The Stork's Flight March 2016

The Stork's Flight March 2016
9 March 2016 • General
 

Over the past number of years we have received a group of enthusiastic Swedish wine consumers who time their flight to the south to witness the harvest at the Cape. The diarising of their visit to Hartenberg has become our reminder that vintage is imminent and surprisingly, given the vagaries of when we might start picking, the group has yet to get it wrong, and this year was no exception!

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With our harvest now well underway the very dry and hot conditions that we have experienced have provided a vintage of opportunity. As we have the ability to trickle irrigate we have diminished the many negatives that the conditions could have brought us. Our judicious use of water looks like giving us the best vintage in the past decade, particularly for the red varieties.

In years such as these one cannot emphasise enough the importance of experience... read more »

The Country Life at Hartenberg

The Country Life at Hartenberg
9 March 2016 • General
The CT Food Challenge team has moved away from burgers, our February theme, to focus on picnics, our March theme. While the weather’s still warm and the world pretty (is it corny if I say ‘winter is coming’????), we decided to head outdoors for a bit and explore some of the very best picnic spots in and around Cape Town. We certainly are blessed with the most wondrous locations (wine country ahoy), but with follower votes and a little research, we’ve come up with a list of our chosen picnic spots. And first on the list? Hartenberg Wine Estate, the gorgeous hidden gem in the Stellenbosch area.

I’ve been to Hartenberg once before and was already in love with the look and feel of this place. What I love most about Hartenberg is that it really seems like stepping into a time capsule and emerging in... read more »

DIARY DATE

DIARY DATE
3 November 2015 • Awards
We believe that we have given you enough time to recover from seasonal excesses and invite you to join us at Hartenberg on Saturday 23 January 2016 for Riesling & Rarities Rock, which is perfectly suited to the long summer days. The princely sum of R150 will gain you entry to an event filled with superb wines from the crème de la crème of producers of Riesling, Semillon, Viognier and Gewurztraminer, amongst other. Delicious deli fare and live entertainment will further enhance the experience. As numbers are limited it is advisable to pre-book tickets at www.webtickets.co.za so as to secure your presence.    

We hope to see you at Hartenberg soon....   

Australian wine adventure

Australian wine adventure
3 November 2015 • Awards
In May this year James Browne found himself in South Australia. The first week was taken up with bird-watching in rural areas, whilst the balance of the trip was visiting cellar doors. Other than the generous welcome at the wineries the similarity to the Hartenberg wine-tasting offering ended there. The preference at the Australian wineries was for a stand-up bar counter service rather than our relaxed sit-down. I presume that this might have been introduced due to the sheer numbers of visitors that they receive during holidays, weekends and festivals. It makes for a very different experience with the winery though. Throughout the trip the grape varieties that gave the greatest pleasure, and which provide the memories, were the white ones. Amongst many that we either tasted or drunk the Mayhem & Co. Riesling Freak #13, the Radford Riesling Quartz 2013, the Hahndorf Hill Gruner... read more »

New labels

New labels
3 November 2015 • Awards
Earlier this year we held a brand survey to which we received some really constructive feedback, thank you. One of the conclusions was that our labels needed some tweaking. The process has begun and can be seen on some wines from December on-wards. Our industry evolves continuously and it was our challenge to see how we could refresh our labels without losing what our brand stands for.
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