers in attendance, including Jeannie D, Jo-Ann Strauss, Roxy Louw, Ryan Botha, Natalie Becker and Elana Africa, the Veuve Clicquot Masters event has set a new polo benchmark in South Africa.

    Elizabeth Arden treated female guests to an exclusive Pamper Lounge, where girls could enjoy mini makeovers, Eight Hour hand massages and experience the latest Elizabeth Arden products. The event’s official fashion partners, Viyella (menswear) and Jenni Button (womenswear) presented a dramatic fashion show on the polo field, with models showcasing their latest collections. Other brand partners for the event included Be Premiere Hair, who offered a Mobile Hair Bar for ladies and Aston Martin – the official automobile partner once again this year. Guests were also entertained by SA band GoodLuck and a game of traditional French Pètanque.

    A perfect day of polo and fun in the Winelands was ended with the official after party, hosted by Equus Lounge, giving guests the opportunity to continue their celebrations into the night.

    Peter and Peta Eggierth-Symes

    Rhi, Bronwen van der Merwe, Sarah McAthy

    John Firth, Jeannie D

    Anina Malherbe and Jeannie D

    Roxy and Shahnee Louw

    Philip Levenhagen and Franziska Frauenfeld

    Mamane Moeketsane and Micheal Djan

    Karen and Alessandro Balestri de Verrand

    Jo-Ann Strauss

    Andy Schroder and Khanyi Pupuma

    Jenni Button models

    Jo-Ann Strauss

    Anina Malherbe, Henry Slier, Camilla Bernal

    Elizabeth Arden Pamper Girls

    Elana Africa and Hakeem Kae-Kazim

    Peta Eggierth-Symes and Dorothy Amuah

    Mark Gooding, Didi Kolane, Baker Frizlaar


  • More stunning shots of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on March 1, 2012 by Admin

    Here are some more great shots from the second annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, taken by photographer Jean Marc Lederman. To view more gorgeous photos, please click here.







  • Luxo at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters has been featued on the Luxo blog, showcasing some of the stunning outfits that were worn by the glamorous guests and spectators. Click here to read the full bog post.

    Image courtesy of the Luxo blog


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2012 in pictures

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Admin

    These photographs by Jurie Senekal truly capture the glamour and style of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2012. We had a fanstastic time hosting this prestigious event, which was a chic celebration of polo, fashion and the finer things in life.













  • Everyone's talking about Veuve Clicquot Polo

    Posted on February 28, 2012 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters was recently held at Val de Vie and it's been making waves in the blogosphere this week. Blogger Twistedross tweeted about his experience of the event, while Just for the Nostalgia has featured two stunning write-ups about the day, the first being a fabulous overview and the second showcasing the beautful designs by Jenni Button and Viyella that were modelled at our Pavilion. With all the polo action, high fashion and glamorous guests, we're not surprised that the event has got everyone talking!

    Image courtesy of Just for the Nostalgia


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on February 27, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie hosted the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo this past weekend and what an event it was! Glamorous guests and polo spectators gathered at the Polo Pavilion to take in the polo action, along with enjoying Veuve Clicquot Champagne and the beauty treats at the Elizabeth Arden Pamper Lounge. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 2012 social calendar and we love Lipglosss is my Life's write-up that perfectly summarises the fun and glamour of the occasion. Click here to visit the blog and read more about this fabulous event.

    Image courtesy of Lipglosss is my Life


  • The Little Hattery

    Posted on February 9, 2012 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is just around the corner, so it's time to start planning your outfit for this chic event. We love the fascinators made by The Little Hattery. They are undeniably glamourous and really take an outfit to the next level. Be sure to check out their gorgeous range of fascinators and hats, we're smitten!

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  • What celebs are wearing to Veuve Clicquot Polo events world wide

    Posted on February 2, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie is hosting the Veuve Clicquot Polo Master this February, and it's guaranteed to be a chic, celebrity-studded event! If you've bought tickets, then it's time to start planning your outfit. If you haven't bought tickets, be sure sure to do so soon, so that you can be part of this style savvy occasion!

    Chloe Sevigny, Sofia-Vergara and Selma Blair

    Rachel Zoe, Isla Fisher and Nikki Hilton

    Natasha Bedingfield, Zoe Saldana and High Jackman

    Isla Fisher, Marc Jacobs and Mischa Barton

    LL Cool J, Selma Blair and Alek Wek


  • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2012

    Posted on January 30, 2012 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is taking place on Saturday 25 February 2012, and we can't wait for this glamorous day of fashion, fun and French Champagne! It's a highly anticipated occasion on the social calendar and promises to be a showcase of exceptional style and polo action.

    We invite you to buy tickets at Webtickets.co.za so that you can take part of this dazzling event.

    Please view the Save the Date below for the full details. For those who like to experience the ultimate in luxury, there is also an exclusive VIP Corporate Lounge Package available, click here to read more.


  • International Equestrian Saddle Horse Competition at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 13, 2012 by Admin

    Val de Vie will be hosting an International Equestrian Saddle Horse Competition that will involve the SA Protea Team playing against the World Team.

    Dates:
    Friday 20 Jan, 14:00
    Sunday 22 Jan, 10:00

    This exciting event is open to public and light snacks will be available for sale. For more information please email Amanda at amanda@oshpharm.com


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters 2012 – Bigger, better and more fabulous!

    Posted on December 15, 2011 by Admin

    The second Veuve Clicquot Masters, one of the most sophisticated events on the South African Polo calendar, is set to take place on Saturday 25th February 2012 at Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate outside Cape Town.

    The prestigious Champagne House sponsors some of the world’s biggest polo events, and the 2011 Veuve Clicquot Masters was their first foray into African polo. The event proved to be a resounding success, enjoyed by SA’s elite, including top celebrities, glamorous socialites and polo lovers.

    The 2012 Veuve Clicquot Masters is set to grow in size, drawing in crowds dressed to impress for a stylish day of polo. Utilising Val de Vie’s world-class polo fields and luxurious club house facilities, VIP guests can expect a glamorous day out filled with champagne, gourmet canapés, haute couture, and of course, thrilling polo.

    SAVE THE DATE DIARY DETAILS:
    Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters
    Date: Saturday 25th February 2012
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate (Paarl-Franschhoek Valley)
    Tickets: Available online through Webtickets
    Click here to visit the event's Facebook page for more details.






  • The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational

    Posted on December 8, 2011 by Admin

    On Friday 25 November Bentley, Veuve Clicquot, Pirelli, Breitling and LIVEOUTLOUD partnered in an event like no other at the Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate in Paarl, Western Cape. The day’s proceedings consisted of an exclusive Polo tournament between four sponsored teams as well as a glitzy unveiling ceremony and cocktail celebration for the much anticipated Bentley Continental GTC during the evening.

    Invited VIP guests were given access to the exclusive estate for the polo tournament, which saw a round-robin clash between four professional polo teams. Guests were welcomed to relax under the Veuve Clicquot umbrellas or enjoy a cold Peroni at the bar whilst watching the games against the backdrop of the Paarl Mountain Range. The start of the tournament was commenced with Kristina Diehl from Bentley UK throwing the opening ball onto the pitch from the passenger seat of the new Continental GTC’s predecessor before they raced away from a slew of horses clashing for the ball.

    Michael Eilertsen, CEO of LIVEOUTLOUD explains: ‘The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational has positioned itself as the pioneer event before LIVEOUTLOUD hosts the inaugural 2012 Beach Polo Festival in Camps Bay, Cape Town. This festival is set to become one of South Africa’s premier events and we look forward to breaking ground on this truly remarkable and original concept.’

    The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational culminated with guests being entertained by the vehicles on show; a jazz band playing smooth melodic tunes, and drew to a close as the sun set behind the mountains with as much style and sophistication as the vehicle itself, a day encapsulating both sporting and luxury living.








  • Festive greetings from Val de Vie Polo

    Posted on December 7, 2011 by tehri

    Holiday time is approaching and I am sure everyone can’t wait for the long awaited festive season the lies ahead of us.
    The polo club will be closed from the 19 December and will re-open on the 4 January.

    The ponies are going to enjoy a mid season break, which will give them time to re charge those batteries, put on a bit of condition and get them ready for the busy polo that awaits them next year.

    We have had a great season so far, the polo and skill that has been exceptional and we are expecting a number of overseas visitors in the new year.

    We have sadly said goodbye to a very important Val De Vie personality, Toffee. He was a very precious and dear little chap. He has moved to a big farm in Stellenbosch, with huge lush fields that would be the dream of any pony, to be a companion to another horse. We are also sadly saying goodbye to a very special polo pony, Angel, who has been with us since July 2011. She has unfortunately become blind in her one eye and can’t play polo anymore. She will be going back to Natal to retire on a farm with her previous owners.

    We have had a number of new ponies arriving at Val De Vie over the past couple of months. We also welcomed Jason Drew s three ponies, Whistler, Charlie and Hunk at the beginning of October, Gavin Watson’s two ponies, Fernanda and Pepita that arrived at the beginning of November and we welcomed Joseph Bronn s three polo ponies that arrived on the 6 December all the way from Natal. Girlie, BMW and Jura stepped out of the truck late Tuesday afternoon and settled into the Val De Vie way of life as if they had been here before.

    The Bentley Polo was held on Friday 25 November, with all the top polo players from around the province coming together to display their talents and skill on the polo field. This was truly a chart topper of an event with the prestigious Bentleys everywhere added in the mixture with exceptional polo, what more could you ask for?

    Val De Vie was very proud to sponsor a Championship class at the South African Dressage Championships that were held in Stellenbosch from the 14 till the 20 November. We have a number of talented Dressage riders from Val De Vie that will start competing in shows next year such as Karen Dormehl on her young horses Kontikki and Frosty Kiss, Stacey de Villiers on her horse Dallas and Michelle Evert riding her new polo pony, True Rhythm. Hopefully all of these riders will be competing at the next SA Dressage Championships and we can offer as much support to them along the way as possible.

    That’s all from us at the Polo club for now, wishing you all the best for the holidays!

    Tehri









  • Glenellen Show Jumping 26 November 2011

    Posted on December 1, 2011 by Admin

    The Western Province Show Jumping Championships where held at Glenellen Farm in Hout Bay over the weekend of the 25, 26 and 27 November. There where riders from all over the country that travelled the 1000km + to compete for the title, Western Province Adult Show Jumping Champion. The riders who compete in the big championship class are tested over fences that can get up to 1.40m high, over a course of 12 plus jumps ranging from water jumps to a triple combination with one stride in between. Jumping those heights is the ultimate test between every horse/rider combination. The final result was in first place Jeanne Engela and Liam Stevens in second place.

