Noble Savage (he said):
A winery in Joburg. I’ll let that sink in for a bit. You’re back? Good! Right next to Delta Park in Craighall Park you’ll find the charming tasting room for Gerakaris Family Wines.
It’s a fairly small building, but there are also tables outside under the trees. Stepping into the building it really does feel like you’ve been transported out of the city to the winelands.
So how difficult is it to grow grapes in Joburg? F#cking very! That’s why the grapes are transported in cold storage from the Swartland, and the wine is then made in Joburg. Right here, on the premises.
A Gerakaris Family Affair
Winemaker Kath Gerakaris originally hails from New Zealand, and has a lot of experience in the wine and wine marketing industry. With her husband, Minos, they ensured that we were well looked after for the tasting.
Gerakaris wines offer two Chenin Blancs, and two Syrah. With both these varietals, there is a more easy drinking option (the Ellaki and the Thomas), and a more limited, serious option (the Elli and the Tom). These wines are named after their two children. Like I told you, it is a real family affair.
All four wines have something different to offer, and will definitely cater for most tastes.
With our tasting we had a lovely cheese platter. Kath takes particular pride in locally sourcing all the cheeses, and it all paired wonderfully with a bottle of the Thomas Syrah. A particular stand-out was the wagyu droë wors; probably the tastiest I’ve ever had.
The venue can also be used for corporate and private events, so it’s best to first check if they are available for a wine tasting before just showing up. But do try to visit, if only to be able to say that you’ve had wine made in Joburg. Plus, the wine is really good!
For more details, and for booking information, check out their website: https://www.gerakaris.co.za/