If it's obscure and unusual then we want to focus on it.
Most of us are familiar with the Sauvignon Blancs, the Merlots and Pinotages and that darling of the vineyard, Chenin Blanc.
But do you know of Negroamaro or Rotgipfler? I didn't until I got my wine research glasses out.
There are thought to be over 10,000 wine grape varieties - that's a lot of drinking! In South Africa though, our most commonly planted grape is Chenin Blanc and whilst we do produce a lot of unknown, different cultivars, we tend to blend these non-mainstream varieties with other well-known types. However, we seem to be moving into the more unknown cultivars.
This month we will be taking a look at some of those odd varieties and even odder wineries and the spotlight is on:
, named the Raka brand after his black fishing vessel as he was a sailor for 36 years before immersing himself in the wine industry.
With the help of a modern gravity flow cellar, Josef Dreyer
produces the award-winning Raka wines. Don't be surprised if he finds a way to start planting vineyards in the ocean.
is from La Vierge
, also based in Hermanus in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and it means 'The Virgin'. There is a big Garden of Eden theme and their mantra is the Oscar Wilde quote, "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
Vineyards in Constantia proudly produces Nebbiolo which is incredibly rare in South Africa.
Jean van Rooyen
of kosher winery, Kleine Draken
near Paarl, where all the actions of the wine-making
process are done under strict supervision of the Cape Town Beth Din and
nothing is done without the presence of a mashgiach
To read and view our other unusual articles, view our Spotlight page here
Watch them in the video below