Saturday November 28, 2020

Faith in the future

In the second of our articles about South Africa, we profile David Trafford, whose carefully tended vines reflect the potential of South African wines

29th May, 2015
Bottling the chenin blanc by hand

Trafford’s post-apartheid vineyards are an example of what South African wine could become. Many of his production vines were planted after 1994, with many of his most exciting wines coming from vines planted in areas never before considered as wine regions.

Trafford is a self-taught winemaker with a traditional ethos. Until the second half of the 20th century, few winemakers received technical training. Knowledge was passed down through practical observation. Born of farming parents,...

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