I’ve been at many wineries during harvest time but I’ve never experienced so much fun and dedication amongst the staff as at this small exclusive winery in our home town Napier, South Africa.
Before you know Chateau de Thierry in Napier, Western Cape is harvesting grapes for their small scale production of world class Petit Verdot, Sauvignon, Viognier, Sangiovese and White Muscadel wines.
During the Winter rainfall period grass grows and farmers in the Overberg harvest it for silage. Some farmers bale the hay; others harvest the grass fresh, dump it between two ground walls; sprinkle salt on and compact with a tractor every layer and cover the top with plastic. Quite labour extensive but the end result is silage with a higher nutrient content. The cows on the Sanddrift farm of Jan Wessels in Napier, South Africa love it. They produce high quality milk. You may say that silage is a kind of transformation.