Today sees the launch of a new listing for us from a super producer, based in the stunning Paarl region of the South African Winelands.
Anyone who has taken time to visit the wineries of the Western Cape will know that the region is arguably one of the gems of the wine world. My first venture to South Africa was in the Year 2000, when sanctions had only recently been lifted, and expertise was joined with excitement in the development of their wine industry. Throughout the apartheid era, a co-operative (KWV) monopolised the industry, and whilst volume was not inconsiderable, quality was lacking in most areas. Insufficient funding to sustain wineries, poor winemaking and often lack of hygiene were all contributors to a nation’s wine industry that was lagging way behind the buoyant Aussies and Kiwi production that we have come to love so much.
Those days are in the past, and South Africa these days is well positioned in the everyday, less expensive category, right up to the best of the boutique range. And we Brits can’t get enough of them. I for one am amongst their #1 fans – how a country could turn an industry in such a short space of time has to be admired. Visiting those Winelands time and again is a joy that everyone who has a penchant for wine and travel should explore. (Give me a shout if you want any advice on where to go.)
Our latest additions – a white and a red known as Jonty’s Ducks have a delightful story. Organic is their middle name – just watch this video and our web-footed friends and you’ll be instantly charmed. As for the wine, well if this isn’t worth a look, then….
Find the wines here>