    Tehri travelled through to the Championships on the Saturday morning with her horse, Alfonso. It was their first show together as a team and they competed in the 90cm class. Tehri was very pleased with her talented young horse, being his first time in that arena, he did not put a foot/hoof wrong.

    We are looking forward to an exciting new year in 2012 with all our competitive riders, we will be sure to keep you updated with all the show results.


  • Twisted Lifestyle take on BlackBerry Pink Polo

    Posted on November 28, 2011 by Admin

    We love Twisted Lifestyle's write-up on the recent BlackBerry Pink Polo event. As Twisted Ross puts it, it was "a day of fashion, wine, bubbles and sweet goodness but the beautiful day out is all about raising awareness as well as funds in aid of Breast Cancer." Click here to read his full blog post about the occasion, as well as to see more photos.




  • Blackberry Pink Polo in pictures

    Posted on October 31, 2011 by Admin

    Here are some gorgeous shots from our recent Blackberry Pink Polo Event, which was held in aid of breast cancer. It was a glamorous day attended by a host of stylish guests and chic celebs, all eager to support this worthy cause.

    Visit The Jog Blog to see more pictures and to read more about the fabulous event.


  • The Grand Carrol Boyes Floating Trophy at Blackberry Pink Polo

    Posted on October 19, 2011 by Admin

    The Blackberry Pink Polo Event was hosted at Val de Vie over the weekend, and what a wonderful occasion it was! Held in aid of breast cancer, the event has become a major highlight on our polo calendar. Here's a glimpse of the grand Carrol Boyes Floating Trophy and team player awards that were handed out. Be sure to look out for more photos of this fabulous event...


  • Out and about on horseback

    Posted on October 6, 2011 by Admin

    The ladies of Val De Vie enjoying the early morning trotting sessions. Maureen de Waal, Tehri Fergusson and Kerstin Fehrsen.

    Tehri Fergusson and Michelle Evert heading off for a riding lesson.


  • Perfect the Polo look

    Posted on October 4, 2011 by Admin

    Polo is not only famous for being an exciting and intriguing sport - it's also associated with elegant fashion and crisp, elegant styling. Ready to pull off the polo look with aplomb? Here are some fashion tips from Cameron Silver, owner of DECADES vintage boutiques.

    Polo style tips for Women:
    • Wear a hat and wear it proud. The bigger the better.
    • Shoes need to be sensible and stylish. Go for a wedge and avoid a stiletto heel and avoid sinking into the lawn.
    • Prints are your new best friend. A floral tea dress paired with a cashmere cardigan creates a great sophisticated, retro look that's very Polo-esque.
    • Dress the part: Throw on a pair of jodhpurs into your riding boots with a crisp polo shirt. Don't be surprised if you end up on a horse, however!
    • This isn't a night club - leave the all-black wardrobe for the after-party!

    Polo style tips for Men:
    • Ask yourself, "What would Cary Grant wear?" Buy a grown up suit and dress to impress.
    • Step out of the box and add some color to your wardrobe. An Etro print tie or pocket square with a colorful shirt exudes a bit of English-inspired eccentrics.
    • It’s polo after all: When all else fails, a fresh pique polo shirt, slim flat front khakis, a cashmere pullover, and a gold Rolex will work wonders. Top it off with a fedora and aviators for a sense of mystery.


  • Get your pink on for the polo!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 by Admin

    We're getting more and more excited about the upcoming Pink Polo event on 15 October 2011, held in aid of breast cancer. This chic event is all about looking fabulous, so be sure to don your most gorgeous pink outfit and be prepared to dazzle! Did we mention that there will be a polo match, Kobus Dippenaar fashion show and a host of decadent treats for all who attend?

    Tickets cost R350.00 and can be reserved by clicking here. Alternatively you can email edith@edithunlimited.co.za or call 011 783 5887.


  • Outstanding Results at the Interschools Team Championships

    Posted on September 26, 2011 by Admin

    Three of our young and talented riders competed in the Interschools Team Championships at the Evergreen Stables over the weekend of the 24 and 25 September. Tristene Joubert, Jaydee Joubert, Bronwyn Haasbroek and Erin Pape made Val De Vie very proud with their turn out, skill and overall results at the show. On the Saturday, Tristene and Jaydee competed in the Dressage classes scoring over 53% for their tests. This is a very good score considering that Jaydee is a National Polo Cross Player and Wild Cat, her horse is in fact a Polo Cross/Polo Pony.

    On the Sunday, Erin competed in the 50cm Individual Competition, but unfortunately took a pole in the Jump off. Then she showed us all what she is made of and produced the most beautiful clear round in the Team Championship Class on her pony, Leo. Erin s team (Bridge House) ended up coming second overall. Tristene competed in the 60cm individual and produced a brilliant double clear but was not fast enough in the jump off to be in the top 4 places. We were very happy with her result, as it was also her first outing with her new horse, Edo. Jaydee competed in the individual 60cm competition and had a cracking round and ended up receiving third place. In the team event, Jaydee’s team (Girls High) ended up winning the 60cm Team Championship!

    We would like to congratulate the Val De Vie Riders! We are very proud of you.


  • Celebrating success at the Milnerton Riding Club Spring Festival

    Posted on September 13, 2011 by Admin

    On Saturday 10 September, Karen Dormehl and her beautiful warm blood gelding, Kontiki, left Val De Vie early in the morning to set out for Kintiki’s first showing show (Kontiki is only four years old). We were very proud when we learnt that Kontiki came first in two of his classes on the weekend. He competed in the Milnerton Riding Club Spring Festival in the Best Walk and Best Trot categories. He was up against a large group of older and more experienced horses but managed to prove that he was the champion at the end of the day. Well done to Karen Dormehl, proud owner of Kontiki. It is very exciting and we can't wait to see him back in the show ring.


  • Get the party started with Pink Pigeon Rum

    Posted on August 31, 2011 by Admin

    Val de Vie is thrilled that Pink Pigeon is one of the sponsors of our upcoming Pink Polo Event. This Vanilla Spiced Mauritian Rum is named after the rare and endangered species of bird found only on the magnificent jewel island of Mauritius. It is the first pure premium spiced rum from the island to be blended with “Black Gold”, which is the finest hand-pollinated and hand-picked natural vanilla from the islands of Madagascar and Reunion. Although complex in flavour, Pink Pigeon is delicious to drink and distilled five times with the purest of spirit.

    Here is a recipe for their signature cocktail, the Pink Pigeon Mojito:

    Ingredients:
    1 ½ shots of Pink Pigeon Premium rum
    ½ shot of Giffard vanilla syrup or sugar if you don’t have
    10 Fresh mint leaves
    4 wedges of lime
    1 shot of Cranberry Juice

    Method:
    First focus on muddling the lime wedges, mint leaves and sugar in the glass of service. Then add in your Pink Pigeon rum, top half the glass with crushed ice and stir with a spoon to mix and chill. Top up the glass with crushed ice and finish of by adding the cranberry juice.


  • The Val de Vie Team at the BMW Polo Series

    Posted on August 24, 2011 by Admin

    Morne Bosch, MD Val de Vie Estate; Simone de Wet, MD Val de Vie Events; and Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director Val de Vie

    The Val de Vie Team was delighted to be invited by BMW to the BMW Polo Series that recently took place at the Indanda Club in Sandton on 22nd August 2010.

    With a fresh theme of tones of green and gold, it was a glamorous event that included a  fashion show featuring the work of 10 fashion designers.  Guests were also treated to a three course meal before viewing the exciting polo match between South Africa and Australia. The Australian team secured two points against the South African team with a final score of 9–7 to Australia.


  • The latest polo news: What's happening in Winter

    Posted on August 18, 2011 by tehri

    As the start to the new polo season is on the horizon, we are getting ready for what should be the best, most exciting polo season Val De Vie has see yet. With the growing numbers of people wanting to become members of the Val de Vie polo club every week, and our stables at full capacity, we are all very excited and can’t wait for the season to start in October.

    I thought I would share a little information about what we, the Polo Club and Stable personal have been up to all winter. With the end of Polo Season at the beginning of 2011, the polo ponies have all had a well, long deserved rest. They have had the opportunity to re charge their batteries, relax, get as fat as possible and as furry as possible. The grooms and Polo Team have been keeping a close eye on them, making sure they get sufficient feed, love and attention.

    The horses have been kept to a very structured schedule, being creatures of habit, they do not adjust to drastic changes very well. So we have to make sure that they get their feed at specific times in the morning and afternoon. Horses mainly get two meals a day . With drastic cases with horses either being drastically under weight, or at times of excess pressure and hard work, they can get up to 4 meals a day. The stomach structure is such that they need to have sufficient grazing all day long. Without this grazing, the stomach acids can cause serious damage which can lead to serious medical complications and stomach alsers. With the lack of grazing down at the sand paddock, we supplement the horses grazing with a product called oat hay.

    We have also had a few more livery clients joining us over these past months, I would like to welcome them. Karen Lewis who has just recently purchased her new Polo Pony Angel. Stacey and Kaylee, they came to us from Franschoek with their three beautiful warm blood mares, Star Bucks, Dallas and Moet. Stacey is also a qualified Equine Physiotherapist, so if you are interested in having her look at your horse please feel free to contact me for more information. Tessa Moxon who also moved from Franschoek with her Polo Ponies and young warm blood mare that she will be training as a dressage horse. The Anderson Family, Anuchka, Albert and Sharron and their lovely ponies Trixi and Leo. Anuchka has represented South Africa in Show Jumping up in Johannesberg. Candice Starke who will be with us at the end of the month with her two very talented show jumpers Just London and Chase. Candice was competing in the 1.45m show jumping classes last year. We are very excited to have such top quality horses and riders at our yard. I am sure that the Val De Vie flag will be flying high at many of the big horse shows locally and nationwide in the months to come.

    I would also like to welcome Erin and Marilyn Young. Erin has recently joined us from another stable yard in Cape Town, she is leasing a lovely pony from the Anderson Family, Leo. Erin is a very talented and gutsy rider and we can t wait for her to start competing and going to shows on her lovely pony.

