Gerakaris Family Wines, is nestled in the suburb of Craighall park in Johannesburg, bringing a taste of the Cape to the big city. While providing a welcome respite after a long week, in an intimate garden setting.
Gerakaris Family wines, was launched in Johannesburg in 2008 by Kath Gerkaris, with a focus on bringing boutique Cape Wines to the Jozi market. As a capetonian myself it was lovely to experience a taste of the Swartland, not too far from my doorstep, and spend the afternoon in the company of family in a serene and tranquil setting. Of course, while sipping some of Kath’s finest.
As it was our first time visiting Gerakaris, we decided to indulge in the wine tasting, accompanied by some seasonal cheeses. These included a mature Gruyere from Klein River, Hermanus, and Vledemaus, a soft goats cheese, rich, ashed and surface ripened by Baris in Clarens, Montasio, a one year matured cheddar and Fenugreek goats mature Gouda, served with crackers, and relish made from the Garden Shed next door to Gerakaris.
The Syrah and Chenin Blanc grapes are brought to Johannesburg from a vineyard in the Swartland in the Western Cape,and then the wine is made by winemaker Kath on site. The wines are named after her and her husband Minos, children Elli and Thomas.
The wine tasting consisted of five wines, starting with a favourite at the table, called ‘Ellaki’ a gentle, easy, immediate drinking 2020 Chenin Blanc. This unwooded wine was gentle on the palate and an extremely welcome start on a sunny afternoon, Selling at R125 a bottle.
The second wine ’Elli’,a 2018 Chenin Blanc, a medium bodied, slightly fuller chenin, complimented the cheeses. Our table consisted of three generations, and it was interesting to discuss and discover the different palates across the spectrum of wines.
The third wine ‘1209’, the exact distance from Gerakaris Family Wines in Craighall Park to the farm in the Swartland, is 100% Syrah. While not everyone’s favourite red, I was pleasantly surprised at this 2019, medium bodied, fruity, immediate drinking wine, selling for R125, this very easy drinking red could have you coming back for more.
We then enjoyed the 2018, ‘Tom’, a medium bodied wine with an oaky finish. We finished our wine tasting experience with Thomas, a 2017 Syrah, made from their best barrels each vintage. This more complex wine, which can be aged up to six years was a firm favourite at our table, across the generations. Retailing at R280.
If you are looking to experience a taste of the Cape, on your doorstep in Johannesburg, then TravelmagSA has definitely found you ‘fabulous’ this month. For a unique, relaxing afternoon, in a tranquil setting, either indulging in the wine tasting, or simply enjoying your favourite Chenin Blanc or Syrah, we highly recommend a visit to Gerakaris Family Wines.
Kudos to our hosts Jan and Charmaine, who were both friendly, attentive and informative, making this a fabulous experience.
Booking essential: The tasting room is open Wednesday to Friday from 12 - 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm,and Sundays from 11 to 2pm. Email: email@example.com