Below is a list of our esteemed partners and suppliers who work closely with Museum Wines to bring you the UK’s BEST selection of South African wines.
Museum Wines' Partners
Aristea Wines, Stellenbosch
A joint venture between Martin Krajewski, owner of Clos Cantenac (Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Seraphine (Pomerol), and Matthew Krone winemaker of the renowned Methode Cap Classique wine of the same name.
The people behind this project are all wine lovers who decided to make a dream come true by making honest, iconic wines together. We decided to name our inaugural release “Alpasión,” a combination of the Spanish “alma” (soul) and “pasión” (passion). The Alpasión label features the fingerprints and signatures of all of the winery’s owners as testimony to friendship for life.
Nestling in the Bovlei Valley, just outside Wellington, the Andreas Wine Estate is a hidden gem comprising 4.5 hectares of vineyards, an elegant eighteenth-century house and lush gardens. It’s the ideal base from which to explore the winelands and Cape Town area.
Black Elephant Vintners
We believe in truth, in seeing opportunities where others see challenges. To thrive where others fail. To push the boundaries of conformity in an industry that has long forgotten to have fun.
Set in a fertile valley under a dramatic Paarl skyline, Brookdale Estate is tucked between the ancient granite mountains of the Klein Drakenstein and lush Paarl vineyards and farmlands. The historic estate has been lovingly restored by the Rudd family, with the Manor House rebuilt and the vineyards rejuvenated and replanted. Private and accessible only to guests staying on the estate, Brookdale has become a byword for exceptional luxury.
Château Séraphine is the newest Pomerol estate on the block. Comprising a 2.2-hectare parcel of vines, purchased in 2017 by Martin Krajewski, it is a vision splendide albeit in a Lilliputian way. The property is run by Charlotte Krajewski, a 30s something Plumpton winemaking graduate with tons of winemaking experience at Château des Sours in the Entre Deux Mers, Elephant Hill and Trinity Hill in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
The Barton family, with unique expertise passed down through the generations over the last two centuries, share their passion and invite you to discover Château Mauvesin Barton and its wines.
Clos Cantenac is a small but seductive 6 hectares property made up of four main parcels of vines carefully planted on an exceptional “terroir” of deep gravels, sand and clay over broken limestone situated close to the prehistoric “Megalith ?de Pierrefitte”
Born in 1965 in the French speaking part of Belgium, Jean-Philippe (JP) Colmant grew up in a strong culture of wine and Champagne as most Belgians do. After studying business and engineering, he went on to successfully run his own company for 11 years.
Deux Frères was founded in 2008, when brothers Retief and Stephan du Toit decided to continue the heritage as a “wine family” left to them by their mother and stepfather, Hester and Marc Wiehe. They bequeathed us the foundation on which Deux Frères is built. It is the philosophy of Deux Frères that nature and geography, or the terroir, make the wine.
Domaine Saint Julien
This estate has been progressively built up over the past twenty years on land which used to be planted with vines last century. Its name is linked to the “Pech” (hill) over which most of the vineyard extends. On the site of a former parish which no longer exists, its church dedicated to St. Julien was sold as “national property” at the time of the Revolution.
The Sumeire family have several châteaux across the Montaigne Sainte-Victoire region (near Aix-en-Provence): Château Coussin, Château L’Afrique, and Château Maupage. Today, Olivier and his sister Sophie manage the different estates. They produce supple fruit forward reds and rosés crafted in a light style.
Haut Espoir, Franschhoek
A family run farm operated by ‘Quality Control Executive’ Rob Armstrong, a larger than life character whose always keen to show off his lekker wines. Just be sure to bring a strong constitution and a driver when you visit the farm!
Holden Manz, Franschhoek
Owned by Gerard Holden and Migo Manz, this farm has gone from strength to strength under their guidance alongside winemaker Thierry Haberer who trained under consultant Michel Rolland. Their efforts to produce small batches of W.O Franschhoek wines has not gone unnoticed.
Steeped in history dating back to 1692, Lanzerac Wine Estate is a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon. The grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley on the outskirts of the historical town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts views of dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of gardens shaded by giant Oak trees.
Lokaia was born from the overwhelming sense that there was more to explore in the Franschhoek Valley. While it’s no secret that Semillon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc are at the forefront of the region’s wine identity, their bottled form still has room for growth and refinement. The ultimate goal is to extract as much personality and definition from the grapes as possible, while still maintaining each variety’s purity, brightness and focus.
Moreson Wine Farm, Franschhoek
Winemaker Clayton Reabow has been at the helm at Moreson since 2006 and his efforts were rewarded recently when he was named Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year 2019, specifically for his 2017 vintage Mercator Chardonnay. Moreson are the champions of Franschhoek, extolling the virtues of their vineyards as legitimate producers of high quality fruit rather than simply factories for grapes sourced from neighbouring regions.
Natte Valleij, Paarl (and beyond)
Once upon a time Cinsault was considered to be little more than a bulking agent for cheap, mass produced Cabernet Sauvignon. That was until winemaker Alex Milner discovered its potential for producing single varietal red wines whilst working a harvest in Provence. The Cinsault Collective was born and boasts single plot, old vine expressions of the grape from Darling, Simonsberg-Paarl, Stellenbosch and the Swartland.
“Naudé Wines is the culmination of a journey that began more than 30 years ago. Since that first harvest, I’ve worked all over the world, hoping to craft wines that tell a story of time and place. I love the diversity we have in South Africa. Not just of the people, but the soils, the microclimates, and the wine varietals that thrive under their own unique conditions. I’m fortunate to have been introduced to a few of these vineyards, and work with some of the wonderful grapes that they produce, many of these from certified old vines.” – Ian Naudé
The winery is situated in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, in Perdriel, in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. It presides over two hectares of land, including 15,000 square meters of landscaping using only native species. The architect Mauricio Sottano took the context of the landscape into consideration when designing the winery. For that reason, the materials and colors that he used in his design echo those of the surrounding area.
Nestled in the heart of the Elgin Valley, Spioenkop Wines was established in 2008 with Koen Roose as winemaker. With several awards and accolades under their belt, Spioenkop produces wines that have finesse, balance, and purity, with the idiosyncratic character of the winemaker flowing through every bottle.
Stark-Condé were named in the ‘First Growth’ category of Tim Atkin’s special report on South Africa in 2019 whilst winemaker Rudger van Wyk was named Young Winemaker of the Year 2019. All in all they’re very much an estate on the rise and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Museum Wines portfolio.
“Swerwer” – a name which describes the lives of many young winemakers chasing the vintages across the globe. Established in 2012 by winemaker Jasper Wickens, the Swerwer wines reflect the true character of the Paardeberg in the Swartland, South Africa.
Uva Mira, Stellenbosch
Christian Coetzee is part winemaker, part wizard. He evokes every last drop of elegance and finesse from his grapes, grown at up to 620 metres above sea level and back onto the Helderberg nature reserve. His efforts have been rewarded by all three of his Chardonnays scoring 95 points or above in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (and taking three out of the seven gold medals awarded in the SA white section) whilst their Cabernet Franc vineyard was named the best in South Africa. Having tasted the new vintage of their flagship wine O.T.V, which is 65% Cab Franc, I can attest as to why… shades of Cheval Blanc, need I say more?