A tradition from the world’s home of Port has come to the Klein Karoo town of Calitzdorp. South African port-making champion Boplaas has installed a series of custom ceramic tiles that are synonymous with Portuguese tradition. Called azulejos, the tiles are historic ornaments on buildings in Portugal and Spain but have roots that go back as far as the 13th century when the Moors dominated that territory. The colours most prevalent are blue and white, which were fashionable particularly during the Age of Discoveries of the 15th-18th centuries. Azulejos are typically a method of depicting stories of the time.
Boplaas has a very close relationship with the Portuguese tradition through its production of world-class table wines and Cape Port from the Portuguese grape varieties – Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca (also known as Touriga Francesa) and Souzao.
As a result, it commissioned a local artist, Helen Doherty, to paint panels of glazed tiles and depict scenes of the Calitzdorp region in blue and white. These home-grown azulejos are to be displayed at the Boplaas tasting room.
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