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Wallabies? Vampires? Cathy Marston Shares 5 Bizarre Cape Wineland Rituals for Harvest Season

Love Your WineWine expert and author of Love Your Wine: Get to grips with what you are drinking Cathy Marston has shared five interesting and somewhat bizarre traditions followed on five respective wine farms in the Stellenbosch winelands.

On Middelvlei, wallabies, large footed animals similar to kangaroos, are used to stomp grapes. Harvesters at Eikendal have special stakes to deter vampires from their vineyards. Jordan Wines’ staff members wear kilts while harvesting. At Warwick‘s the two winemakers only taste at full moon, while the winemaker at Simonsig sabrages a single Pinot Noir grape to prepare for harvest.

Read Marston’s article to find out why all these practices are followed:

Wine farms across South Africa are gearing up to harvest and Stellenbosch is no exception. All around the region, equipment is being cleaned and sterilised, sugars are being tested and wines are being bottled to make room for the 2015 grapes. But Stellenbosch has a lot of other additional preparations being made, many of them unique to this special region. Here are five completely and absolutely true facts about Stellenbosch harvest rituals which you can take with a pinch of salt as you chortle into your glass of wine.

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