From the undulating, wheat field dotted plains of the Swartland to the cool climate, mountain framed Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, enthusiastic young winemakers are springing up in every corner of the Cape. Many of the country’s most promising stars were pouring their wines at the Cape Wine 2012 fair in Cape Town last month.
Their knowledge, passion and energy is an exciting sign of things to come for South African wine, with many clocking up vintages in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and California before returning home to put their skills into practice. There’s a palpable sense of unity among the new generation, and a fierce desire to make elegant, refined wines with a true sense of place. Read on for my top 10 Cape crusaders shaping the future of South African wine, originally published on thedrinksbusiness.com.