The sweetest grapes in South Africa, wrote Afrikaans short-story maestro Abraham de Vries, are found in Vermaaklikheid. And as a former resident of this rural community on the banks of the Duiwenhoks River some 300km east of Cape Town, the recent vinous ambitions shown here are being watched with interest.
Vermaaklikheid is a pretty hamlet on the South Cape coast, a small village that makes your average one horse town look like a sprawling Chinese suburb on Discount Poodle-Burger Night. I’ve known the place well for 40 years and during this time the only truly eventful thing to happen there was when Oom Lool de Jager stole his brother-in-law’s Boerewors recipe. And then there was the warm summer’s day when former Calvin Klein model Josie Borain walked into the Vermaaklikheid Central Kafee in a bikini.