Protecting the crop

With flowering season due to start at the end of next week it is of utmost importance to protect the crop again Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew and Botrytis. Flowering is a critical phase in the [...]

Paarl Valley

Just a quick post to brag about the beautiful place where I work and live. I’ve been living in Paarl for 26 years now, and I’m still amazed by its beauty.


The season is now in full swing and the premium blocks need some extra special attention. We started suckering the Chardonnay and Merlot this week. The people are doing a really good job and it [...]

Up straight

A common problem in vineyards is poorly formed vines. This not only looks bad, but you lose a lot of cordon space, which in turn can account for a big loss in crop. Yes it takes a bit more effort [...]

Mutation of Durif

Last week I found this very interesting mutation of the grape bunch on a Durif vine. I’ll try find that vine again and will track the progress. Durif itself is a cross between Syrah and [...]

Making Life Easier

With good, affordable labour becoming more difficult to come by every day, we have to look at sustainable solutions. Those who don’t will be left behind. Don’t get me wrong, we do [...]