    The Polo Ponies have also just received their second African Horse Sickness Vaccination. We vaccinate the horses once a year during the “off season” . The purpose of this vaccination is to strengthen the horses immunity against this deadly viral disease which kills thousands of horses around South Africa every year. The vaccination consists of 2 injections 3 weeks apart. There are two types of AHS ( African Horse Sickness) that the horses can contract, Dunkop and Dikkop. I have inserted some additional information with regards to AHS below.

    WHAT IS AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS?
    African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious non-contagious, vector born viral disease affecting all species of Equidae. It is classified as an Orbivirus of the Reoviridae family of which there are 9 serotypes. All serotypes (1-9) are distributed throughout South Africa, although there is a variation in their temporal distribution. It is endemic to (occurs naturally on) the African continent, and is characterised by respiratory and circulatory damage, accompanied by fever and loss of appetite.

    Host and Vector
    Animals affected are, all breeds of horses (mortality rate of 70-90%), mules and donkeys. Wild life Equine species (Zebras) are resistant to the disease. The vector host, Culicoides midge, spreads AHS virus.

    How do horses contract the disease?
    AHS does not spread directly from one horse to another, but is transmitted by the Culicoides midge, which becomes infected when feeding on other infected equidae. It occurs mostly in the warm, rainy season when midges are plentiful, and disappears after frost, when the midges die. Most animals become infected in the period associated with sunset and sunrise, when the midges are most active.

    Symptoms
    The disease manifests in three ways, namely the lung form, the heart form and the mixed form. The lung (dunkop) form is characterised in the following manner:

    • very high fever (up to 41 degrees).
    • difficulty in breathing, with mouth open and head hanging down.
    • frothy discharge may pour from the nose.
    • sudden onset of death.
    • very high death rate (90%).

    The heart (dikkop) form is characterised in the following manner:

    • fever, followed by swelling of the head and eyes.
    • in severe cases, the entire head swells (“dikkop”).
    • loss of ability to swallow and possible colic symptoms may occur.
    • terminal signs include bleeding (of pinpoint size) in the membranes of the mouth and eyes.
    • Slower onset of death, occurring 4 to 8 days after the fever has started.
    • Lower death rate (50%).

    The Polo Ponies will start exercising in September so they can lose their winter “fat layer” and get into shape for Polo Season that starts in October. I am sure many of the Polo Players will also be exercising to rid themselves of the excess “winter warmth layers” that have accumulated over the past couple of months. The horses exercise program will consist mainly of walking for the first couple of days around the track located around the stick n ball field and then we will gradually increase the exercise speed and distance as the weeks go by, so the Ponies will be sleek, fit galloping machines come polo season. As for the Polo Players, we have the gym and Mieke! There are many exciting events, tournaments and family days planned so be sure to keep a close eye on the Events calendar. Polo lessons and educational chukkas with Kevin Rixon will also start in October.

    Tehri


  • Pink Polo at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by Admin

    BlackBerry and Val de Vie invite you to our Pink Polo event on 15 October 2011, held in aid of breast cancer. The exceptional event includes a captivating polo match, a Kobus Dippenaar fashion show and a host of decadent treats for all who attend.

    Tickets cost R350.00 and can be reserved by emailing edith@edithunlimited.co.za or calling 011 783 5887.

    Click here to download the full invitation.


  • Get a glimpse of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on May 24, 2011 by Admin

    Here's a closer look at the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which was hosted by Val de Vie. As the video shows, this glamorous event was all about sensational style and pure polo excitement - what a dazzling day!


  • Educational Chukkas 14 April 2011

    Posted on April 15, 2011 by tehri


    Here are some great photos from the Educational Chukkas we hosted on 14 April 2011.


  • Club Chukkas 10 April 2011

    Posted on April 13, 2011 by tehri

    Val De Vie Red: Rolf Thielen, George Mumba, Gavin Kanigowski, Tessa Moxon
    Val De Vie Blue: Jessica Henrich, Karen Lewis, Kevin Rixon, Gavin Watson
    Referee: Roy Rixon


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Tournament

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Admin

    Val de Vie invites you to the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Tournament on Sunday 17 April 2011. This exclusive high society event is not to be missed and promises a day of glamour, excitement and luxury.

    Click on the flyer for a closer look at what this event promises.


  • Congratulations to Malcolm Kluk and CGDT!

    Posted on March 29, 2011 by Admin


    Val de Vie is absolutely thrilled that Malcolm Kluk and CGDT have been voted the best designers of the year in SA! To top it off, they will be the only South African designers representing our country at New York Fashion Week. We congratulate them on this fantastic achievement which recognises their flair for fashion.

    The team also designed Val die Vie's chic new polo shirts (pictured below), which are on sale to the public. Kindly contact Tehri at the Val de Vie Polo Club if you would like to order one.



  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Tournament

    Posted on March 28, 2011 by Admin

    Val de Vie invites you to the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Tournament on Sunday 17 April 2011. This exclusive high society event is not to be missed and promises a day of glamour, excitement and luxury.

    Click here for information about corporate packages, or click on the image above for more details about the event itself.


  • The Val De Vie Cape Town Cup 2011

    Posted on March 9, 2011 by tehri

    The Val de Vie Cape Town Cup was recently hosted in the elegant surroundings of the Val de Vie Estate utilising the estate’s world-class polo fields and luxurious club house facilities.

    The line up for the 6-Goal tournament saw a number of international players from Argentina, Holland, Italy, Germany, Zimbabwe, the UK, India, and South Africa competing, bringing an exciting flavour to the matches, lunches and the prize giving Val de Vie Polo Club Captain Rolf Thielen said that he was particularly pleased with how well the tournament was received and how much support there had been for the tournament had been throughout.

    This is the third time the Cape Town Cup has been hosted at Val de Vie. Western Cape Polo Chairman Pawel Kanigowski originally conceived the cup in 2007 and with the support of the clubs in Cape Town and Boland areas it has now become and exciting annual fixture. The format of the tournament was a round robin over three days with a subsidiary final and a final on day 4. The four teams, Lanquedoc, Maremmana – Central Academy, Cape Town Polo Club and Val de Vie were in fierce competition from day one.

    Val de Vie walked away as the winners of the trophy but it was a hard fought competition. The Lanquedoc team of Martin Hartmann took second place. Best Playing Pony went to Cold Steel, owned by Tom de Bruin, who also took the coveted Most Valued Player award.

    Val de Vie Polo Club President Allesandro Balestri de Verrand thanked SAPA Executive Director Clive Peddle, the visiting and local patrons as well Martin Venter (Chairman of the Val de Vie Group) and sponsor of POLO SA magazine. Alessandro mentioned that without the support of patrons such as Pawel Kanigowski, Peter Stuart, Martin Hartmann and Ankur Mishra polo in the Cape would not have been able to grow as quickly and successfully as it has.

    The Cape Town Cup is set to grow to an 8 team two week event over the next few years and the interest and excitement has left us all with bated breath for next years gala performance.

    We also look forward to seeing you join us for another exciting polo event coming soon. The Veuve Clicquot Masters is to be held at Val de Vie for the first time this year on Sunday 17th April and is set to become the jewel of the South African Polo Season, expect a sophisticated day amongst South Africa’s socialites, VIPs and celebrities, so get your designer dresses ready!

    Two ticket types are available for purchase through Computicket – The Polo Club at R350, which includes a bottle of wine and a light lunch on arrival and The Masters VIP Lounge at R950, which includes an array of delicious foods, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a selection of Val de Vie's award winning wines.

    Tickets available at: Computicket: http://www.computicket.com/web/event/the_veuve_clicquot_masters/323640746/0/24774328
    For more information: www.valdevie.co.za

    Kind regards,
    The Val de Vie Team


  • Celeb sightings at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 8, 2011 by Admin

    Val de Vie's got the gossip pages talking! The recent BMW Polo International attracted celebs such as Roxy Louw and Lyndall Jarvis, as seen in the pages of Heatand You. Swimming star Roland Schoeman also got a mention in You, as well as Arno Carstens and his wife, Melanie.


  • A glimpse of the BMW Polo International

    Posted on March 8, 2011 by Admin

    Here are some stunning shots from the BMW Polo International that was recently held at Val de Vie.

    Photographs courtesy of National Polo and Wedding Photographer, Shane Doyle.


  • The Final Score for SA-India in the BMW International Polo Series

    Posted on March 6, 2011 by Admin

    South Africa’s passionate and glamorous polo community witnessed one of the world’s most iconic polo nations in action when India toured South Africa this weekend as part of the BMW International Polo Series.

    On Saturday, 26 February, the lush polo fields of Val de Vie Estate in the magnificent Paarl Franschhoek Valley hosted a classic encounter between India and South Africa.

    A day of elegance between man and beast was matched by a host of celebrities and VIPs reveling in the finest Val de Vie wines, gourmet food, and a display of the latest BMW vehicles.

    “Polo is an exciting sport, and we are proud to be associated with a sport that so epitomises excellence and with which we have a long and successful relationship with. People marvel at the ability of man and horse to achieve such perfect unity, and BMW shares this drive for creating perfect partnerships in the pursuit of a passion,” said Guy Kilfoil, General Manager: Communications and Public Affairs at BMW South Africa.

    India brought with them a rich legacy in the sport dating back to medieval times, and which has earned the country the status of being the cradle of modern polo.

    “The prestige of this particular contest is highlighted by the fact that India rarely tours South Africa, having done so on only a handful of occasions in the past 20 years,” said Clive Peddle, the Executive Director of the South African Polo Association.

    “But equally important is the overall enjoyment of a wonderful event. India are a very hospitable nation and the South Africans were treated with five star luxury on their recent trip..”

    Now in its third year, the BMW International Polo at Val de Vie has become one of the most keenly anticipated events on the Cape Town social calendar. It is arguably one of the most sleek, glamorous and sought-after tickets in town.

    Chile was the first to tour South Africa as part of this series. Last year the series was highlighted by a 14 to 5 goal victory over Italy.

    This year’s event was attended by Cape Town’s glitterati, including the likes of Roxy Louw, Lyndall Jarvis, Lieschen Botes, Arno & Melanie Carstens, and Mark Bayly.

    “The BMW International Polo at Val de Vie is an elegant affair where Cape Town’s elite enjoyed an exclusive, elegant and relaxing day of Polo,” said Michelle van Eyden of SAIL, the Executive Promoter of the BMW International Polo at Val de Vie as well as the highly successful L’Ormarins Queens Plate held recently.

    The final score of the incredibly exciting game was 7 to 10 for South Africa.


