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Harnessing their diverse personalities and unique interests, three Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés are putting heart and soul into crafting their very first wines – now safely in barrel after the 2017 harvest. The Protégés who have been given the opportunity to bring their creativity to life...

Its popularity in the international wine market-place and interest among South African wine producers has seen Amorim’s revolutionary HELIX cork concept now being made available locally in its entirety, with Consol Glass producing the specific bottles required for the HELIX closure. The HELIX ‘twist to open’...

The sun wasn’t going to go down on Epic 2017 that easily. At 85km, the final stage from Oak Valley in Elgin to the luxurious manicured lawns of Val de Vie in Paarl might have looked like a trot. But there was 1 350m of climbing, including the grunt over that winding Franschhoek Pass. And yes, the sun was out again making conditions hot, dry and thirst-inducing.

Easy for an armchair Epic reporter to say, but it looks like it’s downhill from here. Stage 5 was even termed as “a fun day” by those scripting the Epic website, although for most of us the thought of riding 84km with 2 100m of climbing...

It was Braam’s day. Stage 4 was a beast – 112km with 2 150m of climbing between the town of Greyton and Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin. But along the way the Epic riders crossed Wildekrans Wine Estate, the place Braam calls home.
Four days into the Cape Epic, and it was time for some Porra Power. Jacques Wentzel and Braam Gericke, the two winemaker-riders from Black Elephant Vintners and Wildekrans Estate respectively, finished Stage Three to the scent of baked duck and white wine from the volcanic islands of the Azores.
It’s after Stage Two, and Braam Gericke says he’s looking like I lizard. “One of those koggelmanders stretched out in a swimming pool, beer in hand,” he says. Tired, a bit of pain in the muscles, but all fine and happy to be into the business stage of this year’s Cape Epic. It is the second Epic Braam is riding in partnership with Jacques Wentzel.
[caption id="attachment_1638" align="alignright" width="450"] Stage One and 101km done. Well done, guys.[/caption] Welcome to the Epic. “It does not get much tougher than this,” said Jacques Wentzel after Stage One, a 101km pedal around the jarred, steep and rugged terrain surrounding the coastal town of Hermanus.

And they’re off. Winemakers Jacques Wentzel from Black Elephant Vintners and Braam Gericke from Wildekrans Wine Estate began their second Absa Cape Epic, known as the Tour de France of mountain-biking, with Sunday’s 27km Prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville. Team Jacques and Braam...

The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, of which Amorim is a partner is a unique, mentorship programme giving talented young protégés the opportunity to rub shoulders with giants in the industry while being developed and empowered to become future winemakers and viticulturists of excellence. So who...