Dec 02 2010

How to put a wine farm on the map

Published by at 10:52 am under South Africa,Top Stories

It’s been a good few weeks for the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley wine estate Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF). First the news that one of its wines got a 5-star rating in the latest Platter Guide and then the news that its winemaker (and co-shareholder) Bartho Eksteen had been named 2010 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year.

Many say a 5-star Platter rating separates the men from the boys. Others say, no, the Diners Club award does that. For Bartho and HPF this debate lost all relevance in the past few weeks. If HPF wasn’t playing in the First League before, it certainly does now.

I found a very nice article about Bartho, HPF and the Diners Club award on a SA blog. I cannot do it better. So, here it is.

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2 Responses to “How to put a wine farm on the map”

  1. adminon 02 Dec 2010 at 11:09 am

    Reading through all the press releases, websites and articles on the Diners Club Award, I was struck again by how careless writers can be about the spelling of place and company names.

    Diners Club is, of course, a name looking for trouble. But, when a writer jumps from Diner’s Club, to Diners Club and then Diners’ Club within the space of a few paragraphs, then it gets a bit annoying.

    The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley outside Hermanus is another difficult one. Some go for the hyphens, others not. I guess, both are OK. But, then one should take care to stick to the chosen style throughout the article – and not jump from one to the other.


  2. adminon 03 Dec 2010 at 8:58 am

    When it comes to company names, one really only needs to remember this simple rule: always write the company name the way the company itself does. In the old days, that meant going to an annual report to check how it was done. Today one simply goes to the company’s website.


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