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Wine Times 7 – A stomping good time

This year we received left over Merlot grapes from good neighbor Lomond. Sean was at De Hoop on tight deadlines finishing roof gardens so wife was sent over to collect harvest.  The workers at Lomond all miraculously disapeared as the little green Rav drove up … Continue reading

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Wine Times 5

After the mishap of Eddies gardener knocking our first 1000 litres of shiraz down the driveway, the 2012 Shiraz and Cabernet sauvignon progressed safely and happily through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in the depths of Eddies garage. By March we … Continue reading

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A ‘baboon burial ‘on Witkrans

Mother Nature is full of surprises and living in our beautiful valley on the Agulhas Plain I am continually reminded just how privileged it is to co-habit this special place with so many other living creatures. Last week we had … Continue reading

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Wine Times part 4

Having successfully made our first wine in 2011 we thought the hard lessons had been learnt and that the 2012 Witkrans wines would be a doddle – well how wrong we were. The Uilkraals valley’s baboons and birds once again … Continue reading

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Erica Irregularis on the hills of Witkrans

The hills around Witkrans are currently filled with the beautiful Erica Irregularis.   Watch this video by Sean to learn more about this special Erica, that in nature only grows in this very small area……. Sean talks on this video last … Continue reading

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It’s a ‘retired’ chickens life

Here on Witkrans that idea has always been that as Matthew’s chicken got old they would get eaten.  However this has never worked that well and after a lesson in plucking etc both Matthew and father could not get near … Continue reading

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A misty morning in Uilkraalvallei

Here is a view of our beautiful Uilkraalvallei.  Witkrans is still sitting under the mist at the bottom of this picture. Nothing quite like these beautiful winter mornings.

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Wine Times Part 1 – the great stomp

So we have already explained the problems associated with growing our grapes in our previous wine blog. Five years and still no harvest! But undeterred we were able to source some top quality Merlot grapes from a friend who is … Continue reading

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Harvest

Although the baboons have been around a lot and raiding the veggie garden and vines, we have still managed to do a fair bit of harvesting. The kids delight in seeing who can pick more tomatoes than each other – … Continue reading

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