South Africa’s Winelands of the Cape£18.95
In this truly epic production, renowned South African father-and-son team Gerald and Marc Hoberman, showcase South Africa’s wine country as never seen before. Covering all of South Africa’s diverse wine growing regions – from Cape Point to the Orange River – the book features 400+ large scale full colour photographs, presents over 40 wine estates, as well as unique accommodation, and restaurants, all with their own fascinating stories to inspire, technical specifications for the connoisseur, and captivating text about the country’s rich cultural heritage.
South Africa is the oldest of the New World wine countries and its origins and proud traditions date back to 1659, when the Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeek, recorded that the first wine was made from locally grown grapes. Wine was important for the long sea voyages on the spice route to India, as water taken on board in barrels became undrinkable after some time at sea. The French viticultural expertise and traditions were introduced to the Cape in 1694 with the arrival of 180 Huguenots and 18 Walloons (from the French-speaking part of Belgium). Fleeing religious persecution, they were granted prime land by the Dutch East India Company at the Cape.
In 1997, KWV was privatised and the South African wine industry was deregulated, making way for international integration, investment and multicultural expertise, which continues apace, putting winemaking at the Cape at the forefront. The magnificence of the winelands’ natural beauty and their diversity is without parallel, from the southernmost tip of the African continent at Cape Agulhas, where the tempestuous Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, to the semi-desert sands of the Northern Cape, where the mighty Orange River cuts a verdant swathe through the arid landscape and the grape vines all along its banks are dramatically offset against the russet-coloured sands, magnificent kokerbome and blue skies.
The distinctive Cape Dutch architecture – thick whitewashed walls and sinuous gables, thatched roofs and skilfully carved fanlights – still radiate elegance at many of the historic estates. The warmth of the people and their fascinating history and indomitable pioneering spirit are but some of the facets of this epic book. The seemingly infinite macroclimates, microclimates, aspects, soils and cultivars provide a infinite variety to satisfy the most fastidious connoisseurs. It will, it is hoped, provide an indelible visual footprint of South Africa’s wonderful wines and entice people from far and wide to visit and experience its wonders first hand.
175mm x 190mm Hardcover
450+ varnished colour photographs
Medium Format with printed designer cloth hardcover, debossed & gold foiled title, ribbon bookmark, head & tail bands