From palate to palette: A taste of fine art in the winelands


From palate to palette: A taste of fine art in the winelands

Galleries and sculpture gardens have become an integral part of the fun of the wine route

Richard Holmes

Structured. Expressive. Linear. Muted. Bold. They’re all terms bandied about by the talented cellar masters of the Cape winelands, but they could apply just as easily to the creative works on display beyond the tasting room. Over the past decade, art has become an integral part of the winelands experience, with galleries and sculpture gardens sprouting like spring buds on a vine.

We won’t deny that some “galleries” offer little more than anodyne prints and animal portraits designed to separate tourists from their foreign currency, but the winelands have become a hotspot for fomenting wider interest in the world of art.

Everard Read is the oldest commercial art gallery in Africa, established when Johannesburg was a dusty mining town in 1913. The Cape Town outpost opened in 1996, with galleries in London and Franschhoek added in 2016. Remarkably, it’s the gallery on Franschhoek’s Huguenot Road that draws the biggest crowds...

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