THE FRUITS OF THE WORLD
While the owners of wine farms are mostly rooted to the spot, winemakers often have the opportunity to travel.
“Before 1994 the only country that would accept South Africans to study winemaking was Germany. It wasn’t until one generation ago that South African winemakers started working on vineyards around the world to learn about winemaking,” Morgenthal says.
“France was considered the world leader in winemaking and many South Africans travelled there to learn from the French. In the last 15 to 20 years, we started to realise that winemaking techniques in the northern hemisphere can’t be successfully applied to the southern hemisphere.”
These days, young South Africans hone their skills everywhere from Australia to Spain and our expertise is in demand in countries like China and India. “The French also love South African winemakers, because we are so hard working,” he says.
At Finweek we believe we can attest to the ambition of local winemakers. We do a quality test almost every night.