  • Val De Vie BMW Polo International 26 Feb 2011

    Posted on March 4, 2011 by tehri


  • The Veuve Clicquot Masters

    Posted on March 4, 2011 by Admin

    Val de Vie is delighted to host the Veuve Clicquot Masters on Sunday the 17th of April 2011. This glamorous event will take place in South Africa for the first time this year, and we couldn't think of a more dazzling location!

    Veuve Clicquot, who internationally already has a long history with the ‘sport of kings’, will for the first time sponsor a South African Polo event. Expect a riveting polo tournament, glamorous people, elegant food, fine champagne and wines, and great music and entertainment... the perfect excuse to spend a day in the Cape Winelands!

    Two ticket types are available for purchase through Computicket – General Access at R350, which includes a bottle of wine and light lunch on arrival. VIP tickets are also available, at R950, and provide access to the VIP Lounge (all inclusive). Gates will open at 11am.


  • Celebs at the BMW International Polo

    Posted on March 4, 2011 by Admin

    The recent BMW International Polo event was a phenomenal success, offering a day of style, excitement and polo glamour. It's no surprise that a host of celebs attended the event, including Melanie Carstens, Arno Carstens, Roxy Louw and Lyndall Jarvis.

    Visit Channel 24 for more celebrity photos from the day.


  • Val De Vie Cape Town Cup 2011

    Posted on February 28, 2011 by tehri

    The Val De Vie Cape Town Cup will be held at the Val De Vie Estate this week. We have some of South Africas top players joining us for the 6 goal tournament.

    The days and times are as follows:

    Wednesday: 02 March 2011

    Cape Town Polo Club vs. Val De Vie Polo Club at 4pm
    Lanquedoc vs. Maremmana at 5h30pm

    Thursday: 03 March 2011

    Val De Vie Polo Club vs. Maremmana at 2pm
    Cape Town Polo Club vs. Lanquedoc at 4pm

    Saturday : 05 March 2011

    Maremmana vs. Cape Town Polo Club 9am
    Val De Vie vs. Lanquedoc 11h30am

    Sunday : 06 March 2011

    Team 3 vs. Team 4 at 9am
    Team 1 vs. Team 2 at 12am

    Please note that these times are subject to change due to extreme weather conditions.


  • Goodhope FM Interview with Clive Peddle

    Posted on February 15, 2011 by tehri

    Tonight at 645pm on Goodhope FM we have an interview with Clive Peddle - you can listen in via streaming on www.goodhopefm.co.za

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  • The 2011 BMW Polo International

    Posted on February 11, 2011 by Admin

    The anticipation for the 2011 BMW Polo International at Val de Vie is building up! Check out an article about this action-packed event on The Franschhoek Tatler's blog. Held on Saturday 26 February, the day will see SA versus India in grand style at the estate.

    The gates open at 2pm and tickets are on sale at Web Ticket and at Val de Vie Estate on the day. The cost is only R50 per ticket, excluding food and drink, and we offer a variety of hospitality packages.

    The hospitality packages available from SAIL include the Chukka Club package (www.webticket.co.za) and the Champions Pavilion package (www.sail.co.za).

    At R360 per person, guests of the Chukka Club will be granted access to a private area next to the Val de Vie Pavilion, where they can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine , and a limited cocktail style menu. The venue makes for an exclusive environment providing a superb view of the match.

    For those seeking an even greater level of elegance and sophistication combined with unrivalled networking and socializing, the Champions Pavilion offers all of this at a cost of R1 400 per person, excluding VAT. Here guests will be able to enjoy an Indian style cocktail menu and a complimentary local bar.


  • Growing excitement for the BMW Polo International at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 6, 2011 by Admin

    More and more people are talking about the upcoming BMW Polo International at Val de Vie, and we're not surprised! This star-studded event will see India vs South Africa in grand style at the estate on Saturday 26 February. The gates open at 2pm and tickets are on sale at Web Ticket and at Val de Vie Estate on the day. The cost is only R50 per ticket, excluding food and drink, and there are also a variety of hospitality packages.

    Read more about the event at Cape Town Alive or iAfrica.


  • Get set for the BMW Polo International

    Posted on February 6, 2011 by Admin

    As Val de Vie prepares for the BMW Polo International, the hype is building up! Check out this article on News24 to read more about this exciting high society event on Saturday, 26 February, which sees SA face India at Val de Vie. Be sure to get your ticket to enjoy some world-class polo action in an unforgettable setting.


  • Polo Lessons with Kevin Rixon

    Posted on February 3, 2011 by tehri

    Kevin Rixon has been a Polo Professional for over a decade, playing not only in South Africa but in the UK. Kevin has a wealth of experience and insight to the game and rules of polo in addition to technique, horsemanship and polo tactics. ( aka shot making, polo riding and reading of the game)

    Kevin is available for Polo Lessons every Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays. Polo lessons can be booked through the Polo Club Office

    Tehri office number :(021) 863 6169


  • Club Chukkas

    Posted on February 1, 2011 by tehri

    Pictures above from left to right: Umpire and Polo Professional, Kevin Rixon; Charl du Plesis and Rolf Thelen ( Polo Captain) riding each other off!
    Bottom row: Charl du Plesis; Deon Einsink

    The Val De Vie Polo Club Chukkas are played every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Friends, Family, home owners and polo enthusiasts are always welcome to come and enjoy the thrill of the ponies galloping full speed up and down the polo field.


  • SA vs. India in BMW Polo Series

    Posted on January 31, 2011 by tehri

    Cape Town - South Africa’s passionate and glamorous polo community will be able to witness one of the world’s most iconic polo nations in action when India tour the country in February as part of the BMW International Polo Series.

    On Saturday, February 26, the lush polo fields of the Val de Vie Estate in the magnificent Paarl Franschhoek Valley will host a classic encounter between India and South Africa.

    A day of elegance between man and beast will be matched by a host of celebrities and VIPs reveling in the finest Val de Vie wines, gourmet food, and a display of the latest BMW vehicles.

    “Polo is an exciting sport, and we are proud to be associated with a sport that so epitomises excellence and with which we have a long and successful relationship with. People marvel at the ability of man and horse to achieve such perfect unity, and BMW shares this drive for creating perfect partnerships in the pursuit of a passion,” said Guy Kilfoil, General Manager: Communications and Public Affairs at BMW South Africa.

    India will bring with them a rich legacy in the sport dating back to medieval times, and which has earned the country the status of being the cradle of modern polo.

    “The prestige of this particular contest is highlighted by the fact that India rarely tours South Africa, having done so on only a handful of occasions in the past 20 years,” said Clive Peddle, the Executive Director of the South African Polo Association.

    “But equally important will be overall enjoyment of a wonderful event. India are a very hospitable nation and the South Africans were treated with five star luxury on their recent trip. We aim to reciprocate by providing the Indian team with a wonderful time matched by exciting polo.”

    Now in its third year, the BMW International Polo at Val de Vie has become one of the most keenly anticipated events on the Cape Town social calendar. It is arguably one of the most sleek, glamorous and sought-after tickets in town.

    Chile was the first to tour South Africa as part of this series. Last year the series was highlighted by a 14 to 5 goal victory over Italy, watched by the likes of Ryk Neethling, Ard Matthews, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Vanessa Haywood and a host of other celebrities.

    “The BMW International Polo at Val de Vie is an elegant affair where Cape Town’s elite will enjoy an exclusive, elegant and relaxing day of Polo,” said Michelle van Eyden of SAIL, the Executive Promoter of the BMW International Polo at Val de Vie as well as the highly successful L’Ormarins Queens Plate held recently.

    “The gates open at 14:00 and tickets are on sale at Web Ticket and at Val de Vie Estate on the day. The cost is only R50 per ticket, excluding food and drink, and we offer a variety of hospitality packages.”

    The hospitality packages available from SAIL include the Chukka Club package (www.webticket.co.za) and the Champions Pavilion package (www.sail.co.za).

    At R360 per person, guests of the Chukka Club will be granted access to a private area next to the Val de Vie Pavilion, where they can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, and a limited cocktail style menu. The venue makes for an exclusive environment providing a superb view of the match.

    For those seeking an even greater level of elegance and sophistication combined with unrivalled networking and socializing, the Champions Pavilion offers all of this at a cost of R1 400 per person, excluding VAT. Here guests will be able to enjoy an Indian style cocktail menu and a complimentary local bar.

    From its ancient roots as the chosen sport of the Sultans of India to the polo fields of Val de Vie Estate, this will be a memorable encounter between two great polo nations.


  • Val de Vie New Years Tournament

    Posted on January 25, 2011 by Rolf

    The Val de Vie New Years Polo Tournament took place in Cape Town this week. 

    The Val de Vie Polo Tournaments are fast growing into a very popular attraction in the Cape Town entertainment scene and the excited crowd enjoyed spectacular polo while sipping champagne on the stoop of the Polo Club restaurant.

    The matches were fought out by the four teams over three days with Cape Town Polo Club, ultimately winning the tournament. Congratulations to them.

    The Teams were:

    • Val de Vie
    • Quattro Snaith
    • Cape Town Polo Club
    • Cape Hunt Polo Club

     

    The Val de Vie Polo Club is now preparing in all earnest for the BMW International in which India will be playing South Africa. An exciting 6-8 Goal tournament is being planned for just after the International.

    We hope to see you there!

    VDV Team, Rolf Thielen, Kevin Rixon, Alessandro Balestri, Martin Hartman


  • New Year Tournament Pictures January 2011

    Posted on January 24, 2011 by tehri


  • Val De Vie Endurance Team

    Posted on January 24, 2011 by tehri

    We are very proud of our lovely ladies, Maureen de Waal, Michelle Evert and Karen Dormel who competed at the Endurance Race in Riebeek Kasteel on the 22 January. The race started at 5:15 am on the Saturday morning, and it took them 3 hours and 45 min to complete the race of 35km. They finished at 8:45 am, it was a very proud moment for Maureen, knowing that all her dedication, hard work and training had paid off.


  • Educational Chukkas

    Posted on January 24, 2011 by tehri

    Educational Chukkas are played once a week, under the guidance of our Polo Pro, Kevin Rixon. Our enthusiastic bunch of up and coming Polo Players learn a lot during these chukkas. They are purely educational chukkas, where the rules are explained to the players before during and after the game. We find that it is a great way for the players to learn the rules and understand them before they will start to play in the fast chukkas one day. It is a great way for people to come together in a unique environment . We are very blessed to have the most amazing Polo Students that are so dedicated and passionate about the game of Polo, as well as the welfare of the horses. We look forward to year full of fun and great Polo.

