Slowine is a collective project by producers who have their vineyards around the Groenland Mountain. The way it works is that the partners share expertise and grapes, combine their knowledge and most importantly have an appreciation for living Slow. This collaboration is an exploration of diversity, and there is no formula to the way the partnership works; it is an on-going and dynamic interaction.
This traditional cellar is on the picturesque northern end of the Groenland Mountains. In a world of sterile specialisation, this is still a true farming co-op, where a bit of everything is handled: wine, dried fruit, grain as well as their famous “moskonfyt” or grape must jam. A place where people still have time to stop for a chat, the cellar is the heart of the farming community. Travel down the main street (which has no traffic lights!) to their tasting room, deli and restaurant called “Kelkiewyn”, and you will also find (most appropriately) South Africa’s only tractor museum, each machine in perfect working order.
Niels and Penny Verburg are shiraz-specialists and this boutique winery on the superbly scenic Van der Stel Pass road can only be visited by appointment, because, true to the spirit of Slow, they would like to have ample time to introduce you to their individualistic wine, made, as the name of the winery implies, in the time-honoured way. The spirit of individuality and difference in the face of conformity is alive and well here.
A family-run winery situated on the mountain edge of the idyllic town of Bot River, where time seems to pause awhile. This is a charismatic cellar with a proud tradition of making site-expressive wine from ancient soils in a winery that’s alive with romantic character. Their annual “Open Days” celebrate art, jewellery, music and the good life; while their cottages are historic gems, and a great base for walks, horse-riding or pure relaxation.