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Niu

An exciting collaboration between Frogitt & Vonkel, Joostenberg and Alta Alella in Barcelona, Spain. We’ve been importing the fabulous premium Cava’s of Alta Alella near Barcelona for years. Owner, Josep-Maria was inspired by the winelands of South Africa when he began visiting his daughter whilst she studied her PHD at UCT. A wine-fueled lunch with our owner John Woodward saw the start of an idea to produce an organic MCC from Chenin Blanc. The vineyards of Joostenberg were identified as perfect, and another wine-filled lunch later Tyrell Myburg of Joostenberg was onboard! Barn Swallows choose to mate for life and migrate seasonally between Europe and South Africa, returning to the same nesting site each year. In Spain their nests, Called “Niu” [...]
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Vondeling Wines

Located on the South-facing slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain lies Vondeling Wines. Owned by Julian Johnsen, Anthony Ward and Richard Gower, Vondeling is actively involved in preserving and protecting the natural heritage of the Paardeberg Mountain. The estate is a proud member of the Paardeberg Sustainability Initiative as well as a Conservation Champion of the WWF. Matthew Copeland is the Senior Winemaker at Vondeling and has been a part of the estate since 2007.  After high school Matthew worked in wine regions across the world, including Switzerland, France, California, Australia and New Zealand.  Only once he returned to SA did he study – most people do it the other way around. He uses honest techniques and practices to express the origins of the [...]
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Rock Paper Scissors

“Rock Paper Scissors” is a collaboration project headed by M.C. Stander with the help of Jurgen Gouws and Johan Meyer.  All big names in the Swartland Independent Movement. M.C. studied viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University and did a few local harvests after graduating. He started wine making in 2012 with Tyrrel Myburgh at Joostenburg Wines where he managed 30ha of organic vineyards, thus sparking his passion for sustainable and organic farming.  At the end of 2018 he got an opportunity to produce his own wine with the help of many friends in the Swartland, like Callie Louw, Jurgen Gouws, Craig Hawkins, Johan Meyer and Tremayne Smith to name a few. He was inspired by these winemakers and their fresher style of [...]
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