Category Archives: HARVEST

The First Luddite Chenin Harvest!

Last Sunday saw the first harvest from the block of Chenin right in front of the Luddite’s home. Niels was ‘very chuffed’ with the quality of the grapes… Friends and family tackled the rows in pairs, fueled by bubbly, eggy-bacon … Continue reading

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Barrels and Beards 2013

On Saturday it’s Barrels and Beards, a Bot Riveria ritual that all started with Niels’s pragmatic approach to personal grooming during harvest. Usually Niels shaves his head – to avoid having to fuss with hair or haircuts – and grows … Continue reading

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Luddite Harvest 2013

It’s that time of year again and Niels says it looks like he could be picking next week. He signals the start of harvest by shaving his head and it can’t come soon enough for Penny: ‘Niels looks like a … Continue reading

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The Morning After

With the contest for the biggest harvest beard behind him Niels stayed true to his annual Luddite tradition and got creative with the post-harvest growth. From what was described as reminiscent of van Gogh he fashioned ‘The Horseshoe’ – a … Continue reading

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Barrels & Beards Harvest Festival

Last night the Bot River valley was filled with sounds of a merry shindig, organised by winemakers and their wives to celebrate the 2012 harvest drawing to a close. After a cold beer or two on the veranda of the … Continue reading

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Harvest Report 2012

The Luddite harvest began last Wednesday, 22 February, and Niels has just emerged from an intense time of picking. ‘It was short, sharp and sweet,’ says Niels, ‘And now we’re done and making the wine.’ ‘The good thing is we … Continue reading

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A Shaved Head for Harvest

Niels began harvesting his Shiraz grapes on Wednesday… Late on Tuesday night, in anticipation of the first day of picking, Niels shaved his head. It’s his harvest ritual. ‘During harvest he doesn’t have time to brush the three remaining hairs … Continue reading

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