Sadie's Columella - the first 10 years
‘England is just a very far place...’ and thus Eben Sadie begins to talk in London wine bar Vinoteca. Described variously as maverick, philosopher, genius and head-in-the-clouds dreamer, self-confessed dogmatic Eben Sadie is easily one of South Africa’s most exciting (and expressive) winemakers. He is a restless, driven perfectionist who comes across as a strangely disconcerting juxtaposition of down-to-earth (almost unsophisticated) very-South-African farmer and erudite cosmopolitan highbrow. Eben’s biography has been well charted: his years at Spice Route; winemaking in Oregon, Germany, Burgundy, Austria and Italy; and...
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