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Straight from the vine
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"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.

M’Hudi 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.

Tel: +27.614997263   Fax: +27.865282974   Email: malmsey@mhudi.com  
M'hudi Farm R101 Old Paarl Road Koelenhof P.O. Box 30, Stellenbosch, 7605, South Africa