published on: 29 May 2012
"The M'Hudi story is one of courage,
determination against seemingly impossible odds and the relentless pursuit of
one's dreams and aspirations. It is the story of South Africa."
The name M’Hudi (pronounced Moody) is derived from
the Setswana word meaning “harvester” and is also the name given to the heroine
in the story M’Hudi by Solomon Tshekiso Plaatje.
The vineyards are owned by the Rangaka family and
is one of the few Black owned farms in the Cape winelands.
The family are the founders of the M’hudi Brand and the main characters in the
M’hudi Wines adventure.
Having left their successful professional careers
they settled down to learning the new and specialised skills required to
develop a world-class wine tourism business and to establish the now successful M’Hudi Brand.
Diale or Oupa as he is also known, the head of the
family, sits on the board of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and untill recently
was the Secretary of the South African Black Vintners Alliance. With a degree
in English and a wicked sense of humour, he is the perfect person to take
you on your M’Hudi wine adventure.
He loves what the family has done and is extremely
proud of their wines and is keen to show off the fruits of their labours. The
vineyard lies in a valley with deep table Mountain sandstone soils over clay.
The valley floor is very hot in summer but is regularly cooled by morning mists
and vigorous doses of the Cape
Doctor (renowned Cape
Town South-Easterly wind) in the afternoons. They use the grapes from the
vineyard to make the wines, but to ensure quality they also source grapes from
areas best known for the cultivars.
Pinotage, my favourite, a
light bodied wine that is a deep, rich purple in colour with subtle oak spice,
plum and vanilla on the nose and a smooth and silky finish is available from
Woolworths. The rest of the wines, just as great, can be bought from the
farm. You can visit the farm and have a picnic or stay over in the guest
house. A visit well worth it.