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Challenging season for the SA Wine Industry – Harvest Update (part 2)

Challenging conditions led to a reduced wine grape crop for South African producers in 2016, but grapes were healthy and concentrated flavours promise good wines. “Although the crop is smaller, the industry still managed to reach higher productions than initially expected following a season characterised by abnormal heat and water shortages,” says Francois Viljoen, manager […]


Harvest news – Vrede en Lust Malbec

A visual diary of a morning harvest of our Vrede en Lust Malbec. The Vrede en Lust Malbec is used for our Bordeaux blends but most importantly for our ever popular Mocholate. An easy drinking red which can also be enjoyed chilled in summertime. Our 2 ha block of Malbec is situated high up along the […]


Shedding a light on load shedding

“Load shedding is a measure of last resort to prevent the collapse of the power system country-wide.  When there is insufficient power station capacity to supply the demand (load) from all the customers, the electricity system becomes unbalanced, which can cause it to trip out country-wide (a blackout), and which could take days to restore.” […]


Harvest 2015 – earliest start in 18 years

The 2015 harvest at Vrede en Lust is now in full swing.  Due to the fact that 2014 was the hottest summer since 1985(!) we had to start our harvest much earlier than anticipated this year.  Luckily Susan and her team were ready for this when the first Simonsberg-Paarl Chardonnay were ready last Thursday.  The […]