Naoussa in Northern Greece the kingdom of Xinomavro

Naoussa in Northern Greece is the kingdom of Xinomavro. This grape, grown all over northern Greece, finds its best expression here, in the hills surrounding Naoussa city. Nestling in the shadow of Mount Vermio, the 400 hectares of vineyards are scattered in small plots on an area the size of the entire Saint Emilion and Haut Medoc combined. According to Stelios Boutaris, owner and winemaker at Kir-Yianni, one of the leading producers in the region, the Naoussa vineyards resemble the Burgundy plantings, vineyards, carefully selected to best suit Xinomavero , rather than the Bordeaux vineyards of big plots that carpet the landscape.

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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).

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