Africa, oh Africa, your beauty is beyond compare.
Sultry vineyards surrounded by lush rolling hills and ancient mountains that cradle valleys of rich soil.
South African wine history dates back to 1659.
The Constantia vineyard of Cape Town bottles one of the greatest wines in the world.
Because of intense international demand for wine, new investment has focused on the major vineyard areas of Cape Town, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.
There are about 60 appellations in the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which states wine must be made from 100% of the grapes from the designated area.
Single vineyard wines must come from less than 5 hectares.
An Estate Wine can come from adjacent farms, as long as they are farmed together and wine is produced on site.
The roots of the South African wine industry can be directly traced to the Dutch East India Company in what is now modern day Cape Town.
Jan van Riebeeck was a Dutch surgeon given the position of managing the station and planting vineyards to produce wine and grapes that would help sailors fight scurvy on long ocean voyages.
In 1685, a large 1,900 acre South African vineyard was established just outside Cape Town that was named Constantia.
By the early 1900’s more than 80 million vines were planted that created a wine glut, with some vitners pouring their unsaleable wine into rivers and streams.
Many South Africa producers adopted new wine making technologies to become internationally competitive that shifted their focus to quality not quantity wine.
For most of the 20th century the area near Paarl was for the heart of the South African wine industry.
Lets take a look at some stunning vineyards and wineries.
The styles vary, but elegance is the order of the day.
Many are centuries old and have humble facades, yet grand interiors.
The settings often are near water, either rivers, creeks or ponds.
Old world meets new world technology is apparent.
Natural beauty is reflected by refined interiors connected to the vineyard with exceptional verandas and patios.
pathways wander the properties to tranquility
Lets take a step inside and look into their world…
Formal yet comfortable, with classic lines is common.
Quality minded in taste and function
Mostly new world European furniture
romantic in nature
Designed with sophisticated ambience
South African vineyard homes are understated and generational in their approach, with furniture passed down from mother to daughter.
Turning the eye from one pretty item to the next.
and where dining in rustic and simple
to downright rural and unique
Yet it is the relaxation that is treasured here.
Capturing the call of nature and imagination
Dare I say images of the movie “Out of Africa”
Meryl at her finest…
The design is something that speaks to a persons soul
coupled with a vineyard is just the icing on the cake
Of course the perks of swimming pools and elegant outdoor space is an added bonus.
with substanance and income
Can your mind travel far away to the African vineyards for just a moment?
Take a moment to capture the essence of the vineyards of South Africa?
To a softer, slower paced lifestyle that suits the mind and body?
Can you imagine seeing the African wild from the confines of home?
May her vineyards be forever blessed.