|At the entrance to the vineyards and winery a small army of friendly, but insistent guards greeted us.|
What a first class operation with all shiny new French-made equipment. And current French winemaker since January 2011, Olivier Spillebout, knows how to grow grapes in the heat, as he made wine for Castel in Tanzania and Morocco before this Ethiopia gig.
|Simple but elegant architecture.|
|For nearly a week, the team of local workers was efficiently bottling some of the one million bottles to be produced. And of course, the new oak barrels are all French.|
|They are bottling a red blend named after the region's ubiquitous thorny Acacia tree. Obviously, someone was thinking of their market.|
Winemaker Spillebout explained that they are aiming for the local market first, then expand into the Middle East. He never mentioned Europe or the USA. So if you want to try the wine, I suggest getting a cheap flight to Ethiopia.