October – Die mooiste mooiste maand

General There is a poem in Afrikaans describing how October is the most gorgeous month of the year. This certainly rings true for the farm as well. October brings with it a surprise of wild flowers in every nook and cranny. The insects awaken from their winter slumber to take full advantage of the splendor [...]
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July – No rest for the wicked

General Be careful what you wish for, and when is enough, enough?  Sometimes it rains for 8 days straight and even though it is a blessing, it can sometimes create some havoc on the farm.  Not only do we now see where the summer weather created some new leaks in the cellar roof, but localised [...]
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June Winter is coming

General Checking the weather forecast becomes as second nature as everyone is waiting for the rain.  Weather patterns and previous yearly rainfalls become common dinner conversation and it is not unlikely that some bets even take place.  This is not just recreation but is critical for everybody in the industry.  When you look at the [...]
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May – Back to Basics

General The holiday is over, and everybody is back to start the preparation for the winter months ahead.  Autumn is still in full swing and there is a serene calmness blanketing the winelands. We are now waiting for the winter rains to bring the promise of next year’s harvest. To prepare the vines they have to [...]
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April – Hunting Season

With all the wines tucked safely in their barrels and tanks and all the public holidays upon us it is no wonder that most of the farms may seem a bit… quiet.  This is the perfect time for the hard working viti and vini-culturists to take a well-deserved break.  There seems to be a mass […]

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March – Agterosse kom ook in die kraal

General With the roads running through the winelands now giving off the heady smell of fermenting grapes (courtesy of the droppings from the delivery trucks) harvest season in the Cape Winelands is drawing to a close.  Depending on the climate for the year, the harvest can sometimes continue well into March but most of the […]

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February – Hurry up and wait

General The secret in deciding when to start harvesting the grapes lie in the sugar.  The sugar levels have to be at exactly the right level to ensure that all the effort you’ve put into the maturing of the grapes translates into the quality of wines you have envisioned. Grape maturity at harvest is critical […]

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January – Babysitting the Vines

A new year brings the promise of a new harvest and a new vintage.  While the whole of the country make their yearly exodus down to the coast the farm is busy preparing for the next couple of months – arguably the busiest of the year. The weather can wreak havoc with the grapes in […]

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