Plein air landscape painting of Western Cape scenery by artist Niël Jonker | Contemporary South African art | Artisan baking with sourdough.

Niël Jonker
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Galleries represented:

Art Route:

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

Saturday morning markets:

Hermanus: Hermanuspietersfontein Food & Wine Market
The Hermanuspieterfontein Cellar lies at the entrance to the Hemel and Aarde Valley. Every Saturday from 09h00 - 13h00.

Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market - Bosman's Crossing
Bosman´s Crossing is the historical entrance into Stellenbosch and is located under the slopes of the Onderpappegaaiberg on the Plankenberg river. The trading village concept paves the way for integrating production and retailing activities with the central village square as the meeting point.

Breadmaking:

Eureka Mills: High-quality, locally-produced premium stone ground flour. No additives, preservatives or chemicals.

Environment:

Platbos Forest | Africa's Southernmost Forest: Offset your carbon footprint by sponsoring the planting of trees at Platbos Forest.

Wine

When I arrived in this region that is my current home, the Agulhs Plain, or "Strandveld", it was an Eden that lay before me, teaming with historical atmosphere and naturalistic drama.

I was amazed to hear the same sentiment the other day from my wine farmer friend and neighbour, Wayne Gabb from Lomond Wines. Besides winning the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world Award at the Decantar Magazine Wine Awards in the UK, Wayne´s wines reflect his unique personality. Never a dull moment passes when Wayne is in the room, as is the case with his white wines that are bottled per vineyard block as the soils are so various.

Terroir is the wine term for climatic and soil influences on the grape, and this made me think that landscape painting is not that far removed from wine making. So it came that we paired my paintings with his wine at a following wine show in October 2008, and had a lot of fun working through a couple of cases of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.