Friday, August 16, 2013

Bottling the first wine from The Vineyard at Klein Constantia

The Vineyard's F&B Manager Matt Dietchmann helping Klein Constantia winemaker Matthew Day fill the first bottles
The first bottles reach the guests below the bottling area
Matthew Day with Michael Bampfield Duggan and the first bottles off the line
The Vineyard GM Roy Davies with Neil Pendock, Inga Rix, Francois Malan, Norman McFarlane, Kevin Arnold and Ebbie McFarlane
Roy Davies with the first bottle
Matthew Day ensuring that the bottles are accurately positioned on the corking machine
Mike Bampfield Duggan, Wendy Masters and Inga Rix dipping the bottle necks in wax
A Vin de Constance mural in the cellar
Matthew Day and Roy Davies helping The Vineyard's owner Kitty Petousis dip a bottle
Neil Pendock, Norman McFarlane and Kevin Arnold
After the bottling, off to the vineyard to prune the vines, with a little Kaapse Vonkel to provide motivation
Waterford GM and cellarmaster Kevin Arnold tells the amateurs how to prune
and gives a demonstration
while Kitty supervises
Angela Lloyd and Ebbie McFarlane admiring nasturtiums and Swiss chard planted in an old pallet
After all the "hard" work, a delicious lunch
Roy Davies pours a glass for Myrna Robins
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 

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