“We were surprised by the diversity of the vineyards in the valley and believe that this diversity makes the Franschhoek Wine Valley an even more interesting place for winemakers. We were also impressed with the diverse range of wines made here.”
Earlier in February the Franschhoek Wine Valley had the pleasure of hosting four dynamic women aptly referred to as the Worldwine Women, pictured above hard at work in the cellar at La Bri. This group of friends and students – Alice, Louise, Alexandra and Atalante – have made it their duty to explore vineyards across the globe, with the goal of analysing the emerging balance between tradition and innovation. In order to do so, they work in the vineyards of each of the countries that they visit so as to personally experience different production methods, traditional local skills and cultural environments. In a nutshell, they want to experience a day in the life of a winemaker.
Eager to share what the valley has to offer in terms of wine production, the group spent time with the winemaking teams of Haut Espoir, La Bri, GlenWood Vineyards, My Wyn, Holden Manz and Anthonij Rupert Wyne.
In an interview they said: “We were amazed by the beauty of Franschhoek and its surroundings. Furthermore, we were surprised by the diversity of the vineyards in the valley. During our time in Franschhoek we visited some vineyards with very traditional methods, some with high mechanical methods and other ones with biodynamic methods. We believe that this diversity makes Franschhoek an even more interesting place for winemakers. Moreover, we’ve were impressed by the wide range of grapes varieties in each vineyard, and as a result were able to taste delicious and elegant wines with very different characteristics.”
Over the next few months the group is scheduled to travel to Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, China and then the United States of America.