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Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Hawkins of Testalonga

Craig Hawkins of Testalonga is this intangible mix of quirk and depth. Talking to him is like tumbling down the rabbit hole. You can’t...

Testalonga new releases

Craig and Carla Hawkins, operating out of the Swartland, are arguably South Africa’s leading proponents of “natural wine”. The 2017 vintage has served them...

Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact Chenin Blanc 2016

Craig Hawkins, co-owner with wife Carla of Swartland-based Testalonga, says 2016 was particularly dry, the resulting challenge being to manage the big tannins on...

Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2015

Craig Hawkins, the maverick winemaker behind the Testalonga label, detests having his wines scored and in the case of his two new “Baby Bandito”...

Testalonga El Bandito Lords of Dogtown Chenin Blanc 2015

Lords of Dogtown 2015 is a new Chenin Blanc from Craig Hawkins of Testalonga which for now is only available in South Africa and...

Tim James: On the relative nature of natural wine

There are some things which we are sometimes tempted to think of as absolutes but are better appreciated as relative – as existing on...

Testalonga El Bandito King of Grapes 2015

Can Craig and Carla Hawkins be contained? Subsequent to their departure from Lammershoek, the Testalonga range of wines has grown to 11 and they...

David Cope: Interview with Craig Hawkins

Craig Hawkins has made a name for himself as the biggest advocate of natural wine in South Africa. Together with significant other Carla Kretzel,...