    Karen Lewis, Haidee Marklew and Pippa Rathcliffe


  • The 2011 BMW Polo International

    Posted on January 17, 2011 by Admin

    The BMW Polo International will soon be hosted at Val de Vie, and we can't wait for this prestigious polo event!
    Held on Saturday 26 Feb 2011, the event will see India playing against South Africa. Expect plenty of excitement, celebs and hot polo action.

    Tickets will be sold at computicket and include a range of options. For VIP treatment, the hospitality tickets at the Champions Pavilion are a must. Some of the benefits include an entrance ticket, access to the exclusive lounge area and the after party, as well as cocktail-style menu and unreserved seating. Click here to download a PDF with more details about the the Champions Pavilion tickets.

    Other ticket options include R50.00 tickets for access to the outside area on the berm, as well as Chukka Club tickets which offer access to a special spectator area (price TBC).


  • New Years Tournament

    Posted on January 11, 2011 by Rolf

     

    The Val de Vie Polo Club is kicking off the New Year with an exciting Zero Goal Tournament.  There are five teams currently which is an oversubscription.  What a wonderful problem to have. The Club is really going from strength to strength with new players and horse nearly every week. 

     Kevin Rixon (our Polo Coach) is also jam packed with lesson and there are 7 new aspiring players about to start their first slow chukkas. How exciting!

     Alessandro and Rolf, both recently back from the SA Open are also rearing to get stuck in and win more cups.

     Please feel free to email rolf@valdevie.co.za for any queries or interest.

    Kind Regards

    the Polo Club

    Val de vie 8 Goal Team


  • 8-Goal Final

    Posted on December 30, 2010 by Rolf

    In a challenging and exciting final Val de Vie Polo Club managed to obtain second place in the 8- Goal section of South African Polo Tournament at Plettenbergbay during December.

    The team consisting of Alessandro Balestri, Rolf Thielen, Brad Mallet and Malcolm Borwick were defeated by Tswene Lodge after a challenging game.

    The Val de Vie team nonetheless were happy with their performance in making it to the final.

    We look forward to very exciting year at the Val de Vie Polo Club with a number of tournaments being planned for 2011.

    We wish all our members a happy new year and a great polo season and look forward to many great chukkas.

    Rolf Thielen - Captain

    Alessandro scoring

    Brad Mallet for Val de Vie

    Alessandro flying at goal


  • 8-Goal update

    Posted on December 20, 2010 by christo

    Val de Vie impressed again, yesterday, in the SA Open Polo Championship, currently being played at Plettenbergbay, by winning their second match in the 8-goal division.

    The match was played at Stonefield and the stronger Stonefield side had a 1-Goal advantage in handicap.

    Despite this, Val de Vie won in a hard fought nail biting match which had the fans on the edges of their chairs up to the last ten seconds.

    Val de Vie Polo Club President Alessandro played well above his handicap and saved the team a number of times with critical and hard fought actions.  Gareth Evans, the professional 6-Goal player, showed his mettle time and again as he led the team to a tight 8 vs. 8 ½ goal victory.

    Val de Vie Club Captain, Rolf Thielen, expressed his satisfaction with the victory, especially in the light of the fact that team have not played together before and the professionals Brad Mallet and Gareth Evans were combining very well, with Alessandro exploiting every crack in the Stonefield lines.

    Val de Vie has won both matches thus far and will meet favourites, Tswene Lodge, on Tuesday.

    The SA Open has been plagued with some rain but forecast are sunny for the next few days and lots of polo action is guaranteed.

    We wish Val de Vie Polo Club best of luck!


  • 8 Goal Tournament

    Posted on December 15, 2010 by Admin

    In a very exciting victory on the first match of the 8 goal SA Champs currently being help at Plettenbergbay Val de Vie impressed yesterday.  The Team consisting of Val de Vie Polo Club President, Alesandro Balestri, Club Captain, Rolf Thielen supported by Gareth Evans and Brad Mallet played very well.  As with all tournaments the team usually take a day or two to really find each other and the victory yesterday was an bonus.  The score of 7 for Val de Vie vs 4 for Redford sets the Val de Vie team in a good position for the rest of the tournament.

    Val de Vie plays Stonefield on Thursday and Tswene on Saturday.  Tswene defeated Stonefield in a tightly fought 8 vs 5 victory and Tswene are currently the favourites.

    The 8 goal tournament will be completed next week in a serious of matches ending Thursday 23 December with the final.

    We wish Val de Vie best of luck and look forward to some great polo!


  • The Val de Vie Polo Tournament

    Posted on December 10, 2010 by Admin

    The recent Val de Vie Polo Tournament was a great success, thouroughly enjoyed by players and spectators alike! Here are some photos from the event, as well as the team results:

    First : Snaith Racing
    Second : Cape town Polo Club
    Third: Val De Vie Shiraz
    Fourth: Val De Vie Viognier
    Most Valued player- Luke Meiring
    Winning Team – Snaith Racing


  • BMW International Polo at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 24, 2010 by Admin

    BMW International Polo at Val de Vie


  • Pink Polo at Val de Vie

    Posted on September 22, 2010 by Admin

    Do not miss the PINK POLO event hosted at Val de Vie on Saturday 16 October 2010! Held in aid of breast cancer, the event promises to be a fabulous day filled with fashion, fine food and exciting polo.

  • Coaching the coaches

    Posted on April 8, 2010 by Admin

    John Lister, Polo Manager and Coach at Val de Vie, was delighted to recently attend a Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) clinic hosted by the Free State Polo Association in conjunction with SAPA (the South African Polo Association). Held at the lovely Uitgedacht Polo Club, the three-day “coach the coaches” clinic was headed by David Morley, an official HPA Team Coach, and forms part of SAPA’s goal to establish internationally recognised coaching qualifications for South Africa.

    The clinic was the first of its kind in the country and awarded successful participants with official SAPA coaching qualifications, endorsed by the HPA. Not only will this ensure the quality and reputability of South African polo, it will also help to boost South African polo tourism, as these qualifications will meet travel insurance company criteria for foreign players wishing to enjoy polo holidays in the country.

    As a major figure in the world of polo, David Morley quickly earned the respect and admiration of all participants. David comes from a distinguished equestrian family and has established an illustrious career in polo, horse dealing and show jumping. He has been involved in the HPA’s coaching movement since its inception and today he sits on the HPA coaching committee. Furthermore, he is one of only six people currently holding the highest coaching qualification granted by the HPA, which qualifies him to take a team to a tournament representing the HPA or England.

    A host of other key polo professionals were present at the clinic, including Clive Peddle (SAPA Executive Director), Denton Osler (FSPA President) and Angus Yeats (FSPA Vice President). In addition, a “Coaching Committee” was elected by the participants, with representation from four provinces, as follows: Stephen Erskine (Natal), Craig James (Highveld), John Lister (Cape), Denton Osler (Free State and Chairman) and of course David Morley himself.

    The clinic offered a mix of theoretical and practical work, covering topics such as polo riding techniques, tactical play and teaching methods. Participants also reviewed the new HPA rules thoroughly and all took the two part umpire test. The event was also the perfect opportunity for participants to simply improve their game, as well as to catch up with old friends and make new connections. A wonderful time was had by all, and the polo team at Val de Vie certainly looks forward to similar events in the future!


  • A closer look at Val de Vie and International BMW Polo

    Posted on March 4, 2010 by Admin

    Here's a glimpse at the glamorous word of Val de Vie and International BMW Polo, brough to you by the talented Simoné!


  • A glamorous day at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 4, 2010 by Admin

    Cape Town’s finest, including celebrities Ryk Neethling, Ard Matthews, Leanne Liebenberg, Vanessa Haywood and Joe Pietersen, enjoyed a thrilling day of Polo at the BMW International Polo Series on Sunday. It was here that they witnessed South Africa’s superb win against Italy (14 to 5 goals) in the main match of the day, whilst relaxing with fine wine and exquisite food in the stunning grounds of Val de Vie.

    The South African Polo Association and BMW proudly celebrated 21 years of association this year which bought added significance to the 2010 event. This alliance continues to provide the foundation for development and promotion of polo within South Africa.

    This equestrian sport, widely regarded as the Sport of Kings and the oldest mounted sport in the world, has a dedicated and loyal local following, but as a result of BMW’s passion and support over the past 21 years and polished attention to detail by Event Promoters SAIL, the occasion is fast forming the basis of annual international Polo games to be held in the Western Cape.

    “For BMW, our long-standing association with Polo is clearly in support of the core values of the BMW brand,” explains Guy Kilfoil, General Manager: Communications & Public Affairs at BMW South Africa. “Our brand represents dynamism, exclusivity, innovation and aesthetics in equal measure and the sport of polo certainly mirrors each of these characteristics. More importantly, as anyone who has watched a polo match will testify to, the sound of thundering hooves and the thrill of robust competition delivers spectators the very emotion that BMW embodies in each of its products – pure unadulterated Joy.”


  • The BMW International at Val de Vie

    Posted on March 2, 2010 by Admin



    The BMW International Polo Series was hosted on Saturday, 27 February at Val de Vie, and what a day it was! South Africa took on Italy in an exciting match that resulted in a 14-5 victory for our national team. As one of the highlights on the social calendar, the event was attended by hundreds of spectators and highlights South Africa's growing interest in the king of sports.

    Here some gorgeous photos from the event, courtesy of Livingpolo.com








  • Celebrating the success of the Carrol Boyes Ladies Cup

    Posted on February 23, 2010 by Admin

    We're delighted to share some of the feedback we've had regarding the Carrol Boyes Ladies Cup, which was thoroughly enjoyed by participants and spectators alike!

    Feedback from Tanya Ortlepp:

    Dear Jo, John and Val de Vie Management team,

    Just a short note to thank you for inviting us to play in the Carol Boyes Ladies Tournament. It was an exceptionally well organised event and we have been fielding queries from other Natal Ladies who have heard about the tournament and the exciting outcome. We would like to extend our thanks to the sponsors for supporting polo and making the tournament possible at this 'polo destination'. It would be a coup for ladies polo if this Val de Vie tournament became a feature in the South African polo calender. To Val de Vie and the Listers, thank you for your ponies, hospitality and the enormous effort that went into planning and coordinating this prestigious event.

