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Top 10 South African winemakers to watch

1st November, 2012 by Lucy Shaw

South Africa is teeming with fresh young winemaking talent.

From the wheat field dotted plains of the Swartland to the cool climate, mountain framed Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, enthusiastic young winemakers are springing up in every corner of the Cape.

Many of the country’s most promising stars were pouring their wines at the Cape Wine 2012 fair in Cape Town last month. Their knowledge, passion and energy is an exciting sign of things to come for South African wine, with many clocking up vintages in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and California before returning home to put their skills into practice.

There’s a palpable sense of unity among the new generation, and a fierce desire to make elegant, refined wines with a true sense of place. Read on for our top 10 Cape crusaders shaping the future of South African wine.

4 Responses to “Top 10 South African winemakers to watch”

  1. SpellingNazi says:

    Might I suggest a quick edit to correct the spelling mistake in the first line…? ConTstantia? Really?

  2. Diederik le Grange says:

    I think this article should have headed ‘…Swartland’.. There is more variety out there, I don’t think the author thought that over.

  3. Dusan Jelic says:

    I know personally 5 of these 10 guys. I think you did a great job and your article shows an important part of the power young lions have in the South African wine scene. Of course there are more to mention, but still, kudos for your kind effort! Cheers!

  4. Andre says:

    You wrote a decent article, but don’t quote Neil Pendock in relation to South African wine.

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