Although our vines have been resting, we’ve been hard at work here at Uitsig! We’ve planted our first block of Muscat de Frontignan. In a few years time, they will allow us to produce a naturally sweet wine – in the style which the Constantia Valley has long been famous for. [...]
As we endeavor to rehabilitate our farm and ensure it’s as eco-friendly as can be, we increasingly will rely on Mother Nature’s own handiwork to do more of the hard work in our gardens and vineyards.
Some things in life are worth the wait… and Constantia Uitsig’s Red Horizon 2013 is one such example. Having spent over a year in one of just 65 barrels before being bottled and hidden in the cellar for double that amount of time, Red Horizon 2013 is a shade darker than its sold-out predecessor, and the differences don’t stop there.
Our resident horticulturalist, Niall, is bananas about bananas! “Not only are they great for you (loaded with potassium and vitamins), but they’re just as great for your garden too.” Even their skin is rich in potassium, so chop up some peels and drop them in a bucket of water. Leave it for a few days, [...]
Our resident horticulturalist, Niall is nothing if not a pragmatist. So whilst pottering around his own garden, Niall reflected on what he could eat and enjoy from his patch of earth... "I decided to see what I could eat and use medicinally out of my little patch." Thankfully, the medicinal herbs and flora he uncovered [...]
In a city brimming with fine coffee roasters, Rosetta Roastery is one of the finest. With an almost cult-like following and a close-to-religious zeal for their craft, Rosetta has quickly amassed an impressive line-up of awards... To name just a few - they've been listed on the List of Top 25 Cafes in the World to see [...]
Three is a charm. Especially when it comes to incredible white wines that pair beautifully with winter fare. Our much-loved Chardonnay Reserve 2014 is made from our very best hand-picked, first-press Chardonnay and was awarded an enviable 4 and a half stars in John Platter. Prepare for a fresh and complex nose of ripe citrus, fresh [...]
On the farm, we've been busy uprooting old, sick vines and planting new ones, installing the trellis on young vines, and finishing the sowing of our cover crops. The rains are a bit late, so along with the rest of the drought-stricken Cape, we’re praying more comes soon. Open Door's Wine Wednesdays is increasingly gaining [...]
A wonderful thing about being surrounded by vineyards is the unsentimental, unceasing and yet truly exquisite way the passing of time is observed. The flourish and leaping greens of summer, almost overnight, give way to burnt orange, rusty red and brown leaves...
Our resident gardening guru, Niall McKrill, shares his secrets to creating crème de la crème compost. “As winter approaches and piles of leaves begin to accumulate, now’s the perfect time to start making your own compost. So let’s get down and somewhat dirty…