Episode 22 – Cathy Van Zyl MW Growing Cabernet in South Africa’s wine region of Stellenbosch


In this session,  I hosted Cathy Van Zyl MW, Christo Le Riche, Cellar Master at Le Riche Wines and Chairman of the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective and Alastair Rimmer, Cellar Master at Kleine Zalze winery.

We discussed the intricate details of the Stellenbosch Vineyards. Their complex geology, topography, soils, vineyard aspects, wind influences and of course, how all that translates to the liquid in the glass!

During this session, Christo and Alastair shared some fantastic 3D maps of Stellenbosch and other South African wine region, to emphasise geology, temperature variations between the regions and much more.

Listening to the audio session is highly recommended, as ever, but I feel that following this up with watching the YouTube recordings will give you a better insight from the excellent images shared so kindly by those passionate experts.

Enjoy listening and watching and please remember to drop me a line in the comment box. It is always great to hear what you think of the show and of course,  if you have a future region or a grower you’d like to hear about in future recordings.

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Growing Cabernet in South Africa’s Best Known Wine Region Zoom Video

On Thursday 18th of June, we spent some time ‘in the vineyard with’ Cathy Van Zyl MW once again as she introduced us to the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective (SCC). A dynamic organisation, representing this fantastic noble variety and spreading its fame across the globe. Guests on the show were Christo le Riche (Cellarmaster and chair of the SCC) and Alastair Rimmer (Cellarmaster at Kleine Zalze).

Growing Cabernet in South Africa’s best known wine region Virtual Event

On Thursday 18th of June, we will spend some time ‘in the vineyard with’ Cathy Van Zyl MW once again as she introduces us to the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective (SCC). A dynamic organisation, representing this fantastic noble variety and spreading its fame across the globe. Guests on the show will be Christo le Riche (Cellarmaster and chair of the SCC) and Alastair Rimmer (Cellarmaster at Kleine Zalze).

Caroline Gilby MW Bulgarian, Romanian, Moldovan Wine

Episode 21 – Caroline Gilby MW – The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova


Caroline Gilby MW is the world’s highest authority on Eastern European wines. In this interactive discussion, Caroline took us through the region’s turbulent past, from pre-communism wines to the exciting present day. We heard about the major grape varieties, the complex and diverse topography, the vineyard areas, the production levels, import/export and much more.

If you find the discussion interesting and want to learn more about the region Caroline coins as the “Exotic East” her fascinating book, The wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, is currently available to purchase via these links:

For orders from the UK and Europe : http://Bit.ly/BuyClassics

For U.S orders : http://Bit.ly/BuyClassicsUS

and if you use the following code, IVWGILBY40, you will receive a 40% discount off the listed price (valid until 30 June 2020). The wines for our prize draws were provided by the lovely people at the specialist agencies of:

www.moldovawine.co.uk Moldovan wine specialist

www.theoldcellar.com Bulgarian wine specialist and

www.transylvaniawine.co.uk Romanian and Moldovan wine specialist

Watch The Video

Caroline Gilby MW – The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova Zoom Video

Caroline Gilby MW is the world’s highest authority on Eastern European wines. In this interactive discussion, Caroline took us through the region’s turbulent past, from pre-communism wines to the exciting present day.  We heard about the major grape varieties, the complex and diverse topography ,the vineyard areas, the production levels, import/export and much more.

If you find the discussion interesting and want to learn more about the region Caroline coins as the “Exotic East” her fascinating book, The wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, is currently available to purchase via these links:

For orders from the UK and Europe: http://Bit.ly/BuyClassics

For U.S orders : http://Bit.ly/BuyClassicsUS

and if you use the following code, IVWGILBY40, you will receive a 40% discount off the listed price (valid until 30 June 2020).

The wines for our prize draws were provided by the lovely people at the specialist agencies of:

www.moldovawine.co.uk Moldovan wine specialist

www.theoldcellar.com Bulgarian wine specialist

and www.transylvaniawine.co.uk Romanian and Moldovan wine specialist

Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova -Europe’s final wine frontier? – Virtual Event

Wednesday 10th June at 19:00 BST (London Time) | 20:00 CET (Central European Time)

Join Caroline Gilby MW as she takes us on a tour of Europe’s final wine frontier. From Bulgaria’s indigenous grapes of Mavrud and Melnik to Romania’s Fetească Neagră and Fetească Regală and Moldova’s Viorica and Rara neagra. We’ll also hear about the role of ‘international’ grapes, new methods, low interventionists, organic farming, the transition from Communism, finding new markets and much more.

The session will be recorded for podcast (audio) and video (youtube).

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/8789896816

Episode 20 – Viruses and other villains in the vineyards with Prof. Gerhard Pietersen and Aidan Morton


The Leafroll virus is a global issue and a hot topic amongst winemakers and Viticulturalists all over the world.

In this discussion, my Co-Host, Cathy Van Zyl MW and myself, hosted Professor Gerhard Pietersen from the Stellenbosch University and Aidan Morton from The Takora Wine Estate for an informative, up to date seminar about the topic. Other notable professionals that joined us in an open conversation and added from their experience were Alastair Rimmer (Kleine Zalze), Rosa Kruger (The Old Vine Project), Ido Lewinson (Barkan- Israel), to name but a few.

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Viruses and other villains in the vineyards Zoom Video

The Leafroll virus is a global issue and a hot topic amongst winemakers and Viticulturalists all over the world.

In this discussion, my Co-Host, Cathy Van Zyl MW and myself, hosted Professor Gerhard Pietersen from the Stellenbosch University and Aidan Morton from The Takora Wine Estate for an informative, up to date seminar about the topic. Other notable professionals that joined us in an open conversation and added from their experience were Alastair Rimmer (Kleine Zalze), Rosa Kruger (The Old Vine Project), Ido Lewinson (Barkan- Israel), to name but a few.

Viruses and other villains in the vineyards with Cathy Van Zyl MW – Virtual Event

Thursday 4th June at 19:00 BST (London Time) | 20:00 SAST (South African Standard Time)

Viruses and other villains in the vineyards – South Africa’s response to Leafroll and lessons for other countries with Cathy Van Zyl MW.

The session will be recorded for podcast (audio) and video (youtube).

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/8789896816

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