    Kind regards,

    Tanya Ortlepp

    Feedback from Allison's saddlery:

    The tournament was so well run from start to finish. After not playing for 5 months it took us all a while to settle in. The games were a lot harder and faster than any of us anticipated, with Bongani Mountain Lodge and Val de Vie coming out winners.

    Jo organised a fantastic cocktail party at the Sabrage and it was great getting to know all the other players.

    I would hate to think what Jo could put together if she was given a year to organise this event. Putting a tournament of this calibre together in a month is incredible. An extremely professional tournament in which we were made to feel like royalty. Carrol Boyes was the overall sponsor and each team had their own individual sponsors, Bongani Mountain Lodge, Kila Kitu, Val de Vie and Britesmile.

    Jackie Mackenzie deservedly won MVP and I hope that she continues to play polo in the Cape to help strengthen and grow their ladies.

    On behalf of the KZN ladies I would like to thank all the sponsors, pony lenders, Deon and Julia for their hospitality and John and Jo Lister for a fantastic tournament. We hope to be back next year!

    Allison's saddlery


  • The Carrol Boyes Ladies Cup - A phenomenal success!

    Posted on February 19, 2010 by Admin



    Val de Vie was thrilled to host the Carrol Boyes Ladies Cup from 12-14 February 2010. As the first ladies tournament to take place in Cape Town, the event is not just a milestone for polo in Cape Town and South Africa, but also for the sport itself, signalling the growing popularity of ladies polo around the world.

    Four teams competed for the cup, namely Britesmile, Kilakitu, Bongani Mountain Lodge and Patron Properties/Val de Vie. After a weekend of pure polo excitement, it was the home team, Patron Properties/Val de Vie, that won the title. A dazzling cup designed by Carrol Boyes was awarded to the winning team, while a blanket was presented to the best pony of the championship, Jezze Belle, belonging to Julia Pilbeam. In the meantime, Jacquie Mackenzie, from Plettenburg, was elected as MVP of the tournament.

    A very special thanks to all the pony lenders who made the event possible, as well as to the following sponsors:

    Carrol Boyes, Britesmile, Kila Kitu Polo, Bongani Mountain Lodge, Val de Vie – sponsored by Patron Properties, Cape Veterinary Supplies, Equifeeds, Nuvision, Beautiful Homes, Totally Animal, Spurwing Feeds, Livingpolo.com, Allison’s Saddlery, Equus, Platinum Hair and Beauty

    For more information about the tournament, be sure to visit the Living Polo website.







  • The Carrol Boyes Ladies Cup

    Posted on February 2, 2010 by Admin

    Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate is proud to announce the Carrol Boyes Ladies Cup – the first Ladies Polo Tournament to be held in Cape Town! Organised by Val de Vie, the event will be played on the 12–14th of February.

    Ladies represent the largest growing numbers of new players around the world and a few are making it to the high goal range. We are very excited about this event and have received overwhelming support from players and sponsors alike.

    The principal sponsor of the event is Carrol Boyes, the acclaimed South African designer who is internationally renowned for her handmade pieces of functional art. Using pewter, aluminium and stainless steel in her designs, Carrol Boyes creates a range of items that are distinctive and uniquely South African. Once the design process has been perfected by Carrol herself, each piece is produced by hand in Limpopo Province. The designs are available throughout South Africa and in more than 28 countries over the world.

    Team sponsors include Britesmile, Bongani Bush Lodge, Kilakitu and Patron Properties, while other sponsors are Nuvision, Silveroaks Stud, Allison’s Saddlery, Beautiful Homes, Totally Animal and Spurwing feeds.

    The majority of the ladies are from the Cape Town environs, except for five players who will travel from Natal and Plettenburg Bay. One man will play in each team and these will be local players.

    Val de Vie would like to thank the players who have lent ponies to make this event possible.



  • SA Polo Magazine Photo Shoot at Val De Vie

    Posted on January 20, 2010 by Admin

    We absolutely love these gorgeous photos from a recent SA Polo Magazine Photo Shoot at Val De Vie. Not only are the images chic and beautifully composed, they also capture the elegance and refinement of polo itself.







  • BMW International Polo at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 20, 2010 by Admin

    On 27 February 2009 Val de Vie will play host to a sensational BMW International Polo Match. South Africa and Italy will be in action at the estate, be sure to click on the image for more information!


  • Polo in Cape Town is rocking – literally!

    Posted on December 14, 2009 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate recently hosted a unique combination of polo and rock, all on the same day at the same venue! Over 3000 spectators, with VIP passes to The Killers concert, enjoyed the action of two exhibition polo matches prior to the concert. This was the largest crowd to watch polo in the Cape Town area and the spectators were very enthusiastic in their support.

    There's no doubt that polo is big news in Cape Town. The sport is a new addition to the “things to do” in Cape Town and with world-class facilities at the Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate, polo is rapidly becoming a must-do and Val de Vie the place to be seen! With the Sabrage Polo Bar and Restaurant offering welcoming hospitality and an unrivalled spot to watch a match, be sure not to miss the action!

    The teams were made up from local regular players at the Val de Vie Polo Club. The first game for the newcomers to polo was between The Romans and Val de Vie, with the hosts keeping victory. The final match between Soetendal Estate (Wellington) and Val de Vie was fiercely contested and had the crowds on their feet in support of their favourite team.

    We look forward to many more successful events at Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate. Don’t miss the next interclub monthly competition on the 22nd to 24th of January 2010. This will be a warm up to the February matches and promises to offer some very competitive polo!

    Less than an hour away from Cape Town, Val de Vie is the perfect place to discover the exciting world of polo. Club practices are held during the week and every weekend. For more information about times or lessons at the Polo School, kindly contact Jo on polo@valdevie.co.za.

    See you there!





  • Introducing Devu, our furry friend

    Posted on December 14, 2009 by Admin

    If you visit Val de Vie, you're sure to meet a small personality who is very much part of the stables and polo fields. Her name is "Amadevu" (which means moustaches in Zulu) and she is such a lively little character!

    Devu was found at the SPCA waiting for the right home, and she has since adopted John as the most important person in her life (followed closely by the bakkie which allows her to get around and check on the daily activities much quicker than her small legs would allow).

    Devu is always around the stables, keeping an eye out for rats and mice and also accustoming the horses to having a dog around. During chukkas she sits under a chair and guards the drinks and snacks, and once everyone is sitting down she likes to find a comfy spot from where she hopes to share some snacks (although she's not so keen on the strange stuff we drink...). She often forms part of the after polo entertainment by galloping in wild circles around the chairs to expend some energy.
    Luckily on hot days the sprinkler irrigation offers a great way to cool down.

    Very popular with every guest at the polo school, Devu is rapidly becoming one of the most photographed dogs in the world, as every visitor lines her up in the lens! She even joined Jo in the Polo SA Magazine.

    Devu loves children - the smaller the better - and has been known to invite herself to parties and weddings in search of small company. As a matter of safety and hygiene dogs are not allowed around the stables or on the polo fields, and Devu is very quick to point out transgressors of this rule! She is not a dog, of course...

    Homeowner and mother of Tahila, Maureen, has appointed herself as Devu's fairy godmother and keeps a special eye out for her!







  • A Christmas present with a difference

    Posted on November 15, 2009 by Admin

    As Christmas approaches and the bustle of the festive season begins, it can be difficult to find original gifts for family and friends. At Val de Vie we know of the perfect present: a polo lesson! Treat someone special to a fun polo lesson and give them the chance to discover the excitement of this captivating sport. With the expert guidance of our polo school, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience for amateurs and keen riders alike. In addition, a polo lesson is a wonderful way to enjoy a day in the countryside, even though the estate is only 40 minutes away from Cape Town.

    Be sure to visit our website for more information about polo lessons.


  • Polo corporate days at Val de Vie (and so much more!)

    Posted on November 12, 2009 by Admin

    As the year comes to an end, many businesses are starting to organise office parties and year end functions. The Val de Vie Polo School offers corporate days that make a fantastic end of year outing for the office. We offer a variety of tailor-made events that include:

    • Polo Experience – with our polo coaching services, your staff or clients can actually have a chance to play on the same day.
    • Sponsored Event – teams playing for your company in your branded shirts.
    • Day Out – Enjoy Val de Vie’s hospitality with your staff or customers by reserving a place to entertain them while watching a game.

    With our world-class facilities, experienced staff and trained ponies, there's simply no better setting to enjoy an entertaining day out in the Cape winelands. And we’re only 40 minutes from Cape Town!

    This exciting concept is not limited to corporate clients. We can also do learn-to-play-polo days for weddings, bachelor and hen parties or simply a fun get-together with friends, the list is endless! It's bound to be a fun and unique experience that your friends will never forget, whether they're keen riders or have never even gone horse-riding before. Visit our website or call 021 863 6170 for more information.


  • The Polo SA launch at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 4, 2009 by Admin




    Val de Vie was proud to be the venue for the elegant and stylish launch of Polo SA, an exciting new publication for South African Polo. Endorsed by the South African Polo Association and produced by Quantam publishers, it will be published on a quarterly basis and distributed amongst polo players.

    The event was a phenomenal success, boasting a spectacular crowd turn out on a perfect Spring day. Dressed in Gatsby era inspired attire, guests enjoyed a relaxed picnic lunch on the terraces, the perfect spot to watch a game of polo and take in the views of the winelands countryside. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed guests, and there was also a charity auction in aid of the SPCA.

    The event saw a record turn out of polo players: no less than three four chukka matches were played, as well as one lifestyle match for newcomers to polo. Nearly 30 polo players entered, a sure sign that polo around Cape Town is growing at an incredible rate. There is no doubt that this promises to become an annual event!

    The main game (or final match) between Val de Vie and Cape Hunt was a fast and flowing game. The teams competed to win a coveted trophy designed by Federico Aliverti of Aliverti jewelry. The hosts were off to an exciting start with a goal by Charl du Plessis from the line out ending the 2nd chukka with 3 / 1 to the hosts. But the experience of the visiting side rallied the Cape Hunt team and they went on to draw and finally win by one goal in the 4th chukka. The final score was 5 / 4 to Cape Hunt and Polo Club. This trophy promises to be hotly contested again next year at Val de Vie!

    All games were watched over by professional umpire, Guy Benson, who held a coaching clinic on the Saturday to explain the rules of the sport and how to umpire. He even joined to play some chukkas with everyone! It was a fantastic learning opportunity and a wonderful chance to play with a past high goal player. Guy Benson has played internationally and represented South Africa several times. Having this kind of professional input is essential in improving our polo and allows more players to be exposed to learning and keeping up with polo rules and regulations.

