The proud rooster which is the symbol of Le Chant Wines in Polkadraai, Stellenbosch began crowing earlier than usual this year as grape harvesting for the 2024 vintage kicked-off ten days earlier than the average. Grapes for Le Chant Blanc, made from Chenin Blanc, were already hitting the harvest bins at the end of January, while the picking of the melange of red varieties for Le Chant Rouge will also begin earlier than per normal.

When Stellenview Premium Wines founder, winemaker and entrepreneur, Reino Kruger established the brand in 2009 (primarily for export markets to the Far East) it made perfect sense to pay homage to his family with one of the ranges, namely the Kruger Family Reserve wines.  The Kruger Family heritage dates back to the early 1700โ€™s with the first settlers to South Africa.

Behold the changing leaves and enjoy the crisp breeze

Greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours and memories of harvest 2018, the โ€œThe De Meye Estateโ€ is a remarkable family-owned boutique winery, situated in the lush Mulservlei area. [caption id="attachment_17016" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Entrance at De Meye Wines[/caption]   This unique little spot has been the home and farming ground to the Myburgh family for five generations. In the earlier years the family used to farm with cattle as the area was popular for cattle farms. The estate is named after the De Meye river in Holland, the birthplace of the first Myburgh, who came to farm in South Africa in 1665.