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HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Hermann Gebers bought the farm in the picturesque area between the towns of Somerset West and Stellenbosch in 1981. Situated on a ridge, the winery offers panoramic views of Cape Point, False Bay and the surrounding Helderberg Mountains. This area is one of the preeminent wine regions of South Africa and falls under the ward of Stellenboch.

The farm was systematically planted to vine. In 1996, Nick Gebers made a couple of experimental barrels. Two vintages later, and after a stint in Burgundy, the first vintage was released. As the homestead on the farm had originally operated as a post office, serving the local missionary community of Raithby, it was a logical step to associate the wine with its postal origin. The wines were thus named Post House.

The names of our wines derived from Philately.
This postal theme has been taken a step further by naming the wines either after famous stamps or  philately terms. Here is a history of some of those wines named after stamps

Penny Black

The name refers to the first ever stamp, printed in 1840. This was a British stamp featuring the head of Queen Victoria, was worth one penny and printed in black hence the nick name Penny Black. Although it is officially the first stamp it is not the rareist stamp as its print run lasted for a decade, so many millions were produced. However there were many colour variations and misprints. These individual Penny Blacks have much more value.

Blueish Black

The colors of postage stamps are at once obvious, and among the most difficult areas of philately. Different denominations of stamps have been printed in different colors since the very beginning; postal clerks could distinguish the Penny Black and Two pence blue more quickly by color than by reading the value.  In practice, the actual color of a stamp may vary, which collectors will pay high prices for rare shades, Stamp colors are routinely described by color name rather with any sort of a numerical system like CMYK. So a stamp which was predominately black may have printed with a slight tinge of blue. This would then be catalogued as a colour variation by collectors as Blueish Black – hence how this wine was named

Merry Widow

A U.S. stamp whose nickname is an artistic reference to the 10¢ green Helmet of Mercury special delivery stamp. The Merry Widow, an operetta by Slovak composer Franz Lehar, is one of the most popular operatic works of the 20th century. The special delivery stamp became the Merry Widow through the resemblance between Mercury's winged helmet on the stamp and Lily Elsie's operatic hats.  British actress Lily Elsie took up the role of the Merry Widow on the London boards in 1907. She brought to the role her fondness for a style of large-brimmed, heavily beplumed hats, which became known forever after as Merry Widow hats.       

Missing Virgin
A Virgin Island stamp whose nickname is reference to the St. Ursula central-figure-omitted error stamp.   St. Ursula was a virgin martyr who lived sometime between the third and fifth centuries A.D. She was born in Britain, avoided marriage to a pagan king and is believed to have been slain for her faith with 10,000 virgin companions at Cologne, Germany. Christopher Columbus named the Virgin Islands in her honor, when he made landfall there about the time of her feast day, Oct. 21.

Treskilling Yellow
The name refers to a Swedish stamp considered the most expensive stamp in the world. The 3-skilling banco stamp  was normally printed in a blue-green colour, while the 8-skilling was printed in a yellowish orange shade. It is not known exactly what went wrong, but the incorrect plate was used which resulted in a stamp which should have been green ending up as yellow. The number of stamps printed in the wrong colour is unknown, but as time passed, and no other "yellows" surfaced despite energetic searching, it became clear that the stamp was not only rare, but quite possibly the only surviving example

Posting box
Post House Vineyards - Raithby Road - Raithby, Helderberg - South Africa - nick@posthousewines.co.za