Innovation, benchmarking and the sharing of knowledge spanning three decades of winemaking excellence, is the proud accomplishment of the Cape Winemakers Guild, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
When I started working at Paul Cluver I was very lucky to gain some experience in the art of blending. The blends that were still in progress include their top wines which ate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both vintages were 2011.
From the barrels I had to get samples for the tasting. The wine was matured in barrels from different years and produced by different cooperages. It was quite interesting to observe what effect each barrel can introduce into the wine.
My experience at Ernie Els wines started off with a warm greeting by which Louis Strydom, Klaas (ass winemaker) and I sat down to have breakfast. Louis kindly explained the role that I was going to fulfill as a vineyard and cellar assistant.
It is a great privilege to work at Nitida along with Bernard Veller and RJ Botha. I learn so much every day, because everything is done with passion.
The most exciting time in a wine-makers life…Harvesting!!
Harvest at De Grendel (+/-450 ton cellar) began on the 24 Jan 2012 and there are a lot of tanks that look really promising. Playing around with the different components and making blends is quite interesting, to see what our final blend and the analysis will more or less look like.
Home is where the Heart is… at Hartenberg.
Home is a place where there is love, joy and protection. And that is exactly the atmosphere here at Hartenberg. One really feels at home when you walk through the cellar doors in the morning. And like every home, you are greeted with a distinct smell that is true to that home.
Cape Town: Thursday, 23 August 2012
Johannesburg: Thursday, 30 August 2012
Experience exceptional wines with a creative edge and great diversity of styles at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase in Cape Town on Thursday, 23 August and Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 August, when members of the Guild present the wines that will go under the hammer at this year’s Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.
In 2011 Jeff Grier's item for the Cape Winemakers Guild Silent Auction was a game drive in the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary followed by a six course dinner for six people in Villiera's newly renovated tasting room, to be prepared by chef Christophe Dehosse of the Joostenberg Bistro and hosted by the Grier family. Each course was to be paired with a different Cap Classique in the Villiera range.
All aspirant winemakers participating in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme have been given the rare opportunity of making their own wines in their own dedicated Quintessence French oak barrels donated by the Cape Cooperage Group. This Paarl based company has extended its support of the Guild’s Protégé Programme by donating a barrel to every Protégé in his or her second year until 2014, ensuring that current and future Protégés will have the opportunity to experiment with their own wines.