2014 in review
Welcome to 2015! If last year was anything to go by we will be running all over the place again, spreading the wild dog word as we go.
2014 started off with a blast as a heatwave hit in harvest season, bringing the grapes to picking point faster than expected. We had to think fast in the kerfuffle caused by this change and the resultant negotiations with labour, transport and cellar space. Wine-making for the year was on with a blast of hot air and cool relief when everything fell into place.
It was also a year of travelling. Jeremy made two trip to the UK to spread the joy. The first in February and the second in September. Emma, in the meantime, was breaking new ground for us as she travelled to Japan in March and Russia in September.
We are happy to announce that our first shipment of Painted Wolf Wine to Japan left the building a short six months after Emma’s trip and we look forward to continued orders from our fans over there. Sincerest thanks to Emma’s school friend, Kozue, who has provided us with invaluable help and prevented us from being lost in translation.
Closer to home, Jeremy took on the challenge of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli in August and pedalled his way through the wilds of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Northern South Africa. He has signed up to do it again this year. Anyone keen to join him for a challenge? In addition, Jeremy helped our conservation friends in KZN as they relocated some wild dogs. He was thrilled to get some hands on experience with the canines we love and support, but not so thrilled when he discovered that he had picked up his own little traveller and been given a bout of tick-bite fever.
On the awards front, our wines did well. At the International Wine Challenge 2014, we picked up 6 medals, while later in the year, our Peloton Rouge 2009 was awarded top spot in the Absa Perold Cape Blend competition.
There were tastings and events throughout the year. Some of the firsts for us include our food pairing evening at 10 Bompas, Sanlam Food Wine Design Fair in Johannesburg, where Jenny Crwys Williams awarded us a Jenny Loves badge, Africa Cycle Fair and The Diamond Route Research Conference.
Dogged persistence and a strong bond with ATTA (after pouring wines on their stand at Indaba for the third year) has led to our wine being exported to Kenya. We also welcomed the son of old bush friends, who is spreading the Painted Wolf Wine love in Germany. Welcome to the pack!