At The Berrio we’re delighted to be ending 2010 off on a high note.
The Berrio Stars
The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2009 received 5 stars for the 2011 John Platter Guide at the launch of the guide on the 16th of November. The Weathergirl 2009 received 4 ½ platter stars, just missing the 5 she scored last year. (We have both in stock!)
South African wines are truly coming in to their own. 58 seemed to be
the magic number this year for the Platter Guide this year. A total of
6 000 local wines were reviewed, there are 58 newcomers and 58
wines received 5 platter stars.
We recently attended the Johannesburg Winex
which went very well. There were less exhibitors than last year but a
lot more people visiting and their shop@show concept really works well.
We made excellent new trade contacts and were thrilled to be able to
introduce Jo’burg wine lovers to our wines. We enjoyed some fabulous
meals while we were there – delectable pastas at La Campangola and lekker pizzas from Luca's.
Our girls have been performing like stars too. Zabeth passed her piano exams with Cum Laude, as did Francia for her ballet. We’re very proud.
Suckering - a winemakers dream
We’ve also had the opportunity to sucker our vines twice
in the last month or two which is a winemakers dream as it enables us
to fine-tune the growth of the vines which results in better quality
fruit and thus better quality wine.
Find out more about this part of the wine making process.
The Importance of Terroir
We’re also finding the developments of the The Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA)
projects particularly rewarding (and that’s not just because we’re
thrilled with our new Solar panels!). This project allows us to work
together with other farmers in our area to preserve the natural
heritage of the Agulhas Plain. By doing this we are in effect
protecting the exciting and unique terroir of our wines.
We’re really starting to see the results of our collaboration. There is
nothing quite like working together with our friends and neighbours,
the other winegrowers in Elim, to protect the natural heritage of the
Agulhas Plain and to create “greener” wines, and being successful in
Engage and enjoy!
Part of the SMA project is the development of tourism activities that complement our objective of engaging in the rehabilitation, conservation and protection of our environment.
These activities, like a good Elim wine, are exciting and unusual.
How does a guided buffalo tour or hippo viewing sound?
activities are packaged with excellent meals, wine tasting and
self-catering accommodation on the farms that are a part of the initiative.
They’re an ideal way for you to engage and enjoy this wonderful
place where The Berrio wines are created.
Find out more about these activities
Summer is just about here and Franchen’s Salmon Mousse with a glass or two of the Weathergirl 2009 is an extremely tasty, light and cool lunch, perfect for a hot summer’s day. Enjoy!