“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” V. Van Gogh
Wine is usually made with love, and if not love, then at least some violent emotion given the amount of toil and effort involved in the making of it. TOKARA, a farm at the top of the Helshoogte pass just outside Stellenbosch is named for owners, GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira’s two children, Thomas and Kara. The name in itself is a proclamation of love, which if we were to follow van Gogh’s reasoning, foreshadowed the success they now enjoy. The Ferreiras have pursued a number of interests there at the top of the “Heights of Hell”, the number of which, far from detracting from the stature of the wine, merely seem to have enhanced it. Fine Wine like Fine Art and Fine Food represent components to a GOOD life, all three of which the Ferreiras have cultivated here to great effect.
Their Fine Art interest consists of a curated exhibition by Julia Meintjes, a sculpture garden at the Delicatessen and a yearly ‘Wine Made Art’ initiative. Done in celebration of the new vintage, the initiative invites established and upcoming local artists to paint using TOKARA red wine. Wine as a medium or as J.M.W. Turner would have interpreted it (total conjecture on our part): “Wine as Light.” (Turner having reasoned that everything would have been in shadow without light and therefore commonly known as “the painter of light.”) The idea of creating art using art, speaks to the cyclical conduct of nature, the one giving rise to the other and therefore a seemingly natural progression of events. As is the careful pairing of dishes at both the TOKARA Restaurant and Delicatessen.
Inspired by neighbour Gyles Webb of Thelema Mountain Vineyards, and their emphasis on Rabelais’s Utopian wines (“Elsewhere, not here make sale your deceits.”), Mr. Ferreira invested not only in the vineyards they own on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain at the Stellenbosch property, but two other farms as well. Highlands in the Elgin district and the aptly named Siberia in the Hemel-en Aarde Valley. The different properties allow TOKARA to produce site-specific wine, best suited to the various terroirs. As is our custom we have been able to source a rare vintage of their flagship wine for you to acquaint yourself with the brand. We suggest you visit the farm for the full effect, should you also wish to partake of the GOOD life. If not right now, the wine should set the mood.