The unexpurgated Memoir of a Passionate Pioneer Winegrower
That we succeeded in producing some decent wine is remarkable enough. That we were able to sell this wine profitably in a world which was drowning in a gigantic lake of excess wine defies credibility. To even get that wine noticed locally, let alone internationally, was an extremely difficult proposition. Despite the initial pessimism, however, the growing of the grapes and turning them into acceptable wine was relatively easy.
Mme Philippine de Rothschild, owner of the legendary Bordeaux Chateau, Mouton Rothschild, confirmed this view when she once told me that "Making great wine is easy. It is just the first 300 years that are difficult!"
She is absolutely correct. Making good wine is relatively easy, getting it noticed is a very different ball game. To achieve success in this endeavour takes courage, tenacity, cunning, enterprise, considerable cost, damn hard work and, above all, extraordinary good luck - and hopefully a little less than 300 years! But first you have to make some decent wine!
How we managed to make the reality of our winegrowing enterprise far exceed our dream is related in the following pages...