    For more information about Polo SA, kindly email robyn@quantumpublishers.co.za.




  • Celebrity polo: David Hasselfhoff on horseback

    Posted on October 23, 2009 by Admin

    It's true that anyone can learn to play polo... something that many celebrities are starting to realise! David Hasselfhoff was recently in the UK where he had to immerse himself in British culture for a new reality series. Learning to play polo was an essential part of his visit, and goes to show how popular polo is becoming all around the world.


  • Introducing Mischka, our new team member!

    Posted on October 22, 2009 by Admin


    Val de Vie Polo is delighted to have a new member on the team! Mischka was rescued off the streets of Cape Town where she used to pull a cart. She was confiscated as she was very thin and overloaded, and rescued by the Cart Horse Association who do wonderful work in educating and rescuing cart horses. Val de Vie Polo has adopted Mischka from the SPCA and we hope that she will enjoy a long and happy life with us.

    She is in much better condition, but needs to do some muscle building as she was very thin. Once she is out of her compulsory rest period after her vaccinations, she will start working and we will soon be able to offer pony rides.

    Despite the fact that she wants nothing to do with Nugget, it was love at first sight for him and he has become her protector, trying to keep her away from all the other horses!




  • Val de Vie Polo in the media

    Posted on October 13, 2009 by Admin

    We're thrilled that Val de Vie Polo is being featured in the Polo Times, a fantastic magazine that covers all the latest polo news, tournaments, events and more. The word is spreading overseas that South Africa is a prime polo destination, and that Val de Vie offers an exceptional polo experience in the heart of the Cape Winelands.


  • Polo and picnics at Val de Vie

    Posted on October 6, 2009 by Admin

    Summer is on its way and the polo season is getting into swing! There's no better way to spend a day out in the country than at Val de Vie. Pack a delicious picnic basket or sit back and relax in the comfort of Sabrage, sipping on a glass of award-winning Val de Vie wine. Then enjoy the exhilaration of a polo match, surrounded by the beauty of the Cape countryside. For more details about picnics and polo games at Val de Vie, kindly email Jo at polo@valdevie.co.za


  • Val de Vie Polo: An experience loved by all

    Posted on September 25, 2009 by Admin

    Val de Vie has a fast growing reputation as a premier polo destination, complete with a polo school that offers world-class coaching. The setting is also spectacular, boasting beautiful winelands scenery and convenient proximity to Cape Town. It's no surprise that just as polo is growing in popularity around the world, so is Val de Vie's international profile! Apart from countries such as the UK and US, we've had guests from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Holland and Dubai. We also have plenty of local regulars, as well as our first estate home-owners playing polo with us. Here's what some of our clients had to say about their polo experience:

    Fantastic place to enjoy the polo with friends, the fields are great and also the people who were working (playing) there and helping us were so cool and friendly. I enjoy a lot playing over there
    Alejandro Vial Perez (6) Captain of Chile 2009

    A world class facility, which I will hopefully be making a permanent fixture in my polo calendar. It's very unique in that it offers all one could ask for in a polo destination.
    Gareth Evans (5) Captain of Springboks 2009

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the chukkas and the overall Val de Vie experience, totally addicted now! The people, horses and facilities are really great. I'm afraid I've been spoilt by riding your ponies; everywhere else I go I have to work harder at getting them to the ball than concentrating on my swing! A colleague of mine here and I are debating using our air miles to come down for a long weekend or something to play, perhaps before the tournament.
    Many thanks again - I look forward to returning soon.
    Jules, UK

    It was a great pleasure being part of such nice and professional and stunning accommodation, great grounds, and very dedicated and skilled polo training given by one of the world’s most experienced polo players in the world John Lister. Not forgetting the great surroundings around Paarl. A true great experience and dream for polo lovers.
    Martin Hartman, Holland

    To John and Jo, what you have done is remarkable, not only with the awesome facilities but also creating an environment where everyone feels welcome.
    Arthur Johnson, Cape Town


  • An exceptional experience: Corporate Polo Days at Val de Vie

    Posted on September 18, 2009 by Admin

    The polo lifestyle is unparalleled in its glamour, excitement and energy. That's why Val de Vie Polo can offer your company unique corporate sponsorship and branding opportunities, enabling you to reach a premium target audience. It doesn't matter whether you and your colleagues have previous riding experience or not - everyone can participate in these exciting events. Enjoy the benefits of association with the King of Sports located in world-class facilities, less than an hour's drive from Cape Town.

    Unique corporate sponsorship and branding opportunities include:

    • Tailor made polo events and corporate days at Val de Vie
    • Product placement
    • Hospitality packages
    • Sponsoring a team, match or tournament
    • Product launches

    Our corporate events are always memorable occasions. Here's what some guests have to say:

    Highly Recommended.- Mark Blokland UK.

    Many thanks again - I look forward to returning soon.”- Jules, UK

    A world class facility – Gareth Evans, RSA


  • John Lister: Passionate about polo

    Posted on September 15, 2009 by Admin


    As a skilled polo player and equestrian specialist, John Lister is acknowledged as one of the best coaches in the country. But what’s the story behind Val de Vie’s internationally renowned polo expert?

    John’s passion for polo started at an early age. He was playing polo with the adults by the age of ten and was also one of the first young South African players to travel to the UK and Argentina with the express purpose of improving his polo knowledge. Playing off a five-goal handicap for several years and captain of many high and low goal sides, John began his coaching career assisting at school clinics, teaching junior and recreational players and taking them to tournaments. To top it off, his familiarity with farming makes him the ideal grounds-man, green-keeper and stable manager.

    Armed with such exceptional experience, John has developed the idea of lifestyle polo, which captures the true spirit of polo as a team sport. As he puts it, “we’re trying to move away from the bad old days of rugby on horseback and make it a sport that everyone can enjoy.”

    John also has a knack for communicating with horses and understanding the relationship between rider and steed. “The exacting demands of preparing the speed event horse fascinated me from an early age and I schooled my first horse professionally aged ten. My goal has always been to make the partnership between horses and humans more enjoyable for both. Communication, regardless of the discipline, is paramount. With a little learning and understanding, the lives of both horse and rider can be improved dramatically.”

    John’s unique approach to coaching is new to the Western Cape, where polo has been inaccessible to most aspirant players, as well as to experienced players who have struggled to rent horses or get a game. Now Val de Vie offers the opportunity to have lessons, rent horses and play chukkas, whether you’re considering learning polo or are a seasoned player.

    Visit the Val de Vie Polo website to find out more about John’s polo lessons and what the estate has to offer .

    John’s favourite quotes:“A person's integrity is never more fully tested than when he has power over a voiceless Creature.”
    - AC Grayling

    “If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.”
    - Pat Parelli”



  • The perfect proposal

    Posted on August 24, 2009 by Admin

    There are few moments that are as romantic and unforgettable as the marriage proposal. Dominic and Aretha are going to celebrate their special day at Val de Vie, but Dominic first had a very special request: to officially propose to Aretha at Val de Vie, with a horse. The estate is an incredible setting for special moments, and Val de Vie is more than happy to help you create the perfect proposal and make your wedding dreams come true.

    Dominic had a very particular idea of what he wanted for the proposal, and it was our pleasure to play a part in this magical moment. As he says, "I'm not a horse rider myself, but was always fascinated with the classical idea of a 'knight on white horse' sort of proposal. I also know that Aretha (my fiancé) absolutely adores horses. This was when I decided to seek the help of the Val de Vie team and boy, did they oblige. I think they might even have been more excited for the proposal than I was!"

    John Lister, polo manager, stepped in as the role of the knight, and the scene was set for the perfect proposal. Dominic remembers it fondly: "obviously (unfortunately) I could not be the knight myself, but a note was delivered by a charming, very sophisticated knight (Joanna's husband). The horse was well prepared and looked stunning, almost royal. Our knight gently eased towards us and delivered a 'will you marry me' note to my non-suspecting girlfriend (who thought we were visiting the estate for a wine tasting. Right then, she turned around and I was on my knees whilst a compilation of our favorite love songs softly started playing in the background. I then asked her to marry me."

    Both Dominic and Aretha cherished this very special occasion. "I just want to thank Joanna Lister, Petra, Simone and the rest of the team at Val De Vie for their help with realizing my dream proposal. Together we managed to knock my then-girlfriend, now fiancé, off her feet! When we finally dealt with our tears, she found a breath to say yes and suddenly we were surrounded with the rest of the team, who brought us flowers and Champagne. This all took place at the centre of the polo field, during an autumn sunset. It was MAGICAL - a day we will NEVER forget."


  • Polo goes pop!

    Posted on August 17, 2009 by Admin

    We're always on the lookout for interesting polo news, and Britney Spear's latest music video is no exception! The video for her latest hit, Radar, has got a glamourous polo theme. According to director Dave Meyers, the video is all about “the romance of high-end society and the guys that circulate around there.”

    The exciting new video was filmed on location in Santa Barbara at a private estate, complete with its own polo field and horse ranch. It traces how Britney visits her wealthy boyfriend at his mansion, where she watches an elegant polo match. Of course, things get a bit more steamy when she meets a rather dashing polo player!

    You might not know it, but Britney is no stranger to polo. Her family sponsor a polo team known as the "Spears Family" which she has watched in action at charity events.

    Read more about the video at MTV's website or this Britney fansite.

    Image courtesy of OK Magazine


  • Wild Horizons

    Posted on July 31, 2009 by Admin

    John and Jo Lister, Managers of Val de Vie Polo, were recently guests of Wild Horizons at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It is here that the Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust focuses on projects in Communities Outreach, Wildlife Research, Wildlife Orphanage and Conservation Training. Several elephant orphans have been rescued by their Wildlife Orphanage and given another chance at life.

    The visit proved to be very inspirational. John, who usually shuns mounting blocks or leg ups, found himself climbing stairs to a platform before he could ride his “steed” – an African Elephant by the name of Rastas. Previously believed to be too unreliable and wild to train, many rescued African elephants are now giving visitors a chance to interact with them and experience their intelligence and gentleness up close.

    These majestic and intelligent giants epitomise the effectiveness of gentle training methods and communication, as the use of force or violence can never be an option with such a large and intelligent animal. Respect and trust are essential, and the elephants are trained using a reward based system. Particularly fascinating is that the elephants are left to roam free during the day and some even take ‘holidays’ vanishing into the bush for months on end, while others, like Damiano, have returned to the wild after living at the Elephant Centre for over ten years. Knowing that the elephants are there willingly makes the experience truly memorable. It is also incredible how gentle and intelligent these creatures are; read about Doji who was ‘delivered’ to the orphanage by a wild bull!

