Sunday Special

From Wikipedia: “Mourvèdre (also known as Mataró or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominaciones de origen of Spain”. Yesterday we were at Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson, one of the few cellars …

Harvest on its way

Shot along the road near Bonnievale in the Western Cape, South Africa: vineyards as far as the eye reaches. Soon these vineyards will be swarmed with grape pickers and (for the cheaper wines) with harvesting machines.

After the harvest and tomorrow we taste

Growing grapes is one thing but creating excellent wines of grapes demands at least as much craftmanship. Although modern technology helps the wine maker he/she still needs the, as the Germans say, ‘Fingerspitzengefuhl’. At Springfontein in Stanford, South Africa, the grapes are first manually graded (no machine can do it that good) and next the …