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Joanne Gibson: On early market demand and the first wine ‘experts’...

In his article on the first grape varieties planted at the Cape, Tim James says: ‘Viticulture was not much of a science in those...

Joanne Gibson: On the long-gone vineyards of Cape Town suburbia

‘At the Rondebosje, the vineyard is flourishing lustily,’ wrote the fourth commander of the Cape, Jacob Borghorst, in a despatch to the Lords XVII...

Joanne Gibson: On some early opinions regarding Cape Wine

This week will see over 1,000 visitors from more than 40 countries descend on the Cape Town International Convention Centre for Cape Wine 2018,...

Joanne Gibson: On the Cape’s first highly acclaimed winemaker

It was exactly 360 years ago this week, ‘during the waning moon’, that Jan van Riebeeck planted 1,200 vine cuttings on the land he’d...

Joanne Gibson: On some of the ‘invisible’ people of early Cape...

As Jeanne Viall, Wilmot James and Jakes Gerwel note in Grape - From Slavery to BEE - Stories of the Vineyards in South Africa,...

Joanne Gibson: On Cape wine during the 1660s

When the Cape’s first winegrower, Jan van Riebeeck, departed for VOC headquarters in Batavia in April 1662, his successor as commander was Zacharias Wagenaar...

Joanne Gibson: The Cape’s first winegrower

Jan van Riebeeck was not a very nice fellow. At best, the letters and journal he wrote detailing his decade as first commander of...

Joanne Gibson: On the rising wine culture in China

After a break from wine over the festive season (apart from drinking copious amounts of it, that is), I’ve been catching up on some...