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VILLIERA WINE

cellar but we never had a winery or established name. In 1983, when Villiera came on the market, my father and uncle bought the property and my brother was a winemaker and my cousin had studied farming so they ran the business. I was in IT and gave that career up to join the company in 1987 after studying at Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London. “ The first vineyards were planted in the early 1920s by French Huguenots with the name De Villiers and that’s where the name comes from. In the early

1940s, the first cellar was built but it was very small. When we bought the farm in 1983, production was around 4000 cases. It has grown a lot from then until now where we produce 100,000 cases.” Amongst the Villiera product list you’ll find Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, some of the best sparkling from South Africa including Villiera Tradition Brut NV and Tradition Rose Brut made by the Cap Classique method, and also a fantastic desert wine. “ We have 400 hectares of

which 180 is planted to vineyard but half of it is being returned to its natural state with indigenous trees and a wildlife sanctuary so at the moment our choice is to plant more where we can or source grapes from elsewhere. We could plant more but that’s a seven-year project and we don’t have plans to plant in the next couple of years.” STRONG BUSINESS CASE Villiera Wines is taking note of the current challenging business environment stemming from the economic situation in the

SIMON GRIER (LEFT), CATHY BREWER (CENTRE) & JEFF GRIER (RIGHT)

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