Last week I submitted 3 posts about the grape harvest, the grape processing and, the most interesting part, the wine tasting. All pictures were shot at Springfontein Winery in our village Stanford, South Africa. The vineyards are located in a unique setting between lagoon and ocean. The terroir is sandy with lime scales (if we understood it correctly) and it’s an excellent underground for the South African grape varieties Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.

Anyway I made an impression (imaginary) of a day in the vineyard. Thanks to wonderful owners, management and other staff. I (and my wife Yvonne) really enjoyed your great hospitality!!!

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Nobody in our neighborhood has nowadays a landline. Telkom, the South African telecommunications monopolist, has overpriced itself (rates are about the highest in the world). The few houses nearby with a wired Telkom connection don’t have a telephone anymore. The neighbors use their mobiles and some of them, like us, also Skype. An international telephone call with Skype is cheaper than a local call within our village via a landline… Despite all the new developments (our PC has a wireless connection) Telkom is investing in their infrastructure, replacing the copper wiring with modern fiber materials. The pole in the backyard of one of our neighbors is absolutely useless except than as a photo object…

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