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Frater Family Wines

Frater Family Wines is the epitome of family wine farming with each of their wines being made in hour of a family member. The Frater family arrived in South Africa from Scotland in 1878 and settled on the De Zoete Inval Estate in the Paarl Valley. The family purchased the farm for its good quality water which was perfectly suited for the washing of wool. After time they pioneered into successful fruit farming and 115 years ago built the original wine cellar, which is still in use today. In 2005 5th Generation Wine maker John Robert Frater took over the farm and set about replanting all the old vineyards with the goal [...]
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Montpellier was established in 1714 by Jean Imbert and Jacques Theron, Huguenot refugees who reached Table Bay in 1688. Prior to fleeing to Tulbagh, both men resided in the south of France, close to the historic city of Montpellier. When the governor of the Cape, Maurits Pasques de Chavonnes, granted Jean Imbert the land in 1714, he aptly named the farm Montpellier. Steeped in a rich history of wine making, Montpellier is renowned for producing wines with integrity and character representative of the Tulbagh Valley terroir. In addition to producing award-winning wine, Montpellier serves as a tranquil getaway and stunning event venue. Its charming hillside chapel, Cape Dutch homestead, reception facilities and expansive [...]
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Wyness Vineyards

Wyness Vineyards is very much a “new kid on the block” from a husband and wife team that are anything but “new kids” to the South African landscape. Established customers will recall the early days of the now famous Freedom Hill, from where we secure the Freedom Walk wines. In the beginning Ryan Wyness was the resident winemaker and manager at Freedom Hill, having been seconded there by Hempies Du Toit of Annandale. Ryan not only learned how to make wine at Annandale and Freedom Hill, as he quickly set about winning the heart of Hempies daughter Lisa, whom he married some 10 years ago. They travelled France to further hone their skills, [...]
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Running With Bulls

Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around".  To date, Yalumba is the only estate with their own vine nursery, established  in 1975, and feeding off the original 12ha planted over 165 years ago.  Yalumba wines have a style all of their own and each have been influenced by a diverse range of elements. Yalumba are stake-holders in The Winery [...]
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