Graham Knox

March 2016

Grapes of Love

Can there be a prouder vine grower than Manelisi Mapukata, one of Gugulethu’s newest. These baby Muscat vines in his township block will bear their first grapes in 2018. In the following year, Manelisi will be expecting his first Chardonnay crop from his Fezeka block, also in Gugulethu. Manelisi took over his family’s garden in urban Gugulethu after his father’s death in 1998. He changed careers, becoming a passionate organic farmer in 2000, recently adding organic vines and wine to his ambitions. When you see a smile like this, imagine who will deliver better grapes when the winemaker says ‘go’.

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