Podcast – In The Vineyard With…

Moshé Cohen is a Wine Consultant, Dip WSET graduate and podcast host. He recently visited us, walked the farm with Nic and learned more about what makes the Banghoek Valley so unique. The full interview is now available on your favourite podcast platform:   Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-54-oldenburg-vineyards-nic-van-aarde/id1476258645?i=1000586866066   Google https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5saWJzeW4uY29tLzE4NjI5OS9yc3M/episode/ZDI2MzFmNGQtZDk5OC00YmFmLThiNDEtMDgxOTg3NWUwMWQ4?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwio46bDgr_7AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ   Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/0qwIkJiTFKIQCmooDFNZgK   Libsyn https://inthevineyardwith.libsyn.com/episode-54-nic-van-aarde-oldenburg-vineyards … Continued

Flowering

Yes. You read that right. Flowering. In grapevines. This is a fact that surprises many but grapevines do produce flowers. The flowers are are extremely small, but contain a stamen, anther, stigma and pistil – just like many other types of flowers. Our viticultural interventions do not really affect the flowering process – but the climate … Continued

Teleview – October 2022

After a lot of traveling in September, everyone is back home – including Adrian and Vanessa. A lot has happened since they last visited in May, so Adrian takes us on a drive around the farm, so we can see the progress and growth in the vineyards. Nic and Adrian also taste the newly released … Continued

Magic Mountain

You know summer is coming in the Cape when the South Easter starts blowing. This iconic summer wind is a convection wind, caused by the differential temperatures on the sea and the land, and the ability of the ground to heat more quickly.  When you add the Cape mountains to this mix, the South Easter … Continued

Review – Rondekop Rhodium 2019

Following the popularity of the 2018 vintage (which was the first Cabernet Franc dominant Rhodium blend), we are excited to release the Rondekop Rhodium 2019. This vintage is the first since 2011 to have a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon – the blend consists of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.   A … Continued

Teleview – September 2022

London. Amsterdam. Antwerp. The Oldenburg Vineyards Team has been on the road, sharing our journey – and our wines – with the world. From London (for the Jeroboams Portfolio Tasting, to a Masterclass at 67 Pall Mall), to Amsterdam (to visit Robuust Wijnimport) to Belgium (for the Global Wineries Wine Village event). Join us and … Continued

Suckering

The annual growth cycle of the grapevine consists of several stages: budburst (or bud break), flower cluster initiation, flowering, fruit set, berry development, harvest and dormancy. Bud break begins in the springtime, when the previously dormant buds begin to grow shoots. This is also the time of year where the important viticultural practice of suckering … Continued

Wines from Stellenbosch’s magic mountain

Having recently tasted our wines at the Oldenburg Vineyards Release Tasting in London, Anne Krebiehl MW writes for Falstaff.com:   Stellenbosch has long been a premium wine region – but Oldenburg sets a different accent by virtue of altitude and defining a real sense of place.   Rondekop – a magic mountain? The Oldenburg winery is … Continued

Sunshine

September marks the transition to spring from winter, and – in the Cape – it certainly ranks as one of the most beautiful months. On the farm, merely a few extra degrees of warmth awaken the vines with budburst. From there, the shoots proliferate quickly – Christo tells me you can see them growing if … Continued

Review – Chenin Blanc 2021

As we start to make our way into Spring, it’s a great time to release another white wine from the Oldenburg Vineyards stable. The Chenin Blanc 2021 has been patiently awaiting release, and we are excited to share the next iteration of Oldenburg Chenin Blanc with you.   The 2021 vintage was a much cooler … Continued

Planting the Vine

Still in the thick of planting season, this month we are elucidating the process of planting – putting the vine in the ground – and all the planning and detail around this fairly simple-seeming process.   Long before planting – even before winter sets in – the soil is prepared by ripping, which aerates and … Continued

TeleView – August 2022

August brings us to the end of winter on the calendar, but as Nic explains we are still hoping for some more rain and cold units before Spring sets in. Planting of the new blocks continues – including the new stok-by-paaltjie Syrah vineyards, and a particularly challenging, rocky block that will be home to the … Continued

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