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Semillon picking

Semillon picking

Semillon picking

Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek South Africa.
Semillon is one of the Cape’s true heritage white varietals, with origins as early as the 17th century (when it became known as Groendruif which translates as Green grape), the grape variety accounted for more than 90% of plantings in the first half of the 19th century. While South African Semillon has not quite taken off as a serious commercial category in single varietal form in the modern era, there are stunning wines being made from especially older vineyards (some of them centurions). More often, the variety plays a role in beefing up the volume of Sauvignon blancs.

The best South African Semillons have juicy fruit with often an ethereal-like citrus perfume, fine texture, herbal interest and manage to marry the intensity of flavour with finesse.

The grape is also key to the production of sweet wines such as Sauternes. For the grapes to be used for sweet wine production, they need to have been affected by Botrytis (also known as “Noble Rot”). This fungus dries out the grapes, thus concentrating the sugar and flavours in the grape berry.
Infestation by Botrytis requires moist conditions. If the weather stays wet, the damaging form, “grey rot,” can destroy crops of grapes. Grapes typically become infected with Botrytis when they are ripe. If they are then exposed to drier conditions and become partially raisined this form of infection is known as noble rot. Grapes when picked at a certain point during infestation can produce particularly fine and concentrated sweet wine. Wines produced by this method are known as botrytized wines.
“noble rot,” it is a beneficial mold that grows on ripe wine grapes in the vineyard under specific climatic conditions. The mold dehydrates the grapes, leaving them shriveled and raisinlike and concentrates the sugars and flavors. Wines made from these berries have a rich, complex, honeyed character and are often high in residual sugar.

Photos by Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio Paarl Franschhoek…

Literary Franschhoek Festival 2018

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2018

sponsored by Porcupine Ridge wines

Ormonde Wine Estate Harvest 2018

Ormonde Wine Estate Harvest 2018

Ormonde Wine Estate Harvest 2018

Ormonde Wine Estate is situated on the West Coast of South Africa, where the rugged Darling hills roll and fall along the contours of a ancient granite intrusion. These molten rocks, forced from the earth to 300m above sea level, guard the Atlantic Ocean while banks of fog roll to the foot of the hills, blessing the vineyard with coolness and moisture.

At the start of the 18th century some 29 farmers occupied farms in the Darling area. Langfontein was one of these farms. Years later, the Darling Village Trustees Board succeeded in buying the Langfontein farm on 12 February 1853 for 50 000 guilder or 1 250 pounds. It was on this farmland where the village and church were founded. Darling was named after Charles Henry Darling who came to the Cape as Lieutenant Governor in 1851.

Some pictures taken during the harvest time.

Ormonde Cellar compares favourably with the world’s best, being ultra modern with advanced international cellar technology and state of the art equipment it is still combined with traditional techniques like open fermentation – cold soak – and barrel fermentation, these techniques ensure that our quality commitment is guaranteed.

For more info please contact:

info@ormonde.co.za
Tel:+27 (0) 22 492 3540

Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm

Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm

Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm

Harvest time at Capensis Fijnbosch Wine Farm situated above Bartinney in Stellenbosch.
South Africa’s Western Cape can be called both the oldest wine region of the New World and the newest wine region of the Old World. Capensis skillfully combines these two facets — the oldest and the newest — of Western Cape winemaking. It embodies the unparalleled quality that comes from old, gnarled vines planted in some of the oldest soils in the world, and it represents the young energy of a new generation of winemakers determined to make world-class wines with state-of-the-art techniques.
Capensis, meaning “from the Cape,” is a leader in bringing South Africa to the forefront as a world-class Chardonnay producer.

Katia and Bevan

Katia and Bevan

Katia and Bevan

Photo shoot at this wonderful couple at Boschendal Wine Estate a picturesque 300 year old farm in the Franschhoek Valley known for its award-winning wines, farm-to-table cuisine, fresh produce, and rare natural beauty.

Gear used Olympus Em-1 mark II Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO and Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO and Godox flash.

 

 

 

Family shoot

Family shoot

Family shoot at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl

Some pictures of a family shoot in Val de Vie Estate.

Wide Angle photo studio Paarl Franschhoek Stellenbosch

 

 

Theunis and Linde

Theunis and Linde

Theunis and Linde

I had the opportunity to take some pictures to this beautiful couple Theunis and Linde for their engagement photo shoot at Holden Manz Wine Farm in the valley of Franschhoek  surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.

It was a surprise for Linde of course she was not aware of what Theunis had in mind and she didn’t know about the photographer taking pictures of this special moment! I was hiding in the picnic area of Holden Manz Wine Farm.

Arriving at our Franschhoek Kitchen Theunis and Linde collected their picnic baskets and after a short saunter through the vineyards the arrived at the gurgling river where all you hear are the birds singing and the sunlight melts the day into enchanting flavours and beautiful moments…

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

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Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

The new Reuben’s Restaurant is situated just off the main street in Franschhoek,  2 Daniel Hugo Rd and  much of what guests have come to love about the Reuben’s experience remain, but it’s presented in new, fresh and personal packaging, with Reuben and Maryke’s personalities and tastes evident throughout. “The gap between maintaining the heart and soul of the Reuben’s experience, which our guests have come to know and trust over the years, and all of the potential and excitement of something new and completely ours, is where our creativity can really be let loose and flourish,” says Reuben Riffel. “It’s time for a new look and for pushing ourselves to constantly offer our customers a better experience, and we’re bursting with positive energy for everything to come!”

For reservations please email to reservations@reubens.co.za

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

 

 

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant

With its beautiful natural setting, Cassia Restaurant is a wonderful country venue for a business conference, romantic wedding or a relaxing meal in the Cape Winelands.

Cassia Restaurant and function venue was recently added to the farms portfolio. Here eating is a stylish yet friendly experience with menus created to suit diverse appetites whims and pockets, highlighting local and seasonal ingredients.

Some pictures taken for one of the new menus.

For more information please visit their web site click here

All images taken with Olympus and Zuiko gear.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Franschhoek and Paarl

 

Sean and Avril

Sean and Avril

Sean and Avril Wedding sneak peek

In the beautiful valley of Franschhoek at Cafe Bon Bon Sean and Avril said ” I do”

It was a pleasure to be part as a photographer at your wedding a couple full of life love and humor!

Location: Cafe’ BonBon Franschhoek http://www.lapetite.co.za for more info on the location please contact

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

Second Photographer: Toby Maggs

Great day great couple thank you for everything!

Sandro