So you may be wondering why we are ‘Tall Horse’ wines and not simply ‘Giraffes’?
Well, true to our origins at the tip of Southern Africa, our tale is steeped in myth and legend.
The story goes, that unknown outside of Africa for centuries, the extraordinary height and proportions of the ‘camelopardalis’ so fascinated foreigners’ senses of curiosity that it was
sometimes sent as a diplomatic gift to surprise and delight kings and leaders in faraway lands.
In 1824, the Sultan of Egypt presented the King of France with a giraffe as a diplomatic gift.
The giraffe was sent up the Nile by boat and shipped across the Mediterranean where it landed at the port of Marseilles. Its journey continued as it was walked across the length of
France until it eventually reached its destination in Paris.
Tens of thousands thronged the streets of the city to witness the astonishing scene as the towering creature arrived. The giraffe, nicknamed Tall Horse, sent off a frenzy of scientific
and cultural interest. Some even say that it was the immense elegance, grace and stature that inspired the construction of the Eiffel Tower. Indeed even early couture has evidence of
Tall Horse inspired fashions.
The Tale of the Tall Horse There are many similarities between the giraffe that traveled from Egypt to Paris and our wines that have come to share its name. Tall Horse wines come all the way from South Africa. Our grapes grow in vineyards with near perfect conditions in the Western Cape winelands. From the slopes of the Cape Mountains caressed by cooling sea breezes, the vines
drink in the winter rainfall and bask in the long summer sunshine hours allowing fantastic ripe expression of variety and land. In fact, it is these very enviable conditions that conceived a legacy of winemaking that traces back to the late 1600’s.
Yes, the Tall Horse is a true citizen of Africa with many, many friends who, led by curiosity and fascination are surprised and delighted by the wildly approachable and fruity sensory
safari that is packed into every bottle of Tall Horse Wines that make the expedition to homes all over the world.