Sunday, December 5, 2010

Modern Wineries of South Africa

Ok are you trying to buy a Xmas pressie for one or more of the following people:
 1. Wino
2. Photographer
3. Architect
4. South African (proudly)
5. Artist
6. Wine writer
7. Decorator
8. Make Gautengelers envious (again)
9. Planning on building a winery
10. Has everything else already
11. Not another John Platter please

Last Friday night Quivertree Publications launched Modern Wineries of South Africa at Mandela Rhodes Place.  Craig Fraser's photography is achingly beautiful and although I have not yet read the copy (by multi-talented Hugh Fraser) I have no hesitation enthusing about this book.

While it would grace any coffee table - or any other place books gather - you immediately feel uncomfortable calling it a coffeee table book for its much bigger and better than that. I took it to bed with me on Friday night.

Features of the photography include innovative angles and use of winter light and finding new views of wineries and landscapes. In fact so other worldly there are times when you don’t even recognise the Cape nor some of the wineries or views.

It was most therapeutic and really pleased my senses not too mention patriotism and you are left amazed how much the Cape winelands has progressed in the last 15 years matching the 58 five stars in 2011 John Platter.

Retail Price R475 at participating wineries like Glen Carlou.

Link to Quiver Tree

Jonathan Snashall

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