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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 of [...]
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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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Villion Family Wines

The brainchild of rock-star winemaker Kobie Viljoen. Kobie was chief wine-maker at Gabrielskloof in his formative years of 2008 to 2015. In 2015 Kobie founded “Villion Family Wines”, a wine making project built around his past success and family history, but focused very clearly on the future. A descendant of the first French Huguenot, Francois Villion, who made South Africa his permanent residence in 1671. The Villion family (changed to Viljoen later on in the Afrikaans language) made their living from vineyards and winemaking. The original spelling of the family name honours the Huguenot history of the now Afrikaans family. He chooses his vineyard sites carefully, keeping in mind yields, altitude, clonal differences and [...]
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