Gerakaris Family Wines, the primary and solely Johannesburg vineyard open for walk-in tastings and gross sales, is bringing Cape Town’s wine tradition to Jo’burg. The vineyard, which occupies a restored farm constructing within the quaint suburb of Craighall Park, opened to the general public earlier this month.
Gerakaris, based by New Zealand transplant Kath Gerakaris, is a ‘garagiste’ vineyard – a small vineyard producing wine from grapes grown elsewhere. Gerakaris ships its grapes 1200km from South Africa’s Swartland area and performs the whole wine-making course of onsite. “Here we do everything, from crushing and pressing, through fermentation, punch downs and barrel ageing, to the final bottling and wax sealing – without travelling to the Cape,” says Kath, who has a diploma in viticulture and oenology and labored in a number of distinguished South African wine cellars. The barcodes on Gerakaris’ labels mimic the enduring Jo’burg skyline, making nice drinkable souvenirs from a metropolis not recognized for its wine.
South African wine-making dates again to the 1600s, when the primary European settlers started fermenting grapes within the mountains round Cape Town. But Jo’burg’s local weather is just too harsh for vineyards. Established throughout a gold rush within the 1880s, Jo’burg is called a metropolis for doing business – not stress-free below a tree sipping wine. Gerakaris, which sits on the sting of leafy Delta Park, is a spot to do exactly that. The leaning willow in Gerakaris’ backyard gives an ideal surroundings to pattern the vineyard’s clean Syrahs and Chenin Blancs.
Kath’s Chenins are named for Elli, her daughter, and the Syrahs are named for her son, Thomas. On weekends anticipate finding the entire household – Kath, her husband Minos, and the kids – bouncing concerning the vineyard chatting with prospects. “The most exciting part of wine-making is seeing people ‘get’ something about wine,” Kath says. Learn extra about Gerakaris and its wines right here.
Words: Heather Mason