Vine To Wine!
The History Of Wine
The precise origins of wine are lost in time, but the first certain records of winemaking are Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, which date back as far as 4000BC. From these we know that the Egyptians harvested grapes with curved knives and carried the fruit in wicker baskets, before pouring them into wooden vats (made from acacia wood) and then crushing them by foot. The Greeks inherited this winemaking culture and transmitted it throughout the Mediterranean, most importantly to Italy. From about 500BC the Romans carried winemaking into much of the rest of Western Europe, especially to the Moselle and Rhine Valley regions of France and Germany, and the Danube River Valley in Austria. The Romans even introduced winemaking to England, where a small crop of vines provided the Roman legionnaires with their ration of one litre of wine a day.
After the fall of Rome in the 5th Century AD, monks took over the care of European vineyards, refining their knowledge of viticulture as they went on.
The Wines at Hartford House represent a selection of the nation's finest wines selected by our own passion-driven team of wine "fundis", especially emphasising their compatibility with the delights of our award-winning kitchen.
Our western-most vineyards enjoy the benefits of a Mediterranean climate, Table Mountain sandstone and Malmesbury shale soils, whilst the south-east wind and the manner in which the earth's crust forced up the Cape fold mountains millennia ago, all create what is known as the terroir, the growing environment that helps the vine ripen its fruit in its own peculiar way. Thus our Cabernet tastes different from that of Bordeaux, our Chardonnay bears little resemblance to white Burgundy, whilst you will not find a Loire wine among our Chenin Blancs. Of all the drinks that have shared a place with grain alcohol at our tables since ancient times, wine is regarded as the finest lubricant of social intercourse, probably in no small part due to the complexity and refinement of its provenance and expression. But this does not deter the simplest of palates from its enjoyment because it is fresh, tasty and jolly fine with food.
So let's celebrate Wine the nectar of the God's!
Vineyard In South Africa / Snooth (p)