In this newsletter:
Harvest Projections 2013

Riebeek Cellars Grape Stomp

Org de Rac Valentyns advertensie

Swartland Kelder valentyns advertensie

Kloovenburg artikel en foto’s oor kersmark

parsvooruitskatting vir 2013

Org de Rac se lavender en essensiele olie produkte





Bullets033.gifHarvest Projections 2013

On account of a cold winter and plenty of rain in 2012, expectations are high for a good harvest season. According to Hanno van Schalkwyk, viticulturist at Riebeek Cellars, this year’s harvest is slightly later than the previous year.   Even ripening (veraison) of especially the red cultivars is an indication of the deep, dark red wines to come.

Claude Uhren of Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards says that the strong South Easterly winds that are experienced this year contribute to fewer diseases in the vineyards.   The granite soils of the Paardeberg area are generally lower in moisture than the surrounding area and irrigation at critical times was necessary to buffer vines against the heat and drought.

A relative cool season was experienced in Piketberg, with no rain during the ripening of the grapes. Wesley du Plessis of Org de Rac reports that their Merlot and Shiraz grapes look especially promising.  He predicts that their Shiraz will be ready for harvest towards mid-February.  Wesley is also very satisfied with the Chardonnay grapes already picked for their MCC.

All in all the 2013 wine grape harvest is expected to be very promising.

Bullets033.gifBelge besoek Allesverloren

In Januarie het studente van ‘n prominente Hotelskool in Brugge, België,  Allesverloren besoek.   Hulle doen hierdie jaar ‘n spesialiseeringsjaar in wyn en het van Suid Afrika se gewildste Wynlandgoede besoek om hulle kennis te verbreed en ons gasvryheid te geniet.   Die studente het baie entoesiasties deelgeneem aan die wynproe en inligtingsessie.   Armand Lacomme, Assistant wynmaker by Allesverloren, het die dag aangebied.


Bullets033.gifMore than just wine at Org de Rac

Lavender and rosemary are grown organically at Org de Rac, the well-known wine organic wine farm, situated outside Piketberg.    One hectare rosemary is harvested and pressed every 18 months, whilst the 1,5 hectare lavender is pressed once a year.
Essential oils are made from both the rosemary and lavender.  Other lavender products include soap and air freshener.    All products are available for purchase at the cellar.    

Lavender is a natural anti-fungus remedy and can be used on vineyards to prevent diseases.


Bullets033.gifRiebeek Kelder Grape Stomp

Bullets033.gifORG de RAC - February Cellar Door Promotion