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Wine producers, winemakers, wines, etc./Wynprodusente, wynmakers, wyne, ens.

Ontdek Bellpost, een van die Weskus se ‘versteekte juwele’

Bellpost net buite Vredendal.

Een van die lekkerste dinge op my wonderlike wynreis van ontdekking is om minder bekende en minder kommersiële wynmakerye op te spoor en hul wyne te proe. Dikwels drink jy jou vas in die gaafste en gasvryste mense, veral in die platteland, en ewe dikwels proe en geniet jy wyne wat ewe “gasvry en gulhartig” is, wyne wat net so onvergeetbaar soos hul makers is!

’n Hele paar jaar gelede het ek tydens ’n besoek aan die Weskus-wynstreek die voorreg gehad om by Bellpost naby Vredendal te gaan inloer. Hier het ek met die wynmaker, Koos Thiart, kennis gemaak en hul wyne geproe … en baie geniet, soveel so dat ek die pad terug huistoe aangepak het met meer as een kissie Bellpost-wyn in die bagasiebak!

Jason’s Hill is ’n viering van kos, wyn, natuurskoon en gasvryheid

Die kelder, proelokaal en bistro op Jasonsfontein.

Daar is seker honderde staaltjies versteek in die wingerde en kelders van die Kaap se wynlande, sommige wat jou sal laat skaterlag en ander wat weer sal tokkel aan jou hartsnare. Elke dan en wan kry ek die versoeking om die wynlande in te vaar en al daai staaltjies te boekstaaf, maar dan skink ek maar vir my ’n glasie wyn en die versoeking verdwyn. Maar eendag!

Maar so gepraat van die wynwêreld se staaltjies, een van die mooiste wynlandstories kom uit die natuurskone Slanghoekvallei, deel van die bekende Breedevallei-wynstreek. En dit gaan so.

Twelve of the most impressive wineries in the world

Where there's wine, there's beauty!

What used to be a visit to a farmer’s simple vineyard followed by the tasting of their wine out in the field – have no fear, this still exists in many places – have become high-end affairs in many locales, with each winery attempting to outdo the other in opulence, writes Adam Teeter. Across the world, architects have built awe-inspiring monuments to the fruit of the vine in some of the most high-end wine regions on earth.

Moldova – The grape country

A long tradition of wine making.

The history of Moldovan wines starts in 3000 BC, although the first vines were recorded there 7000 years BC. Wine used to be utilized as a medium of exchange and a trophy awarded after fights, which has made the wine a national product of Moldova.

The wines of Austria

A wine map of Austria.

The 'origin' of a wine is probably the most fundamental

The spectrum of boldness in red wines

Want to know how bold or approachable your wine is?

Just 32 red wine varieties make up a majority of the wine available in the international market. If all red wines were placed on this chart, there would be hundreds!

Identify similar tasting red wines based on their intensity from lightest to boldest.

Wine additives explained

Additives for wine production.

There is a lot of fear and distrust around the topic of wine additives and it’s not exactly unfounded.

The best soils for growing wine grapes: An introduction to soil types and wine

The different types of soil for wine grape production.

One of the most frequently mentioned traits of a great wine is the soil. The conversation usually sounds something like this: “This estate is certainly well-located, resting on well-drained, gravelly soils with some veins of clay running through them.”

A guide to cabernet franc: The journey into wine continues!

Make cabernet franc the next leg of your journey into wine.

Cabernet Franc (“cab-err-nay fronk”) is a medium-bodied red wine whose origins likely lie in the Basque country of France. The wine is loved for its savory, bell pepper-like flavors, medium-high acidity and mouthwatering taste. It is an ideal food pairing wine.

Sur lie explained: What are wine lees?

Stirring the lees.

You might have seen the words “sur lie” on a bottle of Loire white wine. Sur lie translates to “on the lees,” but what exactly are wine lees and what do they do?

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