There is something really special about the rich golden autumn colours of a South African grape harvest. The perfect time to pick the grapes for the 2018 vintage is late March /early April and Malcolm, along with our camera man Tom, captured everything on film. The normally sleepy wine farms are a hive of activity at this time as hundreds of busy hands gather the sun-ripened grapes, ready to be turned into delicious wine.
Stepping off the eleven hour flight from the UK, we were met by the head of Land Rover South Africa, who kindly agreed to provide a brand new Land Rover “Discovery” for us to use. Cellar Rats is delighted to announce a sponsorship agreement with Land Rover South Africa, who will also provide an additional off road SUV when we return later this year. It is a privilege, and a massive endorsement to what we are doing, that such a major brand is supporting the series.
We travelled towards Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on the Cape of Good Hope, visiting a number of wonderful wine farms and their wine makers along the way. We were especially pleased with the filming from Boekenhoutskloof and the footage will look great on the big screen. The farm dates back to 1776 and vines were planted in 1993. You might have already tried some of their wines? They are the makers of the famous “Chocolate Block”. Delicious!!
Our journey then took us along the Orange River, along the border between South Africa and Namibia. This area produces a large amount of the plump seedless grapes we all love to eat - it easy to see why - the grapes are grown in fertile soil on a river delta and are constantly scorched by the sun. Time for a hat - it was a sizzling 51°c during filming!
The team, along with the presenters, will visit South Africa to finish filming in June /July. We will then have some footage to share with you but here are just a few photos of the amazing time spent in this most diverse and beautiful land.
Why not become a “Cellar Rat” and visit South Africa with us when we return? Extra hands are always welcome and you can always finish off with a safari?