Monthly Archives: April 2009

Susan’s harvest summary

WEATHER CONDITIONS (AND CONSEQUENCES): WINTER 2008: Cold and wet. And wet. And wet. SPRING 2008: Long! Had wet and cool weather up until October and November. NOVEMBER 2008 – JANUARY 2009: A cooler pre-season than previous vintages. HARVEST 2009: In …

Platter OpenForum – a milestone event.

Just came back from attending the interesting Platter OpenForum re the road ahead for the most important wine guide in South Africa. The owners and publishers of the Platter guide set up an forum which was attended by well over …

Meet our new assistant winemaker!

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Ansone (pronounced An-so-nay) Fourie as our first full-time, assistant winemaker! Ansone is busy completing her second harvest at Vrede en Lust. She graduated with a B.Agric (with Cellar technology) from Elsenburg, …

The Generic Marketing of Wine in SA??

The other night while watching a bit of TV, I noticed a red meat commercial produced by the South African red meat producers association. It reminded of one of my favourite hobbyhorses – the total lack of generic marketing of …