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SOUTH AFRICA

TO THE CASUAL OBSERVER, THE CAPE VINEYARDS MAY LOOK JUST AS THEY DID IN THE DECADES RUNNING UP TO APARTHEID; DOMINANT MOUNTAINS, WILD SEAS AND VIVID GREEN PASTURES DOTTED WITH BRILLIANT FACADES OF 300 YEAR OLD CAPE DUTCH HOMESTEADS. THE REALITY IS THAT THE VINEYARDS, CELLARS AND WINES HAVE CHANGED BEYOND RECOGNITION.

The Cape boasts the oldest geology in the wine-growing world, much is also made of the fact that the meeting if two oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic creates a perfect environment for grape growing.  The KWV, the giant co-operative designed to provide market control prices during Apartheid inhibited independent estates from starting up and did little for the region’s quality. However, since 1994 a new generation of young winemakers who have travelled the world and soaked up techniques and inspiration are in control and the results have been incredible. After decades of turmoil, the South African wine industry has a happy ending in sight.


‘tREAD LIGHTLY’BY BACKSBERG,PAARL

The Tread Lightly range celebrates the lighthearted side of Backsberg’s sustainable initiatives, paying special tribute to the key women who are responsible for growing and crafting these delicate, aromatic wines.

Tread Lightly’s viticulturist, Talitha Venter, is a gardener at heart. When the vineyards are quiet, she can often be seen pottering around the winery in her colourful wellington boots, pruning and watering shrubs and flowers. This inherent green thumb allows her to confidently lead her predominately female team in tending to the vines year-round. Relying strongly on sustainable farming techniques, Talitha and her team treat vineyards as gently as possible to yield clean, healthy fruit. Engulfed in indigenous flora, it’s not uncommon for Tread Lightly vineyards to run a little wild.

‘Tread Lightly’ Chenin Blanc, 2018     
Winery £2.80 Hamburg £3.70

Tread Lightly’ Rose, 2018      
Winery £2.80 Hamburg £3.70

Tread Lightly’ Pinotage, 2017      
Winery £3.20 Hamburg £4.45


Winery & Hamburg prices are exclusive of Duty and Local Tax, London prices are CCT & Duty Paid. Prices correct at time of print but GWS reserve the right to amend prices at anytime.