Geelkop – where the veld turns yellow

Geelkop – where the veld turns yellow

The locals refer to it as skilpadbossie, the little grey shrub whose botanical name is Crassula ericoides. In autumn it sheds its dull coat and turns bright yellow. Somewhere between Upington and Keimoes there is an outcrop covered in skilpadbossie and way back in time, Old Man Bain was so charmed by its yellow splendour that he baptised the hillock Geelkop (literally Yellow Butt). It is here, at Geelkop, where the first private cellar in the Below Orange River Wine Region has just opened its wooden doors.

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THE OLIFANTS RIVER REGION AWAKENS – Major plans for red wine

The cellars of the Olifants River wine region are characterised by marked contrasts. For some, “Bigger is better”, while for other, smaller cellars, it is the difference between quantity and quality that counts. One thing is certain, however – this wine region is fast gaining ground with its philosophy that quantity and quality are indeed reconcilable.

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Paul Roos pupils make their own wine

Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch is the only school in the country, and possibly the world, whose curriculum includes a winemaking module. On the basis of an interest in winemaking, twelve pupils from grade six to eleven* were selected for the course which lasts a year. The first Paul Roos wine, a 2000 vintage, is now being matured in four small oak barrels on Middelvlei Estate.

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The Springbok hunt in London

The Springbok hunt in London

If you can find your way in Covent Garden on a Sunday among live statues, a silver character and his bicycle, a wind-up soldier and a jester with pointed toes, it is only a few strides to Bedford Street and the Springbok Bar. The latter is one of those places that you have known about for ages, but never bothered to find. After many years of fascinating tales, I had great expectations…

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