Charles Back is a trailblazer in the wine industry, an agri-tourism pioneer and a respected philanthropist. He is overseas with our visit to Fairview, but it is as informative to get to know the man and the realisation of his vision through the eyes of his colleagues.
At Groenkol approximately 250 tonnes of rooibos is harvested annually in an eight-year crop rotational system. Willem Engelbrecht explains how the rotational system works. In the first year the rooibos is planted and in the second year it is cut at knee height. In year three to five the tea plants are harvested.
Gesogte Wagyu uit die wynland. Hulle wou eintlik net ‘n paar lekker steaks hê en toe’t hulle ewe skielik ‘n Wagyu-kudde op hande, vertel Pieter Rossouw, wingerdboukundige by Ken Forrester Wines. Ken, Pieter en vier vennote is mede-eienaars van Cape Wagyu, produsente van ‘n groot reeks Wagyu-beesvleissnitte.
“Proe hoe proe ‘n regte perske,” sê Dewald as hy in die bakkie terugklim. Ons wip-wip verder op die ongelyke grondpad terwyl Carlen vertel van haar nuwe CRF250 motorfiets wat ‘n keer onder haar uitgespring het. Dan wys sy ons waar ‘n swartwildebees eerder die geselskap van twee volstruise as sy eie rasgenote verkies.
While in his office, Hennie hooks me up to the Rife scanner to scan my system for parasites. “It doesn’t look too bad,” he proclaims after a few minutes. I spot a few unwelcome internal guests on the report but Hennie brushes it off. “Be grateful you don’t have slugs in you!”