Wines of South Africa
Season 2, Ep. 6
In 1998 the South African wine industry introduced the Integrated Production of Wine system, a sustainability program that now certifies more than 95% of the industry – including growers, cellars, and vineyards. In addition, forward-thinking producers have led the way into organic or biodynamic farming, invested in solar power, or found other innovative ways to allow the natural world around their vineyards to thrive.
Episode 17: Sauvignon Blanc
Season 2, Ep. 5
In this episode we look at the third-most planted white grape variety in South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly popular with South African wine drinkers, leading the way over more likely candidates like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc. As a premium wine it's populated many of the more maritime vineyard regions along both the south and west coasts.
Elgin: Season 2, Episode 4
Season 2, Ep. 4
In this episode we talk to three winery owners in Elgin, South Africa's coolest-climate wine growing area. Thanks to a surrounding ring of mountains and its proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean it's home to some of the country's best Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and even Rieslings.
WOSA podcast, March 2021: Women Winemakers
Season 2, Ep. 3
In this episode we talk to three leading women winemakers, each working in different parts of the Western Cape stretching from the Swartland all the way down to the southernmost tip of Africa.
The Agulhas Triangle: Season 2, Episode 2
Season 2, Ep. 2
This episode we visit the southernmost tip of Africa to check out the cool, windy vineyards of the Agulhas Triangle. This informal designation encompasses a number of pioneers, includingthe Sauvignon Blanc-focused producers of the Elim warm, David Trafford's project, Sijnn, and Bruce Jack's farm, The Drift, showing in microcosm the diversity of wines that just a small area of South Africa's wine lands can create.
Paarl: Season 2, Episode 1
Season 2, Ep. 1
Named for a giant, round, granite outcropping that glistens like a Pearl, the town of Paarl was the third Dutch settlement in South Africa, after Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Its roots as a winegrowing area date to the 17th century, and today the large region is home to top-notch Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a wide range of other intriguing wines.
Episode 12: Historical Properties
Season 1, Ep. 12
South Africa's history of winemaking dates back over 360 years, and some of today's estates date back all the way to the 18th century. They're not resting on their laurels, though; in this episode, we look at some of South Africa's oldest wine estates and what they're doing now to stay at the forefront of the South African wine scene.
Episode 11: Black-Owned Brands #2
Season 1, Ep. 11
Aside from the entrepreneurs behind the Black-owned brands we looked at in episode 10, there are some other ownership models as well. In this episode we look at three companies where the workers have become owners of their own wine brands, vineyards, and other land, giving dozens of families their own piece of the wine industry.
Episode 10: Black-Owned Brands #1
Season 1, Ep. 10
In this episode we talk to the founder-owners of three leading Black-owned brands: Aslina, Tesselaarsdal, and Kumusha. As the South African wine industry struggles to redress imbalances stemming from the legacy of apartheid, producers like these are landmarks on the road forward.