JEREMY BROWN is a local photographer and publisher. He studied photography at the Natal Technikon. After completing his course, he worked with well-known Durban photographers Richard Wege and Phil Mumford before opening his own commercial photographic studio in 1990. Here he specialised in advertising, before moving his studio to Cape town. Jeremy's work has earned him a fine reputation in this beautiful corner of the Cape. Jeremy now lives in Hermanus and has published a local Coffee Table Book “The Cape Whale Coast” on Hermanus and the surrounding area. Other books published by Jeremy Browne and 2b Publications are “Stellenbosch and “Paarl and Wellington”. All these beautiful titles are available from our Publisher.co.za online store.
DI BURGER'S love affair with South Africa's winelands began in Franschhoek's gourmet restaurants, and blossomed within the wealth of art and culture in Stellenbosch. Inspired by the beauty, the warmth and the fine wines of each of these regions, this is her third Winelands book. When she is not exploring new wine regions, she is hard at work researching and compiling information on the magic of the Winelands.
On December 1st, 1687, the ship Voorschoten departed Rotterdam. Huddled, ill and afraid amongst the commodities on board was the first precious cargo of French refugees.
Starting out in rudimentary mud shelters in desperate poverty, and with the Bible as their only solace, the brave early settlers in the Drakenstein built up a measure of prosperity through their relentless toil and through intermarriage, and together with the peoples already inhabiting the land, fathered many generations of South Africans. Knowing what it has taken to create this beautiful region, we can begin to appreciate the fierce pride of the generations of farming families and the diverse communities who live here today.
Having fused their Dutch-Germanic-Khoi-Maloyo-Polynesian-Portuguese tongues into one language proudly named Afrikaans, “because it was created in Afrika”, their heritage is as rich and vibrant as the terroirs and micro-climates wherein they produce their fine wines.
This well-presented full colour coffee table book in hardcover landscape format explores the wonders of the Drakenstein and Berg River Valleys of the Western Cape, rich in the history of the early settlers and its wine industry, the warm, friendly communities and myriad of characteristic wine estates, restaurants, shops, museums, artists and places of interest. The book features beautiful photography by South African photographer Jeremy Brown.