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SA Wine History: A few Steenberg surprises (Part 2)

After all the drama and intrigue of the Christina Ustings story, is Steenberg’s next chapter a bit of an anti-climax? Far from it, in...

SA Wine History: A few Steenberg surprises (Part 1)

When my last column on early women of the Cape wine industry was published, Steenberg Wine Club Ambassador Johann Theron was quick to point...

SA Wine History: Mothers of the Cape Wine Industry

It’s not only around Mother’s Day that I try to imagine the lives of women at the Cape during the first few decades of...

SA wine history: Vergelegen after WA van der Stel (plus the...

Before his departure from the Cape on 23 April 1708, dismissed governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel oversaw the grape harvest at his showcase...

SA Wine History: Fighting for Vergelegen, then and now

As the editor wrote last week, Vergelegen seems set for great things again, now that virus-free vines are reaching full maturity following an extensive...

SA Wine History: A Wine Even Better than Constantia

In my last column, I had a look at some of the Cape’s best wines after Constantia. But did you know there was a...

SA Wine History: What were the best wines after Constantia?

In my last column, which looked at Napoleon’s fondness for vin de Constance (Constantia wine), I referred to pioneering wine critic André Jullien’s encyclopaedic...

SA Wine History: Napoleon’s favourite Cape wine – and did it...

‘Napoleon really didn’t enjoy himself on St Helena but helped a bit,’ said Lisa Honan, Her Excellency the Governor of Saint Helena, Ascension...