Chardonnay Colloquium Media Postings

Elgin winemakers stake claim with Chardonnay Colloquium

The Elgin event brings focus to a top-scoring Chardonnay range from a quintessential South African grape, writes Michael Fridjhon. Preferences in wine are much more about fashion than most vintners know – or are prepared to acknowledge. There are many reasons for it.

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In the Elgin Valley, South Africa

I’m in South Africa’s Elgin Valley. The reason for my visit is this weekend’s Chardonnay Colloquium, but I’m spending five days here, aiming to get under the skin of the region and understand what’s going on. I previously visited back in 2010, just for one day.

READ MORE  |  Jamie Goode's Wine Blog

Video and pictures: Elgin from the air


Here’s a short film and some pictures from my gyrocopter flight over Elgin with Ian Corder. It was an amazing experience. But gyrocopters are tiny and it was a little bit scary. Thankfully Ian is a safe pilot.

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Elgin wine region: visiting Iona, including a Chardonnay vertical

Iona is one of the leading wineries in Elgin. Currently, there are 60 hectares under vine here on two sites, and 400 tons pass through the winery, which on my visit was lacking a roof. Owner Andrew Gunn took it off so he can make the winery a bit taller.

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So what went down at the Colloquium?


The Swartland Revolution ran from 2010 until 2015, the  Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration took place for the third time earlier this year and the district of Elgin completed its first ever Chardonnay Colloquium this past weekend.

READ MORE  |  Christian Eedes,

Elgin wine region: Almenkerk


Almenkerk began when Joep van Almenkerk moved out to South Africa from Belgium in 2002 and bought a 32 hectare apple farm. He wanted to turn it into a wine farm – apples were bad business at the time and the region was looking very promising for grapes – and he asked his son, Joris, to run it.

READ MORE  |  Jamie Goode's Wine Blog