Friday, October 24, 2014

Excelsior Wine Estate, Robertson

An avenue of white roses leads into the farm
Mango, the farm's beautiful Border collie
with his friend Kyla, the Jack Russell
The Tasting Room is built on piles in the dam
The long road through the vineyards
A view back to the Guest House
White roses at the edge of a vineyard
An early morning view across the vineyards
Looking across to Van Loveren
Vineyards vista
Early leaves and tendrils
A Red bishop weaver
The view from the Hill of Enon, back across the farm
The Excelsior guest house
The new restaurant with outdoor, shaded tables
Two mules at the edge of the dam
Hadedas fly across a vineyard
Roses at the ends of the rows of vines
Freddie de Wet, owner of Excelsior
A view from the terrace
Topping and tying the vines
Cases of wine in the cellar ready for export. Excelsior produces 160000 cases per year under its own label and is South Africa's biggest exporter to the USA
Johan Stemmet shows us the bottling line

Bottles at the end of the line

Some of these tanks hold 150000 litres

A veteran Ferrari wine pump
The restaurant

Products for sale in the restaurant
The restaurant interior
The dam holds a variety of fish including bass, tilapia and carp
Award winning sauvignon blanc
Excelsior Merlot has many fans. We bought these two
The premium red range
A portrait of Gondolier with the wine named for him
Co-owner Peter de Wet, Freddie's son
Pouring the shiraz
A potjie on the restaurant verandah

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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