If you’re passing by, you’ll feel there’s something in the air. These are no ordinary days in the Swartland.
The reason? Wineries are in the thick of the annual grape harvest, an event greeted with exuberance on farms across the Cape winelands. This is the time that many small towns and villages come alive.
For months, vines have been tended and nurtured through the vagaries of the year’s weather, heat and cold and rainfall. Now, it all comes together. Extra workers are called into the farms and tractors ferrying fruit to the wineries become a common sight. The days are long, often starting and ending in the dark.
It’s hard work, but the atmosphere is one of excitement, spurred by good humour between neighbours, friends and colleagues.
For this recounting, Swartland photographer Johan Viljoen headed out to capture the spirit of the occasion.