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  • Exploring The Vine

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South Africa with its rich cultural history, diversity and natural beauty also boasts a thriving and internationally award winning wine industry. Less than an hour's drive from the majestic Table Mountain and Cape Town's famous beaches lies the Cape winelands, home to winemaking for over 350 years.

Over 12 months we follow three best friends and young up and coming winemakers Stuart Botha, Howard Booysen and James Corder on their respective farms. From tenderly nurturing the vines through to manic harvest season and eventually drinking liquid gold satisfaction - it's a rollercoaster ride. Not your stereotypical "wine boffins", the trio work hard and long to make names for themselves in this tough industry, and when you work that hard you need to play hard too!

When the blood, sweat, and tears are over, the boys hit the road and discover the people, places and sometimes tall stories that make the South African wine industry truly unique. As with any boys weekend away there is laughter and banter aplenty.

So raise your glasses. This is winemaking, rock 'n roll style.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Exploring The Vine: The Calm Before The Storm
    With the looming harvest, James, Howard & Stuart have to make sure that this year's grapes produce another batch of award-winning wine.
  • Exploring The Vine: Blood, Sweat And Tears
    Are James, Howard and Stuart ready for what nature throws at them when wildfires sweep across neighbouring farms?
  • Exploring The Vine: The Art Of Winemaking
    It's time for James, Howard and Stuart to focus on the art of winemaking and to turn the grape juice into nectar of the gods.
  • Exploring The Vine: The Wacky Wine Weekend
    After an intense 3 months of winemaking, Stuart, Howard & James finally get some time to experience South Africa's biggest and craziest wine festival.
  • Exploring The Vine: The Oldest Vine
    The boys embark on an epic adventure into South Africa's mysterious wine history to find the oldest vine in SA.
  • Exploring The Vine: Wine And Renegades
    James decides to take Howard and Stuart on an adrenalin-filled journey to find the most Renegade winemaker South Africa has to offer.
  • Exploring The Vine: Women In Wine
    The boys trade their farm clothes for a suit and tie as they dress to impress the women at the Annual Women and Wine Awards.
  • Exploring The Vine: Pinotage Sa's Gift To The Wine
    Pinotage is South Africa's gift to the wine world. The boys explore the people, lifestyle and stories behind this proudly South African wine…
  • Exploring The Vine: Women And Wine
    The boys trade in their farm clothes for a suit and tie as they dress to impress the women at the Annual Women and Wine Awards.
  • Exploring The Vine: Route 62: The Longest Wine Route In The World 1
    Spring fever kicks into full swing and so the boys have decided to turn their beer-guzzling friends into experienced wine-connoisseurs.
  • Exploring The Vine: Route 62: The Longest Wine Route In The World 2
    The journey continues. Howard James, Stuart and their friends find themselves traveling through plains of the Klein Karoo.
  • Exploring The Vine: Red and White Wine Goes Green
    James takes Howard and Stuart on a 'green' road trip to explore the various methods of making organic wine.
  • Exploring The Vine: The Black Diamonds
    It's the weekend and the boys hit the iTownship Wine Festival in Gugulethu to unfold the tales behind some of South-Africa's black-owned brands.
  • Exploring The Vine: The Journey Begins Again
    The boys are now back at the farm and it's time to recap what they have learnt. Will their approach to this year's harvest change?
  • Exploring The Vine: Wacky Wine Weekend
    After three months of winemaking, Stuart, Howard and James finally get time to experience South Africa's biggest and craziest wine festival.
  • Exploring The Vine: Pinotage South Africa’s Gift To The Wine World
    Pinotage is South Africa's gift to the wine world. The boys explore the people, lifestyle and stories behind this proud South African wine.
  • Exploring The Vine: Route 62: The Longest Wine Route In The World
    As the spring fever kicks into full swing, the boys decide to turn their beer-guzzling friends into experienced wine-connoisseurs.
  • Exploring The Vine: Route 62: The Longest Wine Route In The World Cont
    As the spring fever kicks into full swing, the boys decide to turn their beer-guzzling friends into experienced wine-connoisseurs.
  • Exploring The Vine: Pinotage South Africa's Gift To The Wine World
    Pinotage is South Africa's gift to the wine world. The boys explore the people, lifestyle and stories behind this proud South African wine.
  • Exploring The Vine: Route 62: The Longest Wine Route In The World
    As the spring fever kicks into full swing, the boys decide to turn their beer-guzzling friends into experienced wine-connoisseurs.
  • Exploring The Vine: Route 62...Continued
    As the spring fever kicks into full swing, the boys decide to turn their beer-guzzling friends into experienced wine-connoisseurs.
  • Exploring The Vine: Red And White Wine Goes Green
    James takes Howard and Stuart on a 'green' road trip to explore the various methods of making organic wine.
  • Exploring The Vine: The Black Diamonds
    It's the weekend and the boys hit the iTownship Wine Festival in Gugulethu to unfold the tales behind some of South-Africa's black-owned brands.
  • Exploring The Vine: The Journey Begins Again
    The boys are now back at the farm and it's time to recap what they have learnt. Will their approach to this year's harvest change?
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