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Among the long rolling south-facing slopes of the Stellenbosch winelands, caressed by cool coastal breezes, lies our boutique winery and vineyard. Here we produce premium, award-winning wines for the enlightened drinker.
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WATER-WISE AWARENESS

One thing is for certain, harvest, whatever the conditions, is always hard work! January to March 2018 was undoubtedly the toughest harvest we have ever endured. A number of factors contributed to this, but the main feature was the harsh drought we have been subjected to over the last 12 months. The Western Cape, since 2013, has seen a drastic decline in water availability all over the province. Cape Town has put in some essential measures to try and save 500 million litres a day. For vines, this means they take longer to ripen and risk being completely dried out by the hot sun. But there are some positives to be taken from harvesting with minimal water – Dry Farming! In a nutshell, this is when the farmer decides not to irrigate their crops, and to rely solely on rainfall/rain water. This means the grapes are not flooded by too much water thus enhancing the flavour profile and preserving the colour dramatically. It also means that about 50,000 litres of water per hectare a year is saved. A substantial amount when dealing with something as valuable as water.

SURVIVING THE DROUGHT

With 2 out of 3 of our catchment dams fully dry, we have ensured that we use our water sparingly and continue to practise our focus of being entirely committed to sustainability, whilst remaining true to our terroir. 

WOMEN IN WINE

We had the wonderful Marcia Hamm from Hicks Fine Wines join us for harvest this year. Every year all 10 members of PIWOSA host 10 charismatic and deeply passionate women for the duration of harvest. Our goal: bridge the gap in gender equality and offer a chance of a lifetime to people who truly deserve it. Marcia resides in Alberta, Canada and with her extensive wine knowledge and zeal for life she made quite an impact on our cellar team. We hope to see more Journey’s End wines in Canada, and this coupled with our trip to Toronto last year should mean our lovely Canadian friends can drink our wines until the moose come home! 

EXCEPTIONAL ELEGANCE

For years we have striven to ensure an exceptionally high quality on all wines we make at Journey’s End, and this will continue to be the case with some new varietals we have been secretly working with over the last year…. Clue? It’s white and light and is as elegant as ever! The other is a beautiful blending component, not indigenous to the hot, arid Stellenbosch slopes, a tourist if you will. 
FUTURE RELEASES

For years we have striven to ensure an exceptionally high quality on all wines we make at Journey’s End, and this will continue to be the case with some new varietals we have been secretly working with over the last year…. Clue? It’s white and light and is as elegant as ever! The other is a beautiful blending component, not indigenous to the hot, arid Stellenbosch slopes, a tourist if you will. 

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