W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm – 8″ × 12″
“The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do.”
- Galileo Galilei
Picture a vineyard under the African sun where almost every kind of grape grows in abundance. From the valleys of the Berg and Hex Rivers to the Bushveld in the tropical north, from the foot of Table Mountain in the Western Cape to the dry desert land of the Orange River, a wide diversity of climate and soil, where man and nature combine to produce grapes of excellent quality.
South Africa produces some of the finest wines and the world and has a history dating back to 1659. The Chenin blanc grape is the Cape’s most popular white variety with about thirty percent of our vineyards producing Chenin Blanc. And the Chardonnay grape is currently one of the most popular, if not the most popular, dry white wine variety in the world.