It may feel like summer, but the Orange River Valley is resplendent in its green spring dress. I was in Upington over the week-end and mile-upon-mile of fabulously green vineyards greet you as you drive between the lovely sounding names of Kakamas, Keimoes, Grootdrink, Kanoneiland and Groblershoop. The vines are the greenest-of-green and the clean desert air ensure they are healthy and untarnished by any of those bugs that flourish in moist conditions. And chatting to viticulturalist Henning Burger, it appears that next year’s harvest is going to be a spectacular one. In the meantime, get your hands on a bottle of Oranjerivier Wine Cellars Chenin Blanc, Colombard or Nouveau. You may not be able to visit the Valley, but you can taste it in the wine!


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