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Renaissance for wine from Zimbabwe; celebrating with sparkling?

Wine production conditions have hardly been ideal in recent decades, but now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, at least one producer has decided to blow life in the dormant wine industry in Zimbabwe. Jonathan Passaportis, owner of Winelands of Bushman Rock, the almost only surviving vineyard, believes in Zimbabwe’s future as a wine country. With a combination of wine and amazing scenery he wants to attract tourists back to Zimbabwe.

Winelands of Bushman Rock has grown wine since the 1930s and was one of the first vineyards in the country with grapes such as semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet franc, moscatel, and alicante bouschet. According to the blog Glass of Bubbly, Bushman Rock will start producing sparkling wine in 2019.

There will be obstacles along the way. People with knowledge of wine making have left the country in recent decades and it is difficult to get equipment to the cellars. The climate in Zimbabwe is also not as suitable as it is in the Western Cape in South Africa. But if there’s a will…

Read more: glassofbubbly.com

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