Wines of South Africa. Exploring the Cape Winelands, by Graham Knox and Zelma Long
Striking photographs from Alain Proust and a carefully woven text capture the spirit of a prime wine-growing region where the splendour of the landscape is a perfect foil to man's creative collaboration with nature. Graham Knox and Zelma Long's book Wines of South Africa: Exploring the Cape Winelands covers a number of themes.
Graham Knox came to South Africa from Australia in 1971 and immediately immersed himself in the Cape wine industry, getting to know the farms, their winemakers and their produce. He has been operating a wine marketing consultancy for many years and is the owner of a farm near Wellington that produces wine under the Siyabonga label. In 1976 he wrote the classic work Estate Wines of South Africa, which was revised and updated in 1982, and in 1997 he was the author of the popular publication Cape Wines: Body & Soul. Alain Proust, a highly respected photographer based in Cape Town, has long been interested in wines and winemaking. He finds the natural beauty of the Cape winelands appealing and his photographs reflect the region's many moods and seasons. His talent for capturing style and atmosphere has been demonstrated in many highly acclaimed books, including Colonial Houses of South Africa, Portrait of Cape Town, Nederburg: The First Two Hundred Years, Cape Wines: Body & Soul, Groote Schuur: Great Granary to Stately Home and, Cape Dutch Houses. Zelma Long, the distinguished American winemaker, is based in California but is also involved in joint-venture projects in Germany and South Africa. She was first president of the American Vineyard Association and has served on the board of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. Her achievements as a winemaker have brought many honours and awards, including the American Institute of Wine and Food's first Wine and Food Achievement Award in 1989 and the prestigious MASI International Award for research and innovation in 1991.
Table of content: Wines of South Africa. Exploring the Cape Winelands, by Graham Knox and Zelma Long
Chapter 1: The Provisions of Nature introduces the topography, climate and soils of the various wine regions of the Western Cape, revealing the area's great natural endowment for growing grapes and making fine wines.
Chapter 2: Three Centuries of Cape Wines describes the history of winemaking in South Africa, from the earliest planting of vines in the seventeenth century to the major developments since the country's emergence from political and economic isolation in the 1990s. Cape Dutch architecture, South Africa's unique contribution to world architecture, is also highlighted in this chapter.
Chapter 3: Fruits of the Earth and Sky examines the evolving preferences for different varieties and wine styles; the grape varieties most commonly planted in South Africa; the typical seasonal activities on Cape wine farms between harvests; and recent developments aimed at the Empowerment of labourers on wine farms.
Chapter 4: The Cape at Harvest Time describes the critical operation of harvesting the grapes and extracting the juice.
Chapter 5: Making Cape Wines focuses on 26 of South Africa's award-winning winemakers, who candidly reveal their winemaking techniques and philosophies. The making of dessert and fortified wines is also featured.
Chapter 6: The Cape Winelands takes a close look at the various wine-producing areas of the south-western Cape, their climates and topography, and the distinctive wines that have become associated with them. A map of each area is included.
This is an excerpt from the book: Wines of South Africa. Exploring the Cape Winelands, by Graham Knox and Zelma Long.
Authors: Graham Knox; Zelma Long
Photographer: Alain Proust
Publisher: Fernwood Press
Cape Town, South Africa 2002
ISBN 187495061X / ISBN 1-874950-61-X
ISBN 9781874950615 / ISBN 978-1-874950-61-5
Hardcover, dustjacket, 28x31 cm, 160 pages, throughout colour photographs
Knox, Graham und Long, Zelma und Proust, Alain im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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