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Sooo, I’m a bit late with the #springday post, but nonetheless it was a fabulous day out in the vineyards. My spring day was spent in the vineyards and mountains of Franschhoek and the Banhoek Valley near Stellenbosch. With breathtaking scenes, Chardonnay in full budburst and the sun peaking through the clouds it was a perfect spring day. And the pincushion proteas are just breathtaking!

The first stop was in Franschhoek at a stunning new development. Cabernet Franc being planted Sur Échalas style.

Cabernet Franc

Next stop was in the Banhoek Valley. This site never ceases to amaze me.


But, we can’t just drive around and look at awesome views. Some viticulture actions need to be done now. Pruning is already in the past and the first Chenin blanc and Chardonnay vines need their first suckering action. Here is Rosa and Cederic discussing the strategy for this Chardonnay block..


The next two months is a very important time for viticulturists, farmers, farm managers and farm workers. As the vineyards start to wake from their winter slumber, we need to implement the strategy that was planned for each block to achieve the desired wine style. We are starting the season with good soil water capacity which puts me in a good mood. Last year we started with between 60-80% soil water capacity. This is the same as starting a bicycle race with a flat tire and we struggled through the whole season.

This season seems to start better so lets keep our fingers crossed.

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