The Art of Winemaking

Want To Know More About Wine?


Whether you’re a novice or an enthusiast, if you’re keen to learn more about wine and the winemaking process, it can be daunting knowing where to start. What is the history of wine? How does the wine industry work? What are all the grape varietals that go into wine? How is it made and what is terroir? How can I learn to smell and taste wine more seriously? How do food and wine pairings work?

Luckily, there is a colourful, free and easy to understand resource which you can access!

Courtesy of authors Cape of Good Wine and Master of Wine (MW) Cassidy Dart, you can access their incredible e-book: WINE WISE.

Available in English or Xhosa, the book is colourful and really easy on the eye, covering the basics of wine, the history of winemaking over the centuries, viticulture, winemaking, wine styles, serving temperatures, how to taste wine, plus food and wine pairings. It delves deeper into the 6 most popular grapes in South Africa and also explores sparkling wines and fortified wines.

I strongly recommend you take a read, just click either link below!

This e-book is part of a wider and more significant inclusivity project which the authors have launched, to improve knowledge and diversity in the wine industry. In addition to writing the e-book, they have also launched a wine label, Kunye (meaning ‘together’ in Xhosa), with all profits from the sales of their limited release Swartland Chenin Blanc and Swartland Syrah going directly into a scholarship fund, supporting previously disadvantaged individuals who want to further their wine education. 

If you’d like to learn more about Kunye wines, where to buy them, the Wine Wise project or scholarship fund, visit