Chautara – A Nepali story brought to Hermanus

Hermanus has more Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the addition of the Godfrey family’s Chautara label.  On the Hemel-en-Aarde Road beyond Creation there is a vineyard where 1 hectare of Chardonnay and 1 hectare of Pinot Noir are vinified and bottled under a new brand. The wine label depicts many stories brought back from Nepal where owner David Godfrey lived and worked as a member of the British Army.  The wine gets its name from Chautara, a town in Nepal, about 330 kilometers from Kathmandu.  Chataura also relates to a resting place of stone steps built around a tree – usually a peepal (sacred fig) or tulsi (holy basil) tree – providing oxygen and shade to tired travellers. There is more…stories of Shiva and Parvati, Hindu goddess of love and devotion.

The new addition to the Hermanus wine scene looks at providing a refreshing taste to visitors with a story that certainly is entertaining.

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The Godfrey family with a bottle of their Chautara wine

4 thoughts on “Chautara – A Nepali story brought to Hermanus

  1. David Thanks for the Xmas card but again, no address. Now that we find that you are living in a wine cellar and guarding your treasure, we understand! We wax well, sound of limb if not wind. This excl Jsn’s Newton knee. Still running. Our avocado farm And I still wear a big hat and talk big to the girls. Our email
    We still recall your imperial hangover you acquired as your farewell gesture to Balikpapan.
    Would be good to make contact as I have a few old Xmas cards I could recycle through you.
    Jan and Terry


  2. I love my local Hemel-en-Aarde wine region in South Africa and had the privilege to go to Beaune, Dijon and Epernay. I just won tickets to attend the Wine on the Water festival in Robertson this weekend. Very excited to see how Robertson Wine Valley do things. Will have a look at your site and dream of Napa Chardonnay.


  3. Sigh …There are so many wine region in this world and so little time! I really want to make it to SA soon. We live in Napa Valley and have travelled all over Europe and US wine regions, but we love what is going on in SA. In two weeks we are going to the Balkans to experience Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian wines. Maybe next year? Check out our wine country blog:

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