After my first ever helicopter ride – I'd had a few drinks to steady the nerves – we joined the party. It seemed to impress the wine producers that we invited them to a little party we arranged high up above Stellenbosch at Hidden Valley (next to Ernie Els' vineyard).
This morning up early on Helderberg Mountain with the formidable Alfrieda (after whom Spier have named their new Fair Trade wines) and her troops. Vineyards are being planted higher and higher but this is I think the highest. Gives more fruit character on the old granite. Terrific views of Table Mountain right down to Cape Point