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Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Klein Constantia Wakes Up

New owners are making big changes to revitalize a historic South African winery

Posted: September 30, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Is it true that South African wineries used to pay their workers with wine?

Posted: September 27, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

The 2013 Cape Winemakers Guild Wines

New reviews of 50 new additions to the Cape Winemakers Guild auction in South Africa

Posted: September 27, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Tim Hamilton Russell, South African Wine Pioneer, Dies at 79

Advertising executive founded cool-climate winery, campaigned to improve country's wines

Posted: August 6, 2013  By Jane Broughton

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Posted: July 31, 2013  

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Cape Town

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Jane Broughton

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

South Africa's Cutting Edge

Four new projects demonstrate the far-reaching ambitions of Cape winemakers

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Stellenbosch

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Cathy Marston

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The ABCs of South Africa

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Franschhoek, Paarl, Swartland

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Jane Broughton

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Jewel of Africa

With world-class wines, dining and hotels, South Africa is an unrivaled destination

Posted: July 31, 2013  

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

At A Crossroads

As South Africa reinvents itself, its wineries look to the past as well as to the future

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Molesworth

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

South African Odyssey

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Marvin R. Shanken

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

South Africa, New Zealand and Washington

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 7, 2013  By James Molesworth

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Mandela Wines Launch in United States

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro, Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  News

Fair Trade Comes to Wine

Global farmer-assistance program extends help to grapegrowers in Argentina, Chile and South Africa

Posted: May 9, 2013  By Dana Nigro

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Diverse Wines from South Africa

New reviews of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and other affordable bottlings from South Africa

Posted: March 8, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

Mandela Family Launches Line of Wines in United States

Newly introduced to America, House of Mandela wines will promote Fair Trade and worker education, health and empowerment

Posted: February 27, 2013  By Lizzie Munro, Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The South Africa Diary: Vins d'Orrance

Christophe Durand brings a French attitude to the Cape

Posted: February 25, 2013  By James Molesworth

It's summer in South Africa. I've got a tan and I'm in my element—kicking the dirt amidst the vines and talking to winemakers.

So how fitting is it that after nearly two weeks of of checking out bush vine Chenin Blanc and comparing granite and schist soils, my very last visit her would be to the most Francophile one of the lot, Vins d'Orrance. As I walked down into the dimly lit cellar at the Steenberg winery, a few bottles were standing up on the head of an upturned barrel. It was an SRO tasting, and one right out of any Rhône cellar that I've ever been in.

Opening the bottles was Christophe Durand, 45. Broad-shouldered, Normandy-born and English speaking with a distinct French accent, Durand arrived in South Africa in 1995 while selling Gillet and Darnajou barrels to the local market (his first client was the rugby player-turned-cult Pinot Noir producer Jan Boland Coetzee of Vriesenhof). It was here he met his wife, Sabrina, who is from Durban. Now married 10 years, they work together on Vins d'Orrance, which he started in 2000.

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