    The elephant encounter includes a slow walk through the African bush, with the elephants stopping for occasional Mopani tree snacks en route. John describes the experience as majestic, peaceful, emotive and relaxing, and has a real admiration for these incredible animals and fantastic handlers.


  • Corporate Polo Days at Val de Vie

    Posted on July 23, 2009 by Admin

    Whether you’d like to impress clients or boost the morale of your staff, polo is always an impressive and memorable way to enjoy a day out of the office. Val de Vie offers Corporate Polo Days and Matches, an exciting opportunity to either play the game or simply lap up the ambience. Relax in the magnificent Polo Pavilion with colleagues or clients, and watch an exhilarating exhibition match with a team in your corporate colours! Only 40 minutes from Cape Town, our world-class facilities, experienced staff and trained ponies offer a safe, interactive, exciting and affordable alternative to more mundane pursuits. Whatever your requirements, we’ll design a day of polo around them.


  • Chloe Consultants

    Posted on July 16, 2009 by Admin

    Interaction with a horse can’t help but touch our emotions, be it fear, excitement or confidence. Chloe Consultants draws on the special relationship between people and horses to a provide powerful and unique approach to personal and leadership development. Their courses are ideal for individuals and organizations seeking to enhance their leadership skills, as well as stretch their creativity, emotional intelligence and self awareness. The horse provides the conduit for individual exploration, as the horse provides immediate feedback and offers opportunities for profound personal growth.

    Chloe offers a two day experiential learning experience called Your Greatest Teacher Might Just Be a Horse, which provides a variety of leadership and team building activities. You will learn from fellow participants as well as from the Natural Leader, the horse.

    The workshop will be conducted by Yolanda Sing, who holds four degrees and has traveled to Spain, Europe and America in her quest to combine her passion with her profession. No horse riding experience is needed, because all activities are done on the ground.

    These innovative workshops are presented in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Maclear. If you would like to register, simply email Yolanda at chloeinsa@gmail.com or visit the website www.chloeinsa.co.za.


  • South African Polo Association

    Posted on July 9, 2009 by Admin

    Whether you're a passionate polo player or simply someone who enjoys this elegant sport, The South African Polo Association's website is well worth visiting. SAPA’s role is to regulate polo in South Africa, ensuring that rules and regulations are upheld with safety and that the good name of polo is maintained. In short, they're South Africa's governing body of polo and retain close ties with international standards and requirements. As such, their website is simply packed with information; learn about the rules of polo or find a club in your area. You'll also have access to all the handicap ratings and fixtures, making this an incredibly comprehensive resource.


  • For the love of the game

    Posted on July 1, 2009 by Admin

    The beauty of polo has long been admired, both by those who play the sport and those who watch it. It's not just about the excitement of the game; the unique interaction between the rider and horse is truly special and inspiring. Here are some quotes that capture how passionate so many people are about this remarkable sport.

    “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."
    Winston Churchill

    "Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake."
    Sylvester Stallone

    "It is the finest game in the world”
    Winston Churchill

    "A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence."
    Pam Brown

    "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle."
    Winston Churchill

    "The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."
    Arabian Proverb

    "And Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it, and created the horse.... Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword. Oh, horse."
    Bedouin Legend

    "A person's integrity is never more fully tested than when he has power over a voiceless creature."
    AC Grayling


  • Polo sponsorship and branding

    Posted on June 26, 2009 by Admin

    Val de Vie Polo can offer your company unique sponsorship and branding opportunities, enabling you to reach a premium target audience. Enjoy the benefits of association with the King of Sports located in world-class facilities.
    Unique sponsorship and branding opportunities include:

    • Tailor made polo events at Val de Vie
    • Product placement
    • Hospitality packages
    • Corporate Days
    • Sponsor a team, match or tournament
    • Product launches


  • The history of polo

    Posted on June 17, 2009 by Admin

    Ever wondered about a game where eight players gallop after a small white ball mounted on “ponies” with long sticks in their hands, why “shots” don’t include whiskey or guns and “sudden death” isn’t the prelude to a volley of gunfire?
    Where did it start?

    John Moore said that “wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it.”

    And following this hoofprint came polo...

    The King of Sports, believed to be the world’s oldest and fastest team sport, traces its origins to ancient Persia and China over 2000 years ago, as contests between competing tribes of Central Asia. Matches resembled battles with 80 to 100 mounted players on opposing sides and outcomes could decide war between tribes.

    The rugged horse game spread east with the Moguls evolving as a training method for the Elite Cavalry. Thankfully along the way the tradition of using a sheep’s head to score goals, was replaced by a ball. By the 16th century polo was established in India by the Emperor Babur, where 19th century British cavalry officers discovered the galloping game. Originally referred to as “Hockey-on-horseback” the officers took the game back to England from where it spread to through the colonies. Today Polo, known as the fastest ball sport in the world, is played in over 80 countries by both men and women. The exceptionally skilled and daring riders of Argentina brought a whole new dimension to the game, and still today Argentina remains the Mecca for polo enthusiasts with the majority of the high goal players coming from Argentina.

    Interesting facts:
    • Both Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan were passionate polo players
    • Still played in Pakistan, an annual match is held at full moon on a rocky field in the 11 000 foot Shandur Pass following rules dictated 800 years ago by a descendant of Genghis Khan.
    • The word Polo is believed to be derived from the Tibetan word “pulu” meaning ball.
    • The Turkomans beat the Persians in the first recorded public match in 600 BC.
    • King Sapoor II of Persia learnt to play the game aged 7 in the 4th Century AD.
    • Shah Abbas the Great built a polo field (300 yards long with goal posts 8 yards apart) in 16th century AD at Ispahan, then the capital. Used as a public park today, the original stone goal posts are still in place.
    • The first polo club in the world was formed by the British at Silchar in the 1850’s.
    • The oldest active club in the world today is the Calcutta Club founded in 1862.
    • Polo was an Olympic Sport from 1900 to 1939.
    • Chukka comes from the Indian word for a circle or round.


  • The Horse Box

    Posted on June 9, 2009 by Admin

    Be sure to visit The Horse Box, retailers of high quality equestrian products and apparel. This wonderful store stocks Joules, an upmarket clothing range which is very popular amongst polo and horse followers world wide. New stock has just arrived in store, the perfect excuse to go shopping! Browse their stock online, check out their store in Steenberg Village, or call 021 7023329 to find out about their mobile shopping service.


  • A welcome to Tahila and Spirit

    Posted on June 2, 2009 by Admin

    Val de Vie is delighted to welcome our first two non-polo ponies into the livery! Easily recognisable from the polo ponies by their flowing manes, Tahila and Spirit are the newest residents at the Val de Vie Stables. Their owners and Val de Vie Homeowners, Maureen and Ryal are thoroughly enjoying the benefits of having their friends close to home. Maureen regularly pops in to give them a carrot and pat on her way to work and the foursome can often be seen out enjoying riding on the Estate. After some initial surprise, Tahila and Spirit have settled into the “polo routine” and walk with the herd to and from the stables with a bareback rider.

    Maureen is thrilled with the Estate's livery. “The the stables are managed in the most professional way by John and Jo, as well as their passion for the horses is part of their everyday living.

    I've learned so much from them in the past month by stabling at Val de Vie. John is busy showing Spirit that he is actually a horse and Tahila has told me she is living in a five star hotel now and thinks she is on semi–retirement!"


    Spirit in the stables


    Spirit (left) and Tahila (right)


  • Winter at the Polo School

    Posted on May 12, 2009 by Admin

    As the days get shorter and clouds start to fill our skies, it's clear that winter has finally arrived. That's why our Polo School is getting ready to close during June and July, giving the ponies a well deserved break before they gradually get back to work in August. Polo ponies are high performance athletes kept in peak condition throughout the season, so a complete rest period and break from routine is vital for both their physical and mental health. Just like people, they need their rest!

    In the Western Cape the polo “off season” coincides with the wet winter months, but our ponies still need as much care as ever. Hoof trimming, nutrition and daily checks for illness or injury are essential to maintain their general health. Winter is also the ideal time to perform vaccinations against illnesses such as African Horse Sickness, and for important dental check ups. Horse’s teeth can develop sharp points which lead to pain and poor condition, which is why the dentist's bi-yearly visits keep their teeth in good shape.

    They might have plenty of shelter from the elements, but most of our horses are happy to be outdoors even in the chilliest weather. Of course, the horses are preparing for the colder months themselves, growing thick winter coats that make them seem more like grizzly bears!


  • Picture perfect

    Posted on April 23, 2009 by Admin

    Our polo fields aren't just about riveting matches and exciting action - they're also the hottest new location for photo shoots. Our horses and the estate have been featured in several publications, including Private Edition,as well as high profile campaigns for brands such as BMW. Looking good...


  • In the spotlight

    Posted on April 21, 2009 by Admin

    If there's one magazine that you have to read this month, it's Private Edition, one of the most sophisticated glossies we've ever seen. We're delighted to be featured in Issue 3 (the current issue, available at leading newsagents and bookstores), which features the BMW Polo International that was hosted at Val de Vie in February. Be sure to check out the Social Pages, as well as page 86 for a peek into what the day was all about.

    Photograph courtesy of Private Edition


  • Polo at Val de Vie

    Posted on April 13, 2009 by Admin

    Val de Vie is fast becoming South Africa's top polo venue and our first operational year has been nothing less than spectacular. With an ever growing local and international client base, we've enjoyed a very busy season with high profile events such as the glamorous BMW International, held on 28 February 2009.

    The exclusive event was attended by polo enthusiasts and socialites alike, eager to watch the South African polo team face the reigning world champions Chile. The match was marked by its fast and exciting pace, and after an intense battle it was Chile that won the day. As spectators sipped on Val de Vie sparkling wine and took in the views of the surrounding winelands, they also enjoyed a dazzling showcase of the latest BMWs, a lavish display of German design in its finest form. The prestigious occasion is featured in Issue 3 of Private Edition magazine, so be sure to get your copy of this gorgeous publication.

    Meanwhile, our Polo School is winding down for the end of the season, but fantastic training is still on offer for anyone who would like to learn the sport or hone their skills. It's also a great way to keep fit this winter!