Quo Vadis, Zinfandel?

‘Why isn’t Zinfandel more widely grown in South Africa?’ I’m sitting in the tasting room at Blaauwklippen Vineyards just outside Stellenbosch, with estate GM and cellarmaster Rolf Zeitvogel, as he talks about his journey with this capricious niche varietal, so little known in South Africa. He pauses, deep in thought. Then he answers my question indirectly. ‘It’s not easy for somebody to start from scratch with Zinfandel in South Africa. We’re associated with Zinfandel; in fact it’s our unique selling proposition here at Blaauwklippen,’ he explains. And of course he’s right.

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