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South African wine

Q&A with De Grendel Winemaker, Charles Hopkins

Charles Hopkins is one of South Africa’s winemaking elite. After graduating from Elsenburg College, the prestigious Stellenbosch-based school of winemaking, in 1986, he honed his craft at Bellingham Wines and then, Graham Beck, for 15 years before he was offered the opportunity by the late Sir David Graaff, owner of De Grendel Wines at the …

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HAUTE CABRIÈRE PINOT NOIR RÉSERVE

South Africa boasts a long, fruitful history of winemaking dating back to the 17th century. It’s a story of daring pioneers succeeding against the odds, fleeing persecution and laying down new roots in a foreign land. The Western Cape’s Franschhoek (French Corner) region, in particular, is a treasure trove of heritage and history, but is …

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