February 2023 marks the 364th anniversary of the South African wine industry, as recorded in Jan van Riebeeck’s diary on 2 February 1659: “Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.”
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OUR MOTTO IN LIFE IS SIMPLE Dream big, work hard and persevere with the tenacious spirit of a warrior to make those dreams a reality. We have always dreamed of having our destiny in our own hands, and to raise our two children in an environment filled with the love for what we do –
Made entirely from hand picked chardonnay grapes, Chantelle is a refined elegant Cap Classique, handcrafted in the traditional French method and matured on the lees for a minimum of five years in our Franschhoek Cellar.
We pick over 90% of the grapes early in the harvest to achieve the dry crisp flavour so admired in Blanc de Blanc, leaving a small portion of the same crop to mature into full ripeness.
We have always dreamed of having
our destiny in our own hands, and to raise our two children in an environment filled with the love for what we do – to produce outstanding wines from unique terroirs.
We believe that we are firmly in charge of that destiny, and that the Atlas Swift range of wines is a culmination of hard work, perseverance and the multiplicity of distinctive origins, cultures, memories and energy.” – Martin and Welma Smith – Proprietors
These are just a few terms ascribed to Clarise, cellar master at Hazendal Wine Estate on the Bottelary-Stellenbosch Wine Route
The appointment of Sciocatti-Langeveldt in 2016 was certainly a watershed moment for the historic farm’s wine production. A major refurbishment of the estate in 2018 included a complete revamp of the wine production cellar, optimising the space for the goal of producing boutique volumes of world-class wines. Clarise’s detailed approach to winemaking extends to the replanted Hazendal vineyards. To combat years of declining yields due to the spread of leaf-roll virus, all vines on the property where uprooted and the land rejuvenated. In their place, virus-free clones of a dozen carefully chosen cultivars were replanted across twelve hectares, carefully matched to capitalise on the unique terroir of Hazendal.
In 2021 the talented young winemaker was recognised by WineLand magazine as one of the most promising young wine ambassadors in the South African wine industry. In June 2022 the Western Cape Provincial Parliament adopted a resolution congratulating Kiara Scott on her achievements in the wine industry; notably that ‘she became the youngest head female winemaker in South Africa at the age of just 26; and that she serves as an example for young women everywhere on what can be achieved through hard work.’
to be and stay financially independent with the aim of offering my children and family better prospects now and in the future. I aim to do better with each vintage I produce as I want to leave a legacy that speaks of a person that did not just do a job, but enjoyed the career path I chose for myself. Additionally, I play a role in the future of so many learners’ success at school level, which is very close to my heart.
The Momberg family of Middelvlei Wines are not only synonymous with heritage, but they have also paved the way as one of the leading South African Pinotage producers. Not only is Pinotage unique to South Africa, but it was also the first wine bottled under the Middelvlei label just over 100 years ago.