Vine Expectations: The optimist

For 20 years, Alex Dale from The Winery of Good Hope has championed Chenin Blanc in his adopted homeland of South Africa – and is finally drinking the results.
By June Lee
Published on Thursday, 02 Nov 2017
Alex Dale

“I will never put organic or natural on my bottles,” declares Alex Dale, co-founder and owner of The Winery of Good Hope. We’re drinking some of his wines, which are carefully made in minimally interventionist ways – but Dale eschews the ‘natural wine’ term, which has come to represent a self-proclaimed movement of making wine with minimal technology and additives. He points out that vignerons in Burgundy have been working the natural way for hundreds of years before the 21st-century version of the wine style became trendy.

 

Excerpt from the November 2017 issue of epicure.