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What an awesome day. Wanted to do this for quite some time, but could never find the time! I was privileged to spend the day with Stephan Joubert, Chief Viticulturist of DGB.

We get caught up in our little world so often, that we never make time to see different things or explore new ideas. Travelling is essential for viticulturists. Going abroad is obviously first prize, but don’t underestimate the value of learning from your peers.

In this post I will let the photos do the talking…

Our day started at DGB Wellington and we headed to look at some soils in Perdeberg. Then it was off to Bottelary Hills, and what a lovely sight!


Then we jolted to the Helderberg – breathtaking.


Then we headed to Elgin Valley…



After Elgin we grabbed a snack to eat and headed for Faure..


Then we were off to look out at the beautiful Banhoek Valley..


After that we went to taste barrels at Boschendal. Then it was back to Wellington, but we made another stop in the Klein-Drakenstein Mountains to discuss a potential Grenache noir site and then we headed home.

It was a long day, but inspiring, exciting and rewarding to say the least…


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