Once upon a time there were many, many working windmills in South Africa, pumping water from deep below the surface or the earth. Many are still there standing without a purpose but as part of a past era. Some are still working like this one at Vaalvlei near our village.
There are some great wine cellars in our village; not known to general public but the South Africa ‘connaisseur’ knows them. Ever tasted a Jackson Pinotage, a Vaalvlei Sauvignon Blanc or a Springfontein Chenin Blanc? Springfontein Winery (where these pictures are taken) is also one of the few cellars in South Africa that produces Verdot.
Yesterday I posted in the other blog the entrance of of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate. That had more likes than I expected….
Yes we have some great wines here in Stanford. Except for the one mentioned there are wineries that create their own wines such as Vaalvlei, Brunia, Stanford Hills, Springfontein, Boschrivier and Raka. Main produce are wines of the South African grape varieties Chenin Blanc and Pinotage next to more common known ones as Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. And the farmers are investing for they see a prosperous future. Relatively many Platter stars are awarded to this area; in fact proportional more than to wineries in other wine producing areas within South Africa.
The pictures below were shot at Springfontein some time ago.