Christian Eedes


About Christian Eedes

After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, Christian Eedes joined Wine magazine South Africa in 2000 and is today editor of which exists solely online. He has completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for Platter’s South African Wine Guide in addition to various other local and international competitions.

August 2018

Sense and sensibility: An old Cape Town farm in a new era

2019-06-14T11:05:19+02:00August 29th, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Around 10% of global Sauvignon plantings are located in South Africa. Christian Eedes pays a visit to prominent Durbanville estate Diemersdal to discuss its take on the varietal with winemaker Thys Louw. Durbanville is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, about half an hour’s drive northwest of the Cape Town central [...]

September 2017

Beyond “crisp and clean” – the emergence of wooded Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa

2017-09-05T12:46:41+02:00September 5th, 2017|Sauvignon Committee|

Sauvignon Blanc has become the go-to grape for myriad consumers worldwide. Christian Eedes, editor of, looks at how South African wine producers are revisiting the varietal to add complexity and interest. Though Sauvignon Blanc occurred in South Africa as far back as the late 19th century, it was only from the late 1970s/early 1980s [...]

June 2015

South Africa: Sauvignon blanc, an essential component of the varietal range

2016-10-24T15:11:09+02:00June 17th, 2015|Sauvignon Committee|

According to Tim James in his excellent book Wines of the New South Africa – Tradition and Revolution (University of California Press: 2013), it is unclear when Sauvignon Blanc was introduced to the Cape, but it was certainly planted at Groot Constantia in the late 1880s and reportedly performed well there. It did not get [...]