Tall Horse Wine
Tuesday, 1 January 2013 | Admin
We are now selling Tall Horse South African Wines in store. Read on to find out more about the Tale of the Tall Horse and Tall Horse wines...
In 1824, the Sultan of Egypt presented the King of France with a giraffe as a diplomatic gift. The giraffe was sent up the Nile by boat and shipped across the Mediterranean where it landed at the port of Marseilles. Its journey continued as it was walked across the length of France until it eventually reached its destination in Paris. Tens of thousands thronged the streets of the city to witness the astonishing scene as the towering creature arrived. The giraffe, nicknamed Tall Horse, sent off a frenzy of scientific and cultural interest. Some even say that it was the immense elegance, grace and stature that inspired the construction of the Eiffel Tower.
There are many similarities between the giraffe that traveled from Egypt to Paris and the wines that have come to share its name. Tall Horse wines come all the way from South Africa. The grapes grow in vineyards with near perfect conditions in the Western Cape winelands. From the slopes of the Cape Mountains caressed by cooling sea breezes, the vines drink in the winter rainfall and bask in the long summer sunshine hours allowing fantastic ripe expression of variety and land. In fact, it is these very enviable conditions that conceived a legacy of winemaking that traces back to the late 1600’s.
The Tale of the Tall Horse is reproduced from Tall Horse Wines.