Wines and Brandies of the Cape of Good Hope: The Definitive Guide to the South African Wine Industry

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Wines and Brandies of the Cape of Good Hope is the official textbook of the South African Cape Wine Academy. This award-winning book has been beautifully designed and richly illustrated with stunning photography and layout. It covers all aspects of the South African winemaking and brandy industries from early beginnings to the development of the major corporations and the emergence of the prominent estates.

The book covers the essential development of the vineyard with detailed analysis on soil preparation, terroir, viticulture, rootstocks, vine nurseries and institutes, grafting, phenology, grape ripening, vineyard practices, canopy management and trellising.

Thirty of the most prominent grape varieties are discussed with details on origin, distribution, usage and physiology. Most varietals are illustrated with leaf shape, bunch, berry and vine.

A full discourse on winemaking covers harvesting through to maturation and bottling.

Carefully selected winemakers are interviewed in depth on their particular methods and insights on the craft of good winemaking.

South Africa's rich brandy heritage is rediscovered with an overview of how pot still brandy is distilled.

Finally the entire production industry in South Africa is represented from A to Z.

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Wines and brandies of the Cape of Good Hope was awarded the "Salon International du Livre Gourmand Perigueux Award" for "Best Regional Wine Book in 1998" at the 5th World Cookbook Awards in Perigueux, France

About the Author:

Phyllis Hands, the Director Emeritus of the Cape Wine Academy, has finally come home to plant her vineyard. Phyllis, however, continues her punishing schedule around the world of wine that includes lecturing, judging, tasting and consulting. She writes for local and international magazines, and her work on the export of South Africa's premier wines makes her one of South Africa's principal wine ambassadors. In 1997 the Institute of Cape Wine Masters named Phyllis as its Wine Personality of the Year.

Dave Hughes is a distiller by trade and a winemaker by passion, and has traveled worldwide to lecture on South African wines. He has addressed international audiences at British Masters of Wine seminars held in the halls of Oxford and Cambridge. He was an invited speaker in the House of Commons' dining room, and has been a guest lecturer at the International Wine Educators' Conference in the United States. Recently he has judged wines in Ljubljana, Slovenia, visited Russia to look at vodka production, and researched cigars and rum at first-hand in Cuba.

Harry Stephan spent his childhood in the winelands. He obtained his BA (cum laude) at the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in Washington DC. A Fellow of the Institute for the study of Public Policy at the University of Cape Town, he lectures on International Relations Theory and Comparative Government. He is a director of the Stephan Group of Companies and chairman of the Centre for Democracy in Southern Africa.

Keith Phillips developed his interest in the winelands during his career as a documentary filmmaker. Born in Kenya, he studied at the London School of Television Production. He is an accomplished director lighting-cameraman who has worked extensively throughout Africa. He is preparing a series of books on African subjects that allow him to exercise his passion for landscape photography.

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