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Happy New Year! This is my first blog post for Presqu’ile, so I hope you will read on. I’m Anna, the youngest Murphy sibling to catch the Presqu’ile bug. During the past harvest, I left my job in Arkansas to come to help out, and like Matt and Jonathan before me, became absorbed in Presqu’ile and the wines we are making.
Over New Year’s, Amanda, Matt and I joined our winemaker Dieter on an adventure to his home in South Africa.
One of the highlights of our trip was visiting wineries of course. At Hamilton Russell in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, we tasted with winemaker Hannes Storm, the brother of Ernest Storm - a friend of Presqu’ile who is assistant winemaker at Curtis Winery and also makes Storm Wines. Small world!
At Edgebaston in Stellenbosch we had the pleasure of tasting with viticulturist and assistant winemaker Mark Goldsworthy, a good friend of Dieter’s who also did a stint in Santa Maria. After the tasting at Edgebaston, he and his wife Kelly took us on a very cool tour and tasting at Quoin Rock Winery just up the road.
With its dramatic cliffs and endless vineyards that stretch from the mountains to the sea, Stellenbosch has to be one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Its sophistication and great wineries reminded us of the Napa Valley, but instead of jackrabbits and hogs in the vineyards they have baboons! These strangely human creatures run through the vineyards and hang out on the posts, baring their giant teeth at onlookers while chowing down on ripening grapes.
Back at Presqu’ile, our big news is that we’re opening a tasting room in Los Olivos. It’s a dusty construction zone right now, but it’s going to look great and be a fantastic place to taste our wines and make new friends. Our official opening is planned for March 1, but we’d love for you to come by the week prior to get a sneak peek and let us know what you think. Hope to see you, and stay tuned for more details.